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Takeaways From 'Return To The Salish Sea'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:04am

Alan McConchie to Discuss Open Source Cartography Nov. 16 at WWU

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:22am

Alan McConchie, the lead cartographer at Stamen Design, a mapping and data visualization studio in San Francisco, will discuss open-source cartography as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

MERI's John All to Speak at Cosmos Club in DC

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:04am

John All, director of Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute, will present "Climate Change and Civil War on the Mount Everest Massif" on Nov. 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. The event is co-sponsored by the Explorers Club and the Circumnavigators Club. For more info, see:



Grace Wang to Speak on Bureau of Land Management on Nov. 9 at Western

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:02am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Grace Wang will outline the factors that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managers utilize in their decision-making in a talk Nov. 9 for the Huxley College Speaker Series.

WWU alumna Sarah Myhre to Discuss 'Women, Science and the Trump Administration' Nov. 2 at WWU

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 9:42am

Sarah E. Myhre , a scientist, activist and public communicator from the University of Washington, will highlight the stories and voices of women part of the grass-roots organization 500 Women Scientists, as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Cartographer Anton Thomas to Discuss Mapmaking Oct. 26 at Western

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:07am

Anton Thomas, Australian cartographer and artist, will speak about his work mapping North America, as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Liz Balgord to kick off inaugural MERI Speaker Series Oct. 26

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:53am

Weber State University's Liz Balgord will present "The Impact of Glacier Retreat on High Alpine Watersheds in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru" at noon on Thursday, Oct. 26 in ES 418 as the first speaker in the new WWU Mountain Environments Research Institute (MERI) Speaker Series. 

The talk is free and open to the public.

Climate Change, Snowmelt, and Salmon: WWU Faculty Probe for Answers on How to Save a Pacific Northwest Icon

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:44pm

Jim Helfield is in a race against time, and he knows it.

Helfield, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University,  is researching ways improve the habitat for spring- and summer-run Chinook salmon on the South Fork of Whatcom County’s Nooksack River. Also known as king salmon, Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species, growing to sizes upwards of 100 pounds in some rivers.

WWU Enrollment Shows Record Number of Freshman Students; Overall Fall Enrollment for Students of Color is the Highest Ever

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 9:57am

Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university, and overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.

Eric Munscher to Discuss Turtle Survival Oct. 19 at Western

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:56am

Eric C. Munscher, research ecologist at SWCA Environmental Consultants, will discuss threatened and endangered turtle populations as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

WWU to Test Western Alert Notification System, Hold Campus Lockdown Drill Oct. 19

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:20am

Western Washington University plans to test its emergency notification system known as Western Alert at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 and also conduct a campus lockdown drill.

Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety information.

Summer Global Learning Program students undertake service-learning project in rural Mexico

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:29am

This past summer, WWU Professor of Environmental Studies Gigi Berardi taught a Global Learning Program course, "ENVS 437I, Geographies of Hope: Mexico’s Food, Cultures, Histories, and Activism," that brought WWU students to the rural village of Pozo Ademado  to take on a large, vital service learning program for the village: to construct a cistern and rainwater catchment basin. Berardi described their work below.

First Salish Sea Speaker Series event set for Oct. 3 at NWIC

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:56pm

The Salish Sea Speaker Series is jointly hosted by Western's Huxley College of the Environment and the Northwest Indian College, and the first speaker for the new school year is on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from noon - 2 p.m. at
Northwest Indian College, Log Building - Cultural Learning Center, bldg. 7a. Lunch is provided.

Speaker info:

WWU program in Ithaca, Greece, awarded the 2017 APA/PAW “Best Student Planning Project” Award

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:30pm

A six-year summer investigation in Kioni Village, Ithaca, Greece, involving 85 WWU students, was recognized as the most outstanding student planning study by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington.

The project, directed by Professor of Environmental Studies Nicholas Zaferatos, resulted in a planning framework that merges local traditions, values, and aspirations with emergent global sustainability principles in order to identify pathways for empowering the community to achieve a sustainable future.

Western Window Episode 51 now live

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:17am

Did you know that WWU has its own TV show, Western Window, produced right here on campus, by our students? Check out Episode 51 here, with interviews with fellow Viking and U.S. Ski Team member Breezy Johnson, and her aspirations to go for gold at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, the summer staging of the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate, and more.

2nd Annual 'Paint B'Ham Blue for WWU' celebration to welcome back students Sept. 27

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:52am

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.

President Randhawa ushers in new school year with Faculty & Staff Convocation

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:11pm

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

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:52am

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