en OneSearch getting new design July 15 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="294667" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[ Editor&#39;s note: The rollout date for the new <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="19">OneSearch</span>&nbsp;design has been changed to July 15, as reflected in the story below. ]</em></p> <p>Drawing upon feedback from the 2015 Library Use Surveys, usability sessions, and user analytics, the <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="1">OneSearch</span> Management Team at Western Libraries has redesigned the library catalog to improve the functionality and clarity of <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="2">OneSearch</span> and also introduce new features designed to enrich the research experience. This <a href="">new and improved </a><a href="">design</a>&nbsp;will replace the current <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="3">OneSearch</span> design on July 15, 2015.</p> <p>Some examples of the improvements made include:</p> <ul> <li> Refine Your Results Menu: You will be able to combine search filters to better refine your search results.</li> <li> <span data-scayt_word="MyAccount" data-scaytid="6">MyAccount</span>: You will be able to access your <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="5">OneSearch</span> <span data-scayt_word="MyAccount" data-scaytid="7">MyAccount</span> in new menus (located in the upper right hand corner), which were designed for ease of access and use.</li> <li> Search Results Display: You will be able to access availability information at a glance.</li> <li> Item Display: We improved the display of item details for ease of use.</li> <li> Improved Language: We changed the catalog language to better communicate item availability.</li> <li> Estimated Results per Scope: Each tab will correspond with a search scope and you will be able to see an estimated number of results, according to search scope and search query.</li> <li> Chat with a Librarian Feature: You will be able to chat with a research professional while conducting searches.</li> </ul> <p><span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="9">OneSearch</span> searches library holdings at Western Washington University and the holdings of 36 neighboring academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions may borrow a wide variety of materials from within the <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="10">OneSearch</span> interface. For more information about <span data-scayt_word="OneSearch" data-scaytid="11">OneSearch</span> at Western, go to&nbsp;<a href=""><span data-scayt_word="onesearch" data-scaytid="15">onesearch</span></a>&nbsp;or contact <a href=""></a>.</p> Western Libraries Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:58:55 +0000 Western Today 26135 at 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="" target="_blank"></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 Former library dean at WWU now Bellingham library trustee <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="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rick Osen, the newest trustee at Bellingham Public Library, knows a thing or two about libraries, having worked in one for more than 35 years. The former interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University, Osen was appointed in February to serve alongside fellow trustees J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor and Tom Barrett. Osen, 66, has long considered libraries vital to the communities they serve. After retiring from Western last year, he decided he wanted to contribute his knowledge and years of experience to the library community. </div> </div> </div> community Western Libraries Rick Osen Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:12:20 +0000 Western Today 26250 at Recent alum to teach class on video game music <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="335347" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a child, Jon Bash enjoyed playing video games, much like any other child. The aspect that appealed to him most in these video games though wasn&rsquo;t the gameplay, but the music that accompanied them.</p> <p>Prior to having any musical training, Bash would try to figure out how the music in the video games he played was composed. The first video game music composer he really started looking up to as a kid was <span data-scayt_word="Nobuo" data-scaytid="1">Nobuo</span> <span data-scayt_word="Uematsu" data-scaytid="2">Uematsu</span>, who composed a large amount of the <a href="" target="_blank">music for the Final Fantasy video games</a>.</p> <p>Now, a recent graduate from Western&rsquo;s music composition program, Bash is composing music for video games and movies. Last year he composed the musical score for the feature-length film <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Valley of the Sasquatch,&rdquo;</a>which recently premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.</p> <p>His most recent composition was done for a video game called <a href="" target="_blank"><span data-scayt_word="“Submersive" data-scaytid="3">&ldquo;Submersive</span>&nbsp;Intent.&rdquo;</a>The game was created for a game jam, which is when a group of people gets together for 48 hours and makes a functional video game.</p> <p>&ldquo;The theme of the jam was depth, and so it was like an underwater submarine game. I tried to create music that would sort of sound <span data-scayt_word="underwatery" data-scaytid="4">underwatery</span> and dark,&rdquo; said Bash.</p> <p>In the fall Bash will be teaching <a href="" target="_blank">an online class on video game music</a>. The class won&rsquo;t focus on composition but instead will be about the history of video game music and what&rsquo;s happening in the industry today.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bash said the most difficult part about composing music for video games is finding the balance between writing music that is interesting but won&rsquo;t distract the player from the actual game.</p> <p>&ldquo;The music also needs to support the game play and the action on screen and what the players doing rather than getting in the way of that,&rdquo; said Bash.</p> <p>Since most video game music is played on loop, Bash said it can also be difficult making sure the music won&rsquo;t annoy the player after it has been looping for an hour or so.</p> <p>Even though Western&rsquo;s music composition program is focused on concert music and other forms of art music, Bash said the program has really helped him refine his skills and knowledge in music theory and composition.</p> <p>&ldquo;The way I think about music has been changed in my time in the program,&rdquo; said Bash. &ldquo;I went through a bunch of classes focused on <span data-scayt_word="electroacoustic" data-scaytid="5">electroacoustic</span> music, which is like electronic art music, music that you just listen to. There are usually no visual elements. That has totally changed the way that I use my ears, and it&#39;s really affected the <span data-scayt_word="aesthetic" data-scaytid="6">aesthetic</span> that I like to go for and appreciate.&rdquo;</p> alumni Music Department students Jon Bash College of Fine and Performing Arts Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:43:06 +0000 Western Today 26249 at The Sky Colony to play Western July 8 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="1237199" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking the stage next at the 2015 Summer Noon Concert Series is new dream folk band from Skagit Valley, The Sky Colony, whose members feature Ben Meyer, 26, on electric guitar and vocals, Kyle <span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="37">Findley-Meier</span>, 27, on acoustic guitars and vocals, and Molly Hazel, 26, on banjo and vocals.</p> <p>The concert will take place at noon July 8 on the PAC Plaza.</p> <p>What started as a three-person group with a separate lyricist who was momentarily funding and marketing the project in a trailer placed on a hill below a small farm outside of <span data-scayt_word="Sebastopol" data-scaytid="38">Sebastopol</span>, Calif. in May 2012, has now worked its way up into a successful touring band along the west coast.</p> <p>After parting separate ways with the lyricist and producer, <span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="40">Findley-Meier</span> and Meyer re-wrote the lyrics to the songs and began performing once again.</p> <p>&ldquo;We decided to name our band The Sky Colony because we like the imagery,&rdquo; <span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="41">Findley-Meier</span> said.</p> <p>Aside from being in a band,&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="43">Findley-Meier</span> currently works at a recreational marijuana warehouse and said he&rsquo;s been into plants, gardening, <span data-scayt_word="permaculture" data-scaytid="44">permaculture</span>, cultural research and landscaping.</p> <p>In the winter of 2012, Molly Hazel joined the group after graduating from the Master&rsquo;s College in Southern California with a bachelor of arts degree in banjo.</p> <p>The Sky Colony released their debut album, &ldquo;In a Dream,&rdquo; on Feb. 7.</p> <p>Attendees can expect to hear one of the band&rsquo;s top hit songs, &ldquo;Be Loved,&rdquo; performed that afternoon.</p> <p>The Sky Colony has performed in Bellingham several times at places such as <span data-scayt_word="Kulshan" data-scaytid="29">Kulshan</span> Brewery, The Honeymoon, The Green Frog and many more.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had an amazing time,&rdquo; <span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="30">Findley-Meier</span> said.</p> <p>The significance of this show for the band is that it kicks off a Western tour,&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Findley-Meier" data-scaytid="31">Findley-Meier</span> said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going as far as Nevada and Northern California, so it&rsquo;s kind of cool that it&#39;s the first show and we have to leave right after the show and go to the next stop,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Next up on their summer 2015 tour, The Sky Colony will be traveling to perform five more shows in Port Townsend, Raymond and <span data-scayt_word="Longbeach" data-scaytid="36">Longbeach</span> through July 13.</p> <p>The Summer Noon Concerts are set to continue to take place throughout July at noon on Wednesdays on the PAC Plaza.</p> <p>Admission to this casual concert series, sponsored by the AS Summer Program, is free.</p> <p>Performing next Wednesday, July 15, will be The Female Fiends.</p> Associated Students upcoming events Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:40:24 +0000 Western Today 26248 at Legislature funds WWU’s Carver Gym renovation <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="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The state Legislature will provide $70 million in its capital budget for the long-sought renovation of Western Washington University’s Sam Carver Gymnasium. In addition to the athletic activities held there, more than 300 classes and labs are taught in the building each year, according to the school. The university began relocating occupants of the building and securing it for construction earlier this year. The full cost of the construction project has been estimated at $73 million and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke. </div> </div> </div> budget construction funding government Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:37:43 +0000 Western Today 26247 at Professional development course aims to help grads find what’s next <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="" target="_blank"></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 Extended Education’s Life Launch, a four-day professional development course, aims to help recent college graduates figure out what’s next. </div> </div> </div> Extended Education Marli Williams Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:36:23 +0000 Western Today 26246 at Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies <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="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for filling downtown vacancies and, in the process, giving entrepreneurs a place to try out new ideas. </div> </div> </div> Bellingham community IDEA Institute Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:34:52 +0000 Western Today 26245 at Photos: Ky Burt summer noon concert <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="264390" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="" length="298335" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="325436" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="" length="247053" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Singer/songwriter <span data-scayt_word="Ky" data-scaytid="1">Ky</span> Burt, along with Jean Williams, kicked off the Summer Noon Concert Series with a performance on the PAC Plaza Wednesday, July 1. The 33-year-old from Colorado played a mix of original new Americana, folk blues and indie music.</p> <p>Photos by <span data-scayt_word="Mariko" data-scaytid="2">Mariko</span> <span data-scayt_word="Osterberg" data-scaytid="3">Osterberg</span> / <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="4">WWU</span> Communications and Marketing intern.</p> campus Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:31:04 +0000 Western Today 26244 at Power down and keep cool at work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="17463" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wardrobe Alert! Sweater Days is taking a break until fall. Offices and classrooms are warmer than usual for this time of year. The following strategies can improve your comfort at work, while keeping added power draw to a minimum and lowering Western&rsquo;s carbon emissions.</p> <ul> <li> Dress appropriately. Wear light weight clothing, taking into account required safety concerns in your work area.&nbsp; Consult with your supervisor when in doubt about acceptable attire.</li> <li> Sip cold water throughout the day. If you have a refrigerator available on campus, bring an extra refillable bottle, so you have a supply of chilled water.</li> <li> Drape a moist towel or cloth around your neck.</li> <li> Open a window if you can; close the blinds to block direct <span data-scayt_word="sun.Close" data-scaytid="1">sun.Close</span> the window at end of day for security and in case of change to rain.&nbsp;</li> <li> Take a break. You might not feel like you have the energy to go outside, or you may be reluctant to take time away from your desk when you feel less productive due to the heat.&nbsp; Taking a break is a great way to catch a breeze, cool off, and appreciate the benefits of the sunshine.&nbsp;</li> <li> Coordinate a break with your supervisor to <span data-scayt_word="bein" data-scaytid="3">bein</span> an air conditioned space.&nbsp; While most of campus is not air conditioned, there are some spaces which may offer a brief respite from the heat. <ul> <li> Haggard Hall Library &amp; <span data-scayt_word="Skybridge" data-scaytid="10">Skybridge</span></li> <li> Most Computer Labs</li> </ul> </li> <li> Unplug equipment when it is not in use. Computers and appliances add heat to the room, even in stand-by mode.</li> <li> Turn lights off when you leave a room.&nbsp; Especially when you leave to go home at the end of the day.</li> <li> A fan can make you feel more comfortable by circulating the air around you. An electrical fan use does increase the energy consumption of the campus.&nbsp; However, the type of fan you choose can minimize the added load on the grid. A small desk/table fan will range from 25-50 watts (such as the Holmes <span data-scayt_word="HLSHNF0410ABM" data-scaytid="5">HLSHNF0410ABM</span>, 25 Watts). Placing a smaller fan where you can feel it provides more comfort for the electricity consumption. Turn the fan off when you go out or go home.</li> <li> If you feel that your space is unnecessarily warm, please contact Facilities Customer Service @ 650-3420. FM staff are available to assess room temperature.</li> </ul> <p>For more information on Heat-Related Illness, <a href="">please see this section</a> of Western&rsquo;s Safety Information Book.</p> <p>For general information on staying cool when it&rsquo;s hot this <a href="">CDC website is also helpful</a>.</p> Health safety Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:20:04 +0000 Western Today 26243 at Western Legislative Review: Overview of 2015 session <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Late Tuesday night, Washington <span data-scayt_word="Gov" data-scaytid="11">Gov</span>. Jay&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Inslee" data-scaytid="5">Inslee</span> signed the 2015-17 operating and capital budgets, averting a partial shutdown of state government that would have begun in July. This occurred after the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve the budgets, which were finalized after months of negotiation and approved during a third special session, following the conclusion of the regular session in April, and special sessions in May and June.</p> <p>In its <a href="" target="_blank">latest post</a> over on the Western Legislative Review, the Western Washington University Office of State Government Relations provides an overview of the 2015 legislative session, including key budget and policy issues impacting <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="6">WWU</span> and higher education in Washington state.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Read the full post here</a>.</p> budget construction funding Government Relations jobs tuition Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:16:44 +0000 Western Today 26242 at CEDAR allows faculty to share work, expand readership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="374575" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="" length="406559" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer quarter offers many of the folks in Western Libraries a chance to catch up on long-term projects and prepare for the beginning of the new academic year. Those at Western Washington University who are seeking ways to showcase their research and scholarly work, or who are interested in exploring new ways to connect with colleagues about research and scholarly work happening at Western, are invited to check out&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="aboutWestern" data-scaytid="2"><a href="">Western</a></span><a href=""> CEDAR</a>, Western&rsquo;s own institutional repository.</p> <p>CEDAR&rsquo;s implementation team is available throughout the summer to help build a <a href=""><span data-scayt_word="SelectedWorks" data-scaytid="26">SelectedWorks</span></a>&nbsp;research page. CEDAR&rsquo;s <span data-scayt_word="SelectedWorks" data-scaytid="42">SelectedWorks</span> allows faculty and staff from Western to share their work and expand their readership. Articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are added to CEDAR are free to readers and search engine optimized for maximum exposure, meaning they have the potential to receive increased readership beyond the discipline-specific journal in which they were first published.</p> <p>CEDAR makes scholarship available and accessible to anyone in the world, and <span data-scayt_word="SelectedWorks" data-scaytid="4">SelectedWorks</span> provides scholars at Western an opportunity to discover what their colleagues are researching and creating. Faculty and staff who create <span data-scayt_word="SelectedWorks" data-scaytid="5">SelectedWorks</span> pages can showcase their scholarly works by displaying them in&nbsp; customized formats organized according to the categories they highlight, (such as: areas of research and expertise, awards and honors, publications, bibliographies, curriculum vitae, or lists of links to additional information).</p> <p>Western CEDAR is a service of Western Libraries, in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. CEDAR advances Western&rsquo;s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff.</p> <p>For more information about Western CEDAR or for help in creating a research page, contact Western Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian <a href="">Jenny <span data-scayt_word="Oleen" data-scaytid="82">Oleen</span></a>&nbsp;or Western CEDAR Manager <a href="">Kim <span data-scayt_word="Marsicek" data-scaytid="90">Marsicek</span></a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> faculty research Western Libraries Robin Matthews Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:12:00 +0000 Western Today 26241 at 'Spark Science' show aims to make science accessible <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="563191" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University&#39;s Regina Barber <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="1">DeGraaff</span> never really thought about hosting her own radio show, but her curiosity in science and her desire to make the subject more accessible to all helped influence her decision to start the show <a href="">&ldquo;Spark Science.&rdquo;</a></p> <p><span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="2">DeGraaff</span> majored in physics and <span data-scayt_word="minored" data-scaytid="4">minored</span> in astronomy as an undergraduate at Western. Now a <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="5">WWU</span> lecturer in both subjects, she attends many outreach events related to her field and to her passion in helping foster more diversity in science.</p> <p>As the faculty adviser for the Women in Physics club, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and the physics club, and an assistant adviser for the Out in Science club, diversity and inclusion in science are important issues for <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="6">DeGraaff</span>.</p> <p>In February of this year, <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="8">DeGraaff</span> was a member of a woman in science panel at the <span data-scayt_word="Pickford" data-scaytid="10">Pickford</span> Theater where she talked about how she got into science.</p> <p>&ldquo;At this panel somebody from the Spark Museum heard me talk,&quot;&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="11">DeGraaff</span>&nbsp;said. &quot;The Spark Museum has had a radio station broadcasting out of it for the last 10 years and she asked me if I wanted to do [a radio show], and I was like, yes.&rdquo;</p> <p><span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="13">DeGraaff</span> was inspired by the format of a famous science radio talk show &ldquo;Star Talk&rdquo; when coming up with the formatting for her own show. Neil <span data-scayt_word="deGrasse" data-scaytid="15">deGrasse</span> Tyson, host of &ldquo;Star Talk,&rdquo; always brings a comedian on to his to show as his co-host.</p> <p>This format really appealed to <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="16">DeGraaff</span>, so she asked her middle school friend Jordan Baker to co-host with her.</p> <p>&ldquo;I need him to ground the show to the non scientific community,&rdquo; <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="18">DeGraaff</span> said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want it to be a spiral of a scientist talking to another scientist to another scientist. I wanted to have somebody who wasn&rsquo;t a scientist in the show to ask the questions I wouldn&#39;t think of asking.&rdquo;</p> <p>While <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff’s" data-scaytid="20">DeGraaff&rsquo;s</span> passion for science lies in the fields of physics and astronomy, scientists from all different backgrounds have been guests on her show. Some of the guests on &ldquo;Spark Science&rdquo; include Kevin Covey, an assistant professor at Western who studies star formation in the Milky Way, astronaut Wendy Lawrence, Western assistant professor Melissa Rice, who works with rovers on Mars and Perry <span data-scayt_word="Fizzano" data-scaytid="32">Fizzano</span>, an associate professor of Computer Science at Western.</p> <p><span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="22">DeGraaff</span> has also brought on guests who aren&rsquo;t in the field of science, including Western assistant professor <span data-scayt_word="Lysa" data-scaytid="26">Lysa</span> Rivera, who teaches a class at Western on science fiction literature written by African American authors. <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="23">DeGraaff</span> found out about Rivera&rsquo;s class at the Women of Color Empowerment Dinner. She thought the topic seemed so thought provoking that she knew she had to bring Rivera on the show to talk about it.</p> <p>&ldquo;She&#39;s talking about turn of the century literature written by African American authors,&rdquo; said <span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="27">DeGraaff</span>. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re all utopian and happy because life for people of color then was not good.&rdquo;</p> <p><span data-scayt_word="DeGraaff" data-scaytid="29">DeGraaff</span> said the most difficult part about hosting her show is having two people co-hosting. She said it can sometimes be difficult making sure the show flows well and sounds natural, and making sure one person isn&rsquo;t the dominant speaker every show.</p> <p>If you would like to listen to &ldquo;Spark Science&rdquo;, the show airs on 102.3 FM in Bellingham on Sunday at 5 p.m., Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Episodes are also posted online at <a href=""></a></p> community faculty Kevin Covey Lysa Rivera Melissa Rice Perry Fizzano Regina Barber DeGraaff College of Science and Engineering Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:33:15 +0000 Western Today 26240 at Four Promoting Five <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cascadia Weekly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite the long and pretentious, preening moment of silence and quiet reflection the conservative caucus of the Whatcom Charter Review Commission invokes at the start of their meetings, caucus members nevertheless failed to gain divine insight on several key realities: </div> </div> </div> faculty Political Science Department Todd Donovan Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:14:03 +0000 Western Today 26239 at New budget includes tuition cut, staff pay increases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Linda&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Teater" data-scaytid="1">Teater</span>, director of Western Washington University&#39;s&nbsp;Budget Office, and Rich Van Den&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Hul" data-scaytid="2">Hul</span>, <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="3">WWU</span> vice president for Business and Financial Affairs, sent the following message to <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="4">WWU</span> faculty and staff Wednesday evening regarding the Washington State Legislature&#39;s approved budget for the 2015-2017 biennium:</p> <blockquote><p>Colleagues,</p> <p>The Washington State Legislature on Monday passed a biennial operating budget for 2015-2017 that includes funding for Western Washington University. Governor Jay <span data-scayt_word="Inslee" data-scaytid="5">Inslee</span> signed the budget measure Tuesday. This is a positive and important budget for both Western and public higher education. The Legislature made critical investments ensuring that higher education in the state of Washington will be more affordable and accessible.</p> <p>Resident undergraduate students and their families will benefit from tuition reductions contained in the budget. During the Recession, tuition increases were dramatic as budgets were cut. We are extremely pleased to see that trend reversed, to the benefit of our students! We also are appreciative of the Legislature funding these tuition reductions so they did not become, in effect, a deep cut to Western.</p> <p>Tuition cuts for resident undergraduates at Western will be phased in over the next two years, with a 5 percent reduction Fall 2015 followed by an additional 15 percent reduction for Fall 2016.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts by so many on what was our top priority, competitive compensation, we ended up with compensation funding.&nbsp; Funding is provided to fund contracted increases for classified colleagues of 3 percent for 2015-2016 and 1.8 percent for 2016-2017. Compensation for classified employees also includes the much needed &ldquo;salary survey&rdquo; component that will support major market-based adjustments for many positions.&nbsp; As we have always stated in the past, the budget bill is exceedingly long and there are many details to analyze.&nbsp; At this point, though, our analysis indicates that, for faculty and staff, the budget only funds 90% of what would be necessary to increase compensation by an equivalent 3% for 2015-2016 and 1.8% for 2016-2017.&nbsp; This is, still, a far better position than we began with back in December with the Book 2 (&ldquo;New Revenue&rdquo;) budget.&nbsp; And, competitive compensation will be a top priority as we now turn to building an operating budget for the 2015-2017 biennium.</p> <p>In addition, the Legislature also provided funding to Western for the creation of a computer and information system security academic program at Peninsula and Olympic Colleges, to begin in 2017.</p> <p>We have updated&nbsp;<a href="">the usual table</a>&nbsp;so that you can track and compare all 2015-2017 operating budget proposals: our original request, the Governor`s proposal, the House proposal, the Senate proposal, and the final budget approved by the Legislature.</p> <p>Now that the State has finished its work, campus budget meetings, campus budget review and a special Board of Trustees meeting have been scheduled to allow us to prepare our operating budget (see calendar <a href="">here</a>).</p> <p>The capital budget has also been passed and contains good news for Western.&nbsp; It includes funding for the Carver Academic renovation project, our greatly needed, top capital priority.&nbsp; The final budget includes the additional funds added in the Senate version which cuts by more than half the investment of $16 million of university funds that had been a part of the Governor`s original proposal.&nbsp; The capital budget also includes $8.5 million for capital preservation and $3.6 for maintenance activities in the operating budget.&nbsp; The usual capital budget comparison table can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Thank you so much for your patience as budget negotiations in Olympia stretched through two special sessions and into a third. There has been a remarkable level of support and appreciation for Western in the Legislature and that is due in no small measure to the tremendous efforts by Western administrators, faculty, staff, students, unions and many friends and supporters. Your determination and evident pride in Western made all the difference!</p> </blockquote> budget funding government jobs legislature students tuition Linda Teater Rich Van Den Hul Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:14:40 +0000 Western Today 26238 at