http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/2392/feed en Violence prevention training offered for faculty and staff http://www.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://www.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://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 Whistleblower Act provides avenue for employees to report improper action http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/whistleblower-act-provides-avenue-for-employees-to-report-improper-action <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 Whistleblower Act (Chapter 42.40 Revised Code of Washington), enacted by the Washington State Legislature, provides an avenue for state employees to report suspected improper governmental action.</p> <p>The law defines improper governmental action:</p> <ul> <li> A gross waste of public funds or resources;</li> <li> A violation of state or federal law;</li> <li> Substantial and specific danger to the public health or safety;</li> <li> Gross mismanagement; or</li> <li> Activity which prevents dissemination of scientific opinion or alters technical findings without scientifically valid justification.</li> </ul> <p>The legislative intent is to encourage state employees to disclose improper governmental actions and protects the rights of state employees making disclosures.&nbsp; A whistleblower is defined in the law to be an employee who makes a report in good faith or is an employee perceived to have provided information to the State Auditor&rsquo;s Office or another public official in connection with an investigation.</p> <p>Further information on the Whistleblower Program may be found on the State Auditor&rsquo;s Office website, <a href="https://www.sao.wa.gov/">https://</a><a href="https://www.sao.wa.gov/">www.sao.wa.gov</a>under the Investigations tab.&nbsp; Information and Frequently Asked Questions can also be found on the Office of the Internal Auditor&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/depts/internalaudit/improper.shtml">http://www.wwu.edu/depts/internalaudit/improper.shtml</a>.&nbsp; Both websites have links to the Whistleblower Reporting Form.&nbsp; To view Western&rsquo;s Administering the State Employee Whistleblower Act policy, please see POL-U1000.15 at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/policies/">http://www.wwu.edu/policies/#</a>.</p> <p>Specific questions about the Whistleblower Program can be addressed to Matt Babick, Internal Audit Director, at ext. 3435.</p> faculty government staff Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:51:37 +0000 Western Today 24482 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Drawing Jam starts Monday in VU http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/drawing-jam-starts-monday-in-vu <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/Drawing-Jam-2013---Brianna-Kuplent_0.jpg" length="375648" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/3843-Drawing-Jam-Final-SFW%20kill%20nov%2015.png" length="336553" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The annual Drawing Jam event in the VU Gallery turns the gallery walls into a blank canvas for all to contribute to.</p> <p>The exhibition is about freedom of expression, the organic nature of the creative process and the ability for anyone and everyone to be involved in making art. Patrons are welcome to draw, write and create whatever they wish.</p> <p>An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in the VU Gallery. The exhibit itself will be up from Nov. 3 to Nov. 14.</p> Associated Students upcoming events Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:14:48 +0000 Western Today 24481 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday HR Today for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/blogs/hr-today/hr-today-for-friday-oct-31-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-authortitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Today staff </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-friday-oct-31-2014" class="imagecache imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images imagecache-linked imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images_linked"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/photoblog_recentposts_images/HR-Today-small_30.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-photoblog_recentposts_images"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>FMLA training: </strong>Are you a supervisor with employees on FMLA? Or are you an employee who has questions about FMLA and disability accommodations? Then sign up for our STAR training: FMLA Management: Leading is Caring. We&rsquo;ll cover the basics of FMLA, pregnancy leave, accommodations, and much, much more!</p> <p>We have spots open for our class on Nov. 6 from 9 to 11 am. &nbsp;Sign up <a href="http://west.wwu.edu/training/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> HR Today Human Resources Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:09:23 +0000 HR Today 24480 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU’s Miles named Capital One Academic All-District http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu%E2%80%99s-miles-named-capital-one-academic-all-district <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/2014/10/30/3944101/wwus-miles-named-capital-one-academic.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3944101/wwus-miles-named-capital-one-...</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 women’s soccer forward Catherine Miles was named to the Capital One Academic Division II District 8 team announced Thursday, Oct. 30. </div> </div> </div> Athletics awards recognition soccer students Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Western Today 24479 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday No. 14 WWU women’s soccer wins 2-0 at Northwest Nazarene http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/no-14-wwu-women%E2%80%99s-soccer-wins-2-0-at-northwest-nazarene <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/2014/10/30/3944047/no-14-wwu-womens-soccer-wins-2.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3944047/no-14-wwu-womens-soccer-wins-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nationally ranked Western Washington University recorded its fourth straight shutout and 13th this season as it blanked Northwest Nazarene University 2-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest Thursday, Oct. 30, in Nampa, Idaho. </div> </div> </div> Athletics soccer students Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:07:21 +0000 Western Today 24478 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU men’s soccer rolls past South Dakota Mines, 4-0 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-men%E2%80%99s-soccer-rolls-past-south-dakota-mines-4-0 <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/2014/10/30/3944309/wwu-mens-soccer-rolls-past-south.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3944309/wwu-mens-soccer-rolls-past-so...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chad Radulovich scored a pair of goals and Luke Olney had three assists, leading Western Washington University to a 4-0 victory over South Dakota Mines School of Mines on Thursday, Oct. 30, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at Harrington Field on the WWU campus. </div> </div> </div> Athletics soccer students Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:05:58 +0000 Western Today 24477 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday No. 9 WWU volleyball swept at No. 15 Northwest Nazarene http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/no-9-wwu-volleyball-swept-at-no-15-northwest-nazarene <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/2014/10/30/3944237/no-9-wwu-volleyball-swept-at-no.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3944237/no-9-wwu-volleyball-swept-at-...</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 had a seven-match winning streak snapped as it was swept 25-14, 25-15, 25-23, by Northwest Nazarene University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Thursday, Oct. 30, between two nationally ranked teams in Nampa, Idaho. </div> </div> </div> Athletics students volleyball Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:04:43 +0000 Western Today 24476 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Open enrollment for WWU faculty and staff starts Nov. 1 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/open-enrollment-for-wwu-faculty-and-staff-starts-nov-1 <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 Public Employees Benefits Board&nbsp;program&#39;s open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.</p> <p>All of the current medical and dental plans for employees will continue to be available in 2015.</p> <p>New this open enrollment: Employees with a spouse or registered domestic partner who is enrolled in medical on the employee&#39;s&nbsp;PEBB account for 2015 must re-attest to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/surcharge_spousal.aspx" target="_blank">spousal premium surcharge</a>&nbsp;for 2015. Why re-attest? Because UMP Classic benefits and premiums are changing in 2015, employees must determine whether the spousal premium surcharge will apply using 2015 plan information. Employees must make the comparison against the UMP Classic plan even if they are enrolled in a different PEBB medical plan.</p> <p>To make plan changes or re-attest to the 2015 spousal premium surcharge, log into <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/hca/ecoveragepebb/login.aspx">My Account</a>&nbsp;on the PEBB website beginning Nov. 1 or submit a 2015 Premium Surcharge Attestation form to Human Resources. The 2015 Premium Surcharge Attestation form will be available on <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb" target="_blank">the PEBB website</a> beginning Nov. 1 .</p> <p>Changes and attestations may be made online Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. Those submitting a paper enrollment/change form or a paper attestation form must get it to Human Resources no later than Nove. 30.</p> <p>More information is available on the PEBB website (<a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb">www.hca.wa.gov/pebb</a>) and in the October <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Documents/2014%20October%20Employee%20Newsletter.pdf">ForYour Benefit</a>&nbsp;newsletter.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:49:01 +0000 Western Today 24475 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Party patrols continue this weekend http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/party-patrols-continue-this-weekend <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>Continuing this weekend, police will increase party patrol efforts in the residential areas of Bellingham. This includes neighborhoods near Western&rsquo;s campus.</p> <p>The Party Patrol is complaint-driven (if nobody complains about your party, police aren&#39;t likely to show up), so follow these tips from police if you&#39;re planning a party:</p> <ul> <li> Keep your party a reasonable size. Social media can lead to many more people showing up than you want.</li> <li> Touch bases with your neighbors. Let them know you are planning a party and listen to their concerns, such as noise, parking and litter.</li> <li> Keep the party indoors. When the party moves outdoors, things can get loud.</li> <li> If you generate noise that unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort, and repose of your neighbors, the police can issue a public disturbance noise citation.</li> <li> Even if you didn&rsquo;t intentionally invite anyone underage, you might end up with underage people at your party. If the Party Patrol busts your party and find that alcohol is being served or consumed, then those under 21 will be cited for a minor in possession (commonly known as an MIP). As the host, you also could receive a citation for furnishing alcohol to minors. In addition, hosts may have liabilities for neighborhood damages caused by their party guests.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/offcampusliving/your_bellinghome.shtml" target="_blank">More tips on being a good neighbor</a>.</li> </ul> community Health police safety Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:25:37 +0000 Western Today 24474 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Chamber announces Nonprofit and Green Business of the Year http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/chamber-announces-nonprofit-and-green-business-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bellingham 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://bbjtoday.com/blog/chamber-announces-nonprofit-and-green-business-of-the-year/29396" target="_blank">http://bbjtoday.com/blog/chamber-announces-nonprofit-and-green-business-of-the-y...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce &amp; Industry announced its Nonprofit and Green Business of the Year, as well as nominees for the its Small and Large Business of the Year awards. </div> </div> </div> awards environment Office of Sustainability recognition sustainability Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:17:51 +0000 Western Today 24473 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Stout named to WWU leadership program http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/stout-named-to-wwu-leadership-program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bellingham 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://bbjtoday.com/blog/stout-named-to-wwu-leadership-program/29428" target="_blank">http://bbjtoday.com/blog/stout-named-to-wwu-leadership-program/29428</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Karen Stout has been named to the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership and will be director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University, the school announced. </div> </div> </div> Communication Department faculty jobs Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership Joseph Garcia Karen Stout College of Humanities and Social Sciences Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:16:07 +0000 Western Today 24472 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Holocaust survivor to speak at WWU http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/holocaust-survivor-to-speak-at-wwu <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/2014/10/30/3943342/holocaust-survivor-to-speak-at.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3943342/holocaust-survivor-to-speak-a...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban will share her story at two talks at Western Washington University on Wednesday, Nov. 12, and Thursday, Nov. 13. The hour-long talks begin at 6 p.m. in Arntzen Hall 100; they are free and open to the public. Ban survived Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and has shared her story with thousands of people throughout the years. </div> </div> </div> community NWCHGEE upcoming events Noemi Ban Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:14:39 +0000 Western Today 24471 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Bellingham summit: Cyber attacks are on the rise, but most are avoidable http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-summit-cyber-attacks-are-on-the-rise-but-most-are-avoidable <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/2014/10/30/3943855_bellingham-summit-cyber-attacks.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/30/3943855_bellingham-summit-cyber-attac...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While the topics were broad, a few main points were regularly brought up at the inaugural Cyber Risk Summit: Computer attacks are on the rise and can hit large and small businesses. But much of the threat can be defeated by following basic security tactics. </div> </div> </div> community safety Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:13:22 +0000 Western Today 24470 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday