Campus news

04 21 14

The Puget Sound Blood Center is on the Western Washington University campus to conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 24.

The donation locations are Viking Union Room 565 and the Mini Mobile in Red Square near the Humanities Building.

Volunteer donors can aid as many as three patients with only one pint of blood, and it takes 900 donors a day to fill the needed supply in the Puget Sound region alone. The success of the campus Quarterly Blood Drive ranks Western as one of the largest donor groups in the Puget Sound region.

03 31 14

The Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program at Western Washington University invites the campus community to attend the Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium on Friday, April 25, on the Western campus.

The symposium features a handful of workshops and lectures focused on STEM education.

The schedule:

03 31 14

[ Update: Due to substantive changes made to the initial draft, the deadline date for comments on the policy Allowing Children on Campus has been extended to May 9. The 30-day comment period for the policy on Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults remains April 25. ]

The Division of Business and Financial Affairs at Western Washington University has posted for 30-day campus review the following policies:

04 22 14

Two policies, one new and one revised, are open for public comment through May 21:

  • Academic Affairs: POL-U3000.03 Training for End-User Information Security Awareness
  • Enrollment and Student Services: POL-U8650.02 Selling Goods and Services to Members of the University Community

The policy on Training for End-User Security Information Awareness is a new policy, and the policy on Selling Goods and Services to Members of the University Community is a revised policy.

04 22 14

Sheila Muxlow, the planned speaker for Wednesday's World Issues Forum lecture, had to cancel due to a medical emergency. She was going to discuss water and the issues of fracking and the oil pipeline.

In her place will be shown a film related to water and resource extraction in indigenous communities in several places throughout the world, including Canada.

04 22 14

In celebration of Earth Days on campus, Western Washington University Dining Services is holding a special Farm to Fork lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

The lunches, which feature a local, sustainable menu and are open to all in the WWU community, will take place in the Viking Commons, Ridgeway Commons and Fairhaven Commons.

04 22 14

Western Washington University has selected Daniel James Brown’s book “The Boys in the Boat” as the Western Reads book for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Western Reads is Western’s campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement and civil discourse among members of the campus community.

04 22 14

It's National Poetry Month, and Western Libraries' Heritage Resources is celebrating April 29 with a reading by local authors Jim Bertolino, Paul Piper and Allen Frost.

The event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Special Collections Research Room on the top floor of Wilson Library.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April; it's a month in which poetry aficionados throughout the country get together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

04 22 14

Bernard Housen will discuss the use of tree leaves as pollution monitors as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in the Environmental Studies building, room 100 on Western’s campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

04 22 14

Western Washington University student Emily Willeman recently finished in the top five of PRWeek’s National Student of the Year contest, a competition that is open to public relations students from across the country.

Students entering the contest are tasked with writing a five-page campaign consisting of their own primary research and evaluation.

Prior to this year, PRWeek used a real company as the model for the competition, but this year opted to ask students to come up with a campaign for a fictitious company called Flight Airlines.