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Keep track of news and information about Western’s faculty and staff here. Have a news item to submit, from a professional milestone to a conference to a new publication? Send it to Western Today editor John Thompson.

Upcoming Trainings for Faculty and Staff from the Equal Opportunity Office

 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

In addition to completing the online Haven course, new faculty and staff are required to attend Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT).  Employees new to Western can register for a session by going here and then selecting “Equal Opportunity Office.” Upcoming SHPT dates are as follows:

Human Resources has added the following name to the list of employees who are eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with RCW 41.04.650:

  • Heather Burton

Employees may donate vacation leave, accrued sick leave and personal holiday leave as long as the donations don’t cause them to fall below the minimum balances. Leave donation forms are available online.

Questions regarding shared leave may be directed to Human Resources at ext. 3774.

Daniel Larner (Fairhaven College, Emeritus) was lead reviewer for the BA and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, October 2016.

Assistant Professor of Percussion Patrick Roulet received a grant from the Larson Legacy Foundation to support his Global Spice concert series, which blends western and non-western musical traditions and explores the fusion of world Music with contemporary, classical, jazz, and popular music styles.

Western's Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) is offering two grants of $2,000 each to faculty who are engaged in leading Global Learning programs.

Theresa Warburton, a faculty member in English and WGSS, was awarded the Walter McClintock Fellowship, a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She will spend one month in residence at the library looking at the papers of Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko.


The Student Technology Fee (STF) Committee is accepting Tech Initiatives abstracts for the current academic year. All Western employees and students may apply, and abstracts from employees are due to the Student Technology Fee Committee Jan.17.

Please see these two key documents, which are on the Student Technology Fee website at http://www.wwu.edu/stf/tech-initiatives.shtml.

Join us as we celebrate Gary Buma’s retirement after 32 years of service at Western.  Come share your stories and wish him a wonderful retirement on Thursday, Dec.1, drop-in format from 3:30 – 5 p.m., at Edens Hall 110.

Gary came to Western in 1984 to Accounts Payable and in the course of his career worked at Accounting Services, Payroll Services, Cash Management, and University Residences.

Open enrollment ends Today, November 30, 2016.

Pig Peace Sanctuary: Giving Through the Combined Fund Drive

The Pigs Peace Sanctuary is one of the many nonprofits Western employees support through the Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD). Clarissa Mansfield, a full-time staff member of Western Libraries, recently began volunteering at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood, and said she was thrilled to see them on the list of organizations she could donate to via the CFD.