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Dennis Murphy, a Western Washington University alumnus who served as dean of the College of Business and Economics for 25 years, addressed Western graduates and their families at the winter Commencement ceremony, Saturday, March 21, in Carver Gymnasium.

It's the half-way point of finals week and what better way to unload some stress and gain perspective than by petting animals?

"Canines on Campus," formerly known as "Pet Partners," is a program on campus where volunteers bring dogs to campus to share in some canine affection. Whatcom Therapy Dogs and Dogs on Call are the two organizations which provide volunteers to the on-campus program.

Jim Schuster and Kevin Majkut, both recently retired from Viking Union administration at Western Washington University, returned to the VU Monday to be presented with a hand-carved bench made in their honor.

The bench was carved by WWU alumnus Pat McVay, who owns a sculpture studio on Whidbey Island, and commissioned by the 2014-15 Associated Students Board of Directors to honor Schuster and Majkut's 38 years of service to Western.

The new Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building at the Shannon Point Marine Center was officially introduced Thursday at a ceremony in Anacortes.

Flora, who served as Western’s eighth president from 1967 to 1975, passed away late in 2013 at age 85.

The 21st Annual Employee Art Show closes Friday at 1:30 p.m.; the exhibit is set up in Viking Union Room 565. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, March 12, and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 13.

As part of the WWU Kindness Campaign's day of encouragement on Thursday, members of the Western community wrote notes to themselves for an art project on display under the Wilson Library skybridge. Today's theme is celebration.

Associated Students Productions brought in a petting zoo from Animal Encounters and set it up on the Communications Facility Lawn March 4, 2015. It's scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

Photos by J.T. Williams / WWU

The student group Autonomous Students United to Reduce Tuition marched from the south campus flag plaza to the PAC Plaza on March 4, 2015, protesting tuition costs.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the SMATE program on campus and chatted with various groups of students on funding, tuition and the environment during a brief visit to campus on Monday, March 3, 2015.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

Western Washington University students Keegan Strandness and Heather McTurnan, as they have done in the past, stood in Red Square on Friday, Feb. 13, the day before Valentines Day, to offer free hugs to passing students.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU