In the media

02 27 15
USA Today
A list released by the Peace Corps last week revealed that colleges in Washington state produce more than just Amazon employees and Starbucks baristas — they also turn out the highest number of graduates who go on the join the Corps.
02 27 15
Skagit Valley Herald
A sample from near the tree’s core was sent to a laboratory in Florida for carbon dating, Freedman-Peel said. There, it was estimated that the tree sprouted around 300 B.C., and fell between 300 and 350 years later.
02 27 15
Bellingham Herald
Forward Jeffrey Parker scored a career-high 31 points as Western Washington University rolled to its eighth straight victory with a 110-77 triumph over Simon Fraser University on Senior Night in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Carver Gym.
02 27 15
Ventura County Star
A former Fulbright scholar has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Michael Hillis is now an associate dean at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Hillis earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s in school counseling from Western Washington University.
02 27 15
Bellingham Herald
A pair of free literature-related events are set this weekend, building on the popularity of the renowned local children’s Literature Conference. Western Washington University’s 12th annual conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, sold out for the first time this year at some 600 participants. Speakers include two-time Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo and three other nationally celebrated writers and illustrators whose audience is children and young adults. Two associated events on Sunday — nErDcamp Bellingham and a Think & Drink discussion with one of the conference participants — feature topics related to teaching and children’s literature, said Adam Shaffer, one of the local nErDcamp organizers.
02 27 15
Port Townsend Leader
Richard E. Thompson says he's eager to start as Chimacum School District 49's new superintendent. “I'm really looking forward to it,” Thompson, 51, of Friday Harbor told the Leader Wednesday, Feb. 25. “I'm elated. I'm just very, very excited to get started.” Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree, Master of Education degree and superintendent certification from Western Washington University.
02 26 15
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard said the school won’t be able to continue delivering high quality education if the state continues to cut funding, despite a ranking last month that said Western was one of the top regional universities at doing so. A ranking from U.S. News and World Report from January placed Western second among universities in the West region in providing quality education efficiently. It took into account how much a school spends per student on educational programs and student services, and measured that against their 2015 Best Colleges rankings, which placed Western 21st in the region.
02 26 15
The Seattle Times
Earlier this month, after University of Washington President Michael Young accepted a job as head of Texas A&M University, we compared the amount of money Washington invests in higher education to the amount invested in public universities in the Lone Star State. Among other things, the comparison showed that Washington is spending less per student on higher education than it did in the 1980s, when inflation is taken into account — and that it spends less per student today than Texas does.
02 26 15
The Seattle Times
Health officials at Washington universities are on alert as the University of Oregon launches a mass vaccination campaign to halt the spread of potentially deadly meningococcal infections on the Eugene campus. Four Oregon students have developed bacterial bloodstream infections known as meningococcemia since the start of the school year, school officials said. Lauren Jones, an 18-year-old freshman from Georgia, died Feb. 17 after becoming infected.
02 26 15
The Bellingham Herald
Marcus Shelton, 37, has the enviable role of playing Prince Ramiro in Skagit Opera’s upcoming production of “Cinderella,” Giachino Rossini’s operatic achievements, “La Cenerentola.” The classic fairy tale opens this weekend at Skagit Valley College’s McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon.