In the media

12 26 14
The Seattle Times
These are exciting days for the earthbound scientists who study Mars. Data from a NASA rover creeping across the red planet’s surface is rewriting our understanding of Mars’ geological history and offering tantalizing clues to the possibility that the planet once harbored life — or, possibly, still does. One of those scientists is Melissa Rice, a Sammamish native who recently joined Western Washington University as an assistant professor of geology. She’s part of a team of 400 scientists nationwide guiding the rover Curiosity across the surface of Mars.
12 22 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University women’s basketball coach Carmen Dolfo notched her 500th victory, as the Vikings defeated University of Southern Indiana 71-50 Friday, Dec. 19, in final-day at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas.
12 22 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Western Washington University will rename a building at its Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes in honor of late President Emeritus Jerry Flora, who died late in 2013 at age 85. The former Marine Science Education Building will now be known as the Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building. The change was made with a unanimous vote at the board of trustees’ Dec. 12 meeting on campus.
12 18 14
The Detroit News
Two years ago, Harrison Mills was looking for graphic design jobs as he prepared to graduate from college. Today, the 25-year-old has topped the Billboard dance charts and toured the world as one-half of the electronic music duo ODESZA. “I don’t think either of us expected this whatsoever,” Mills says. “It was more like, ‘Well, we have to get a serious job in a couple months. Do you want to try to not do anything serious and do the things we love before we have to start a career?’ ”
12 18 14
Vanderbilt University
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a literary arts fellowship to Anders Carlson-Wee, a second-year poetry student in Vanderbilt’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Carlson-Wee, a former professional rollerblader, will receive a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. This $25,000, non-matching fellowship allows published writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career advancement.
12 16 14
The Seattle Times
Gov. Jay Inslee rolled out highlights of his education budget Monday, saying he wants to reduce average class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, pay for all-day public kindergarten and reinstate cost-of-living raises for teachers that the voters approved years ago. But he does not propose shrinking average class sizes in fourth grade and beyond, as voters endorsed a month ago.
12 16 14
The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County will have its first Native American Superior Court judge in 2015. When Raquel Montoya-Lewis begins her term in January, she also will be the only Superior Court judge of tribal descent in the state.
12 16 14
Bellingham Business Journal blogs
Western Washington University’s Extended Education program is offering courses this winter ideal for anyone who wants to publish online. Courses include Editing Visual Components, Grammar for Editors, Social Media: Building Community, and Web Design and Development: Level II – Introduction to WordPress.
12 16 14
AASCU
Higher education is never short of challenges, but those of us leading AASCU institutions are finding ourselves with an interesting array of both new and old issues that challenge us to lead effectively. In an era of almost across-the-board declines in state support for our publicly-purposed institutions, we are tasked with providing an obtainable, high-quality education that is accessible and affordable for all, while at the same time aligning ourselves with the shifting economic needs and new opportunities in the states that we so proudly serve. These issues with state budgets are occurring at the same time as—and perhaps in part because of—a new level of diminished public opinion on the ROI of a four-year baccalaureate education.
12 15 14
The Bellingham Herald
Although Carla Norris and her daughter Carrie Holtrop were both working nurses, they realized their nursing education was far from over. Norris and Holtrop went back to school last year to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Western Washington University. On Saturday, Dec. 13, the mother and daughter will be part of the first cohort to graduate from Western’s RN-to-BSN program that began last fall. The program gives registered nurses the opportunity to work full time while earning a BSN degree that is increasingly becoming necessary. Norris, from Marysville, and Holtrop, from Ferndale, will graduate with 22 other nurses.