http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/2733/0 en 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 Connecting Communities Service Day is April 17 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/connecting-communities-service-day-is-april-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/Connecting%20Communities%20Service%20Day.jpg" length="880645" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2014, the <a href="http://www.library.wwu.edu/tla">Teaching-Learning Academy </a>at Western Washington University proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to the BIG question, &ldquo;How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?&rdquo; The TLA welcomes students, staff, and faculty to participate in the upcoming events as part of Active Minds Changing Lives Week.</p> <p><strong>Connecting Communities Launch (Monday, April 13)</strong></p> <p class="rteindent1">Faculty and staff may drop by Wilson Library 270 anytime between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn how they can volunteer with various organizations within Whatcom County. Individuals will also have an opportunity to sign up for a service event on Friday, April 17. Light refreshments will be served.</p> <p><strong>Connecting Communities Day of Service (Friday, April 17)</strong></p> <p class="rteindent1">On April 17, faculty and staff may join their colleagues in a day of service. Service projects are available on- and off-campus, and folks have a variety of volunteer sites to choose from. Projects for April 17 range from creating a short film for the Family Meals Project to assisting Tara Perry&rsquo;s class with assembling backpacks for the homeless. For the list of service projects, please see the <a href="http://www.library.wwu.edu/tla_events">TLA events page</a>. This is also a wonderful opportunity to use Community Service Leave available for <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/professional-staff-community-service-leave-day-to-be-available">Professional staff</a> and <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/blogs/hr-today/hr-today-for-may-30-2013">classified staff</a>.</p> community faculty staff Teaching-Learning Academy upcoming events volunteers Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:27:30 +0000 Western Today 25521 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Record year for applications to state’s universities http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/record-year-for-applications-to-state%E2%80%99s-universities <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://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/record-year-for-applications-to-states-universities/" target="_blank">http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/record-year-for-applications-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington’s five public universities and its one public college received record-breaking numbers of freshman applications for fall 2015, including more applications from students who qualify for a state tuition scholarship. All told, more than 75,000 students applied — most from in-state, but also thousands from across the country and around the world. </div> </div> </div> Admissions Office community higher education students Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:58:12 +0000 Western Today 25520 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU adds professional development courses in Poulsbo http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-adds-professional-development-courses-in-poulsbo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kitsap Peninsula 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://www.kitsapsun.com/kpbj/wwu-adds-professional-development-courses-in-poulsbo" target="_blank">http://www.kitsapsun.com/kpbj/wwu-adds-professional-development-courses-in-pouls...</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 on the Peninsulas will offer professional development courses in its new Continuing Education program this spring. The courses will take place at Olympic College’s Poulsbo campus. </div> </div> </div> Extended Education Western on the Peninsulas College of Business and Economics Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:55:56 +0000 Western Today 25519 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday GOP response to House Dems’ budget proposal portends legislative OT http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/gop-response-to-house-dems%E2%80%99-budget-proposal-portends-legislative-ot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crosscut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://crosscut.com/2015/03/gop-response-to-house-dems-budget-proposal-portends-legislative-ot/" target="_blank">http://crosscut.com/2015/03/gop-response-to-house-dems-budget-proposal-portends-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No one in Olympia really believed that the State Legislature would adjourn by its April 26 target. The initial response from Senate Republicans to the $38.8 billion, 2015-2017 budget unveiled by House Democrats on Friday makes it pretty clear that this session is likely headed for overtime. (The Senate Republicans budget — $37 billion with no new taxes — is expected in a few days.) </div> </div> </div> budget funding higher education Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:49:29 +0000 Western Today 25518 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Rare Books Curator Sandra Kroupa to Present on Artists’ Books at Western April 7 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/rare-books-curator-sandra-kroupa-to-present-on-artists%E2%80%99-books-at-western-april-7 <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>Sandra Kroupa, Books Arts and Rare Books curator at the University of Washington Libraries&rsquo; Special Collections, will present &ldquo;The Genuine Article: Reading Artists&rsquo; Books,&rdquo; from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6<sup>th</sup> floor) on the Western Washington University Campus.</p> <p>The presentation is free and open to the public.</p> <p>In a period of jargon and abbreviation, artists&rsquo; books are meant to be consumed fully, every element savored. What is the difference between artists&rsquo; books experienced in still or moving images or in a vitrine with books in the hand? What is achieved by the text read with the modulation of the human voice? How does that impact the understanding and reception of the work? Are we experiencing the genuine article or some variation of it? These are questions, perhaps without answers, that Kroupa will discuss in her presentation.</p> <p>Long known for her refusal to define the word &ldquo;book,&rdquo; Kroupa will discuss limited editions, democratic multiples, one-of-a-kinds, altered books and all manner of the book which is presented by artists as a physical form. Her talk will draw from the extensive Book Arts Collection at the University of Washington Libraries and focus on the connections between bookworks by a wide variety of artists.</p> <p>For more information on Kroupa&rsquo;s presentation, contact WWU Special Collections Librarian Paul Piper at (360) 650-3097.</p> events Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:35:57 +0000 john.thompson 25517 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU receives highest-ever number of freshman applications http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-receives-highest-ever-number-of-freshman-applications <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/campus-4744.jpg" length="861203" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Student demand to attend Western Washington University is strong, with the university receiving its highest-ever number of freshman applications. University officials say Western&rsquo;s reputation for academic excellence and value are important factors drawing students to WWU.</p> <p>The deadline for freshman applications for fall quarter 2015 was Jan. 31. As of that date, Western had received 9,802 freshmen applications for about 2,800 freshman slots for fall quarter, up by over 500 applications from last year and exceeding all previous years&rsquo; totals.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to see more and more students and families discovering Western&rsquo;s reputation for outstanding undergraduate experiences and great value.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re recognizing that Western provides distinctive educational opportunities, a community, and a comprehensive learning environment that sets us apart.&rdquo; said Western President Bruce Shepard.</p> <p>Applications from students of color are up by 12.2 percent. Applications from first-generation students (those whose parents did not attend college) are up 11.7 percent.</p> <p>And high-achieving students from all backgrounds who have been admitted with highest honors or distinction are up by 12.8 percent.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every day, the faculty and staff of Western&nbsp;work very hard to&nbsp;build upon&nbsp;a 122-year tradition to provide the best&nbsp;possible educational experience&nbsp;for our students.&nbsp; We take this seriously; this is who we are and what we do,&rdquo; said Clara Capron, WWU assistant vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. &ldquo;After visiting our campus and talking with our professors, students and parents intuitively feel as though Western is a great choice.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of efforts to match available resources with enrollment, Western anticipates a steady overall enrollment to continue at about 15,000 students.</p> <p>There is a determined effort on the part of Western to hold costs down as much as possible, without compromising strong academic quality. That combination of outstanding education with value are contributing factors as students make Western their destination of choice. Those same factors are reflected in national rankings; for example, Western is one of the 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger&rsquo;s Personal Finance magazine. See: the <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php">100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015.</a></p> <p>Western is the most efficient school among universities of its type in the Pacific Northwest, according to a U.S. News &amp; World Report analysis that compared spending and educational quality. And Western ranked second overall as most efficient among regional colleges and universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2015/01/15/data-show-which-top-ranked-colleges-operate-most-efficiently">For their analysis,</a>U.S. News looked at the public and private colleges that scored the highest on overall undergraduate academic educational quality, as measured by their position in the <a href="http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges" title="Link: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges">2015 Best Colleges rankings</a>, but that spent relatively less on their educational programs to achieve that outstanding academic quality.</p> <p>Western also is the highest-ranking public, master&rsquo;s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2015 U.S. News &amp; World Report college rankings, which are based on a variety of criteria including academic reputation, student selectivity and retention, faculty resources, peer assessment and financial resources.</p> Admissions Office higher education students Bruce Shepard Clara Capron Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:00:39 +0000 Western Today 25516 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Next 'Neuroscience on Tap' discussion looks at link between experience, genes http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/next-neuroscience-on-tap-discussion-looks-at-link-between-experience-genes <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/Neuroscience-on-Tap.jpg" length="59565" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Faculty from WWU&#39;s Behavioral Neuroscience Program and Biology and Psychology departments will gather for a neighborhood round-table discussion, &quot;Neuroscience on Tap: Bring Your Own Brain (BYOB),&quot; from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Club Glow, 202 E. Holly St. in downtown Bellingham.</p> <p>This month&#39;s discussion, &quot;Epigenetics: How Experience Changes Your Genes,&quot; will be led by Blair Duncan, an instructor in Western&rsquo;s Psychology Department.</p> <p>For more information on this event, contact Coco Besson, WWU Behavioral Neuroscience Program Coordinator, at 360-650-2148 or at <a href="mailto:coco.besson@wwu.edu">coco.besson@wwu.edu</a>. Additional program information can also be found at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/neuroscience/" target="_blank">http://www.wwu.edu/neuroscience/</a>.</p> Behavioral Neuroscience Program community Psychology Department upcoming events Blair Duncan College of Humanities and Social Sciences College of Science and Engineering Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:57:55 +0000 Western Today 25515 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Traveling '1812' exhibit to show new perspectives on 200-year-old war http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/traveling-1812-exhibit-to-show-new-perspectives-on-200-year-old-war <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/1812-Exhibit-Poster.jpg" length="237193" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Heritage Resources and the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University are co-sponsoring a traveling exhibit commemorating the recent Bicentennial of the War of 1812.</p> <p>The exhibit will be primarily in Special Collections (Wilson Library sixth floor) with some pieces also located on the library&#39;s fourth-floor rotunda. The exhibit will be on display and available for viewing from March 30 to May 29, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11&nbsp;a.m. and 4 p.m. (but closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day).</p> <p>Curated by the Canadian War Museum and delivered to Western through the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, &quot;1812&quot; presents a new and dramatic account of the War of 1812 as seen through the eyes of its Canadian, American, British and First Peoples participants. The exhibition will give viewers a broad overview of these multiple perspectives using text, images, and graphic design.</p> <p>In conjunction with the exhibit, Jared Hardesty will give a presentation titled &quot;Expanding our Understanding of the War of 1812: Looking Beyond America&rsquo;s Border,&quot; on Wednesday, April 15, in Special Collections. This presentation is also being offered as part of Western&#39;s &quot;Active Minds, Changing Lives Week.&quot;</p> community upcoming events Western Libraries Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:44:52 +0000 Western Today 25514 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Has ISIS brutality shifted the political dynamics of terrorism? http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/has-isis-brutality-shifted-the-political-dynamics-of-terrorism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hill </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/235895-has-isis-brutality-shifted-the-political-dynamics-of-terrorism" target="_blank">http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/235895-has-isis-brutality-shifted-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This article&#039;s author, Christopher Sands, is senior research professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also G. Robert Ross Distinguished Professor of Business at Western Washington University. </div> </div> </div> faculty publications Christopher Sands College of Business and Economics Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:38:12 +0000 Western Today 25513 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday AAS Congressional Visits Day 2015 a Resounding Success http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/aas-congressional-visits-day-2015-a-resounding-success <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Astronomical Society </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://aas.org/posts/news/2015/03/aas-congressional-visits-day-2015-resounding-success" target="_blank">http://aas.org/posts/news/2015/03/aas-congressional-visits-day-2015-resounding-s...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sixteen AAS members traveled to Washington, DC, from 16 to 18 March to advocate for strong and sustained support for the astronomical sciences as part of Congressional Visits Day (CVD), an annual event organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG). </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-relevance"> <div class="field-label">Why this is relevant:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the students making this trip was one from Western Washington University.</p> </div> </div> </div> students Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:36:28 +0000 Western Today 25512 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday New WWU banners adorn streets near south campus http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/new-wwu-banners-adorn-streets-near-south-campus <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/photo%202.JPG" length="106459" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/photo%203_1.JPG" length="54792" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/welcomes.jpg" length="62115" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone gone from Western Washington University&#39;s Bellingham campus during spring break might have seen some new faces on campus as they made their way up to South Campus this morning &ndash; specifically, images of students, faculty and staff adorning more than 50 new campus banners on Bill McDonald Parkway, South College Drive and 21st Street.</p> <p>The banners are a project of the Office of Communications and Marketing and the division of University Relations and Community Development was that was four years in the making.</p> <p>The project went out to bid and was won by local company Blazing Banners; it consists of 58 banners on 34 poles, with the Bill McDonald and 21st Street areas having two banners per light pole and the S. College Way area getting one banner per pole. Banner projects such as these are common on college campuses, and are an efficient way to promote the university&rsquo;s identity to visitors as well as current students and employees.</p> <p>The banners highlight Western&#39;s efforts in the classroom, the laboratory, and on the playing field. Some examples of imagery includes alumna Anne d&#39;Aquino (&#39;14) in the Chemistry lab; Geology&#39;s Scott Linneman, winner of the Carnegie Foundation&#39;s 2013-14 Washington Professor of the Year; and alumna Peanutt Ngeth (&#39;14) with family members in Red Square following last June&#39;s commencement. Another banner set welcomes visitors to campus in 10 languages.</p> <p>&quot;We view this as a great opportunity to display the strength of the Western experience,&quot; said Steve Swan, vice president of University Relations and Community Development. &quot;Our students, faculty and staff do an incredible job telling Western&rsquo;s story, and this just gives them another opportunity to do so.&quot;</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:44:58 +0000 Western Today 25511 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday SmartHealth early bonus ends March 31 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/smarthealth-early-bonus-ends-march-31 <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/SmartHealthLogo.png" length="10995" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Governor&#39;s Challenge&ndash;Early Bird Bonus of 100 points for filling out the well-being assessment through the SmarthHealth program ends March 31.</p> <p>SmartHealth is Washington state&#39;s voluntary&nbsp;and confidential wellness program for eligible members&nbsp;of the Public Employees Benefits Board Program.</p> <p>Western Washington University employees earn 800 points for taking the assessment, with 100 bonus points added for those who complete it by the end of March.</p> <p>After completing the assessment, employees may earn more points by joining other SmartHealth&nbsp;wellness activities. Those who earn a total of 2,000 points&nbsp;by June 30 will qualify to receive a $125 wellness incentive in January 2016 (if they meet&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/wellness.aspx">PEBB&nbsp;eligibility requirements</a>&nbsp;in January 2016).</p> <p>Employees who have not yet begun the process may visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov/">www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov</a>&nbsp;and select &quot;Get Started.&quot;</p> faculty Health Human Resources staff Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:40:13 +0000 Western Today 25510 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday From President Shepard: Update on the state budgets http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/from-president-shepard-update-on-the-state-budgets <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>Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent the following message to the WWU community Friday, March 27, to apprise them of updates to the state operating and capital budgets:</p> <blockquote><p>Colleagues:</p> <p>Several hours ago, the Washington House released both their proposed Operating Budget and proposed Capital Budget.&nbsp; Our dedicated Western budget gurus have been hard at work discerning the implications of the proposals for Western.</p> <p>First please understand: as we dig into budget footnotes and such, our estimates of effects for Western become more refined.&nbsp; This takes days.&nbsp; Trusting you realize this is an initial cut at a complex subject, I want you to know whatever we know from the get go.</p> <p>We have updated a table that, until now, compared our operating budget request to the Governor`s Budget proposal.&nbsp; We have now added a column that allow these both to be compared to what the House proposes. That table can be found <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/upb/2015-17%20Gov%20vs%20%20House%20vs%20Senate%202015-17%20Operating%20Budget.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The House proposal addresses problematic effects of the approach the Governor found necessary. Specifically, the House, while thankfully freezing tuition, also funds that freeze.&nbsp; It does so by funding compensation increases that had been previously agreed to at the state level and that must be paid but that were left largely unfunded in the earlier proposal.&nbsp; The House proposal also adds funding for our top priority &quot;Student Success&quot; proposal and to expand Cybersecurity programing through our partnership on the Kitsap Peninsula.&nbsp; Overall, the House approach, I believe, allows continued affordable access to Western`s quality while sustaining our &quot;top of class&quot; time to degree.</p> <p>On the capital side, the news is also positive.&nbsp; Just as Governor Inslee chose to do, the proposal to address serious seismic safety issues with Carver and to expand and improve the academic spaces in Carver is included in the House Capital Budget proposal.&nbsp; This is a major step forward on a project and a need that has been a necessarily high Western priority for a decade or more.&nbsp; The project is not fully funded, though, under the House approach and as was also the case with the Governor`s proposal.&nbsp; So, we need to continue to make the case for full funding of a facility that houses our fastest growing, medical science high demand academic programs.</p> <p>A comparative analysis of the capital budget proposals is available <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/wwuarchitect/pages/cb/documents/15-17_Comp_sheet_2015-03-27.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The Senate operating and capital budget proposals should be available in a week or two.&nbsp; We believe that the Senate is strongly committed to funding affordable access to quality while also reinvesting in public higher education as the most powerful tool that the state has to build brighter futures for all.&nbsp; Once those proposals are out, we will, as quickly as possible, update the comparative tables referenced above.</p> <p>When it comes to applying Western`s considerable strengths to meeting the critical needs of Washington, we are in a better position this afternoon than we looked to be back in December.&nbsp; For this, our elected leaders deserve our emphatic and genuine &quot;thanks.&quot;</p> <p>Thanks to you, as well. The substantial progress to date has been the result of relentless efforts and clear strategic thinking on the part of students, faculty, staff, unions, alumni, Trustees, Foundation and Alumni Board leaders, community supporters, and administration.&nbsp; And, I am not bashful in claiming that those who are Western took a leadership position, time after time, as the session has progressed.</p> <p>We have a ways yet to go. Senate budgets are next.&nbsp;&nbsp; Those are likely to differ substantially from the House approach.&nbsp; The two bodies will need to agree.&nbsp; That will be an arduous and unpredictable process.&nbsp; Consequently, we must not let up on our efforts to state the case for our capacity - if funded - to make a difference for Washington.</p> <p>You have heard me, many times and during darker days, preach: &quot;When things look bad, they never turn out that badly.&quot;&nbsp; The corollary, perhaps more appropriate this afternoon: &quot;when things look good, they never turn out that well.&quot;&nbsp; When it comes to that corollary, it`s our shared task to prove me wrong.</p> <p>Thank you for your continuing engagement and patience,</p> <p>Bruce</p> </blockquote> budget funding government jobs tuition Bruce Shepard Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:10:39 +0000 Western Today 25509 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Spring blood drive set for April 14, 15 and 16 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/spring-blood-drive-set-for-april-14-15-and-16 <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 Puget Sound Blood Center will be returning to Western Washington University to conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14, 15 and 16.</p> <p>The donation location will be at the Viking Union 565 and also at the Mini Mobile in Red Square near the Humanities Building.</p> <p>Volunteer donors can aid as many as three patients with only one pint of blood, and it takes 900 donors a day to fill the needed supply in the Puget Sound region alone. The success of the campus Quarterly Blood Drive ranks Western as one of the largest donor groups in the Puget Sound region.</p> <p>Donors must be present identification and be at least 18 years old and 110 pounds. There is no wait after a tattoo if it was acquired in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho or Montana. New and returning donors are welcome, and all are encouraged to bring friends along as well.</p> <p>Eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating. Free juice and cookies are offered following donation. To avoid a line, come on the first day or early in the morning.</p> <p>For more information on the Western Blood Drive please contact Catharine Vader at 360-650-7557.</p> community donations upcoming events Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:04:57 +0000 Western Today 25508 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday