Spotlight on Huxley on the Peninsulas

Huxley on the Peninsulas’ program continues to expand its collaborations with various community organizations and agencies. Dr. Jenise Bauman and her students are conducting various research projects at Fish Park in Poulsbo, Stillwaters Environmental Center in Kingston, and with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Blyn.

Dr. Troy Abel has been working extensively with the Duwamish River Clean up Coalition, continuing his work with the EPA’s environmental justice collaborative project.

Earlier in May, six students represented HOP at the Western’s Undergraduate Scholars Showcase on the Bellingham campus. Environmental Policy student, Thomas Hunter was one of 25 undergraduates receiving an outstanding poster award for his display on “Reclaimed water policy in Washington State: unitary and polycentric opportunities and challenges... Read more

Monitoring Northwest Lakes with IWS

Each summer Huxley College’s Institute for Watershed Studies (IWS) employs several students to perform field work. This summer three Environmental Science students are sampling lakes throughout Western Washington for two separate IWS projects: The Heart Lake Project and the Northwest Small Lakes Monitoring Project.

The first of these projects involves Heart Lake, a small, shallow lake located in the Community Forest Lands of Anacortes that has been experiencing significant algae blooms, some of which are toxic. The lake is also overrun by a hybrid milfoil that is a cross between a native milfoil species (Myriophyllum sibiricum) and an invasive non-native species (Myriophyllum spicatum).

Given Heart Lake... Read more

Huxley College Reflection Session on Diversity & Inclusion: Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 4pm

Huxley College of the Environment is hosting a Reflection Session this Thursday, December 3, at 4pm in CF 120. The gathering will offer an opportunity for Huxley students, faculty, and staff to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion, especially in light of recent events on campus, and to consider how we, as a college community, can be supportive of all students. The discussion will be facilitated by instructor Sheri Russell, who has more than two decades of experience with diversity issues, conflict resolution, and environmental law.

The session is also part of a larger effort already underway to create a college-level strategic plan for diversity and inclusion within Huxley College. All opinions, experiences, and perspectives are welcome.

Note: This reflection session will take place in lieu of this week’s Huxley College Speaker Series.

Huxley's Fall BBQ/Potluck October 8 @ the Communications Lawn

Each year, Huxley College holds a fall potluck/BBQ to welcome back college students, staff, and faculty. Professor Leo Bodensteiner provides his grill, the dean buys the hot dogs and meatless alternatives, and staff and faculty bring side dishes to share. In other words, FREE FOOD for all Huxleyites.

This year, we will once again hold the BBQ on campus at the Communications Lawn, the wide green space between Environmental Studies, Communications Facility, and Academic West. (See below.) Rain or shine--in case of rain, we will move the BBQ and tables under the Academic West overhang.

Questions? Contact Jen VanderWeyden. Hope to see you there!

The Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair: Feb. 12, 3:30-6pm

The annual Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair is set for Thursday, February 12, from 3:30 to 6 on the fifth floor of the Viking Union. All majors are welcome. If you'd like to explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions with an environmental focus, then save this date.

We've already got a great line-up of participating organizations from government agencies and nonprofits to consulting firms and private companies, and expect more to register between now and the event. To see who participated at last year's fair, visit the 2014 page.

Prior to the event, the WWU Career Center will conduct a free session called “How to Prepare for the Environmental Fair” on February 3, 2015, at 4:00 pm in ES Room 410. During this session, participants will receive tips on how to research participating organizations, how to make the best impression, and how to prepare a resume for the event.

Questions?... Read more

Kaeli Wells, Huxley College Student, Wins Scholarship for Study Abroad in Nepal

Kaeli Wells, an Urban Planning and Sustainable Development major from Flagstaff, Arizona, has been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal, during the spring 2015 academic term. Three Western Washington University students in all were selected among 800 American undergraduate applicants from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. to receive $4,000 to fund their international education program.

The Gilman Scholarship Program, administered by the Institute of International Education, aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic,... Read more

Huxley Students Take First Place in International Environmental Challenge Competition

This past summer, three recent Environmental Science BS graduates won first place in a national competition that tested their problem-solving and communication skills. They competed against teams of undergraduates as well as MS and PhD students from schools that included Michigan State University, Florida A&M, Florida State College of Engineering, Cal Poly and the University of British Columbia.

The competition is the International Environmental Challenge (ECi) held at the Air and Waste Management (AWMA) international annual conference.  Professionals in AWMA write a realistic environmental problem similar to challenges they have faced in their careers. Students form consulting groups and submit a written proposal for how to optimally solve the problem. At the conference all of the student teams present a poster and the top five teams go on to give an oral presentation of their solution. They are judged based on the... Read more

Fall BBQ/Potluck October 9 @ the Communications Lawn

Each year, Huxley College holds a fall potluck/BBQ to welcome back college students, staff, and faculty. Prof. Leo Bodensteiner provides his grill, the dean buys the hot dogs and meatless alternatives, and staff and faculty bring side dishes to share.

In past years, the BBQ was held off-campus at Fairhaven Park, which was a tad difficult for the carless to reach. This year, we're starting a new tradition--the 2014 BBQ will take place on campus at the Communications Lawn, the wide green space between Environmental Studies, Communications Facility, and Academic West. (You know, where the Stairs to Nowhere reside.)

Questions? Contact Jen VanderWeyden. Hope to see you there!

Environmental Ed Student Selected to Intern with Alaskan Non-Profit

Cori Schleich, an Environmental Education major, was selected to be an intern this summer for Discovery Southeast, an Alaskan non-profit dedicated to providing hands-on nature education to Southeast Alaskans, particularly children. Schleich was selected for the position by Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), Alaska’s largest, statewide conservation advocacy organization.

Originally from Wasilla, Alaska, Schleich "loves playing outside with happy people" and is "thrilled to explore the Juneau environment in the company of the lovely Discovery Southeast team this summer." Congratulations, Cori!

The Planet Magazine Named One of the Best Student Magazines in the Country

Western’s student-published environmental magazine, The Planet, was named a national finalist for the “Best Student Magazine” award by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Planet’s Winter 2013 Policy Issue earned student editors Ruth Ganzhorn, Becca Taylor, Al Ghandy and James Rogers the honor, which places the magazine in the top three student magazines in the nation.

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