Nominations are being accepted for the Philip E. Sharpe Community Engagement Award. Named in honor of former Board of Trustee member and active community volunteer Phil Sharpe, this recognition is given to a Western employee (or group of Western employees) for going above and beyond in their service to others. The award is presented at Fall Convocation.
More than 2,000 Western students graduated at the four commencement ceremonies held Friday and Saturday in Carver. Main speakers for the ceremonies were Pictionary creator Rob Angel, documentary filmmaker TJ Martin, former L’Oréal creative director Michael Jorgensen, and Boeing executive Jason Clark. Western also awarded a posthumous honorary degree to former student and Medal of Honor recipient James K. Okubo.
WWU photos by Dan Levine
Brian Bingham has been named as director of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Western Washington University.
Bingham, who was selected following a national search, will begin his new duties on July 1, 2019. He has served as interim director at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes since Feb. 1, 2018.
Western’s Viking Supported Agriculture (VSA) Program is now open to all campus members for the 2019 growing season. The VSA program brings together students, staff, and faculty and Whatcom/Skagit County produce and producers. VSA offers you the opportunity to support local farmers in exchange for shares of the freshest possible food from their seasonal harvest. Compared to organic produce bought in grocery stores or markets, the average savings on produce from a CSA Farm Box are 25-30 percent.
WWU Associate Professor of Mathematics Millie Johnson is finishing up her last quarter and 35th year of teaching at Western.
“I never thought I was going to be a teacher, it was the farthest thing from my mind, and it just happened accidentally,” said Johnson, who has been at WWU since 1984. “But I loved it and never left.”
When she was growing up, the St. Paul, Minnesota native said she didn’t like school and the way education was working for her.