Campus news

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Bob Schneider, director of Administrative Computing Services at Western Washington University, is retiring on Dec. 31.

A party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Old Main Solarium to thank Schneider for his 17 years of service to Western.

In an email announcement to Schneider's colleagues, John Lawson, Western's vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, wrote the following:

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Western Washington University faculty, staff and students who had a fall-quarter parking permit may now renew their permit for winter quarter.

Those who did not purchase a fall quarter permit may get on a waitlist. Those on the list will be notified at their WWU email address when a permit is available for purchase.

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The Office of the Dean of Students will thank Debbie Jackson for 14 years of service to Western Washington University during a retirement celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Viking Union Room 565 on campus.

Jackson served as information coordinator and in the Office of Student Life in the Viking Union. All are invited to attend.

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The Suspended Operations Policy applies when the university is closed. The 2013-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreements are available online. Applicable portions for WWU staff:

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Before they leave the Western Washington University campus for the winter break, employees are asked to take the following actions to reduce campus energy drain:

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A farewell party to honor Debra Jusak, special assistant to the provost, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Old Main Solarium (OM 590) on the Western Washington University campus. Deb will be retiring from the university after 26 years of service. In her tenure at Western, she has served as a faculty member, chair of the Computer Science Department, computer science graduate student adviser and special assistant to the provost.

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Just a reminder that if you haven't yet had a chance to check out "Elwha: A River Reborn," a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, it is still on display in Western Libraries Special Collections on the sixth floor of Wilson Library now through the end of December.

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Report to Trustees: WWU Fall Freshman Class Most Culturally Diverse

The Board of Trustees received a report prepared by Enrollment and Student Services Friday showing that Western Washington University’s fall 2014 freshman class is the most culturally diverse in the history of the university. Of 2,784 freshmen, there were 793 students of color, or 28.5 percent. This compared to 2,792 freshmen for fall 2013, with 711 students of color at 25.5 percent. There was an 8.8 percent increase in first-generation freshmen.

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During winter break, which is Dec. 15 to Jan. 4, vehicles displaying a valid fall, academic, annual or after-hours permit may be parked in the following lots: 5G, 7G, 11G, 12A, C, 14G, 17G, 19G, 22G, 24G, 30G, 32G, 33G and all R lots. Permits are not valid in metered, reserved or disability spaces or in the 11G carpool area. Evening commuter pack permits are not valid during intersession.

Those who do not have a current permit may purchase one for the break at Parking Services.

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Brad Johnson has agreed to take on the associate dean role in the College of Science and Engineering at Western Washington University starting Dec. 16.