http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/3068/0 en Retirement party for Bob Schneider is Dec. 19 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/retirement-party-for-bob-schneider-is-dec-19 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Bob%20Schneider%20mu.jpg" length="29016" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bob Schneider, director of Administrative Computing Services at Western Washington University, is retiring on Dec. 31.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>In an email announcement to Schneider&#39;s colleagues, John Lawson, Western&#39;s vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, wrote the following:</p> <p>&quot;I have been privileged to work with Bob for over 8 of his 17 years of service to Western. I can always count on Bob for two things: First, a robust discussion about the things he is passionate about; our service to students and our efficiency in administrative tasks. He continually advocated for improving our services and helping Western be a model for other institutions. Through his national professional activities in the Banner user group and conferences, he brought us great ideas to improve and shared with other institutions the great ideas that he and his wonderful staff developed at Western. Second, once decisions were made he was tireless in implementation. Things got done&hellip; what more can I say?&quot;</p> <p>Much has changed at Western, specifically in the Administrative Computing and Information Technology areas, during Schneider&#39;s time at the university. Schneider enjoyed working through those changes to take advantage of technological advancement and make positive change that allow the university to be more effective in providing services to its people. Because it&#39;s always the people who matter most, he said.</p> <p>&quot;I have been very fortunate to have the team in ADMCS, as they are the best people I have had working with me during my entire career,&quot; Schneider wrote in a statement provided to Western Today. &quot;I want to thank them for their dedication and hard work to provide the best services to Western. Other departments within ITS (Technical Services and ATUS) provided critical support to ADMCS and the campus, without which ADMCS would not have been able to deliver the many new services that have been provided over the years. I also want to thank my past and present CIOs for their tremendous support of our work. And, it&rsquo;s been a pleasure working with all the Western people I have had the chance to meet and work with in improving systems during my &#39;run&#39; at Western.</p> <p>&quot;I wish Western the best. I know with great management and extremely dedicated and knowledgeable staff and faculty, Western will continue to deliver excellent education to many generations to come.</p> <p>&quot;Thank you for the many good years. I&rsquo;ll miss being part of Western changes and working with you all.&quot;</p> Administrative Computing Services retirements upcoming events Bob Schneider Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:28:12 +0000 Western Today 24685 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Parking permits may now be renewed for winter http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/parking-permits-may-now-be-renewed-for-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Parking-Lot-7G.png" length="1051555" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University faculty, staff and students who had a fall-quarter parking permit may now&nbsp;<a href="https://wwuparking.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_ext.aspx" target="_blank">renew their permit</a> for winter quarter.</p> <p>Those who did not purchase a fall quarter permit may <a href="https://wwuparking.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_ext.aspx" target="_blank">get on a waitlist</a>. Those on the list will be notified at their&nbsp;WWU email address when a permit is available for purchase.</p> faculty Parking Services staff students transportation Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:47:45 +0000 Western Today 24638 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Lizard Field School http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/lizard-field-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oregon Public Broadcasting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/" target="_blank">http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Student biologists learn the how-to&#039;s of wildlife research by studying the life and death of lizards in Oregon&#039;s Alvord desert. For 15 years Dr. Roger Anderson has been leading students on a three-week immersion into lizard ecology and behavior. Students cope with the primitive conditions of life in a desert encampment while enduring the blazing sun and harsh desert conditions. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department research students Roger Anderson College of Science and Engineering Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Western Today 22815 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday 'Midsummer Night's Dream' earns national award http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/midsummer-nights-dream-earns-national-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/A_Midsummer_Nights_Dream_011.JPG" length="289641" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/A_Midsummer_Nights_Dream_119.JPG" length="354679" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/A_Midsummer_Nights_Dream_208.JPG" length="405214" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/A_Midsummer_Nights_Dream_305.JPG" length="319470" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/A_Midsummer_Nights_Dream_743.JPG" length="361029" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Western Washington University Opera&rsquo;s April 2014 production of Benjamin Britten&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Midsummer Night&#39;s Dream&rdquo; was awarded First Prize in Division 3 of the 2014 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association.</p> <p>The awards will be presented at the Gala Banquet of the association&rsquo;s National Convention on Jan. 10.</p> <p>The Western production was directed by Amber Bone and conducted by Roger Briggs with assistance from senior instructor Jay Rozendaal. Dipu Gupta, then in his first year as assistant professor of Set Design for the Department of Theatre and Dance, designed the scenery. KateLynn Walker, a senior in Theatre/Dance from Longview, designed the costumes, and the performance featured choreography by Dance Professor Penny Hutchinson.</p> <p>The National Opera Association was founded in 1955 to promote a greater appreciation of opera and music theatre, to enhance pedagogy and performing activities and to increase performance opportunities by supporting projects that improve the scope and quality of opera. Members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia participate in a wide array of activities in support of this mission. The Association has primarily served education and performance activities in academic institutions and small regional opera companies.</p> <p>Western seniors Rachel Brown from Longview and Danielle Bayne from Everett portrayed &ldquo;Helena&rdquo; and &ldquo;Hermia.&rdquo; The role of &ldquo;Oberon,&rdquo; written for a rare vocal type (countertenor) was sung by Western composition alum Brendan Littlefield from Moscow, Idaho.</p> <p>For more information, contact Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University&rsquo;s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or <a href="mailto:chris.casquilho@wwu.edu">chris.casquilho@wwu.edu</a>.</p> awards Music Department recognition students Theatre and Dance Department Amber Bone Dipu Gupta Jay Rozendaal Penny Hutchinson Roger Briggs College of Fine and Performing Arts Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:40:47 +0000 Western Today 24783 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday ODESZA finds success through trial and error http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/odesza-finds-success-through-trial-and-error <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Detroit News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/12/17/trial-error-odesza/20503093/" target="_blank">http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/12/17/trial-error-odes...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two years ago, Harrison Mills was looking for graphic design jobs as he prepared to graduate from college. Today, the 25-year-old has topped the Billboard dance charts and toured the world as one-half of the electronic music duo ODESZA. “I don’t think either of us expected this whatsoever,” Mills says. “It was more like, ‘Well, we have to get a serious job in a couple months. Do you want to try to not do anything serious and do the things we love before we have to start a career?’ ” </div> </div> </div> alumni Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:21:20 +0000 Western Today 24782 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday National Endowment for the Arts awards fellowship to Vanderbilt MFA student http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/national-endowment-for-the-arts-awards-fellowship-to-vanderbilt-mfa-student <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vanderbilt University </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/12/national-endowment-for-the-arts-awards-fellowship-to-vanderbilt-mfa-student/" target="_blank">http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/12/national-endowment-for-the-arts-awards-fellow...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a literary arts fellowship to Anders Carlson-Wee, a second-year poetry student in Vanderbilt’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Carlson-Wee, a former professional rollerblader, will receive a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. This $25,000, non-matching fellowship allows published writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career advancement. </div> </div> </div> alumni awards recognition Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:28:04 +0000 Western Today 24781 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Retirement party for Debbie Jackson is Dec. 17 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/retirement-party-for-debbie-jackson-is-dec-17 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <p>Jackson served as information coordinator and in the Office of Student Life in the Viking Union. All are invited to attend.</p> Dean of Students Office of Student Life retirements staff upcoming events Debbie Jackson Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:14:40 +0000 Western Today 24776 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday What WWU classified staff need to know during bad weather http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/what-wwu-classified-staff-need-to-know-during-bad-weather <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/snowy-Old-Main.jpg" length="799857" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/policies/docs/5400%20Human%20Resources/POL-U5400.04%20%20Suspending%20University%20Operations.pdf" target="_blank">Suspended Operations Policy</a> applies when the university is closed. The <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/laborrelations/LaborRelationsHome.shtml" target="_blank">2013-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreements</a> are available online. Applicable portions for WWU staff:</p> <ul> <li> WFSE (Bargaining Units A, B, E) &ndash; Article 17</li> <li> PSE (Bargaining Units D, PTE) &ndash; Article 16.1</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/policies/docs/5400%20Human%20Resources/POL-U5400.03%20Taking%20and%20Reporting%20Leave%20During%20Inclement%20Weather.pdf" target="_blank">Inclement Weather Policy</a> applies when the university is open but weather conditions may impact some employees&#39; ability to safely report to work, as determined by the employee. The applicable portions in the <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/laborrelations/LaborRelationsHome.shtml" target="_blank">2013-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreements</a> are:</p> <ul> <li> WFSE (Bargaining Units A, B, E) &ndash; Article 50</li> <li> PSE (Bargaining Units D, PTE) &ndash; Article 16.2</li> </ul> <p>For more information, contact Melissa Reed in Human Resources at 360-650-7718.</p> Health Human Resources safety staff unions weather Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:23:19 +0000 Western Today 24775 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Inslee backs smaller class sizes for grades K-3, teacher raises http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/inslee-backs-smaller-class-sizes-for-grades-k-3-teacher-raises <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Seattle Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025244142_educationbudget1xml.html" target="_blank">http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025244142_educationbudget1xml.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gov. Jay Inslee rolled out highlights of his education budget Monday, saying he wants to reduce average class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, pay for all-day public kindergarten and reinstate cost-of-living raises for teachers that the voters approved years ago. But he does not propose shrinking average class sizes in fourth grade and beyond, as voters endorsed a month ago. </div> </div> </div> budget funding government higher education students tuition Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:11:08 +0000 Western Today 24774 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Whatcom’s new Superior Court judge has tribal background http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/whatcom%E2%80%99s-new-superior-court-judge-has-tribal-background <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/15/4029953_inslee-appoints-raquel-montoya.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/15/4029953_inslee-appoints-raquel-montoy...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whatcom County will have its first Native American Superior Court judge in 2015. When Raquel Montoya-Lewis begins her term in January, she also will be the only Superior Court judge of tribal descent in the state. </div> </div> </div> community faculty government Raquel Montoya-Lewis Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:57:50 +0000 Western Today 24773 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU offering editing, social media, and wordpress courses this winter http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-offering-editing-social-media-and-wordpress-courses-this-winter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bellingham Business Journal blogs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://bbjtoday.com/blog/wwu-offering-editing-social-media-and-wordpress-courses-this-winter/29806" target="_blank">http://bbjtoday.com/blog/wwu-offering-editing-social-media-and-wordpress-courses...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University’s Extended Education program is offering courses this winter ideal for anyone who wants to publish online. Courses include Editing Visual Components, Grammar for Editors, Social Media: Building Community, and Web Design and Development: Level II – Introduction to WordPress. </div> </div> </div> community Extended Education upcoming events Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:44:58 +0000 Western Today 24772 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Opportunities for all: Making the case for AASCU institutions http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/opportunities-for-all-making-the-case-for-aascu-institutions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AASCU </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.aascu.org/MAP/PublicPurpose/2014/Fall/Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.aascu.org/MAP/PublicPurpose/2014/Fall/Opportunities.pdf</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Higher education is never short of challenges, but those of us leading AASCU institutions are finding ourselves with an interesting array of both new and old issues that challenge us to lead effectively. In an era of almost across-the-board declines in state support for our publicly-purposed institutions, we are tasked with providing an obtainable, high-quality education that is accessible and affordable for all, while at the same time aligning ourselves with the shifting economic needs and new opportunities in the states that we so proudly serve. These issues with state budgets are occurring at the same time as—and perhaps in part because of—a new level of diminished public opinion on the ROI of a four-year baccalaureate education. </div> </div> </div> higher education Bruce Shepard Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:42:18 +0000 Western Today 24771 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Remember to power down for winter break http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/remember-to-power-down-for-winter-break <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/PowerDown_Winter%282014%29.png" length="280843" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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:</p> <ul> <li> Turn off and your computer and your monitor</li> <li> Shut windows</li> <li> Close curtains/lower blinds for extra insulation</li> <li> Shut off power strips</li> <li> Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, printers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc.</li> <li> Leave refrigerators plugged in, or defrost and clean before unplugging</li> <li> Shut fume hood sashes (in lab buildings)</li> <li> Leave your thermostat at its normal setting. Building thermostats and radiators are monitored by the FM Energy Management Center, no localized adjustments are needed. <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/sustain/programs/green-offices/" target="_blank">Thermostat guidelines</a>.</li> <li> Tightly turn off faucets and report any leaks to work control x3420</li> <li> Water plants</li> <li> Turn off lights</li> <li> Have a safe and happy break!</li> </ul> <p>What else can you do?</p> <ul> <li> Remind students and colleagues to power down before leaving campus</li> <li> Turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms</li> </ul> <p>Power Down is a collaborative effort of WWU Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability, to coordinate, encourage and implement utility reduction efforts throughout campus. We believe small actions make a difference.</p> <p>Thank you for participating in the WWU Climate Action Plan. <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/sustain/programs/green-offices/" target="_blank">More information</a>.</p> environment Office of Sustainability sustainability Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:46:20 +0000 Western Today 24769 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Retirement party for Deb Jusak is Jan. 9 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/retirement-party-for-deb-jusak-is-jan-9 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A farewell party to honor Debra Jusak, special assistant to the provost, will be held from 4 to 6&nbsp;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.</p> <p>The favor of a reply is requested by Jan. 2. Please contact Melinda Assink at 360-650-3547 or <a href="mailto:melinda.assink@wwu.edu">melinda.assink@wwu.edu</a>, to RSVP or for more information.</p> Computer Science Department retirements upcoming events Debra Jusak College of Science and Engineering Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:34:45 +0000 Western Today 24768 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Elwha exhibit comes down Dec. 30 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/elwha-exhibit-comes-down-dec-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/elwha-photo.jpg" length="331986" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just a reminder that if you haven&#39;t yet had a chance to check out &quot;Elwha: A River Reborn,&quot; 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.</p> <p>Based on a Mountaineers book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, the exhibit takes viewers to the Northwest&rsquo;s legendary Elwha River Valley to discover the people, places, and history behind a remarkable regional story &ndash; and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first-person accounts, stunning photographs, and informative text printed on free-standing banners, follow the Elwha&rsquo;s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine &ndash; to an unprecedented experiment in restoration and renewal that has captured global attention.</p> <p>&quot;Elwha: A River Reborn&quot; is available for viewing Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Dec. 30, (except during the dates Special Collections is closed: Dec. 24 to 26).</p> <p>&quot;Elwha: A River Reborn&quot; was developed by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with The Seattle Times, Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. National touring sponsor is The Snoqualmie Tribe. Sponsorship of the local presentation of Elwha is provided by Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.</p> <p>For more information about this exhibit, please contact Western Libraries Communications Coordinator Clarissa Mansfield at <a href="mailto:Clarissa.Mansfield@wwu.edu">Clarissa.Mansfield@wwu.edu</a> or 360-650-3052.</p> Special Collections upcoming events Western Libraries Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:18:32 +0000 Western Today 24766 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday