Campus news

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Western Washington University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen is offering training in violence prevention for employees.

Western faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of three 90-minute trainings. Available dates are Oct. 28 and 30 and Nov. 5.

Chief Rasmussen will provide information on behaviors of concern and whom to notify and how. Employees may sign up here.

10 30 14

Western Washington University’s Special Interest Fitness Courses will hold a free handball workshop for students, staff, and faculty interested in learning the game of four-wall handball at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Carver Gym 109.

The two-hour workshop will cover basic rules, as well as several throwing and catching techniques used in the sport. Those interested in attending the handball workshop are asked to RSVP online at

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Karen Stout has been named to the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership and will be director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University.

10 30 14

Six seniors make their last regular-season home appearances this week for the Western Washington University men's soccer team which entertains South Dakota School of Mines on Thursday, Oct. 30 (7 p.m.), and University of Mary on Saturday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.), in Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus.

10 29 14

Voting in the general elections? The campus ballot drop box is located in front of the Associated Students Bookstore, and is open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Ballots for all counties in Washington state may be deposited there, and no stamp is required for ballots placed in the box.

The permanent ballot box was installed in in fall of 2013; it's the result of a partnership between the Associated Students Representation and Engagement Programs and the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.

10 29 14

The Associated Students Swing Kids club is offering a day filled with dancing on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., workshop classes featuring international instructors will begin. Two track levels will be available. The beginner track will focus on the basics of six-count/Eastcoast swing dance and the intermediate track will focus on the basics of eight-count/Lindy Hop. The beginner track will be held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on Western's campus, and the intermediate track will take place at The Belltower Studios. All classes end at 5:30 p.m.

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The mission and vision of the division of Business and Financial Affairs at Western Washington University is simply to serve Western with best-in-class services. As the division reviews and renews its strategic planning documents, it looks to those it serves, both within and beyond BFA, for input and guidance.

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A farewell party to honor Donald Alper, director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in the Wilson Library Reading Room on the Western Washington University campus. Director Alper will be retiring from the university after 43 years of service.

The favor of a reply from those planning to attend is requested by Nov. 3. Please contact Melinda Assink at 360-650-3547 or, to RSVP or for more information.

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Legally permissible activities for faculty and staff:

Wearing campaign buttons to work or placing such material in personal, assigned space, but balancing that free speech right against the obligation to not use visible public facilities to post such material, which might leave the impression that the campaign is favored by the institution, its leadership or staff.

Allowing use of public facilities by statewide elected officials, legislators, and candidates:

10 27 14

Hot water service in the SMATE building is out while a rusted water tank is replaced. At present, it is unknown how long that will take.

For more information, contact Steve Morrow at or 360-650-3215.