Campus news

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Western Washington University and the NW Innovation Resource Center are partnering to bring environmental scientist Allen Hershkowitz to campus, where he will give a presentation on the juncture of business innovation and environmental sustainability at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Communications Facility 120.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Western Libraries invites the campus community to celebrate the official launch of Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s new campus digital repository, on Monday, Oct. 20, the first day of Open Access Week.

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Environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson and conservationist Bob Ferris will discuss eco-capitalism and Ted Turner’s conservation work as part of their “Two Talking Wolves” tour and Western’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Communications Facility 120 on Western’s campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Fall Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 in the MAC Gym of the Wade King Student Recreation Center.

Admission to the fair is free and open to the public.

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Open enrollment for Western Washington University benefits-eligible faculty and staff begins Nov. 1.

The month of November is the annual time for employees to make changes to their health and dental plans, enroll or waive coverage for themselves or eligible dependents, and enroll in the flexible spending account and/or dependent care assistance program. All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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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.

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To help teachers use emerging technology to support diverse learners, the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center in Woodring College of Education is bringing Beth Holland to campus Oct. 29 for two free lectures.

Holland, from the EdTechTeacher organization,  will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. about "Leveraging Technology to Transform Instruction" and from 9 to 11 a.m. on "Small Tech Changes - Big Learning Impact."

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Employees who haven't already reserved their place at the launch of the Western Stands for Washington campaign should take a moment to sign up online so an adequate amount of food and drink can be prepared. The RSVP deadline is Oct. 20.

The campus celebration is planned for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Parking enforcement will be suspended in all lots from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

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Human Resources at Western Washington University has updated the list of employees who are in need of and eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with the Requesting and Donating Shared Leave policy (POL-U5410.06).

The following employees are eligible to receive shared leave donations:

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The fall commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Departments are asked to submit names of participating faculty no later than Dec. 5 by e-mailing Dixie Doran at or calling her at 360-650-2246.

Faculty who need regalia should email Scott at Royal T Papers and include the following: