http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/953/0 en Campus holiday party set for Dec. 4 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/campus-holiday-party-set-for-dec-4 <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/12-4-14-CHP-FS-IMG.jpg" length="288758" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The annual Western Washington University holiday celebration is set for 3 to 4:30 Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on campus.&nbsp;Holiday Refreshments will be served.</p> <p>The celebration will include a&nbsp;50/50 drawing in which 50 percent of proceeds benefit the&nbsp;WWU Employee Distinguished Scholarship and 50 percent will be given to the winning ticket holder. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each.</p> <p>Employees are encouraged to&nbsp;bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. Food donations will be collected at the event. Every food item donated will net the donator one ticket for a food drive raffle drawing.</p> <p>General parking enforcement will be suspended in all lots from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., except that reserved, disability and metered parking spaces still will be patrolled.</p> <p>Advance notice is appreciated to 360-650-2558 for ADA accommodations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wwuevents.com/rsvp/festive/index.html" target="_blank">Registration for the event is requested by Nov. 26</a>.</p> faculty holidays staff upcoming events Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:42 +0000 Western Today 24607 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 Nominations for faculty excellence awards due by Dec. 5 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/nominations-for-faculty-excellence-awards-due-by-dec-5 <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>Western Washington University faculty members are committed to outstanding teaching, scholarship, leadership and community service. Periodically, the Western community has the opportunity to recognize some of the school&#39;s exceptional faculty members.</p> <p>The following annual awards are examples of the university community&#39;s efforts to recognize and show appreciation to faculty members and others for their service and outstanding achievements.&nbsp; Provost Brent&nbsp;Carbajal encourages nominations for these awards, each of which includes a check for $1,000.</p> <p>Nominations are due for the following awards by Dec. 5:</p> <ul> <li> Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award</li> <li> Excellence in Teaching Award</li> <li> Paul J. Olscamp Research Award (nominations by faculty members only)</li> <li> Outstanding Scholarship Award (nominations by faculty members only)</li> <li> The Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award</li> <li> The Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award for faculty, staff and students</li> </ul> <p>Additional information about each award, the nomination process, and the links to the on-line nomination forms may be found at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/provost/faculty/awards/index.shtml">http://www.wwu.edu/provost/faculty/awards/index.shtml</a></p> awards faculty recognition Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:26:43 +0000 Western Today 24672 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Deadline for benefits changes is Sunday, Nov. 30 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/deadline-for-benefits-changes-is-sunday-nov-30 <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>Open enrollment is winding down and all requested changes to your account must be received by Nov. 30.</p> <p>If you are completing a paper enrollment form, please submit it Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26. The earlier date is due to the Thanksgiving holiday, which begins Nov. 27.</p> <p>If you are making changes to your account, you may do so online through My Account up until midnight Nov. 30. The My Account link is available on the PEBB website (<a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb">www.hca.wa.gov/pebb</a>). Keep in mind the HCA office will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28, so there will be no technical support.</p> <p>You may also complete a paper <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Documents/50-400_2015.pdf">Employee Enrollment/Change</a>&nbsp;form and email the form to Human Resources office at <a href="mailto:HR.Benefits@wwu.edu">HR.Benefits@wwu.edu</a> &nbsp;or fax it to 360-650-2810. The email or fax must show a date that is no later than Nov. 30, 2014.</p> <p>If your spouse will be enrolled on your account in 2015, remember you must re-attest to the spousal premium surcharge or you will pay the $50 per month spousal premium surcharge in 2015. If you have not already done so, you can attest on-line through My Account (<a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb">www.hca.wa.gov/pebb</a>) or submit the <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Documents/50-563_2015.pdf">2015 Premium Surcharge Change</a> form to your Human Resources office. If you are submitting a paper form, complete the <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/forms.aspx">Help Sheet</a> and,if necessary, the <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/surcharge_spousal.aspx">2015 Spousal Plan Calculator</a> to determine if your spouse&#39;s coverage is comparable to the PEBB plan. The calculator is located on the Spousal Surcharge page of the PEBB website under Tools to help attest for 2015. Click on the Interactive Tool link.</p> <p>If you wish to enroll in or continue your flexible spending account or Dependent Care Assistance Program you must do so no later than Nov. 30. You must re-enroll each year in the FSA and/or DCAP to continue, even if you don&#39;t wish to change your contribution amount(s).</p> <p>To enroll or re-enroll, visit <a href="http://www.pebb.flex-plan.com">www.pebb.flex-plan.com</a>; select the Enrollment&nbsp;link to enroll on line. If you have difficulty with the website, complete a paper form by selecting the Forms link, printing the form and faxing it to 1-425-451-7002 or 1-866-535-9227. The enrollment form must show a fax date that is no later than Nov. 30. Keep in mind Flex-Plan Services&#39; offices will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28.</p> <p>All requested changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.</p> benefits faculty Human Resources staff Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:24:01 +0000 Western Today 24671 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Business and Financial Affairs seeks feedback on draft plans http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/business-and-financial-affairs-seeks-feedback-on-draft-plans <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>Business and Financial Affairs has updated its division SCOT assessment and mission, vision and strategic objectives, based in large part on the valuable feedback it recently received from the campus community.</p> <p>The newly created drafts are posted online for review at the <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/bfa/strategicplan.shtml">BFA Strategic Plan Review &amp; Renewal webpage</a>. Consistent with its strategic planning process, BFA again asks the campus community for its feedback on the draft documents via the online survey form or via email.</p> <p>Paper forms also are available for download and can be submitted via campus mail.</p> <p>In the coming months, BFA&rsquo;s draft six-year plan and initiatives will be posted on the same website for campus community review and comment. Look for future announcements in <a href="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/">Western Today</a>.</p> <p>For more information, contact <a href="mailto:paul.mueller@wwu.edu">Paul Mueller</a>&nbsp;at 360-650-3065.</p> Business and Financial Affairs Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:13:12 +0000 Western Today 24670 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Skullcandy CEO to speak on campus Dec. 1 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/skullcandy-ceo-to-speak-on-campus-dec-1 <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/Hoby-Darling-Dec-1-Talk.jpg" length="406842" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University alumnus&nbsp;Hoby Darling, the president and CEO of Skullcandy, will be on campus Monday, Dec. 1, to talk with students.</p> <p>Doors open at 2, Darling&#39;s talk is at 3 and food, prizes and a networking reception will immediately follow the presentation.</p> <p>Darling will share tips on launching a dream career and leading a major company, and he&#39;ll tell how his liberal arts degree from Western played a key role in his success.</p> <p>Vendors and Associated Students clubs will be tabling in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room before the talk, which also will take place in the MPR.</p> <p>About Darling: Seth &ldquo;Hoby&rdquo;&nbsp;Darling, 39, joined&nbsp;Skullcandy in March 2013. Since then,&nbsp;he has led a transformation of the business and placed the company on a path to deliver sustainable growth. Before landing at&nbsp;Skullcandy, he served as general manager at Nike+ Digital Sport from July 2012 to March 2013. Prior to that, he served as the head of strategy and planning for Nike Affiliates from Oct. 2011 to July 2012. From June 2005 to July 2011, Hoby served as the senior vice president, Strategic Development and General Counsel, as well as other leadership positions, at Volcom, Inc., a youth lifestyle apparel company.</p> <p>Darling has a bachelor of arts degree from Western, a juris&nbsp;doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law and MBA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. He resides in Park City with his wife Alanna, and daughters Sierra, 6, and Mckinsey, 4.</p> alumni upcoming events Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:28:33 +0000 Western Today 24669 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Heritage Resources: partners in teaching, learning http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/heritage-resources-partners-in-teaching-learning <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/NCI-visit-pic-3.jpg" length="95941" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/NCI-visit-pic-6.jpg" length="126192" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The instruction plan for <a href="https://library.wwu.edu/heritageresources">Western Libraries Heritage </a><a href="https://library.wwu.edu/heritageresources">Resources</a>articulates the goal of ensuring that Western students &ldquo;are able to find, understand, and interpret a wide variety of research sources in various contexts throughout their lives.&rdquo; With that in mind, Heritage Resources staff work closely with instructors to meet specific course needs and learning objectives by providing access to a wealth of materials that can enhance, enrich, and enliven research in nearly any subject area.</p> <p>For example, this past August, a new cohort of Environmental Education graduate students visited Western&rsquo;s campus and spent time working with archival and primary source materials at the <a href="https://library.wwu.edu/cpnws">Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS)</a>.&nbsp; As part of the <a href="https://huxley.wwu.edu/med-environmental-education">M.Ed Residency program </a><a href="https://huxley.wwu.edu/med-environmental-education">partnership</a>between the <a href="http://ncascades.org/study">North Cascades Institute (NCI)</a>and Western&rsquo;s <a href="https://huxley.wwu.edu/blog/huxley-college/huxley-speaker-series-elwha-restoration">Huxley College of the Environment</a>, these students live at the Environmental Learning Center located in the North Cascades National Park for one year, during which time they are able to immerse themselves in place-based pedagogy.</p> <p>At the heart of place-based education is the recognition that experiential community-based learning enhances a student&rsquo;s educational experience by treating the local community as one of the primary sources for teaching and learning. The mission of the CPNWS is to &ldquo;enhance public and scholarly understanding of the region&rsquo;s past and present,&rdquo; and this natural programmatic alignment led Huxley faculty and Heritage Resources staff to recognize an opportunity for collaboration.</p> <p>In preparation for the on-site visit, Heritage Resources staff arranged a selection of original and archival materials representative of various perspectives of place - including environmental, economic, recreational, and indigenous views - for students to review and analyze. In the Archives Building Research Room, students divided into groups and reviewed the maps, photographs, pamphlets, letters, and other materials. Together they considered issues related to the construction of cultural and regional identity, the evolution of policy, perceptions of concepts such as &ldquo;conservation&rdquo; and &ldquo;wilderness,&rdquo; and the significance of place names in determining cultural values. Course instructor and NCI Graduate Program Coordinator Joshua Porter posed several challenging questions, which led to lively and interactive class discussions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Different resources on each table give you insight in terms of both the media and the policy &ndash; How does the creation of information determine the &lsquo;value&rsquo; of whatever is being discussed? What is the leverage you have if you are creating these maps? What is your leverage in terms of conveying to the world what matters, what has value, what has meaning?&rdquo; asked Porter.</p> <p>Several students questioned what could be the implications for the cultural heritage of a place when traditional native names were removed and replaced with new names. Others pointed out how some of the maps were defined in terms of resource extraction rather than conservation. When looking at the photographs, some students observed how having access to archival materials like these gave them a glimpse into the lives of people from the past, bringing them closer despite the passage of time and changes in cultural contexts. Often these glimpses inspired unexpected insights and additional questions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although there was a lack of reciprocity in terms of resource extraction, it&rsquo;s also impossible to miss the level of intimacy between the people and the land in these photographs, even if the conservation policy was lacking at that time. It would be so interesting to talk to these people. The photographs capture historical moments as opposed to all of the moments of everyday life. Another mode of inquiry would also be interesting to pursue,&rdquo;said student Liz Blackman.</p> <p>After this observation, Roz Koester, Assistant Archivist for Outreach and Instruction for Heritage Resources, was quick to mention the oral histories that are also contained at the CPNWS, and invited Blackman to return if she would like to further explore those personal narratives. Koester explained that oral histories offer an opportunity to hear from the people we are interested in first-hand and in their own words. She also mentioned that sometimes people will begin their research with certain expectations about what they are going to find, but often their perspectives will alter as a result of the information they encounter.</p> <p>&ldquo;Exploring these types of complexities is part of the beauty of working with primary sources. You can come to these materials with a bias and that is where you start your inquiry, but the records that are here can present an opportunity to challenge that bias. Original, archival, primary source research offers us insight that can make us challenge our own assumptions, our own points of view. You might be led in a completely different direction than what you originally intended. As archivists, it&rsquo;s the critical analysis piece that we really want people to get out of this experience,&rdquo; explained Koester.</p> <p>The class concluded with Porter leading a discussion about how students and educators can benefit in utilizing the materials offered by Heritage Resources to explore the relationship between how meaning is constructed, how cultural values are expressed, the impact this can have on policy and information creation, and how this in turn affects our own assumptions about both people and place. Porter also pointed out that as environmental educators, the students should remember that no matter where they go once they have completed graduate school, they can use archival and primary source materials to benefit their future teaching and learning practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;Moving forward, I really encourage all of us to continue to do research here, but also to keep in mind what resources there are in every community that we enter into in the future, how to sleuth out those resources and how, as educators, we can uses these sources,&rdquo; stated Porter.</p> <p>Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes Special Collections, the University Archives &amp; Records Management, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Together the three programs provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support teaching, learning, and research. If you&rsquo;d like to learn more about the Heritage Resources Instruction Program, or are interested in discussing how Heritage Resources can support your teaching and learning needs, please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu">Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu</a>&nbsp;or call 360-650-6621.</p> Heritage Resources Western Libraries Joshua Porter Roz Koester Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:37:45 +0000 Western Today 24668 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Stage version of classic holiday movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Bellingham Theatre Guild http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/stage-version-of-classic-holiday-movie-%E2%80%98miracle-on-34th-street%E2%80%99-at-bellingham-theatre-gui <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/2014/11/26/3991451/stage-version-of-classic-holiday.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/11/26/3991451/stage-version-of-classic-holi...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lynda Purdie has her hands (and legs) busy this month since she has taken on the double task of stage manager and choreographer for Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the holiday musical based on the 1947 movie starring young Natalie Wood. The play opens Friday, Nov. 28, and runs through Dec. 14. Lynda’s husband, John, is currently president of the guild. Here’s how she became involved in the show. </div> </div> </div> alumni community Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:26:48 +0000 Western Today 24667 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU women’s basketball pulls away from San Francisco State, 76-47 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-women%E2%80%99s-basketball-pulls-away-from-san-francisco-state-76-47 <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/2014/11/25/3994523/wwu-womens-basketball-pulls-away.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/11/25/3994523/wwu-womens-basketball-pulls-a...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guard Katie Colard had a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 3-point shooting, leading Western Washington University to a 76-47 victory over San Francisco State University in a women’s basketball contest on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus. The Vikings improved to 3-2. Guard Taylor Peacocke added 16 points for WWU. </div> </div> </div> Athletics basketball students Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:23:48 +0000 Western Today 24666 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU men’s basketball romps over Multnomah, 108-75 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-men%E2%80%99s-basketball-romps-over-multnomah-108-75 <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/2014/11/25/3994567/wwu-mens-basketball-romps-over.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/11/25/3994567/wwu-mens-basketball-romps-ove...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Guard Jaamon Echols had a team-high 20 points and added six rebounds and five assists as Western Washington University rolled past Multnomah University, 108-75, in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus. Forward Jeffrey Parker added 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Vikings, who improved to 3-2. </div> </div> </div> Athletics basketball students Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:22:30 +0000 Western Today 24665 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Talk to illuminate the role KVOS played in developing Bellingham's identity http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/talk-to-illuminate-the-role-kvos-played-in-developing-bellinghams-identity <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/KVOS_Text15_RogansMemos-1.jpg" length="186061" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/RJ17-8%20Thunderbird%20Station%20Without%20Fis%20h.jpg" length="72508" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/RJ18-13%20KVOS%20Broadcast%20Area%20Map%20.jpg" length="156061" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/HelenMorganParmett_0.jpg" length="496016" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>KVOS, Bellingham&rsquo;s first local radio and television station, emerged amidst debates over the role those media were to play in American society.</p> <p>In a presentation Wednesday, Dec. 3, Western Washington University assistant professor Helen Morgan Parmett will draw from the Rogan Jones and KVOS collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies to illustrate the significant ways in which KVOS&rsquo;s early radio and television stations helped constitute a sense of &ldquo;local&rdquo; Bellingham identify and culture.</p> <p>&ldquo;KVOS&nbsp;in the Local, Public Interest&rdquo; is part of the Western Libraries Heritage Resources Speaker Series. It will take place from 4&nbsp;to 5:30 p.m. at the&nbsp;Goltz-Murray&nbsp;Archives Building&nbsp;at the intersection of Bill McDonald Parkway and 25th&nbsp;Street.</p> <p>At stake in this history is understanding the role that KVOS played in broader debates over what constitutes &ldquo;local,&rdquo; especially within a region whose geographical positioning between two major cities and on an international border complicates any neat or clear definition of what constitutes local culture. Morgan Parmett&#39;s talk will thus illustrate how KVOS negotiated and ultimately helped contribute to debates over what it means for media to serve the local, public interest.</p> <p>Helen Morgan Parmett is a 2014 James W. Scott Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in Western&#39;s Department of Communication Studies, where she teaches courses in media studies, critical media literacy, advocacy through media, and communication theory. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her research, which works at the intersections of critical media studies, cultural geography, and urban studies, focuses on relationships between media practices, race, and urban space.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://library.wwu.edu/hr/fellowships">James W. Scott Fellowships</a>&nbsp;are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The awards were established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at Western and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Funds are awarded to scholars undertaking significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS.</p> <p>This is the second event in an annual series of presentations that will feature scholars who have used Heritage Resources&rsquo; collections significantly in their research. All programs are free and open to the public. Please email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu" target="_blank">Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu</a>&nbsp;or call&nbsp;<a href="tel:%28360%29%20650-7534" target="_blank">360-650-6621</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> Communication Studies faculty Heritage Resources presentations upcoming events Western Libraries Helen Morgan Parmett Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:12:20 +0000 Western Today 24664 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday HR Today for Wednesday, Nov. 26 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/blogs/hr-today/hr-today-for-wednesday-nov-26 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-authortitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HR Today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wwutoday/blogs/hr-today/hr-today-for-wednesday-nov-26" class="imagecache imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images imagecache-linked imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images_linked"><img src="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/photoblog_recentposts_images/HR-Today-small_33.jpg" alt="" title="" width="270" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>2015 Minimum Wage Increase: </strong>Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Washington state will increase from $9.32 per hour to $9.47 per hour. Any employee earning $9.32 per hour will automatically have his or her hourly rate increase on Jan. 1. For more information, <a href="http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/Minimum/" target="_blank">visit the website of the Washington State Department of Labor &amp; Industries</a>.</p> <p><span style="white-space: nowrap;"><strong>W-2s</strong>:&nbsp;</span>W-2s are coming soon. If you haven&rsquo;t yet signed up to receive your W-2 electronically, consider doing so via Web4U by following these easy instructions:</p> <ul> <li> Log on to Web4U</li> <li> Click on the &ldquo;Employee&rdquo; tab</li> <li> Click on &ldquo;Tax Forms&rdquo;</li> <li> Click on &ldquo;Electronic W2 Consent&rdquo;</li> <li> Review the consent information provided</li> <li> Check the box &ldquo;Consent to receive W-2 electronically&rdquo; (remember, your consent will remain in effect until you go in and unclick this check box)</li> <li> Click the &ldquo;Submit&rdquo; button</li> </ul> <p>Please call Payroll at 360-650-2991 if you have any questions.</p> HR Today Human Resources Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:34:11 +0000 HR Today 24661 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday International students to discuss global communication, gender and marriage Dec. 2 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/international-students-to-discuss-global-communication-gender-and-marriage-dec-2 <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>Students with diverse backgrounds and differing beliefs will compare and contrast methods of communication, gender roles and marriage practices as they relate to their native countries and their experiences living in the United States at a special panel Dec. 2.</p> <p>The students, who are taking part in Western&#39;s Intensive English Program, are from Senegal, Germany, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.</p> <p>The panel discussion will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 Tuesday, Dec.&nbsp;2, in Bond Hall Room 109. Participating IEP students are&nbsp;Zainab&nbsp;Almozayen, Abdullah&nbsp;Banawas,&nbsp;Seringe&nbsp;Diouf, Roman&nbsp;Leontiev,&nbsp;Dobin&nbsp;Park and&nbsp;Jongae&nbsp;Won.</p> Extended Education Intensive English Program students upcoming events Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Western Today 24660 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Dogs, cat to visit library Dec. 1 to 11 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/dogs-cat-to-visit-library-dec-1-to-11 <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/pet%20partners%20-%20Clarissa%20Mansfield.jpg" length="178722" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Libraries will be joined by members of the Canines on Campus program, formerly known as Pet Partners, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11.</p> <p>Students, faculty and staff may feel free to stop by the library to say hi and de-stress when in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects or grading those last few papers.</p> <p>Animals who are part of the Canines on Campus program are registered through several different agencies and have met certain standards of skills&nbsp;and aptitude. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whatcom-Therapy-Dogs/331025100331134">Whatcom Therapy Dogs</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://dogsoncall.wix.com/dogsoncall">Dogs on Call</a>&nbsp;are the two organizations that provide volunteers to the Canines on Campus program, and teams of humans and animals (which still includes&nbsp;Smokey the cat) will be located in the gallery space at the end of the skybridge on the Wilson side of the library between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.</p> <p>For additional information, contact <a href="mailto:connie.mallison@wwu.edu">connie.mallison@wwu.edu</a>.</p> #WesternCares community upcoming events Western Libraries Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:56:18 +0000 Western Today 24658 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Why North Dakota is increasing, not cutting, higher education http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/why-north-dakota-is-increasing-not-cutting-higher-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Seattle Times 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://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/11/25/why-north-dakota-is-increasing-not-cutting-higher-education/" target="_blank">http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/11/25/why-north-dakota-is-increa...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When the great recession hit in 2008, most state legislators, including those in Washington, made up for a shortfall in revenue by cutting funding to higher education. That’s why college tuition skyrocketed over the past few years, often by double-digit amounts, at public colleges and universities across the country. But two states — North Dakota and Alaska — have taken advantage of rapidly-improving economies in their states to put money back into higher education. </div> </div> </div> funding government higher education Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:49:31 +0000 Western Today 24657 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday