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Oberlin College’s James Hansen to present 'Cinema Artists and Autobiography' Jan. 23 at WWU

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:14

James Hansen, visiting assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Oberlin College, will give a talk from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Miller Hall 152 showcasing the work of several contemporary moving-image artists. Subjects will include Sadie Benning, Luther Price, Michael Robinson, and their exploration of autobiography as a critical practice.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Laural Ballew Named WWU Executive Director of American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations and Tribal Liaison to the President

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:33

Laural Ballew has been named as Western Washington University’s first executive director of American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations & Tribal Liaison to the President.

Ballew most recently served as department chair of Tribal Governance and Business Management at Northwest Indian College, a program which she created.  Ballew was hired following a national search, and she will start at Western on Jan. 28, 2019.

Sugar Nation: WWU's Jeff Grimm working to unravel how the brain feeds addictions and cravings

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:26

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the body’s craving for sugar, and he and his team of undergraduates recently published a paper showing how a certain protein, DARPP32, was related to sucrose craving and how that craving could be reduced through environmental enrichment. Western Today recently talked with Grimm about his work and the research of his team.


CBE hosting Disney Institute for seminar on Employee Engagement Jan. 24

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:48

WWU's College of Business and Economics will host the Disney Institute for a presentation on Employee Engagement, from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday Jan. 24 in Viking Union 565.

This event is free and open to the campus community, but registration is required.

Marine Ecologist and Educator Elin Kelsey to be on campus Jan. 24-25 for presentations and workshops

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:22

Elin Kelsey will visit WWU on Jan. 24-25 to share her work on environmental hope.

Tuesday Q&A: History has given us a wealth of walls to study ... so do they work?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:01

Welcome to "Tuesday Q&A," a weekly story where issues of broad topical interest are viewed through the lens of the research expertise of Western's faculty.

WWU to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Free Community Breakfast

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 13:54

Western Washington University will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a free community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21.

The free breakfast, open to Western students, faculty and staff and members of the public, will be served from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Viking Commons dining hall on Western’s campus.

The event, held on the national holiday honoring the Rev. King, will include as speakers Western President Sabah Randhawa, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and student speakers to be named.

WWU’s Eric DeChaine Receives $225k NPS Grant to Research Plants Across the North Pacific

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:06

Western Washington University Professor of Biology Eric DeChaine in July received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the U.S. National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program to document the diversity and distribution of plants across the North Pacific, including the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and Kamchatka Russia, and how these arctic plants have been reacting to a planet that is growing ever warmer.

The Collins Family: A dedication to community service and and a lifelong passion for education

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:02

Over the last 30 years, the Collins family has collected college degrees the way some people collect postage stamps or rare coins.

The family of four has racked up nine degrees in total including two doctorates; seven of the degrees are from Western. Today, three members of the family also have careers at Western. While their long list of academic and professional accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, the Collinses aren’t in it for the accolades; instead, they say they strive each day to serve as a success story for other families of color.

Healing and Hope: Reneé Collins' legacy after more than 30 years at Western

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:40

Reneé Collins has been a university administrator, civil rights advocate and long-term college student. Beginning Monday, she begins deciding what’s next.

“I will see how life unfolds,” she says. “I do know I will be doing something to serve the community, to see if there are any holes I can fill. That’s just how I am.”

Western Libraries Hosting ‘Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity’ Through March 22

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:40

An exhibit of printed posters featuring images and text from picture books that provide an international perspective on conflict, peace, and humanity, will be on display in Galleries 2, 3, and 4 at Western Washington University Libraries through March 22.

An opening celebration reception with refreshments will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23  in the Wilson Library Reading Room. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is available for viewing during all hours Western Libraries is open.

Italian Pianist Roberto Plano to Perform at WWU Jan. 18

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:30

The Sanford-Hill Piano Series sponsored by the Department of Music will present Italian concert pianist Roberto Plano on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Western Washington University.

Tickets start at $18 and discounts are available for students.

Winter focus of Huxley Speaker Series to be on the Salish Sea; first talk set for Jan. 10

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:18

Ginny Broadhurst (director of WWU’s Salish Sea Institute), Natalie Baloy (assistant director of the Salish Sea Institute), Laurie Trautman (director of WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute) and Lydia Dennee-Lee (Student Engagement and Learning Coordinator for the Salish Sea Institute)  will present "Research and Learning Across the Borders of the Salish Sea" as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

Reception for visiting Peruvian students this Friday

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:28

Please join the Huxley College of the Environment and Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute for a reception next Friday to welcome 10 Peruvian students visiting WWU for the winter quarter. These students are studying ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation and come from WWU partner Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. They are able to visit Western thanks to generous grants from the Peruvian government and the US State Department’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas fund.