In the media

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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.
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The Bellingham Herald
Guard Katie Colard scored a game-high 26 points as Western Washington University overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit to defeat Portland State University, 75-64, in a women’s basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, at Peter W. Stott Center on the PSU campus. The contest was an exhibition for NCAA Division II WWU and a counter for NCAA I PSU, which fell to 1-8.
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The Olympian
Olympia City Manager Steve Hall, who has worked for Olympia as its city manager or assistant city manager for nearly 25 years, was recognized Wednesday as a Boss of the Year. Two others won Boss of the Year awards: Rae-Lynn Bidon, chief operating officer of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Dr. Yong Liu, microbiology laboratory director for the state Department of Agriculture.
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The Bellingham Herald
Charles Luckmann, Tim Pilgrim and Paul Piper share poems from their book, “Bellingham Poems,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Whether it’s a peek at Clayton Beach’s naked sunbathers or the aroma of poached salmon and ancient stories found in Salish baskets, “Bellingham Poems” gives readers an intimate portrait from three distinctly different poets who have lived for years with such local images.
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The Seattle Times blogs
Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities would agree to freeze tuition for another two years if the state Legislature increases college funding by 16 percent, the presidents of those institutions said Thursday. That 16 percent, which would total $198 million, would also allow the schools to expand their enrollment and increase the number of students who earn degrees in high-demand fields, according to the statement from the Council of Presidents, made up of the presidents of Washington’s six four-year schools.
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The Bellingham Herald
For one class at Western Washington University, the final project didn’t just have grade implications. It also could lead to a paycheck. On Thursday, Dec. 11, Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the WWU design program competed against one another in the Food Truck Challenge, presenting their ideas for rebranding local food trucks to a panel of judges that included the food truck owners.
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The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom Chorale, directed by Deb Brown, performs Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Western Washington University Performing Arts Center’s Concert Hall.
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The
Gov. Jay Inslee’s aides are putting finishing touches on a two-year budget plan that would raise unspecified taxes by more than $1 billion, aides said Tuesday.
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The Seattle Times
We love a lot about Western Washington University, where my son enrolled this fall. But I’ve had one nagging worry about sending him to Bellingham — that it’s going to take him more than four years to graduate.
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The Bellingham Herald
When looking at the Whatcom County economy, Hart Hodges incorporated demographics along with other economic data. Hodges is expecting a slight increase in the population rate and a 1.5 percent employment growth rate in 2015.