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Western alumna Katherine Frankhauser visited Western Washington University's Bellingham campus Thursday, May 21, to demonstrate electric bicycles and to talk about bike-sharing programs.

A handful of Western Washington University students launched paper airplanes off of the fourth floor of the walkway bridge in between Beta stacks four and seven during a paper airplane competition Thursday, May 21, in front of the Beta residence hall on The Ridge.

Prizes eventually were awarded for best decoration, longest airtime and farthest flight. The event was organized by student Lauren Brigolin as a community-building exercise for Beta-Gamma students.

A fundraising and celebration brunch was held at Western Sunday, May 17, to benefit the nationally recognized and award-winning Compass 2 Campus program at Western Washington University.

Matthew Swisher of the Veteran Outreach Center, Amber Cheremsak and Alex Manjarrez of Western Stars and Stripes placed American flags into the Old Main lawn on Monday, May 18, 2015. 

The 150 flags are in memory of 150 soldiers from Washington state who lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25.

The flags will come down at 4 p.m. Friday, May 22.

Photos by Jake Parrish / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Faculty, staff, students and friends gathered at a retirement party Friday, May 15, in honor of George Mariz, director of the WWU Honors Program and professor in the History Department. Mariz is retiring after more than 40 years at Western Washington University.

Western Washington University's campus was filled with hundreds of alumni, parents, students and community members this past weekend during the annual Back 2 Bellingham celebration May 15 to 17.

The event, put on each year by the Western Alumni Association, featured food, a zip line, theatrical performances, a rock climbing wall, Classes without Quizzes and many other events.

The Western Washington University Alumni Association held a special ceremony May 14 to honor a number of people.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni and Recognition Ceremony awarded 12 alumni; two devoted friends of the university who utilize their professions to support the community and Western; and this year's Legacy Family, with 11 members who attended or have ties to the university.

The Associated Students Disability Outreach Center held a series of events on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus this week as part of the eighth annual Disability Awareness Week.

Among those events was a concert by Out of the Ashes on Wednesday, May 13, in Fraser Hall. The Bellingham band is composed of people with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, and perform covers as well as original music.

Photos by Jake Parrish / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

As part of the annual Scholars Week celebration of student academic achievement, Western Washington University students presented research posters Thursday, May 13, in Carver Gym. The presentations continue on Friday, May 14.

Photo by Margaret Degman / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

The Ethnic Student Center at Western Washington University put on its biggest event of the year, Culture Shock, on Thursday, May 14, in the Performing Arts Center on Western's Bellingham campus.

At the annual event, members of the ESC, other students at WWU and various community members showcase their cultures and learn from others. Among the many performances were spoken word, music and cultural dances.