http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/510/0 en Faculty, staff convocation set for Sept. 18 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/faculty-staff-convocation-set-for-sept-18 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/2014_Opening_Convocation_Hold_The_Date.png" length="415504" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Western Washington University community will convene to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 academic year by sharing breakfast and each other&rsquo;s company, recognizing faculty and staff award winners and listening to President Bruce Shepard&#39;s annual address at Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 18.</p> <p>The morning begins with a complimentary breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Viking Commons (look for an email in mid-August with a link to the online registration site to make your required breakfast reservation). Convocation and the presentation of faculty and staff awards take place from 9:10 to 10:15 a.m. on the PAC Mainstage.</p> <p>In addition to serving as an annual kickoff to the school year, the event serves as an opportunity to honor the outstanding work of Western faculty and staff.</p> <p>The following awards will be announced at the event:</p> <ul> <li> Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award</li> <li> Diversity Achievement Award</li> <li> Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award</li> <li> Outstanding Classified Staff Award</li> <li> Professional Staff Award for Excellence</li> <li> Philip E. Sharpe, Jr. Community Engagement Award</li> <li> Team Recognition Award</li> </ul> <p>From 8 to 10:30 a.m., Western will pause normal operations and all offices will be closed, except in rare cases where staff are informed they must report to carry out their essential responsibilities.</p> <p>In lieu of shuttle service for off-campus employees, parking enforcement will be suspended in all lots from 7 to 11 a.m.</p> awards faculty staff upcoming events Bruce Shepard Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:40:06 +0000 Western Today 23812 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Party for Jim Schuster's retirement is July 31 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/party-for-jim-schusters-retirement-is-july-31 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Jim-Schuster-Retirement-2.png" length="807274" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[ Editor&#39;s note: This story has been amended to reflect a room change for the party. The event will now be held in Viking Union Room 567. ]</em></p> <p>Jim Schuster, Western Washington University&#39;s director of Viking Union Facilities, joined the WWU community in 1976.</p> <p>During his time at Western, he has served the community by providing support, excellence, service and commitment to the students and staff.</p> <p>But now Schuster is retiring, and a party will be held in his honor July 31. The community is welcome to join in celebrating and honoring his 38 years with the university.</p> <p>The party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Viking Union Room 567.</p> jobs retirements staff upcoming events Viking Union Jim Schuster Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:35:26 +0000 Western Today 23780 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Lizard Field School http://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://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Gov. Inslee interested in Bellingham waterfront cleanup, potential for job creation http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/gov-inslee-interested-in-bellingham-waterfront-cleanup-potential-for-job-creation <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/2014/08/01/3779061/gov-inslee-interested-in-bellingham.html?sp=/99/100/&amp;ihp=1" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/01/3779061/gov-inslee-interested-in-bell...</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 emphasized the importance of maintaining state funding for cleaning up hazardous substances during a visit to Bellingham Thursday, July 31. The stop was part of a tour Inslee is making around the state to learn about environmental challenges and possible solutions. </div> </div> </div> waterfront Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:36:06 +0000 john.thompson 23900 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Evening of dance from WWU http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/evening-of-dance-from-wwu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Islands&#039; Sounder </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.islandssounder.com/entertainment/269262981.html" target="_blank">http://www.islandssounder.com/entertainment/269262981.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Come enjoy an evening of selected dances from the Repertory West Dance Ensemble on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 pm. at Orcas Center. Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance Faculty have choreographed a varied program featuring the best dancers from the WWU dance program. </div> </div> </div> Dance Program College of Fine and Performing Arts 11-12: Curriculum Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:34:38 +0000 john.thompson 23899 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday PEBB votes to add transgender services to health coverage starting in January http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/pebb-votes-to-add-transgender-services-to-health-coverage-starting-in-january <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/2014/07/31/3778395/pebb-votes-to-add-transgender.html?sp=/99/101/342/640/" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/31/3778395/pebb-votes-to-add-transgender...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Transgender state employees in Washington will soon be assured of getting health coverage, including office visits, hormonal treatment and mental health care. Coverage could begin as soon as January 2015 under a plan approved by a state board Thursday. Coverage of surgical needs will have to wait another six months, to July 1. </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:33:03 +0000 john.thompson 23898 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday A bird’s eye-view on dwindling numbers http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/a-bird%E2%80%99s-eye-view-on-dwindling-numbers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gulf 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://www.gulf-times.com/culture/238/details/402504/a-bird%E2%80%99s-eye-view-on-dwindling-numbers-" target="_blank">http://www.gulf-times.com/culture/238/details/402504/a-bird%E2%80%99s-eye-view-o...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bird-counters stood in the windy bow chattering into headsets and scanning the Strait of Juan de Fuca with binoculars. “Scoters,” Sherman Anderson said. “Three of them. At 11 o’clock. Look like surfs.” “Marbled murrelets,” he added seconds later. “I see two.” Inside the boat’s cabin, another Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife worker listened through a headset of his own so he could record the tally on a computer. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department faculty research Wayne Landis College of Science and Engineering Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:41:41 +0000 Western Today 23894 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Making a chain a family business http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/making-a-chain-a-family-business <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bellingham Business Journal </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/making-a-chain-a-family-business/28452" target="_blank">http://bbjtoday.com/blog/making-a-chain-a-family-business/28452</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a smile on his face and a satchel over his shoulder, Robert Penney stepped inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Bakerview Road. He approached a family with two young children and introduced himself. “I’m the owner,” he said. “Would you like a balloon animal?” The kids nodded. Penney swung open his bag and pulled out an air pump. “A butterfly?” he asked. “Or a dog? Or a bunny? Or a sword?” </div> </div> </div> alumni Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:39:40 +0000 Western Today 23893 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday EdCC hires former player as new softball coach http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/edcc-hires-former-player-as-new-softball-coach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Edmonds Beacon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/edcc-hires-former-player-as-new-softball-coach/1219177" target="_blank">http://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/edcc-hires-former-player-as-new-softball-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Edmonds Community College has announced it has hired a former player as the school’s new softball coach. Sheryl Gilmore will take over the team next spring, which has included players from the Mukilteo and Everett area. Gilmore, who played at EdCC went to Edmonds-Woodway High School. </div> </div> </div> alumni Athletics PEHR students College of Humanities and Social Sciences Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:38:39 +0000 Western Today 23892 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Korby Lenker in concert at Bellingham's Naked Clothing http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/korby-lenker-in-concert-at-bellinghams-naked-clothing <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/2014/07/30/3761226/korby-lenker-in-concert-at-bellinghams.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/30/3761226/korby-lenker-in-concert-at-be...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While in high school in Idaho, Korby Lenker had a cover band where he tried on various alt-rock identities, singing and playing ukulele and guitar. Then he got into transcribing Trey Anastasio guitar solos as part of his music-theory studies at Western Washington University. </div> </div> </div> alumni upcoming events College of Fine and Performing Arts Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:37:32 +0000 Western Today 23891 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday How Twitter Amplified An NRA Lobbyist's Comments http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/how-twitter-amplified-an-nra-lobbyists-comments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KUOW 94.9-FM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://kuow.org/post/how-twitter-amplified-nra-lobbyists-comments" target="_blank">http://kuow.org/post/how-twitter-amplified-nra-lobbyists-comments</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supporters of a Washington gun control measure on the November ballot may have just gotten a mid-summer boost. They’re capitalizing on an audio recording that recently surfaced. </div> </div> </div> faculty Political Science Department research Todd Donovan College of Humanities and Social Sciences Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:36:05 +0000 Western Today 23890 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Workers to remove asbestos near Humanities Monday http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/workers-to-remove-asbestos-near-humanities-monday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Contractors for the brick replacement project recently found broken, asbestos-containing pipe underground in a small area southwest of the Humanities Building within the construction area.</p> <p>On Monday, Aug. 4, certified asbestos workers will begin setting up to remove and safely dispose of the contaminated soil and debris. The work area will be tented over and sealed. Negative air machines with HEPA filters and air monitoring will ensure the safety of workers in the area; outside the tented area will be monitored for the protection of passersby.</p> <p>The work will occur within the existing fenced contractor work area. The contaminated materials will be bagged, then moved into a storage vehicle at the end of each workday, when they will be disposed of as contaminated waste according to state requirements.</p> <p>Anticipated date of completion is prior to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7.</p> <p>For more information, contact Doug MacLean, project manager, Facilities Development and Capital Budget, at 360-650-3791 or doug.maclean@wwu.edu; or Sue Sullivan, director of Environmental Health &amp; Safety, at 360-650-6512 or <a href="mailto:sue.sullivan@wwu.edu">sue.sullivan@wwu.edu</a>.</p> Health Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget safety Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:08:21 +0000 Western Today 23889 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Campus asked to avoid activities during Aug. 23 commencement http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/campus-asked-to-avoid-activities-during-aug-23-commencement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/commencement---Procession028_4.jpg" length="278244" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer 2014 commencement activities begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in Carver Gym, Red Square and the SMATE Building. The ceremony begins at 10&nbsp;a.m. and is followed by Memory Walk to Old Main, which concludes at approximately noon.</p> <p>All academic and administrative units are asked to avoid activity that would conflict with commencement.</p> alumni commencement students upcoming events Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:28:03 +0000 Western Today 23887 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Faculty attending Aug. 23 commencement announced http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/faculty-attending-aug-23-commencement-announced <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/commencement---spring-2011---Ceremony002_1.jpg" length="749473" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The following Western Washington University faculty members should have received a memo from Jana Schueler of the Registrar&#39;s Office confirming their attendance at summer commencement on Aug. 23:</p> <p>Elizabeth Boland, Dana Brickman, Carolyn Dale, Joanne DeMark, Jeanne Freeman, Gabe Gossett, Steve Henson, Kevin Leonard, Ying Li, Stephen McDowall, Larry Symons and Daniel Warner.</p> <p>Those who did not receive a memo, those who plan to attend but are not listed and those who need to cancel should contact Jana Schueler<span style="white-space: normal;">&nbsp;at 360-650-</span>3701 or <a href="mailto:jana.schueler@wwu.edu">jana.schueler@wwu.edu</a> as soon as possible.</p> <p>Faculty who need regalia for the ceremony can <a href="http://www.royaltpapers.com/acatalog/wwu_faculty.html" target="_blank">order online from Royal T Papers</a>. Faculty with questions about their order can contact the Alumni Office at 360-650-3353.</p> alumni commencement faculty Registrar's Office staff students upcoming events Carolyn Dale Dana Brickman Daniel Warner Elizabeth Boland Gabe Gossett Jana Schueler Jeanne Freeman Joanne DeMark Kevin Leonard Larry Symons Stephen McDowall Steve Henson Ying Li Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:24:46 +0000 Western Today 23886 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Youth Theatre's Monster Keeper opens Aug. 8 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/youth-theatres-monster-keeper-opens-aug-8 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/MonsterKeeper_img2.jpg" length="668858" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Presented by Western&#39;s Summer Youth Theatre Institute, Monster Keeper is a lively, all-ages stage adaptation of the best-selling middle-reader novel Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham.</p> <p>The play hits the PAC Mainstage&nbsp;at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.</p> <p>The play is written and directed by Deb Currier, an associate professor of theatre arts at Western. The set was designed by award-winning Los Angeles scenic designer/art director&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lukefreeborn.com/" target="_blank">Luke Freeborn</a>, who also provided art direction for the films &quot;Inception,&quot; &quot;Men in Black 3&quot; and others.</p> <p>Before the Sunday showing, the&nbsp;WWU Alumni Association <a href="https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=176169" target="_blank">is offering lunch on the PAC Plaza</a> and a special conversation with Currier, who will share some backstage secrets and fun facts about the show and talk about the set design. The cost for that event is $10 for Alumni Association members and youth, $8 for children and $15 for non-members.&nbsp;The afternoon will include a picnic-style lunch with burgers, brats, salads, lemonade, iced tea and brownies. Attendees also&nbsp;will have a chance to meet author Royce Buckingham and purchase a signed copy of his original book, &ldquo;Demon Keeper,&rdquo; that inspired the play.</p> <p>Monster Keeper is a fast-paced, humorous hero&#39;s tale about finding courage, friendship and self-knowledge in the most unlikely of circumstances. The brand new theater-for-youth script is appropriate for most ages.</p> Alumni Association community faculty students Theatre Arts Department upcoming events Deb Currier College of Fine and Performing Arts Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:54:49 +0000 Western Today 23885 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday