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The 2011-12 WWU Connections series of talks at Village Books kicked off this week with a presentation by Clarissa Mansfield, author of the local blog "Vegan in Bellingham."

Mansfield is a full-time staff member -- a library/archives paraprofessional, to be exact -- in the Western Washington University Libraries. In her presentation, she shared her passion for delicious food, debunked myths about veganism and offered thoughts on cooking and eating out.

Western Washington University students helped produce live coverage of election night in Whatcom County on Nov. 8, 2011.

The Western Washington University volleyball team won its last two home matches of the year this past weekend, completing a thrilling five-set victory over No. 24 Seattle Pacific University on Thursday and then cruising to a three-set win over Montana State University - Billings on Saturday.

Two regular-season matches remain for the Vikings, who travel to Central Washington University on Thursday and to Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday.

The ladies currently sit at second in the GNAC standings, tied with University of Alaska Anchorage.

It's definitely fall quarter here at Western Washington University. Leaves are changing colors and falling, and the weather has shown its flair for the dramatic with impressive displays of wind and rain.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour to 1 a.m.

Photos by Rhys Logan | University Communications intern

The major renovation of Miller Hall at Western Washington University is complete, and a dedication ceremony was held for the building on campus Nov. 2.

The Associated Students at Western Washington University played host to the second annual Halloween Costume Ball in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on camps Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.

The event was sponsored by the AS Veterans Outreach Center/Disability Outreach Center.

Recipient of the 2011 Sustainability Award in Operations, presented by Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, Rich Van Den Hul : Academic Custodial Services

Academic Custodial Services is recognized for:

ACS is being recognized for a number of recent advancements in their operations, including

The Western Libraries held a pirate-themed open house and treasure hunt in the Learning Commons on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

Viking Jam, Western Washington University's 25th annual preseason introduction of its men's and women's basketball teams, took place Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The 60-minute program included roster introductions, intra-squad scrimmages, a rim-rattling slam-dunk contest, a 3-point shootout between the men's and women's squads, routines by the Western cheerleaders as well as fun contests with prizes for fans.

Close to 800 fifth-graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties visited Western Washington University Tuesday, Oct. 25, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicked off the third year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as future college students.