Campus news

09 16 14

The Western Washington University Foundation Governing Board of Directors on Sept. 16 decided not to change its investment policy regarding divestiture from investments in fossil fuel companies.

The Foundation Governing Board’s decision was in response to a request by the Western student government.

09 16 14

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard wrote a blog post today addressing the Western Foundation's decision not to divest. In the post, he begins:

The Foundation made their decision earlier today (September 16th, 2014). They will not be divesting. Their statement is available here.

09 16 14

Section 10 of the Western Washington University faculty collective bargaining agreement provides the following information about faculty professional leave:

Professional leave is granted for the purpose of affording faculty members an opportunity to carry forward research, to improve teaching techniques or methods, or to participate in other creative endeavors which by their nature and scope enable individuals to enhance their contributions to the programs of the university.

09 15 14

Western Washington University Political Science Professor Todd Donovan is in Scotland observing the country’s political process in the run-up to the Sept. 18 referendum on Scottish Independence.

Donovan arrived in Scotland on Sept. 10. He has researched initiatives and referenda extensively and incorporated his findings into numerous publications and course materials for classes taught at Western.

“This is a one-of a kind opportunity to observe an independence referendum of historic proportions,” Donovan said Sept. 15 from Edinburgh.

09 15 14

Construction alert:

The southbound lane of South College Drive will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. A “boom truck” needs access to the new score board at Harrington Field. The road closure will not affect access to the “C” parking lots north of Harrington Field and west of South College Drive, or access to Fairhaven and Fairhaven parking lots. The north bound lane of South College Drive will remain open.

09 10 14

Opening Convocation for Western Washington University faculty and staff will take place Sept. 18 on campus.

A complimentary breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Viking Commons. Reservations are requested by Sept. 16.

President Bruce Shepard's Convocation speech and the presentation of faculty and staff awards take place from 9:10 to 10:15 a.m. on the PAC Mainstage.

09 10 14

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed that Washington state and U.S. flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11, for national Patriot Day, the annual memorial to the victims of the 2001 tragedy.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Thursday or first thing Friday morning, Sept. 12.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

Call 360-239-1317 for more information about this flag lowering.

09 08 14

The following message regarding the Ebola Virus was sent to the Western Washington University campus community today by Dr. Emily Gibson, director of Western's Student Health Center:

Dear WWU Campus Community,

09 04 14

Viking Village, Western Washington University’s online forum, has moved from its current outdated platform to OrgSync, an online management system for campus groups and activities.

The move will provide users of Viking Village with new and exciting features for online discussion – a sleek user interface, increased compatibility with mobile devices, faster page load times, and opportunities for an increased campus audience.

09 03 14

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: