Campus news

07 10 14

[ Editor's note: This story has been amended to reflect a room change for the party. The event will now be held in Viking Union Room 567. ]

Jim Schuster, Western Washington University's director of Viking Union Facilities, joined the WWU community in 1976.

During his time at Western, he has served the community by providing support, excellence, service and commitment to the students and staff.

07 25 14

Voting in the primary elections? The campus ballot drop box is open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. 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 front of the Associated Students Bookstore this past fall; it's the result of a partnership between the Associated Students Representation and Engagement Programs and the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.

07 24 14

Are you looking to make the campus greener, more sustainable and/or more energy efficient? For the first time ever, Western Washington University’s students, faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals during the summer for the Summer 2014 Green Energy Fee Grant Program. This summer, the campus community can apply for a small grant between $500 and $5,000.

07 24 14

Compromised utility lines were recently discovered during the excavation work on High Street for the North Campus Utility Upgrade project.

Utility crews must make emergency repairs beginning Friday morning, July 25. High Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic (including WTA buses) on Friday and Monday while emergency crews make repairs. The crews will place metal plates over the excavation site late Friday to allow High Street to be open on Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday, one lane on High Street will be reopened.

07 24 14

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent the following message to campus this morning in regard to the wildfires devastating many in Washington state:

Dear Colleagues,

07 23 14

John Harris has been appointed chair of the Student Publications Council, effective Sept. 15. An associate professor of Journalism, Harris earned his doctorate at the University of Washington and has more than 20 years of professional experience as a reporter, editor, photographer and investigative journalist.

John Harris will be replacing Peggy Watt, who will be on sabbatical beginning fall quarter.

07 18 14

Transitions, Western Washington University’s advising, registration and orientation program for new transfer and postbaccalaureate students, will be held July 24, 25 and 28.

Participants register for one of the day-long sessions; roughly 800 students and 300 family members already are registered to attend.

07 18 14

Western Washington University Youth Programs hosted twenty students in grades K-4 during its Western Kids Camp from July 14-17 at the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

The four-day camp marks the first time that Western Kids Camp will be offered on the Kitsap Peninsula.

07 17 14

Border Policy Research Institute Associate Director Laurie Trautman and Director Don Alper will report on research at the upcoming Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit in Whistler, BC July 20 to 24. PNWER is a statutory public/private non-profit created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

07 16 14

The Bellingham Festival of Music, taking place now on the Western Washington University campus, features two upcoming concerts that will take place in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

An additional concert July 18 is scheduled for the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven.

The July 16 concert and 18 concerts feature Michael Palmer as conductor, with pre-concert talks by Ed Rutschman. For more information, visit the concert schedule here.