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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.

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.  

Winter faculty and staff bus passes go on sale on Thursday, 12/1, and once again they are available for the unbelievably low price of $23! Request a bus pass using the Faculty and Staff Quarterly Bus Pass e-sign form. Winter bus passes are valid from 1/2/17 - 3/26/17. Questions? E-mail them to Transportation@wwu.edu or call x7960.

MetLife’s website and customer service phone lines have experienced high visitor and call volumes, and many members have reported being unable to complete their life insurance transactions online or get through to a customer service representative.

To ensure that PEBB Program subscribers can take advantage of this special, one-time open enrollment opportunity, the deadline for life insurance only has been extended. Subscribers now have until midnight on December 16, 2016, to take action.

The Office of Business and Financial Affairs has received inquiries regarding the status of the Travel and Expense Management (TEM) module and wanted to share with you that Ellucian notified Western in mid-2016, that they will no longer be providing system upgrades/enhancements to this module.  Since TEM works in conjunction with web browsers to provide the user interface to the system, users could run into browser issues without these upgrades/enhancements.