The 2nd Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration welcoming new and returning Western Washington University students to Bellingham on Sept. 27 will feature more than 180 trees throughout downtown illuminated with blue lights beginning in September.
The lights are a $43,000 gift from the WWU Alumni Association to the Bellingham community, and will turn from Western blue to white when Mayor Kelli Linville lights the holiday tree in the Depot Market Square in December.
Western's President, Sabah Randhawa, addressed Western's faculty and staff this morning at the annual convocation that marks the official start of the new school year.
After a hearty breakfast in the Viking Union, Western employees gathered in the PAC to celebrate the year's awards to faculty and staff. Faculty Senate President Allison Giffen provided welcoming and closing remarks.
WWU Students Move into Residence Halls Sept. 22-24 Classes Begin Sept. 27; Many Activities Planned for Students
About 4,200 students will move into Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24.
The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 27. Total enrollment is expected to be about 15,800, slightly higher than last year.
“We welcome new and returning students to campus and look forward to a new academic year – a wonderful and productive journey of discovery for our students,” said President Sabah Randhawa, starting his second year as president of Western
Troy Abel, assistant professor of Environmental Policy at Huxley College on the Peninsulas, has co-authored a chapter in Routledge’s Handbook of Environmental Justice along with WSU-Vancouver Political Science Professor Mark Stephan. The chapter’s title is “Streams of toxic and hazardous waste disparities, politics and policy.”
Summer Field Work: WWU Graduate Student, Professor Monitoring the Health of Padilla Bay Using Drones
Western Washington University graduate student Jefferson Emm and Professor of Environmental Science David Wallin are using a pair of unmanned aerial vehicles to complete a census of the eelgrass beds in Skagit County’s Padilla Bay.
Western Washington University placed 29th nationally and claimed the top spot in Washington state on the 2017 Cool Schools sustainability rankings done annually by the Sierra Club.
WWU to Partner with Dept. of the Interior, Four Regional Universities on New Northwest Climate Science Center
Western Washington University is one of five regional schools to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior on its Northwest Climate Science Center; the University of Washington will host the center on its campus, and Boise State University, the University of Montana and Washington State University, along with WWU, are the member institutions in the consortium.
Ten graduates of Western Washington University’s Huxley College on the Peninsulas are currently working as environmental health specialists throughout the state.
Huxley College on the Peninsulas offers students an opportunity to earn environmental-focused degrees in Poulsbo, Everett and Port Angeles. Students can choose to earn either a B.A. in Environmental Policy or a B.S. in Environmental Science.
In the summer of 2004 “The Art, Science and Ethics of Fly Fishing” was first offered at Western Washington University by Professor of Environmental Science Leo Bodensteiner and Adjunct Instructor Steve Meyer, and the class has since become a summer staple for students and local community members.
“The Art, Science and Ethics of Fly Fishing” is a four-week course that covers organism identification, fly fishing techniques, knowledge of conservation and stream ecology around streams.
Students Regina O’Kelley (Environmental Science, Seattle, pictured at right) and Roslyn Martin (Biology, Federal Way) are spending the summer researching how light levels and soil biota interact to affect the growth of an invasive plant, spotted knapweed.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science Rebecca Bunn is the faculty advisor for O’Kelley and Martin.
This summer, Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Marco Hatch is taking to the islands of the Pacific Northwest to study clam gardens.
“Clam gardens are intertidal areas that indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have historically cultivated to harvest shellfish,” said Hatch.
Clam gardens are terraced in order to create ideal conditions, similarly to how farmers terrace hills to grow more grapes.