http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/29/0 en WWU Foundation Responds to Request on Fossil Fuels Divestment http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-foundation-responds-to-request-on-fossil-fuels-divestment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Western Washington University Foundation Governing Board of Directors on Sept. 16 decided not to change its investment policy regarding divestiture from investments in fossil fuel companies.</p> <p>The Foundation Governing Board&rsquo;s decision was in response to a request by the Western student government.</p> <div style="width: 317px; float: right; margin: 15px 0px 5px 15px; padding: 0px;"> <h4> More information:</h4> <p></p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/president/blog/posts/26.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce&#39;s blog: Should the Western Foundation divest?</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/alumni/eblast2014/campaign/sept/MemoDivestmentCommitteeRecommendationstoBoard9-9-14.pdf" target="_blank">Western Foundation memo on divestment</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/divestment-faq" target="_blank">Divestment FAQ</a></li> </ul> </div> <p>The Foundation Governing Board did commit to create a climate-friendly investment fund in their portfolio as an option for donors. The Foundation seeks private sources to support Western student scholarships, research and faculty. Its endowment consists of a number of comingled funds which invest in thousands of companies, including some within the fossil fuels industry.</p> <p>Dan Guy, president of the WWU Foundation Governing Board, provided a memo to Annika Wolters, president of the WWU Associated Students (AS), which outlined the review process and a recommendation from the board&rsquo;s Divestment Study Committee for a decision on the request from the AS. The recommendation was voted on and approved at the board&rsquo;s Sept. 16 meeting. <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/alumni/eblast2014/campaign/sept/MemoDivestmentCommitteeRecommendationstoBoard9-9-14.pdf" target="_blank">The full text of the memo is here</a>.</p> <p>In the memo, the Divestment Study Committee noted that climate change is &ldquo;indisputably one of the most critical challenges of our time&rdquo; and acknowledged Western students for stimulating discussion. &ldquo;Their request to us spurred a thoughtful and thorough approach and analysis. We listened to students and campus colleagues, explored the national discussion, spoke with our peers across the country, and researched investment alternatives. From this work we reached a considered recommendation: our investment policy should remain unchanged.&rdquo;</p> <p>The AS Board on May 16 had asked the WWU Foundation Governing Board to commit to a specific fossil fuel divestment plan with three elements: (1) freeze future investments in fossil fuels, (2) divest from current investments in 200 specific companies within five years and (3) incorporate divestment from fossil fuels into the investment policy.</p> <p>Western President Bruce Shepard, <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/president/blog/posts/26.shtml" target="_blank">in a blog</a>, expressed his support for the Foundation position. &ldquo;Basically they decided to &lsquo;stay in their lane.&rsquo;&rdquo; &nbsp;Addressing the university community, he went on to say,&nbsp;&quot;Do understand this, though: by &lsquo;staying in their lane,&rsquo; the Foundation has placed an enormous responsibility with us, the students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and donors who are Western Washington University. &nbsp;That is exactly where it belongs.&quot;</p> <p>Noting the long history of commitment to sustainability at Western, President Shepard did challenge the campus, saying &quot;But, that proud past is prologue.&nbsp;For the rapidly escalating threats of climate change demand that we double and double again our efforts to live our mission, to make substantive differences, to be substantively different.&quot;</p> <p>The Foundation Study Committee memo made additional recommendations, including that the Foundation Governing Board Finance and Audit Committee &ldquo;work to create a climate-friendly investment fund in our portfolio as an option for donors. And, to lower associated fees with this fund, we further recommend that the WWU Foundation Governing Board members and staff will lead discussions of climate friendly portfolio development with other foundations of our size and type.&rdquo;</p> <p>The memo also noted that divestment would be ineffective and inconsistent with Foundation fiduciary values. And the financial impact of divestment, including associated investment fees, would mean the loss of support for scholarship programs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foundation.wwu.edu/" target="_blank">The Western Washington University Foundation</a>&nbsp;exists to generate private support for the benefit of Western Washington University. It is independent of the university and its Board is comprised of alumni, donors and community members who are personally dedicated to the advancement of Western. <a href="http://www.as.wwu.edu/" target="_blank">The Associated Students (AS)</a>&nbsp;is both the association of all WWU students and the official student governing body.</p> environment sustainability Western Foundation Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Western Today 24104 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 Oct. 10 gathering to explore contemplative practices in higher ed http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/oct-10-gathering-to-explore-contemplative-practices-in-higher-ed <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 gathering titled &quot;Contemplative Higher Education in the Pacific Northwest&quot; will take place before the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.contemplativemind.org/programs/conferences" target="_blank">ACMHE Conference</a> at the University of Washington in Seattle on Oct. 10.</p> <p>The event is slated for 2 to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Throughout the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia to Oregon, many academics have been exploring the place of contemplative practices and perspectives in higher education. Yet there has been little opportunity to meet one another, to learn what one another are doing and to form new teaching or research partnerships.</p> <p>The purpose of the meeting is two-fold: first, to bring local, like-minded academics together to discover what one another are doing; and second, to consider whether it would be good to create some sort of regional learning community and to discuss what this might look like.</p> <p>The meeting will take place on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, in the Husky Union Building, room 250, from 2 to 4&nbsp;p.m. Invited to the gathering are faculty members at institutions of higher education in the Pacific Northwest who are involved in bringing contemplative practices into academic work. Faculty don&rsquo;t need to be registered for the ACMHE conference to attend, but they should RSVP to <a href="mailto:dmlevy@uw.edu">dmlevy@uw.edu</a> by Oct. 6 to reserve a place.</p> <p>Draft agenda:</p> <ul> <li> 2:00-2:15pm Welcome and silent meditation (David Levy)</li> <li> 2:15-2:45pm Panel: Models of regional groups (Daniel Barbezat, Amherst College; Tony Back, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center; Mike Gillespie, UW Bothell)</li> <li> 2:45-3:10pm Contemplative practices in the classroom: an example (Karen Litfin, UW Seattle)</li> <li> 3:10-3:35pm Breakout groups: How do you bring contemplative practice into your work?</li> <li> 3:35-4:00pm Plenary discussion: Where do we go from here? (David Levy)</li> </ul> faculty upcoming events Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:23:44 +0000 Western Today 24163 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Karen Stout to interview for campus leadership position Sept. 30 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/karen-stout-to-interview-for-campus-leadership-position-sept-30 <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/Karen%20Stout%20mug%20NEW.jpg" length="57033" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Karen Stout, a professor of communication and former Faculty Senate president at Western Washington University, will interview Sept. 30 for the position of Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies &amp; Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership.</p> <p>Making that announcement was Brian Burton, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.</p> <p>The campus community is invited to attend an open forum discussion opportunity scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Old Main Room 340 on campus.</p> <p>Stout&rsquo;s application materials are available for review (please contact Bev Jones in the Provost&rsquo;s Office), and <a href="https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=5343" target="_blank">information about the position may be found online</a>.</p> <p>This is an important university-wide leadership position, and Burton encourages active participation by the campus community.</p> Communication Department faculty upcoming events Brian Burton Karen Stout College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:31:44 +0000 Western Today 24162 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday AUAP to welcome new students at ceremony Friday, Sept. 26 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/auap-to-welcome-new-students-at-ceremony-friday-sept-26 <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/10534660_869194009760393_7181842445958312141_n.jpg" length="95528" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A formal ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, to welcome to Western Washington University students involved in the Asia University America Program.</p> <p>The event, to be held in the Old Main Theatre, welcomes new students from Asia University as they embark on a five-month stay at Western. A reception will be held in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space after the ceremony.</p> AUAP students upcoming events Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:17:25 +0000 Western Today 24161 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday What would 15% cut mean for state’s colleges? http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/what-would-15-cut-mean-for-state%E2%80%99s-colleges <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://seattletimes.com/html/education/2024604594_higheredbudgetsxml.html" target="_blank">http://seattletimes.com/html/education/2024604594_higheredbudgetsxml.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double-digit tuition increases. Class cuts that would make it harder to finish a degree in four years. Enrollment cutbacks that would make it more difficult to get admitted to a state university. Washington’s public college and university presidents, warning that a hypothetical 15 percent cut to higher education would be devastating to public colleges and universities, are in a standoff with the state Office of Financial Management (OFM) over fiscal planning for the next two years. </div> </div> </div> budget funding government higher ed Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:07:55 +0000 Western Today 24160 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Hutchinson named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/hutchinson-named-gnac-defensive-player-of-the-week <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/2014/09/22/3871904/hutchinson-named-gnac-defensive.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/22/3871904/hutchinson-named-gnac-defensi...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20. </div> </div> </div> Athletics awards recognition students volleyball Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:06:24 +0000 Western Today 24159 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Steen named GNAC Female Athlete of the Week http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/steen-named-gnac-female-athlete-of-the-week <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/2014/09/22/3871903/steen-named-gnac-female-athlete.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/22/3871903/steen-named-gnac-female-athle...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University’s Katelyn Steen has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 14-20. </div> </div> </div> Athletics awards cross country recognition students Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:05:13 +0000 Western Today 24158 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Tinsley named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/tinsley-named-gnac-defensive-player-of-the-week <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/2014/09/22/3871895/tinsley-named-gnac-defensive-player.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/22/3871895/tinsley-named-gnac-defensive-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University defender Marcus Tinsley has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20. </div> </div> </div> Athletics awards recognition soccer students Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Western Today 24157 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings fourth after first day at 43rd Annual WWU Invitational http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-fourth-after-first-day-at-43rd-annual-wwu-invitational <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/2014/09/22/3872193/vikings-fourth-after-first-day.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/22/3872193/vikings-fourth-after-first-da...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leading by 12 strokes after shooting 23-under par over the first 36 holes, the University of British Columbia is in good position to defend its title at the 43rd Annual Western Washington University Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament following first-day play Monday, Sept. 22, at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. </div> </div> </div> Athletics golf students Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Western Today 24156 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings fourth after first day at WNMU Invite, four shots back http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-fourth-after-first-day-at-wnmu-invite-four-shots-back <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/2014/09/22/3871902/vikings-fourth-after-first-day.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/22/3871902/vikings-fourth-after-first-da...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making a huge about face following a rough first three holes, Western Washington University is fourth among 16 teams after first-day play Monday, Sept. 22, at the Western New Mexico University Mustang Women’s Golf Invitational Tournament being played at the Coldwater Golf Club. </div> </div> </div> Athletics golf students Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:58:05 +0000 Western Today 24155 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Move-in: Parents offer advice to new students http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/videos/move-in-parents-offer-advice-to-new-students <p>With move-in weekend complete, more than 4,000 students are now calling WWU&#39;s residence halls and apartments home.</p> <p>Of course, their parents couldn&#39;t leave them without offering a few last bits of sage advice.</p> #WesternWelcome community students University Residences Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:45:59 +0000 Western Today 24154 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Thousands connect at annual Info Fair http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/videos/thousands-connect-at-annual-info-fair <p>Every year, thousands of new and returning students visit the Red Square Info Fair to catch up after a long summer and check out the hundreds of clubs and activities available to them throughout the year.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a look at what went down on Sept. 22, 2014, the first day of the 2014 Info Fair.</p> Associated Students campus faculty staff students Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:41:42 +0000 Western Today 24153 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Craig Dunn appointed to two-year term as CBE dean http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/craig-dunn-appointed-to-two-year-term-as-cbe-dean <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/Dunn.jpg" length="116304" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/mba%20craig%20dunn-4.jpg" length="441156" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Craig Dunn has been appointed to serve for a two-year fixed term as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr. Craig Dunn has served the College of Business and Economics as interim Dean for the past year and has demonstrated excellent administrative acumen and strategic vision. &nbsp;After consultation with the College, I&rsquo;m pleased to announce that Dr. Dunn has agreed to continue to serve in a leadership capacity, now as Dean, on a two-year appointment,&rdquo; Carbajal said. &ldquo;Dr. Dunn is well prepared and situated to lead the college at this important time and in preparation for a national dean search planned for academic year 2015-16. &nbsp;We have in Dr. Dunn a wonderful advocate for the College and a strongly collaborative&nbsp;university leader.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior to serving as interim Dean, Dunn was associate dean/director of graduate programs at CBE.</p> <p>&ldquo;Never one to have professional aspirations for an administrative post, I have been surprised to have found it extremely gratifying to serve as interim Dean of CBE this past academic year,&rdquo; Dunn said. &ldquo;The commitment to shared governance that currently permeates both the University as well as the College has rather easily translated into collaborative efforts that ultimately benefit Western students as well as the communities we all serve. Add to this the benefits associated with solid community partnerships &ndash; particularly those with alums who continue to be delighted with their educational experience while at Western &ndash; and I am left to happily abandon the term &lsquo;interim&rsquo; and serve as Dean of CBE for an additional two years.&quot;</p> <p>Dunn, who began at Western in 2005, has an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield and a doctorate in Business Policy/Strategy from Indiana University. &nbsp;He also is an associate professor at Western and an associate professor emeritus of San Diego State University, in both instances specializing in business and society issues. His research interests include managerial ethics and values, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, the meaning of work, and social entrepreneurship.</p> <p>He has also taught at San Diego State University, Rice University, Indiana University, and California State University, Bakersfield.</p> <p>He is active in the International Association for Business and Society&nbsp;&ndash; publisher of the journal Business &amp; Society &ndash; serving on the Board of Fellows as well as past president. Dunn is active with many civic and other organizations, most notably serving on the Board of Directors of Lydia Place, a nonprofit, community-based agency serving homeless families. Dunn is widely published and he has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship.</p> faculty jobs Brent Carbajal Craig Dunn College of Business and Economics Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:53:14 +0000 Western Today 24152 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Employee Wellness program updates offerings for fall quarter http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/employee-wellness-program-updates-offerings-for-fall-quarter <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>Fall quarter starts Wednesday! Here&#39;s a look at what&#39;s new among the classes being offered by the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program this quarter:</p> <ul> <li> New: Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/FlowYoga.shtml" target="_blank">Power Flow (Vinyasa) Yoga Class</a>&nbsp;with our new instructor Senna.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/Barre.shtml" target="_blank">Barre Class</a>&nbsp;with Cyndie Shepard returns on Fridays.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/meditation.shtml" target="_blank">Meditation</a>&nbsp;on Mondays with Ronna returns.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/SelfDefense.shtml" target="_blank">Self-Defense Fitness Class</a>&nbsp;with Rob on Fridays returns.</li> <li> For more, visit the <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs1.shtml" target="_blank">Programs Page</a>&nbsp;and click on a class you are interested in. Read the details carefully, as some days, times and locations have changed.</li> </ul> <p>Other program information:</p> <ul> <li> The Faculty &amp; Staff Wellness Program is proud to be the WINNER of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/employee-wellness-program-wins-leadership-award" target="_blank">Seattle Business Magazine Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Wellness Programs</a>.</li> <li> Check and contribute to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/EmployeesInAction.shtml" target="_blank">Western Employees in Action</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/Testimonials.shtml" target="_blank">Testimonial</a>&nbsp;pages.</li> <li> Do not forget to check out other&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/employeeperks.shtml" target="_blank">Employee Perks</a>&nbsp;that are offered through the Wellness Program.</li> </ul> Employee Wellness Program faculty Health staff upcoming events Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:21:01 +0000 Western Today 24151 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday