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Casey Mullin, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Libraries, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee. The PCC, headquartered at the Library of Congress, focuses on creating and refining library metadata that meet user needs for effective resource discovery in a global context. Western Libraries is a longtime participant in several PCC programs, contributing high-quality authoritative metadata to internationally-shared databases, including OCLC WorldCat.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe has authored a new journal article, "Permitted to Build? Moral Foundations in Newspaper Framing of Mosque-Construction Controversies,” which was published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly this week. 

Daniel Larner (emeritus, Fairhaven), served as a faculty member for the seventh annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 23-24, 2017.  Larner gave a workshop on "Developing Material," appeared on a panel entitled "Finding that Unexpected Spark:  A Conversation on Unusual Inspiration," and read a scene from his play in progress, "Taking Liberties."

WWU Professor of Management Joe Garcia has been named thew 2017 David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS). The award acknowledges one person or teaching team with consistently demonstrated achievement over a lifetime.

Erika McPhee-Shaw, director of Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, is vice chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Coastal Ocean Dynamics from June 11-16 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, joining co-chairs Ruoying He of North Carolina State University and Jack Barth of Oregon State University. Funding for the Gordon Conferences is provided by NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and private and corporate donors.

Kaitlyn Teer (MFA 2015 and current NTT Faculty) has had her awarding-winning essay “Drawing a Breath” reprinted in the collection Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Kaity’s essay was first published in Prairie Schooner and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay won Prairie Schooner’s 2016 Bernice Slote Award for best work by a beginning writer

The essay collection has been added to the hallway display case that features publications by Department alumni.

Brenda Miller, Professor of English, has received the Bronze Medal in the Essay category for her book "An Earlier Life" (Ovenbird Books, 2016), in the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Awards.

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Night Light, a play for radio by Daniel Larner (Emeritus, Fairhaven), directed by the late Dennis Catrell (Emeritus, Theatre) airs again on KMRE-FM's Community Playhouse April 24 at 8 p.m., April 25 at 10 p.m., May 8 at 8 p.m., and May 9 at 10 p.m.  The players are Janice Catrell and Daniel Larner, and the soundscape is by Tim Kraft (staff, Communications Sciences and Disorders).  The production is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Catrell.  You may tune in to KMRE at 102.3 fm, or click on “listen live” at, at any of appointed times.

The WWU Scholarship Center invites members of Western’s faculty and staff to serve on a scholarship selection committee.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Western’s outstanding students and recognize them for their remarkable achievements.

Fiarhaven College's Hilary Schwandt has published "Contraceptive service provider imposed restrictions to contraceptive access in urban Nigeria" in the journal BMC Health Services Research. The article was co-written with Ilene S. Speizer and Meghan Corroon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.