http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/3306/0 en Lizard Field School http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/lizard-field-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oregon Public Broadcasting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/" target="_blank">http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Student biologists learn the how-to&#039;s of wildlife research by studying the life and death of lizards in Oregon&#039;s Alvord desert. For 15 years Dr. Roger Anderson has been leading students on a three-week immersion into lizard ecology and behavior. Students cope with the primitive conditions of life in a desert encampment while enduring the blazing sun and harsh desert conditions. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department research students Roger Anderson College of Science and Engineering Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Western Today 22815 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Recorded video streaming from the Board of Trustees Meeting Aug. 21, 2014 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/recorded-video-streaming-from-the-board-of-trustees-meeting-aug-21-2014 <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 video recording of Friday&#39;s Board of Trustees meeting can be seen in two parts:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51675390">http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51675390</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51677018">http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51677018</a></p> <p>A recap of the meeting will appear in Monday&#39;s Western Today. &nbsp;</p> Board of Trustees Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:51:43 +0000 mary.gallagher 24032 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Thank you from New Student Services/Family Outreach and Academic Advising http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/thank-you-from-new-student-servicesfamily-outreach-and-academic-advising <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/DSC_0398%20small.jpg" length="472879" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We want to thank the campus community for making the Transitions and Summerstart programs such a successful and welcoming experience for the new students and family members who visited campus in July and August. &nbsp;The planning and coordination with offices across campus makes it possible to provide a timely, complete and coordinated experience for the newest members of the Western community. &nbsp;As a village, we hosted 857 transfer students, 2,528 freshmen and over 2,000 family members during the 19 days of summer advising and orientation programs. &nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to all the offices and individuals who answered questions, helped point people in the right direction and contributed to the warm welcome that characterizes WWU. &nbsp;A special thanks to Academic Computing, the Registrar&#39;s Office, University Residences, Dining Services, the Admissions Office, the Associated Students, and all the presenters, information fair participants and most importantly &ndash; the departmental academic advisors and academic departments that provide the guidance and direction students so greatly need as they register for classes.</p> <p>We&#39;ll see you in September at Western Welcome Week and again, many thanks for your time and contribution!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Academic Advising New Student Services/Family Outreach summerstart Transitions Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:38:08 +0000 mary.gallagher 24031 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU conference expert Diana Bakkom to retire http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/wwu-conference-expert-diana-bakkom-to-retire <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/diana-bakkom.jpg" length="57659" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Diana Bakkom, Western&#39;s assistant director of Summer Programs, will retire on Sept. 15 after working with the university for 27 years. In that time, Bakkom has mentored Western athletes and established and directed Western&#39;s Grandparents &quot;U&quot; program. But, Bakkom is perhaps most well-known for managing and coordinating multiple conferences and other special events held at Western over the years.</p> <p>Like many universities, Western is a venue for conferences held by organizations in the professional community. Organizations such as Kinship Conservation Fellows, Marrowstone and the Northwest Weaver Guild have held conferences and special events at Western such as Washington Business Week, the Western Washington University Children&rsquo;s Literature Conference and Marrowstone Music Festival. During these events, Bakkom tended to behind-the-scenes work such as ensuring attendees had hotel rooms and all the materials they needed for the events to run smoothly. Bakkom has been widely praised for her work by conference hosts and Western staff alike.</p> <p>Bakkom&rsquo;s years of experience and connections in the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors International, (ACCED-I) where she received an Emeritus Recognition Award in 2014, helped make Western into a leader in the world of conferences, said Marlene Harlan, Western&rsquo;s director of Summer Programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;She&#39;s been very instrumental in leading us in the right direction and making sure that we have a lot of bases covered,&rdquo; Harlan said, &ldquo;A lot of our colleagues across the nation actually come to her for advice on &lsquo;how did you do this&rsquo; or &lsquo;I know you guys are doing this, so how did you incorporate that?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Eight years ago, Bakkom started Western&rsquo;s Grandparents &ldquo;U&rdquo; program, which brings grandparents and grandchildren together to explore new concepts and learn together through several workshops.</p> <p>&quot;It makes total sense that she would have created a program like that,&quot; said Gregory Ward, Western&#39;s program specialist for Summer Programs, who will direct the Grandparents &quot;U&quot; program after Bakkom&#39;s retirement. &quot;For the 20-something years that she&#39;s been here, everyone knows her as, like the sweetest lady that you&#39;ll ever work with... she&#39;s a caretaker, and she&#39;s a teacher by natural gift.&quot;</p> <p>Grandparents &quot;U&quot; at Western started out as an idea Bakkom heard of through ACCED-I and wanted to bring to the university. She ran into trouble when she couldn&#39;t find someone at Western to put it together.</p> <p>&quot;I just said to myself, &#39;this is my passion, not anybody else&#39;s, so I need to put it together,&#39;&quot; Bakkom said. &quot;To see these grandparents and these grandkids come together and to see them learning together, playing together, eating together, it&#39;s just delightful.&quot;</p> <p>In the time that Bakkom directed Grandparents &quot;U,&quot; the program has spread to Western&#39;s campuses in Anacortes and Poulsbo. The popularity and success of the program took Bakkom by surprise, she said.</p> <p>&quot;The first year, I thought we&#39;d be lucky to have 30 people, and I think we had like, 65, 70,&quot; she said. &quot;I was shocked. Now we run over a hundred a session just at Western [in Bellingham], and we fill our classes at Shannon Point [in Anacortes].&quot;</p> <p>Bakkom also took a deep interest in supporting Western&#39;s athletes, like Western senior Sarah Hill of Western&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s basketball team.</p> <p>&quot;She was my second mom, or my Western mom,&quot; said Hill, who came to Western from Virginia. &quot;She made it a positive environment where if I needed anything or I needed somebody to talk to I could always go into her office and there would be a safe place to go and express how I was feeling. I&#39;d always leave that place feeling better and happy and feeling loved and got that hug that I needed when I... didn&#39;t have my mother there.&quot;</p> <p>Bakkom&rsquo;s support of basketball players is something she&rsquo;s done voluntarily for years, Harlan said.</p> <p>&quot;She goes to every basketball game and roots them on and is here for the athletes she supports, in case they need a little moral support or just anything because they&#39;re not from here,&quot; Harlan said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that Western will be losing a big heart and a big smile on their campus,&rdquo; Hill said of Bakkom&rsquo;s retirement. &ldquo;And that anybody who just sees that smile has a better day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bakkom plans to retire to Anacortes.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Athletics basketball Extended Education staff students Diana Bakkom Gregory Ward Marlene Harlan Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:29:25 +0000 Western Today 24030 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU to Test Part of Western Alert Notification System on Tuesday, Aug. 26 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-to-test-part-of-western-alert-notification-system-on-tuesday-aug-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/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University plans to test its building voice messaging system, one part of the campus emergency notification system known as Western Alert, at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26.</p> <p>Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety and emergency information.</p> <p>The Western Alert element that will be tested on Aug. 26 is the voice messaging over the campus fire alarm system also known as building enunciation.&nbsp; Atest voice message (building enunciation) will be repeated several times in campus buildings as well as over the outside speakers at the university tennis courts, the south campus oval at the Communications Facility, and at the Old Main lawn.&nbsp; Amber fire alarm strobes, where located, will flash.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There is no action required by building occupants or others on campus.</p> <p>Other elements of the Western Alert system, including mass text messages and emails, and posting a message on the university homepage, will not be part of the Aug. 26 test, which is limited only to the building enunciation system.</p> <p>For questions or to provide feedback on speaker clarity, please call or e-mail Sue Sullivan at (360) 650-6512 or <a href="mailto:sue.sullivan@wwu.edu">sue.sullivan@wwu.edu</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Western Alert Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:22:35 +0000 mary.gallagher 24029 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as groundwater drops http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/western-drought-causes-earths-surface-to-rise-as-groundwater-drops <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Los Angeles Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-groundwater-20140822-story.html" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-groundwater-20140822-story.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water such as reservoirs, has been so extreme that it lifted the West an average of one-sixth of an inch since 2013, according to researchers from UC San Diego&#039;s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Geological Survey. </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:59:02 +0000 mary.gallagher 24028 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU summer commencement is Saturday http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-summer-commencement-is-saturday <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/2014/08/21/3813284_wwu-summer-commencement-is-saturday.html?sp=/99/100/&amp;rh=1" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/21/3813284_wwu-summer-commencement-is-sa...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vini Samuel, a 1994 WWU graduate who is an attorney and political leader, is the speaker. The student speaker is Geoffrey Briggs, a Bellingham man who is receiving his bachelor&#039;s degree in philosophy and plans to attend law school. </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:55:50 +0000 mary.gallagher 24027 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings tabbed to win GNAC women's soccer title http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-tabbed-to-win-gnac-womens-soccer-title <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/2014/08/21/3813618_vikings-tabbed-to-win-gnac-womens.html?rh=1" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/21/3813618_vikings-tabbed-to-win-gnac-wo...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Great Northwest Athletic Association coaches selected the Western Washington University women&#039;s soccer team to finish first in their preseason coaches poll. </div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:53:57 +0000 mary.gallagher 24026 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Board of Trustees meeting underway; audio streamed live http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/board-of-trustees-meeting-underway-audio-streamed-live <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 Board of Trustees meeting for Aug. 21 has begun. Live audio of the meeting is being streamed at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1">http://www.ustream.tv/channel/</a><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1">wwu-live-events1</a></p> <p>The Board of Trustees Web site is at&nbsp;<a href="https://trustees.wwu.edu/default.aspx" target="_blank">https://trustees.wwu.edu/default.aspx</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:17:01 +0000 john.thompson 24025 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western Today goes on hiatus for summer intersession on Tuesday, Aug. 26 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/western-today-goes-on-hiatus-for-summer-intersession-on-tuesday-aug-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/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just a reminder that while the Western Today website will be live and updated throughout summer intersession, there will not be daily Western Today e-mails from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through the beginning of fall quarter a month later.</p> Western Today Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:14:36 +0000 john.thompson 24024 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings' path aimed at NCAA title http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-path-aimed-at-ncaa-title <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/2014/08/20/3811389/vikings-path-aimed-at-ncaa-title.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/20/3811389/vikings-path-aimed-at-ncaa-ti...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellence fosters expectations - high expectations. Western Washington University&#039;s women&#039;s soccer team is familiar with said expectations, first making it to the Sweet 16 in 2012, then falling just short of a national championship appearance last year after posting a school-record 20-2-1 record. </div> </div> </div> women's soccer Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:11:20 +0000 john.thompson 24023 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday PISCES Rover tackles first test http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/pisces-rover-tackles-first-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hawaii 24/7 </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.hawaii247.com/2014/08/21/pisces-rover-tackles-first-test/" target="_blank">http://www.hawaii247.com/2014/08/21/pisces-rover-tackles-first-test/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> University of Hawaii at Hilo Robotics Technicians Max Kerr and Casey Pearring, along with Akamai intern Nasre Manasrah of UH Maui College (UHMC), and summer volunteer Matt Takemoto of Western Washington University, all contributed to the successful mountainside traverse that tested the rover’s capabilities while giving the group valuable work experience in avionics. </div> </div> </div> Engineering Technology VRI College of Science and Engineering 13-14: Innovation and Research Adventerous Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:08:11 +0000 john.thompson 24022 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Bellingham Music Club plans busy schedule for its 99th year http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-music-club-plans-busy-schedule-for-its-99th-year <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/2014/08/21/3803311_bellingham-music-club-plans-busy.html?rh=1" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/08/21/3803311_bellingham-music-club-plans-b...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The club&#039;s 99th season will open Wednesday, Sept. 3, with two concerts celebrating the Donnellan dynasty. Joanne Donnellan, a longtime music educator, was concertmaster for Whatcom Symphony Orchestra for years. Her son Grant, a professor of music at Western Washington University, is the current WSO concertmaster; and her son Glenn is a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. </div> </div> </div> Music Department Grant Donnellan College of Fine and Performing Arts 12-13: Excellence of Faculty and Staff Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:19 +0000 john.thompson 24021 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Spaces available in Writing Instruction retreat http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/spaces-available-in-writing-instruction-retreat <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>Spaces have come available in the upcoming Backwards by Design 2014: Faculty Writing Instruction Working Retreat.</p> <p>The Writing Instruction Support program, part of Western Libraries&#39; Learning Commons, sponsors an annual working session that offers Western Washington University faculty members a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing. The &ldquo;backwards by design&rdquo; approach begins with identifying discipline-based threshold concepts and works back to instructional practices and activities for teaching them. The working retreat also gives faculty a chance to work on their own course materials in the company of colleagues from across campus who share a commitment to supporting our students&quot; learning and writing proficiency.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s retreat is scheduled for Aug. 26 to 28 at Western&rsquo;s Shannon Point Marine facility in Anacortes.</p> <p>Agenda topics include:</p> <ul> <li> Day 1 - Design: disciplinary concepts, course syllabus, evaluation schemes</li> <li> Day 2 - Enactment: creating assignments, engaging practices</li> <li> Day 3 - Results: Learning activities, show &amp; tell demos</li> </ul> <p>All expenses (lodging for a shared room, meals, and materials) are covered, and transportation will be arranged. If you are interested in attending, please contact <a href="mailto:shevell.thibou@wwu.edu">shevell.thibou@wwu.edu</a>. For more details, contact WIS director Carmen Werder, who will facilitate the workshop, at carmen.werder@wwu.edu<span style="white-space: normal;">&nbsp;or 360-650-</span>7329.</p> faculty Learning Commons upcoming events Western Libraries Writing Instruction Support Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:34:39 +0000 Western Today 24019 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday International queuing theory conference taking place on campus through Aug. 21 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/international-queuing-theory-conference-taking-place-on-campus-through-aug-21 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University&rsquo;s Center for Operations Research and Management Science is playing host to the<a href="http://qtna.cbe.wwu.edu/" target="_blank"> Ninth Annual International Conference on Queuing Theory and Network Applications</a> Aug. 18 to 21 in the Viking Union on the WWU campus.</p> <p>The purpose of the QTNA&nbsp;conference is to bring together international researchers and practitioners to share critical issues in queuing theory and network applications.&nbsp; The conference attracts the premier scholars in the world.&nbsp; All previous conferences have been hosted in Asian cities.&nbsp; Western Washington University will be the first university from North America to host the conference.</p> <p>The conference registrants is expected to include participants from 26 different institutions, with over 30 participants coming from overseas locations.&nbsp;&nbsp; The keynote presentation will be delivered by Qi-ming He of the University of Waterloo, Canada.&nbsp; Research presentation sessions will cover topics such as optimization of production, performance analysis of server scheduling, and reliability models.&nbsp;</p> <p>The conference is being organized through Western&rsquo;s Center for Operations Research and Management Science.&nbsp; The center was established to promote research collaboration among scholars at Western and other institutions.&nbsp; The center&rsquo;s director is George Zhang of the Department of Decision Sciences. Sponsors for the conference include CORMS, Western&rsquo;s College of Business and Economics, and Lanzhou University, China.</p> <p>For more information regarding the conference, contact Racheal Scholler, department manager in the Department of Decision Sciences, at 360-650-3902.</p> Center for Operations Research and Management Science Decision Sciences upcoming events George Zhang College of Business and Economics Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:40:08 +0000 Western Today 24018 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday