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WWU Faculty to Participate in ‘Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism’ May 29

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:56pm

Western Washington University faculty will participate in “Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at The Upfront Theatre at 1208 Bay St. in Bellingham.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Register for Think and Drink at

WWU's Kate McLean to present 'The Power of Storytelling' May 29

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:12pm

On Wednesday, May 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St. in Bellingham, Kate McLean, director of Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will present the latest research on storytelling and development, as well as the role storytelling can play from infancy to adulthood, in "The Power of Storytelling in Child and Adolescent Development."

This event is free and open to the public.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe, Derek Moscato win AEJMC's Doug Newsom Award for best paper

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:11pm

WWU Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe and Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato's paper, “An Appeal to Shared Values: Faith, Advocacy, and Persuasion in the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Public Relations,” co-written by Mariam Alkazemi of Virginia Commonwealth University and submitted to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's PR division, has won the Doug Newsom Award. 

Western Announces the 2019 Distinguished Alumni & Recognition Recipients

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:58am

Western Washington University announces the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners, who will be honored at a ceremony and dinner on May 17 to kick off WWU Alumni Weekend.

This year, the association honors 18 alumni, including five Hall of Fame inductees. The association also recognizes a campus volunteer, a community volunteer, and lifetime achievement. Each recipient’s commitment to excellence and giving back is apparent and their impacts are felt by many, from those on Western’s campus to all around the globe.

David Patrick Named as Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost at WWU

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:23am

David Patrick has been named the interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research at Western Washington University.

Patrick, now professor of Chemistry at Western, will assume his new duties on June 28. He will succeed Gautam Pillay, who exercised his reversion rights to a faculty position and has stepped down as Graduate School dean and vice provost, a position he held since August 2017.

WWU Scholars Week set for May 13-17; to Feature the Research of More Than 110 Undergraduates and 58 Graduate Students

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 9:55am

Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, an annual celebration of the research and scholarly work done by the university’s undergraduate and graduate students, is set for the week of May 13-17.

The undergraduate and graduate Scholars Showcase will be held in Carver Gym B from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and will feature the work of 119 undergraduates and 58 graduate students. The campus community is invited to attend, browse the posters, and chat with students about their research.

Scholars Week Poster Session participants: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 4:45pm

The following undergraduate students are participating in WWU's 2019 Scholars Week Poster Session on Wednesday May 15, along with the poster location in Carver:


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Julia Berkman, Monique Merrill, Questen Inghram, Zoe Deal presents A light in the dark: Five years of voyeurism in the York and Sehome neighborhoods. Mentored by Betsy O'Donovan. College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Location: 35A.

Campus Events Mark 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:10am

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ+ Western and Western faculty are collaborating to present “50 Years Since Stonewall: the June 1969 Stonewall riots, memory, and terrains of LGBTQ+ liberation.”  The series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the community takes place May 22 and 23, offering multidisciplinary explorations of the Stonewall riots and ongoing struggles toward queer liberation.

Study: Tsunamis battered tribal village

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 9:42am

Jackie Rose and Alex Czopp to Present 'Blazing a Trail to Sabbatical: Two Research Journeys across Gender, Culture & Species' May 1

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:35am

Jackie Rose and Alex Czopp will be giving a lecture from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in AW 210 titled “Blazing a Trail to Sabbatical: Two Research Journeys across Gender, Culture & Species." Rose and Czopp will discuss the various experiences that influenced their paths from an undergraduate student to a WWU faculty member on sabbatical. This lecture is open to the public, and a great way to learn about some of the exciting research happening at Western.

The talk is co-sponsored by Psi Chi, and light refreshments will be available before the talk.

Dragon Rising: Kristen Parris on China’s surge to prominence as the next world superpower

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:11am

As the People’s Republic of China continues to grow in power both economically and militarily and seems poised and on the brink of superpower status, Western Today talked with Associate Professor of Political Science Kristen Parris about the country’s emergence, what it means for Asia as a whole and regional U.S. allies in particular, and how the United States and China can find pathways of common ground to move forward.


Journalism's Brian J. Bowe guest lectures at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:19am

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe, who is teaching in Amman, Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar, recently went north to Yarmouk University in Irbid to guest lecture in Naheda Makhadmeh's classes and take part in Yarmouk's World Press Freedom Day celebrations. 


WWU Faculty members start new 'Community Office Hours' project

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 1:49pm

Every college student has had days, weeks, months and maybe even years when they feel the weight of the world pushing down on them as they try to juggle school, work and social responsibilities.

Faculty members Katherine Anderson of the English Department and Nick Galati of the Biology Department know the pressures of a university environment as well as anyone. To try to alleviate some of this pressure they are creating the “Community Office Hours” program to provide extra support for students and to contribute to a supportive campus community.

WWU to Offer New Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Starting Fall 2019

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:37pm

Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will offer a new minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies starting in fall 2019.

Advising for this new minor will start May 1.

The new minor at Western includes courses from six different disciplines and two colleges, and combines historical understanding with a cross-disciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide.

Diversity Achievement Award nominations due May 1

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:11am

Nominations are now being accepted for the Diversity Achievement Award at Western Washington University, which every year recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts at Western.

The annual award is presented each year at Fall Convocation, and recognizes a staff member, faculty member, student or office that demonstrates outstanding research, programming, leadership, service and/or teaching related to matters of diversity and inclusion. Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria: