http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/30/0 en Story of German renewable energy on display through May 7 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/story-of-german-renewable-energy-on-display-through-may-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/RenewableEnergy.jpg" length="653186" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Academic West at Western Washington University will be a hub for learning about the progress Germany has made with renewable energy beginning on April 20, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;RENEWABLES: Made in Germany&rdquo; is a 26-poster display detailing the innovative renewable energy practices Germany has used over the past decade. The Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies will be hosting the display beginning on April 20, 2015. The posters are located in the skybridge and the lobby of Academic West. &nbsp;An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. April 24.</p> <p dir="ltr">The full-color posters are on loan from the Consulate General of Germany. Information on solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, bioenergy and renewable energy in buildings and remote areas will be on the displays.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The display shows the wide range of different renewable energy technologies and applications,&rdquo; Joel Swisher, director of the Institute for Energy Studies, said in an email. &ldquo;It shows some of the important connections between renewable energy and buildings, transportation and rural development.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In the last decade, Germany has been the global leader in the development of renewable energies, such as solar power and making the shift from fossil fuel and nuclear power toward renewable sources, Swisher said. Today, Germany produces more solar power than any country, is third in the world in wind power and produces about a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources, while the United States produces about 14 percent. These advancements are occurring in large part due to Germany&rsquo;s massive investment in solar power coupled with government policy measures. These are driving down the price of solar equipment worldwide and making them more affordable for other countries, Swisher said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Faculty from the Institute for Energy Studies will be at the opening reception to discuss modern renewable energy technologies, and explain the new courses and degrees in energy that will be coming to Western next fall. The Institute now offers a Bachelors in Arts in Energy Policy and Management, minors in Energy Science and Energy Policy, and an energy concentration in electrical engineering.</p> <p dir="ltr">Swisher hopes that this display will be a learning experience on multiple levels:</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;First, that renewable energy and energy efficiency are already an important part of our existing energy system. Second, that there is vast potential to do much more with renewable energy, and Germany is showing us the way in some areas. Third, that there is a wide range of different types of opportunities to advance the progress of renewable energy as a way to reconcile the world&rsquo;s needs for economic development with environmental sustainability.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;RENEWABLES: Made in Germany&rdquo; is free and open to the public. The posters will be on display until May 7, 2015.</p> environment Institute for Energy Studies sustainability upcoming events Huxley College of the Environment Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:45:22 +0000 Western Today 25680 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Nominations for diversity award due May 8 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/nominations-for-diversity-award-due-may-8 <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/Korry%20Harvey%20mug.jpg" length="428712" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year at fall convocation, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard presents the <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/eoo/diversity-achievement-award.shtml" target="_blank">Diversity Achievement Award</a> to recognize an individual or office whose distinguished efforts have enhanced diversity and multicultural understanding at Western.</p> <p>Nominations of individuals and/or offices are now being accepted for the 2015 award. The deadline is May 8.</p> <p>&quot;I think it&#39;s an honor and a recognition to be nominated for this award,&quot; said Sue Guenter-Schlesigner, vice provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity at Western. &quot;It&#39;s hard work, being out there and supporting issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Those people on the ground level are putting a lot of time, effort and energy into these issues, and I&#39;d like to see many more nominations.&quot;</p> <p>Nine people have been nominated for the award in each of the past two years, she said.</p> <p>The Diversity Achievement Award is given to an individual (faculty, staff or student) or office who demonstrates outstanding research, programming, leadership, service to students or the general campus community, and/or teaching related to matters of diversity and inclusion.</p> <p>Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria:</p> <ul> <li> Integrates diversity concepts and values into academic curriculum, management and/or operational functions;</li> <li> Develops methods for increasing and valuing diversity among students, faculty, and/or staff;</li> <li> Maximizes opportunities to achieve diversity;</li> <li> Contributes to promoting an understanding and appreciation of differences by contributing to the body of research on diversity or through other endeavors.</li> </ul> <p>To make a nomination, please submit a letter (not to exceed three pages) addressing one or more of the criteria listed above to: Equal Opportunity Office, MS-9021, Old Main 345 or email <a href="mailto:eoo@wwu.edu">eoo@wwu.edu</a>.</p> awards faculty recognition staff upcoming events Bruce Shepard Korry Harvey Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:07:41 +0000 Western Today 25588 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Students to hold spring HvZ game on campus http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/students-to-hold-spring-hvz-game-on-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/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WWU Humans vs. Zombies, one of largest clubs at Western Washington University, will hold its spring game in three weeks. It is a free-to-play, eight-day game of tag on campus involving two teams: Humans and Zombies. Zombies try to tag humans while humans defend themselves with approved Nerf blasters and socks.</p> <p>The spring game will run from 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, through 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. Spring is usually a more relaxed game, with between 200 and 400 players. Gameplay is restricted to outside of buildings, on-campus only, and between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.</p> <p>Players will be designated by orange armbands (humans), and orange headbands (zombies). Moderators of the game are designated by green armbands, with first aid and CPR certified moderators wearing blue armbands. They are on campus to respond to rules violations, reprimand players, and are happy to answer questions from students, faculty, and curious spectators.</p> <p>Anyone can play, not just WWU students, but all players are required to attend a registration meeting for rules presentation and must pass a safety quiz in order to receive their player bands and ID cards.</p> <p>There are five of these meetings the week prior, at 7 p.m.:</p> <ul> <li> Wednesday, April 15 in Arntzen Hall 100</li> <li> Thursday, April 16 in Arntzen Hall 100</li> <li> Saturday, April 18 in Arntzen Hall 100</li> <li> Monday, April 20 in Arntzen Hall 100</li> <li> Tuesday, April 21 in Fraser Hall 102 (with Arntzen Hall 100 as a possibility)</li> </ul> <p>Players must attend a registration in order to play the game.</p> <p>The club operates in close collaboration with campus administration and University Police. This collaboration establishes rules, restrictions, and the allowed Nerf blasters used in-game. To view the allowed arsenal and rules of the game, please visit: <a href="http://wwuhumansvszombies.com/">http://wwuhumansvszombies.com</a>. The website will be used to track human and zombie populations through the week, announcements and in-game achievements.</p> <p>Any questions, comments, or concerns can be voiced to moderators in person (wearing green armbands), or sent to the club email at <a href="mailto:wwuhumansvszombies@gmail.com">wwuhumansvszombies@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>For information about disAbility accommodations, please contact Dylan Nelson at 206-384-8047. Emergency contacts for HvZ during game week are Ian Howard 206-422-8634 and Dylan Nelson 206-384-8047.</p> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:41:29 +0000 Western Today 25563 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday After 40 years at Western, Mariz to retire http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/after-40-years-at-western-mariz-to-retire <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/George-Mariz_2.jpg" length="224086" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After more than 40 years at Western Washington University, George Mariz is retiring.&nbsp;He is leaving after the 2015 academic year to enjoy life and grandchildren, and to travel.</p> <p>A celebration will be held in recognition of his&nbsp;service and achievements from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Wilson Library Reading Room.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retirement-celebration-for-george-mariz-tickets-16026275020" target="_blank">Reservations are requested by May 8</a>. Those who are unable to attend and would like to share a personal message with Mariz may email <a href="mailto:Melinda.assink@wwu.edu">melinda.assink@wwu.edu</a>&nbsp;for inclusion in the memory book.</p> <p>Mariz, with his wife, Linda, came to Western in 1970 as a member of the History Department. Along the way, he has gone through the academic ranks while serving as chair of the History Department, president of the Faculty Senate and director of the Honors Program.</p> <p>In the time Mariz&nbsp;was at Western, the university has grown from a quiet regional institution to one with a national and international reputation.</p> <p>&quot;And it continues to be too modest about itself,&quot; Mariz adds.</p> <p>&quot;Professor&nbsp;Mariz&#39;s&nbsp;work as Honors Program director has enhanced Western&#39;s reputation for excellence in undergraduate education,&quot; said&nbsp;WWU&nbsp;Provost Brent&nbsp;Carbajal. &quot;As a scholar, teacher/mentor and administrator, he&nbsp;has helped create unique and valuable learning opportunities for our students. His commitment to high standards, to academic rigor and to the values of a liberal arts and sciences education have inspired students and faculty alike. We wish him&nbsp;all the best in his retirement, appreciative of all that he has done to build a strong and exciting Honors Program. It is certainly true that he leaves a wonderful legacy.&quot;</p> <p>Mariz&nbsp;leaves behind many fond memories and friends.</p> <p>&quot;I have had the privilege of working with a large number of outstanding people, far too many to mention, and on reflection, I think that academic life has been the best possible one for me,&quot; Mariz says. &quot;Not every day has been wonderful, but most have been meaningful, and an inordinate number have been memorable.&quot;</p> <p>He has no regrets, Mariz&nbsp;says, except that he won&#39;t be starting a new year of college in fall 2015.</p> faculty History Department Honors Program jobs retirements Brent Carbajal George Mariz College of Humanities and Social Sciences Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:14:35 +0000 Western Today 24862 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 WWU Students Honored by Society of Professional Journalists http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/wwu-students-honored-by-society-of-professional-journalists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jack Keith, Western Washington University senior instructor of Journalism, (360) 650-6244 or jack.keith@wwu.edu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Current_Issue.jpg?1429911819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Students from Western Washington University were honored with Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the spring conference held April 11 in Spokane.</p> <p>Western students won 11 Mark of Excellence awards given to four-year college students for their work at three of Western&rsquo;s student-produced publications: The Western Front, Klipsun and The Planet, as well as KUGS radio broadcast. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism for the 2014 calendar year.</p> <p>WWU&rsquo;s environmental magazine, The Planet, was named the top collegiate magazine in the region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Nick Gonzales was also honored with a first-place award for his work in sports photography for theWestern Athletic Department.The Planet Magazine and Gonzales will go on to the national level where they will compete against regional winners from across the country. National winners will be recognized Sept. 18-20 at <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism 2015</a>&nbsp;awards in Orlando, Florida.</p> <p>Western students, awards won and hometowns are:</p> <p><strong><u>Best Student Magazine </u></strong><br /> <strong>Winner:</strong> &ldquo;The Human Issue&rdquo; by The Planet staff, The Planet Magazine</p> <p><strong><u>Feature Photography </u></strong><br /> <strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;At Home in the Woods&rdquo; by Danny Miller (Phoenix, Arizona), The Planet Magazine</p> <p><strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;Soakin&#39; up the Sun&rdquo; by Bailey Barnard (North Bend), The Western Front</p> <p><strong><u>Sports Photography </u></strong><br /> <strong>Winner: </strong>&ldquo;Woodworth, the Hero&rdquo; by Nick Gonzales (San Jose, California), Western Athletic Department</p> <p><strong><u>Non-Fiction Magazine Article</u></strong><br /> <strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;Wonders of the Wilderness: Local Foragers Enriched by Wild Foods&rdquo; by Michelle Dutro (Bellevue), Klipsun Magazine</p> <p><strong>Finalist:</strong> &ldquo;Switch: Breaking Gender Norms in Sports&rdquo; by Mikayla Raley (North Bend), Klipsun Magazine</p> <p><strong><u>Best Use of Multimedia</u></strong><br /> <strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;Peeking into the Past&rdquo; by Becca Freimuth (East Wenatchee), Klipsun Magazine</p> <p><strong><u>Radio Feature </u></strong><br /> <strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;The Green Blues&rdquo; by Sam Carlos (Edmonds), KUGS</p> <p><strong><u>Radio News Reporting</u></strong><br /> <strong>Finalist: </strong>&ldquo;Sex Workers Left out of Conversation on Sex Trafficking Prevention&rdquo; by Taylor Sanders (Kennewick), KUGS</p> <p>For a complete list of Region 10 winners, visit: <a href="http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1332">http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1332</a></p> <p>For more information, contact Jack Keith, senior instructor of Journalism, at (360) 650-6244 or <a href="file://msfs-stu2/stu2/halle9/jack.keith@wwu.edu">jack.keith@wwu.edu</a>.</p> Journalism Department Society of Professional Journalists Jack Keith College of Humanities and Social Sciences Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:44:47 +0000 john.thompson 25754 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western alumni awarded Pulitzer for Oso landslide coverage http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/western-alumni-awarded-pulitzer-for-oso-landslide-coverage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </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.westernfrontonline.com/2015/04/24/western-alumni-awarded-pulitzer-for-oso-landslide-coverage/" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.com/2015/04/24/western-alumni-awarded-pulitzer-for...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nine Western alumni helped The Seattle Times win their 10th Pulitzer Prize this year for breaking news for their coverage of the landslide in Oso, Wash. , that took 43 lives. The Western alumni who shared in the staff award include Gina Cole, Jack Broom, Lara Gordon, Coral Garnick, Paige Collins Mark Higgins, Katie Greene-Cotterill, Ron Judd and Colin Diltz. </div> </div> </div> alumni awards Journalism Department recognition College of Humanities and Social Sciences Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:11:30 +0000 Western Today 25753 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Beware of phone toner scams http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/beware-of-phone-toner-scams <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 recent uptick in unwanted toner phone sales calls has prompted a reminder. Periodically, copier toner sales people will cold call campus numbers, hoping to catch someone off guard. The caller will talk the campus recipient of the phone call into accepting toner deliveries that are unneeded and unwanted at very high prices.</p> <p>Please remember:</p> <ul> <li> All supplies for the Ricoh machines on campus are provided by Copier Support, 360-650-7969, WL 562.</li> <li> Departments never need to buy any supplies for the Ricoh machines.</li> <li> Ricoh employees will never call anyone on campus directly. If the person represents themselves as a Ricoh representative tell them to call 360-650-3545, Kathy Tadlock, or hang up &ndash; no requirement for politeness in this situation.</li> </ul> faculty Print and Copy Services safety staff Kathy Tadlock Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:42:06 +0000 Western Today 25752 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Latino Student Union dinner is April 25 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/latino-student-union-dinner-is-april-25 <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/LSU%20heritage%20dinner.jpg" length="263284" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Latino Student Union at Western Washington University will hold its&nbsp;10th annual heritage dinner on Saturday, April 25. This year&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;La Vida Es Un Carnaval.</p> <p>The heritage dinner, which will include a live band and student performances, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the WWU Viking Multipurpose Room. Students are encouraged to bring family and friends. Student tickets are $12, and general admission tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the University box office. To reserve seats or a table, fill out the <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_E8KYeFddeKODXaYD_QOcdgHLjRHZYBmpmH5t9rueLQ/edit?usp=sharing">reservation form</a>. Reservations can be made for two to 10 people.</p> <p>This year, the LSU will be having a silent auction at the heritage dinner to raise money for the LEAP 1-percent scholarship for Latino students. The Latino Educational Achievement Project was founded in 1998 to improve academic achievement of Latino students in Washington state. LEAP&rsquo;s goal is for all students to graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for success in college and beyond, and the scholarship provides financial support for students to attend a post-secondary educational institution.</p> <p>The menu for this year&rsquo;s heritage dinner includes various traditional dishes from a variety of Latino cuisines, including: potato and cheese empanadas, chicken and vegetarian sopes, Brazilian donuts, agua de horchata, and corn on the cob and pan de queso.</p> <p>The Latino Student Union works to promote and celebrate the unity, education, heritage and culture of the Latino community. LSU advocates for awareness on social, cultures, and identity issues faced by the Latino community worldwide.</p> <p>For more information about the event, please contact the Latino Student Union at <a href="mailto:lsuwwu@gmail.com">lsuwwu@gmail.com</a> or visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WWULSU/timeline?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> Associated Students Latino Student Union students upcoming events Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:29:40 +0000 Western Today 25751 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Employees to receive special awards April 29 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/employees-to-receive-special-awards-april-29 <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/StanWolf_Dayinthelife05.jpg" length="637197" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/StanWolf_Dayinthelife04.jpg" length="571319" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/StanWolf_Dayinthelife03.jpg" length="639504" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/IMG_1798.jpg" length="582856" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/IMG_1643.jpg" length="472624" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eight Western Washingon University employees will be honored with exceptional effort awards at the&nbsp;38th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the PAC Main Stage Theatre.</p> <p>Western faculty and staff are invited to attend and recognize the tremendous efforts made by their colleagues during the past year. Among the many honors, the event will recognize eight employees who will receive the President&#39;s Exceptional Effort Award: Clint Burgess, Scientific Technical Services; George Liu, ATUS; Doug Adelstein, Human Resources; Stan Wolf, Facilities Management; Jeanne Gaffney, Admissions; Marcia Merth, Registrar`s Office; Clara Capron, Enrollment &amp; Student Services; and Max Bronsema, University Relations &amp; Community Development.</p> <p>Refreshments will be served after the event. Parking enforcement will be suspended from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Advance notice for ADA accommodation is appreciated. Please call Danna Fritz at 360-650-3924.</p> awards recognition staff upcoming events Clara Capron Clint Burgess Doug Adelstein George Liu Jeanne Gaffney Marcia Merth Max Bronsema Stan Wolf Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:20 +0000 Western Today 25750 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Remembering Woody Moore http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/remembering-woody-moore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </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.westernfrontonline.com/2015/04/24/remembering-woody-moore/" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.com/2015/04/24/remembering-woody-moore/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Friends and family gathered at a memorial service held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Norway Hall to remember the life of Western junior Woodrow Moore. Moore, 21, died Tuesday morning, April 21. The cause of death was medical in nature, though the Whatcom County medical examiner did not release the details of his death. </div> </div> </div> community Counseling Center in memoriam students Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:54:55 +0000 Western Today 25749 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Inslee sets Wednesday for special session to finish budget http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/inslee-sets-wednesday-for-special-session-to-finish-budget <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/politics/inslee-calls-legislature-back-wednesday-for-special-session/" target="_blank">http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-calls-legislature-back-...</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 called Thursday for a special session to start April 29 in order for lawmakers to finish work on a two-year state operating budget, but said that he wants budget negotiators in his office on Monday to get a head start. Inslee said he informed House and Senate leaders of his decision Thursday and will issue his formal proclamation Friday, when lawmakers plan to adjourn. </div> </div> </div> budget funding government higher education legislature Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:46:33 +0000 Western Today 25748 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Summer projects to be described April 28 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/summer-projects-to-be-described-april-28 <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/CV-Rendering-North.jpg" length="222658" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/CV-North-Elev.jpg" length="109185" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Facilities Development &amp; Capital Budget Office will present summer construction project information from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Haggard Hall Room 253.</p> <p>Most projects won&rsquo;t begin until after June commencement, but office relocations are already taking place in anticipation of the renovation of the Carver Academic Facility. Other projects with widespread effects include improvements to multiple parking lots and a City of Bellingham paving project on West College Way. Project scope, scheduling, construction impacts and safety concerns will be discussed.</p> <p>Project information, including project manager contact information, will be <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/wwuarchitect/" target="_blank">posted on the FDCB website</a> for those who are unable to attend.</p> construction Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget upcoming events Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:08:45 +0000 Western Today 25746 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Party for Leigh Ann Giles is May 8 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/party-for-leigh-ann-giles-is-may-8 <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/Leigh%20Ann%20Giles%20mug.jpg" length="136446" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Leigh Ann Giles, assistant manager and general book buyer for the Associated Students Bookstore at Western Washington University, is retiring.</p> <p>The Western community is invited to celebrate and wish her well from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 8, in the bookstore. Those who would like to contribute to a parting gift may contact Debbie Lindquist at <a href="mailto:Deborah.Lindquist@wwu.edu">Deborah.Lindquist@wwu.edu</a> or 360-650-2604.</p> AS Bookstore staff upcoming events Leigh Ann Giles Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:51:24 +0000 Western Today 25745 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Filipino culture to be celebrated at Saturday event http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/filipino-culture-to-be-celebrated-at-saturday-event <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/WWU%20FASA%20night.jpg" length="36129" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 7th annual Pilipino Culture Night will be held this Saturday, April 25. The event is hosted by Western Washington University&rsquo;s Filipino-American Student Association and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s theme is Maalaala na Kultura: A Culture Remembered. The event will consist of a small scale skit with performances by WWU FASA members and various guests in between. The skit will tell a story of a young Filipino-American, Manny, that doesn&rsquo;t realize his Filipino culture is an integral part of himself. Manny takes a trip and takes the first steps of learning what it means to be Filipino.</p> <p>&ldquo;Maalaala na Kultura: A Culture Remembered encompasses the idea that, we, as next generation Filipino-Americans, aren&rsquo;t exposed to the Filipino culture here in America,&rdquo; says WWU FASA President Kevin Canda. &ldquo;Our Filipino culture is a large part of our identity and forgetting about it is disrespectful to our ancestors. It&#39;s important that we take it upon ourselves to learn about what it means to be Filipino and to understand and appreciate the struggles of those who came before us.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Filipino-American Student Association seeks to unify all students interested in Filipino heritage, promote growth and achievement among its peers in education, and encourage awareness and knowledge of Filipino culture and history.</p> <p>Tickets for this year&rsquo;s Pilipino Culture Night are $6 for students, and $8 for general admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Western Washington University Box Office. For more information about the event, contact WWU FASA at <a href="mailto:wwufasa@gmail.com">wwufasa@gmail.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/597690953695240/" target="_blank">visit the event&rsquo;s Facebook page</a>.</p> Associated Students FASA students upcoming events Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:33:41 +0000 Western Today 25744 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday