http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/111/0 en 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 WTA to bring electric bus to campus Thursday http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wta-to-bring-electric-bus-to-campus-thursday <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/20141008_081957.jpg" length="355360" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whatcom Transportation Authority is now &ldquo;test driving&rdquo; an all-electric bus, on loan from BYD Motors Inc.&nbsp; The public is invited to ride the electric bus on one of WTA&rsquo;s regular routes.&nbsp; All rides are free on the electric bus.</p> <p>The bus will be on Western Washington University&#39;s campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, between Carver Gymnasium and the Fine Arts Building.</p> <p>Representatives from BYD Motors Inc. have been traveling around the state in recent months, giving several transit agencies the opportunity to test drive the bus.</p> <p>According to BYD Motors Inc., their all-electric bus offers the industry&#39;s first environmentally-friendly, fire-safe battery chemistry.&nbsp; This 324 kilowatt, non-toxic, iron-phosphate battery can power the bus for up to 250 miles on a single nighttime charge. The battery is expected to last beyond the average 12-year life of a bus and can be reused in non-transportation applications.</p> <p>Other facts:</p> <ul> <li> Battery lasts up to 250 miles</li> <li> Charges in 2 to 4 hours</li> <li> No transmission or internal-combustion engine</li> <li> Battery is disposable and pollution-free</li> <li> Zero emissions</li> <li> Built in the United States</li> <li> Currently in service at Stanford University and Antelope Valley Transit</li> </ul> <p>For more information, call 360-527-4718.&nbsp; For route and schedule information, call 360-676-7433 or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ridewta.com/" target="_blank">www.ridewta.com</a>&nbsp;.</p> community environment sustainability transportation upcoming events Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:48:15 +0000 Western Today 24393 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Karen Lee to receive 2014 Women of Influence Award http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/karen-lee-to-receive-2014-women-of-influence-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Puget Sound 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.bizjournals.com/seattle/special/2014/PSBJwomenofinfluence" target="_blank">http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/special/2014/PSBJwomenofinfluence</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now in its eleventh year, the Puget Sound Business Journal&#039;s Women of Influence award program shines the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists who are a force in the region. Throughout history, women have made a difference in the workplace... but paving the way to the top and into leadership positions, has taken more than hard work. The pioneers had to shatter glass ceilings, knock down doors, create their own paths and help others along the way. More than ever, women are making a huge impact on the Puget Sound region&#039;s economy. </div> </div> </div> awards Board of Trustees recognition upcoming events Karen Lee Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:36:23 +0000 Western Today 24392 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday College enrollment and diversity up at WWU, other Washington universities http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/college-enrollment-and-diversity-up-at-wwu-other-washington-universities <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/2014/10/21/3925998_college-enrollment-and-diversity.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/21/3925998_college-enrollment-and-divers...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minority enrollment is growing at Washington’s public colleges and universities while total enrollment continues its upward trend, school officials reported this week. The University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University all reported increases in student population, including some record numbers. </div> </div> </div> Admissions Office diversity higher education Registrar's Office students Clara Capron Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:34:25 +0000 Western Today 24391 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Author Daniel James Brown comes to Bellingham to talk about historic 1936 UW crew team http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/author-daniel-james-brown-comes-to-bellingham-to-talk-about-historic-1936-uw-crew-team <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/2014/10/21/3912735_author-daniel-james-brown-comes.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/21/3912735_author-daniel-james-brown-com...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Daniel James Brown shares his book, “The Boys in the Boat, ” about the University of Washington eight-oar crew team that stunned the world by winning the gold medal, beating the German team as Adolf Hitler looked on at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, in a free event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Western Washington University’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room. </div> </div> </div> upcoming events Western Reads Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:31:36 +0000 Western Today 24390 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU Language and Culture Programs to throw international potluck and Halloween party Oct. 29 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-language-and-culture-programs-to-throw-international-potluck-and-halloween-party-oct-29 <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&rsquo;s Language and Culture Programs will host an International Potluck and Halloween Party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on Western&rsquo;s campus.</p> <p>This event is free and open to Western students and the public, and is wonderful opportunity to connect with people from around the world. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food dish to share for the potluck meal and to come dressed up for the costume contest.</p> <p>The evening will also feature guest speaker Trish Skillman, director of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Western Washington University.</p> <p>Western Washington University is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Extended Education, (360) 650-3308 or <a href="mailto:ExtendedEd@wwu.edu">ExtendedEd@wwu.edu</a>.</p> <p>For more information on this upcoming event or Western&rsquo;s Language and Culture Programs, please call (360) 650-3308.</p> Extended Education Language and Culture Programs upcoming events Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:26:08 +0000 Western Today 24389 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday U.S. regulatory system becoming an international business bully http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/us-regulatory-system-becoming-an-international-business-bully <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business in Vancouver </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.biv.com/article/2014/10/us-regulatory-system-becoming-international-busine/" target="_blank">http://www.biv.com/article/2014/10/us-regulatory-system-becoming-international-b...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Since I have not and have never been an American, and due to circumstances within my control have not set foot in the United States in this century, I’m unable to explain why I am immensely moved by Kate Smith – a sunny and large lady with a wineglass-shattering voice – singing “God Bless America” on a 33-1/3 record of Irving Berlin’s greatest compositions. </div> </div> </div> Center for International Business faculty research Steven Globerman College of Business and Economics Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:39:32 +0000 Western Today 24387 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Whatcom Community College plays critical role in nation’s cyber defense http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/whatcom-community-college-plays-critical-role-in-nation%E2%80%99s-cyber-defense <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/2014/10/20/3923011_whatcome-community-college-plays.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3923011_whatcome-community-college-pl...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FBI Director James Comey recently stated on the television program “60 Minutes” that it is impossible to estimate the economic impact of cyberattacks on the U.S. economy, but it is in the “billions.” Who are the perpetrators of these attacks? According to Comey, it is nation-state actors, terrorists, organized cyber syndicates, hacktivists, criminals and pedophiles. This interview, along with other reports of cyberattacks on businesses, exposes the vulnerabilities of our cyber world and the need for trained professionals to protect organizations of all kinds against cyber threats. Whatcom Community College has stepped up to the challenge. A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, WCC is a significant player in cybersecurity education and a critical partner in the development of the local tech workforce. In many ways, Whatcom is defining the field. </div> </div> </div> community higher education Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:37:30 +0000 Western Today 24386 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday New campaign makes mark on campus http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/new-campaign-makes-mark-on-campus <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/bows_0.jpg" length="359324" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Western-stands-for-Washington.jpg" length="52925" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you noticed a few transformations around campus? If not, you soon will. From shiny new banners in front of Old Main and along High Street showcasing some of our distinguished alums &ndash; representing the many faces and talents of Western &ndash; to festive blue bows popping up and a special Get-Your-Blue-On coffee booth giving away Kind Bars and other goodies, Western&rsquo;s campus is taking on a celebratory air.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s it all about? At the end of this week on Friday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., everyone &ndash;students, faculty and staff &ndash; is invited to a special party and important announcement by President Bruce Shepard in Viking Union&rsquo;s Multi Purpose Room.</p> <p>In the run up to the party on Friday, we&rsquo;ll be celebrating all week long with a special series of philanthropy-focused events and entertainment: Use the hashtag #WesternGives during this special Philanthropy Week to celebrate Western and our vibrant community of donors and supporters; sign a Thank You card for our donors; enjoy campus-wide games with plenty of Western T-shirts, buttons, sunglasses and Frisbees as prizes, as well as two $100 gift cards to the Western Bookstore to be won.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the meantime, last month, with the help of newscaster and Western alumna Joyce Taylor, we marked the unveiling of the &ldquo;I Stand for Western&rdquo; campaign &ndash; a campaign we&rsquo;d like to invite all of you, as part of Western&rsquo;s community, to be a part of.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be seeing &ndash; and hearing &ndash; &ldquo;I Stand For Western&rdquo; ads on billboards, buses, newspapers, magazines, online and mobile ads, on social media and on the radio. They have already started to appear throughout Whatcom County, the greater Seattle area, in Portland and soon in Eastern Washington. This is the first effort of this size that has been launched to share Western&rsquo;s story. Your story.</p> <p>This is a chance for you to stand up and tell us why you&rsquo;re proud. What is it you stand for? What characteristic, value or purpose do you have that is also a trait of Western&hellip; and the state of Washington? Be proud, boldly share what you stand for at <a href="http://istand4wwu.com" target="_blank">istand4wwu.com</a> and join us as we showcase Western at its best.</p> <p>For more information, stop by our Red Square booth or call Caite Holman at 360-650-3274. We&rsquo;re here all week, and looking forward to seeing you at 4 p.m. on Friday!</p> alumni donations faculty staff students upcoming events Western Stands for Washington Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:37:15 +0000 Western Today 24385 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday ‘Two Talking Wolves’ tour visits Western Oct. 23 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/%E2%80%98two-talking-wolves%E2%80%99-tour-visits-western-oct-23 <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/Two%20Talking%20Wolves.jpg" length="360212" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson and conservationist Bob Ferris will discuss eco-capitalism and Ted Turner&rsquo;s conservation work as part of their &ldquo;<a href="http://www.cascwild.org/two-talking-wolves-ted-turner-and-conservation-tour/" target="_blank">Two Talking Wolves</a>&rdquo; tour and Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Communications Facility 120 on Western&rsquo;s campus.</p> <p>The presentation is free and open to the public.</p> <p>How does capitalism need to change to save the world? What obligation do companies and business people have to give back to society? Throw in topics like re-wilding the West, supporting the United Nations, and combating the dangers posed by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons, and you have a recipe for a fascinating discussion. Discuss the groundbreaking work of Ted Turner, the original &ldquo;Captain Planet,&rdquo; and learn how the Pacific Northwest figures at the center of many urgent environmental issues affecting the United States and the world.</p> <p>Wilkinson&rsquo;s new book &ldquo;Last Stand: Ted Turner&rsquo;s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet&rdquo; has been spurring discussions about &ldquo;eco-capitalism&rdquo; across the country. Wilkinson, whose work has appeared in national newspapers and magazines, drew on seven years of behind-the-scenes research to tell the dramatic story of how nature not only saved the legendary &ldquo;media mogul,&rdquo; but also left him transformed.</p> <p>Ferris has worked in the conservation and sustainability communities for more than 30 years. A trained scientist and former businessman, he currently serves as the executive director of Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene, Oregon.</p> <p>The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.</p> <p>The Huxley Speaker Series, sponsored by Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of Western and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.</p> <p>Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley&rsquo;s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.</p> <p>For more information, please contact Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment at 360-650-2554.</p> environment sustainability upcoming events Huxley College of the Environment Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Western Today 24384 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU to hold business career fair Nov.6 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-to-hold-business-career-fair-nov6 <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/04282011_Berman_001_1.jpg" length="166384" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University&rsquo;s Fall Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 in the MAC Gym of the Wade King Student Recreation Center.</p> <p>Admission to the fair is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Co-sponsored by Western&rsquo;s College of Business and Economics and Career Services Center, the Business Career Fair provides valuable opportunities for students and alumni of all majors to explore internship and employment possibilities with a large number of diverse organizations.</p> <p>For those who may be uncertain about their career goals or options, the Business Career Fair is an excellent resource for conducting job market research with participating companies and organizations such as: Boeing, Cambia Health Solutions, Crane Aerospace &amp; Electronics, Expedia, KeyBank, Pacific Customs Brokers, Peace Corps, Physio-Control, Samson Rope, Tableau Software, Target, Trane, US Department of State, Vitech Business Group, West Monroe Partners and many more.</p> <p>In conjunction with the fair, the Career Services Center in partnership with the Alumni Association will be hosting a pre-fair event, &ldquo;Ask an Alum: Career Conversations with Viking Alumni,&rdquo; offering students and alumni the opportunity to connect and discuss career paths and preparation. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 5th in the AIC. The event is free and participants may register online via the Alumni Association at <a href="http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/" title="http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/">http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/</a>.</p> <p>To make the most of the fair, job seekers should research participating companies in advance, dress in professional business attire, and bring lots of resumes. For a complete listing of participating employers and information about how to prepare for the fair, please visit the Career Services Center website at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. " title="http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. ">http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. </a></p> <p>For more information about this event, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280 or call (360) 650-3240.&nbsp;</p> Career Services Center jobs students upcoming events College of Business and Economics Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:12:57 +0000 Western Today 24383 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Volleyball Dig Pink game is Oct. 25 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/volleyball-dig-pink-game-is-oct-25 <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/WWU%20Volleyball%20Danny%20Miller.jpg" length="91559" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/2014DigPinkposter.jpg" length="182654" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Returning home after three road matches over the last two weekends, the top 10 nationally ranked Western Washington University volleyball team entertains Montana State University Billings on Thursday, Oct. 23 (7&nbsp;p.m.), and Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, Oct. 25 (7p.m.), in Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on theWWU&nbsp;campus.</p> <p>The&nbsp;WWU-SPU&nbsp;match will be Dig Pink Night as part of the 2014 National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.</p> <p>Working on a season-best, five-match winning streak, the Vikings, which dropped one spot to No.10 in this week&#39;s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. They are 15-5 overall and third in the GNAC standings at 8-2. Tied for first at 10-1 are Northwest Nazarene (17-2) and Alaska Anchorage (16-3).<br /> WWU is coming off a four-set win Saturday at Simon Fraser after sweeping road matches two weeks ago over Western Oregon and Saint Martin&#39;s. Its win streak began at Carver Gym with four-set triumphs over No.18 Central Washington and No.19 NNU. Since Diane Flick became the WWU head coach in 2000, the Vikings are 124-15 at Carver Gym (.892).</p> <p>First-team AVCA All-America libero Samantha Hutchinson (Sr., University Place/Curtis) is the NCAA II national statistical leader in both digs per set at 7.30 and total digs at 540. She tops the GNAC by well over one dig per set.</p> <p>Hutchinson, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, ranks second among WWU leaders in career digs with 2,211 (6.58 avg. per set), trailing only Courtney Schneider (2004-07) at 2,695. Hutchinson ranked No.2 nationally in digs as a junior and No.5 as a sophomore.</p> <p>Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Sr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula), the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year and a second-team Daktronics All-American, tops the Vikings in kills (236, 3.19 avg.), attack percentage (.287) and blocks (73, 0.99). Her .339 career attack percentage ranks second among WWU leaders.</p> <p>Erickson has already been both a GNAC Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week this season. She ranks fourth among GNAC leaders in attack percentage, seventh in kills and eighth in blocks.</p> <p>Setter Kristina Tribley (R-Fr., Wenatchee) is third in the GNAC in assists per set at 10.63 (606).</p> <p>Kelsey Moore (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) is averaging 3.09 kills per set (213), Rachel Roeder (Jr., Sammamish/Issaquah) 2.83 kills (204) and Joellee Buckner (R-Fr., Colville) has 53 blocks (0.75).</p> <p>Flick has a 311-82 record in 15 seasons coaching at WWU. Averaging 20.7 wins per year, her win total and 79.1 winning percentage are both program bests. She ranks No.8 nationally in win percentage among DII coaches and has been named GNAC Coach of the Year eight times.</p> <p>MSUB, which has lost four of its last five matches, is 10-9 overall and 5-6 in conference action. The Yellowjackets, who defeated WWU in five sets at Billings, Mont., on Sept. 27, had a 9-5 start. They are led by Chelsey Walter, who has a GNAC-leading .365 hitting percentage while averaging 3.16 kills per set and 0.70 blocks, and first-team GNAC all-star Monica Grimsrud, who is averaging 2.96 kills. Prior to the loss this season, the Vikings had won all 17 previous meetings with MSUB.</p> <p>SPU, 11-8 overall and 5-6 in GNAC play, has won just two of its last eight matches following a 9-2 start. The Falcons, who play at Simon Fraser on Thursday, are paced by first-team GNAC all-star Madi Cavell, who ranks second among conference leaders in kills at 3.86.</p> <p>WWU, which won in four sets at Seattle on Sept. 25, holds a 41-26 series advantage over the Falcons, but has prevailed in just six of the last 11 meetings.</p> <p>The Vikings have won the last two GNAC titles and seven crowns in the history of the conference, which began in 2000-01. They finished 23-4 last fall and reached the first round of the NCAA II West Regional.</p> <p>WWU, which was ranked No.9 nationally in the pre-season AVCA Poll, was the favorite in the 2014 GNAC Coaches pre-season poll, receiving eight of 10 first-place votes.</p> <p>NOTES: WWU has had four winning streaks of three or more this season and has not dropped back-to-back matches this season ... The Vikings lead the GNAC in digs per set and rank fifth nationally at 20.11 ... WWU is 4-1 in matches against nationally ranked opponents this season. Besides the wins over Central and NNU, the Vikings defeated No.16 Sonoma State, 3-1, and No.11 UC San Diego, 3-1, before losing to No.8 Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2 ... Hutchinson was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20, the sixth weekly honor of her career, and Erickson was selected to the Central Washington Wildcat Invitational all-tournament team.</p> Athletics students upcoming events volleyball Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:46:06 +0000 Western Today 24382 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Open enrollment for WWU employees begins Nov. 1 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/open-enrollment-for-wwu-employees-begins-nov-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/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Open enrollment for Western Washington University benefits-eligible faculty and staff begins Nov. 1.</p> <p>The month of November is the annual time for employees to make changes to their health and dental plans, enroll or waive coverage for themselves or eligible dependents, and enroll in the flexible spending account and/or dependent care assistance program. All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.</p> <p>Information is available on <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb" target="_blank">the PEBB website</a> homepage under Open Enrollment. Employees may review their benefits and make enrollment changes online from Nov. 1 to 30.</p> <p>Two local open-enrollment fairs will take place on Nov. 13:</p> <ul> <li> From 9 to 11 a.m., a fair will take place in Viking Union Room 565 on campus. A presentation on flexible spending accounts will occur from 9 to 9:30.</li> <li> From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., a fair will take place at St. Luke&#39;s Health Education Center, Rooms E and F, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. A retiree presentation will happen from noon to 1 p.m. in Room A.</li> </ul> <p>Vendors will be on-site to answer PEBB benefits-related questions. Attendees may learn about changes in rates, benefits, plans and service areas. Plus, information will be available on life insurance, long-term disability and auto/home insurance.</p> <p>To make open enrollment changes, employees should visit <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb" target="_blank">www.hca.wa.gov/pebb</a>.</p> benefits faculty Human Resources staff Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:30:50 +0000 Western Today 24381 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Violence prevention training offered for faculty and staff http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/violence-prevention-training-offered-for-faculty-and-staff <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/updpatch_smaller_5.jpg" length="29928" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen is offering training in violence prevention for employees.</p> <p>Western faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of three 90-minute trainings. Available dates are Oct. 28 and 30 and Nov. 5.</p> <p>Chief Rasmussen will provide information on behaviors of concern and whom to notify and how. Employees may sign up <a href="https://west.wwu.edu/training/">here</a>.</p> faculty Health safety staff University Police upcoming events Darin Rasmussen Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:05:47 +0000 Western Today 24380 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Bellingham college students outfit Whatcom County sheriff’s mine-resistant truck http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-college-students-outfit-whatcom-county-sheriff%E2%80%99s-mine-resistant-truck <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/2014/10/20/3919104_bellingham-college-students-outfit.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3919104_bellingham-college-students-o...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Students at Bellingham Technical College were handed one of the more unusual, hands-on assignments so far this school year: Outfit the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office’s new 18-ton, mine-resistant truck. Welding students at the college spent last week bolting on seats and installing lights on a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle that came to the sheriff’s office earlier this year from a military base in Texas. Those extra seats could be for civilians evacuated from a school shooting, or from a natural disaster, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. </div> </div> </div> higher education Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:28 +0000 Western Today 24379 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday