http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/883/0 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 CJ Seitz Announced as Director of WWU’s Small Business Development Center http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/cj-seitz-announced-as-director-of-wwu%E2%80%99s-small-business-development-center <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contact: Steve Swan, Western Washington University vice president for University Relations and Community Development, (360) 650-3482 </div> </div> </div> <p>CJ <span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="1">Seitz</span> has been hired as director of Western Washington University&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (<span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="2">SBDC</span>) in downtown Bellingham.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://wsbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cj-headshot.jpg" style="width: 168px; height: 234px; margin: 3px; float: right;" />&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to hire CJ to lead the <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="5">SBDC</span>,&rdquo; said Steve Swan, Western&rsquo;s vice president for University Relations and Community Development. &ldquo;Her work was impressive while she served as interim director and she really set the tone for future <span data-scayt_word="success.”" data-scaytid="6">success.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="9">Seitz</span> was hired following an extensive search, and served as interim director after former director Jennifer Shelton moved to Seattle last winter to explore new opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored to be able to continue our good efforts and to keep moving &nbsp;this organization forward,&rdquo; said <span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="11">Seitz</span>. &ldquo;We have a talented staff and Western Washington University is a great place to work. I love being immersed in Whatcom County&rsquo;s innovative business community and helping entrepreneurs to <span data-scayt_word="succeed.”" data-scaytid="12">succeed.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="15">Seitz</span> first worked as certified business advisor for the <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="16">SBDC</span> from 2005-2009, providing counseling to more than 300 businesses, with that effort generating more than $10 million in new investments and creating more than 300 jobs in Whatcom County.</p> <p>Prior to rejoining the <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="19">SBDC</span> team, <span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="20">Seitz</span> served as the Northwest Area director for the Employment Security Department (<span data-scayt_word="ESD" data-scaytid="25">ESD</span>), for Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.&nbsp; Serving for three years during the recent recession, <span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="21">Seitz</span> was responsible for <span data-scayt_word="ESD’s" data-scaytid="26">ESD&rsquo;s</span> service delivery in its Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor centers, serving the region&rsquo;s job seekers and employers through the <span data-scayt_word="WorkSource" data-scaytid="27">WorkSource</span> system.</p> <p><span data-scayt_word="Seitz" data-scaytid="28">Seitz</span> has a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Accounting and a master&rsquo;s degree in Business Administration from Western.</p> <p>Western Washington University&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the <span data-scayt_word="U.S" data-scaytid="30">U.S</span>., with more than 1,000 active <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="32">SBDC</span> programs across the country. Western&rsquo;s <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="33">SBDC</span> receives support from the <span data-scayt_word="U.S" data-scaytid="31">U.S</span>. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, and the City of Bellingham.</p> <p>Since 1983, Western&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center has given back to the business community and helped to shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.</p> <p>For more information about the <span data-scayt_word="SBDC" data-scaytid="38">SBDC</span> or its services, contact the center at (360) 778-1762.</p> SBDC CJ Seitz College of Business and Economics 14-15: Community Outreach Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:40:23 +0000 john.thompson 26460 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Marrowstone music festival http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/photos/marrowstone-music-festival <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/imagecache/feature_main_view/jonathan1.jpg" length="474739" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_view/Jonathan2.jpg" length="595153" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_view/Joe2_0.jpg" length="249431" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_view/Joe1.jpg" length="408115" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/marrowstone-festival-underway-through-aug-9">Marrowstone Music Festival</a>, a 2-week orchestra training program, is underway through August 9. Throughout the festival, musicians can be seen and heart practicing and performing all around Western Washington University&#39;s campus. Western has hosted the festival since 1943.</p> Marrowstone Festival of Music Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:07:50 +0000 Jonathan Williams 26457 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western on the Peninsulas introduces cybersecurity program http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/western-on-the-peninsulas-introduces-cybersecurity-program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.kitsapsun.com/kpbj/wwu-at-poulsbo-will-add-bachelors-degree-program-in-cybersecurity_34099780" target="_blank">http://www.kitsapsun.com/kpbj/wwu-at-poulsbo-will-add-bachelors-degree-program-i...</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&#039;s Board of Trustees has approved Western&#039;s 2015-16 operating budget, which includes funding for a new cybersecurity program at Olympic and Peninsula colleges. </div> </div> </div> Computer and Information Systems Security Olympic College Poulsbo Western on the Peninsulas Candice Merrill Kathy Johnson Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:31:40 +0000 Jonathan Williams 26456 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Incoming student trustee boosts Native representation http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/incoming-student-trustee-boosts-native-representation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Indian Country Today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/29/gov-inslee-continues-impress-native-appointments-161199" target="_blank">http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/29/gov-inslee-continues-impres...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might want to remember this name: Seth Brickey. The Juneau Inupiat has interned for Alaska State Rep. Beth Kerttula, won national awards for his knowledge of the ocean sciences, received scholarships for academics and leadership, and served as president of the board of directors of a state youth court. He spends his summers working with youth at a camp in Haines. In August, he’ll attend his first meeting as a governor-appointed member of a university board of trustees. </div> </div> </div> Board of Trustees Jay Inslee Seth Brickey Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:09:06 +0000 Jonathan Williams 26455 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Watt selected to attend Scripps Leadership Institute http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/notes/watt-selected-to-attend-scripps-leadership-institute <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Peggy Watt.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Peggy%20Watt.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="203" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Journalism professor Peggy Watt was selected to attend the <a href="http://www.spj.org/scrippslt.asp" target="_blank">Scripps Leadership Institute</a> this summer, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Scripps Howard Foundation partners with a number of organizations to conduct leadership programs relating to journalism. Watt was one of 15 chosen nationwide for the event in Bellevue, which is aimed at professional journalists and leaders in <span data-scayt_word="SPJ" data-scaytid="7">SPJ</span> chapters. Watt is adviser for Western&rsquo;s student chapter of <span data-scayt_word="SPJ" data-scaytid="8">SPJ</span> and is a longtime member of the organization, which is the largest and oldest professional association of journalists worldwide. She also serves on <span data-scayt_word="SPJ’s" data-scaytid="9">SPJ&rsquo;s</span> national Higher Education Committee.</p> faculty Journalism Department Peggy Watt College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:40:08 +0000 Western Today 26453 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Member of the week: Jenny Oleen http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/member-of-the-week-jenny-oleen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ACRL Insider </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.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/10531" target="_blank">http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/10531</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jenny Oleen is Scholarly Communication Librarian at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Jenny has been an ACRL member since 2007 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for July 27, 2015. 1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, dedicated, and enthusiastic. </div> </div> </div> Western Libaries Jenny Oleen Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:32:16 +0000 Western Today 26452 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday English's Mahoney has book published http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/notes/englishs-mahoney-has-book-published <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Literature%20and%20the%20Politics%20of%20Post-Victorian%20Decadence.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="181" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Kristen Mahoney mug_1.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Kristen%20Mahoney%20mug_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="167" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kristin Mahoney, an associate professor in the English Department, has had her book &quot;<a href="http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-1900-1945/literature-and-politics-post-victorian-decadence?format=HB" target="_blank">Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence</a>&quot; published by Cambridge University Press.<o:p></o:p></p> English Department faculty publications kristin mahoney College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:13:32 +0000 Western Today 26451 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Bellingham firm builds bike-repair kiosk as gift to public http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-firm-builds-bike-repair-kiosk-as-gift-to-public <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/news/local/news-columns-blogs/dean-kahn/article28663549.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/dean-kahn/article2...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A-1 Builders in Bellingham has been a bicycle-friendly company for years. A decade ago, to mark the company’s 50th anniversary, A-1 built a large covered space for bicycle parking at the downtown Community Food Co-op store. Now, for its 60th anniversary, A-1 has built a covered community kiosk with a public bicycle repair station by the sidewalk outside its offices at 3310 Northwest Ave. Rick Dubrow, company president and an avid biker, said Bellingham and other communities would benefit from more bike-repair stations. “Our hope is that this is the first of many,” he said. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-relevance"> <div class="field-label">Why this is relevant:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also mentioned in this story is the fact that three bicycle fix-it stations with attached pumps are expected to be installed in a few weeks at WWU.</p> </div> </div> </div> community environment Green Energy Fee Program Office of Sustainability sustainability Nate White Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:30:26 +0000 Western Today 26450 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Retirement is Bittersweet for Wayne Lieb of Putnam Lieb Potvin http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/retirement-is-bittersweet-for-wayne-lieb-of-putnam-lieb-potvin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thurston Talk </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.thurstontalk.com/2015/07/28/retirement-is-bittersweet-for-wayne-lieb-of-putnam-lieb-potvin/" target="_blank">http://www.thurstontalk.com/2015/07/28/retirement-is-bittersweet-for-wayne-lieb-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For some, retirement is a well-earned reward—a finish line to cross after an exhausting, and not particularly rewarding, race. For the lucky ones, retirement is bittersweet—the end of one act—a journey that was thrilling and satisfying during the entire ride. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-relevance"> <div class="field-label">Why this is relevant:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wayne Lieb is an alumnus of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.</p> </div> </div> </div> alumni Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:03:49 +0000 Western Today 26449 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Birch Bay algae blooms focus of July 30 talk http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/birch-bay-algae-blooms-focus-of-july-30-talk <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/news/local/article28569343.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article28569343.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> People can learn about the algae blooms that blanket Birch Bay each summer, causing concern among residents and visitors, during a presentation Thursday, July 30, at Birch Bay Bible Community Church. The free event runs 7 to 8 p.m. at 4460 Bay Road. Robin Kodner, assistant professor at Western Washington University, will discuss what algae are common in area marine waters, typical seasonal algae cycles, and the history of harmful blooms in this region. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department environment faculty research upcoming events Robin Kodner College of Science and Engineering Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:26:35 +0000 Western Today 26448 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western Washington University Selected for Peace Corps Prep Program http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/western-washington-university-selected-for-peace-corps-prep-program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contact: Stephanie Nys, Regional Representative, Peace Corps Office of University Programs, (206) 239-6618 or snys@peacecorp.gov </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University has been selected to participate in the new Peace Corps Prep Program, which, with undergraduate coursework and community service opportunities, prepares students to work in international development.</p> <p>&ldquo;Western has been our number one university for mid-size schools for the last three years in a row, and has been in the top ten for mid-size schools for the last 10 years,&rdquo; <span data-scayt_word="Nys" data-scaytid="1">Nys</span> said.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f6/US-Official-PeaceCorps-Logo.svg/2000px-US-Official-PeaceCorps-Logo.svg.png" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: right; margin: 3px;" />Each school designs its prep program to specifically replicate the Peace Corps&rsquo; approach.</p> <p>A typical Peace Corps Prep Program consists of two years of coursework with a focus on international development, internship or volunteer experience related to Peace Corps&rsquo; project areas, and foreign-language study.</p> <p>Schools are selected to join the program based on their demonstrated interest in promoting international learning and service opportunities to their students.</p> <p>The Peace Corps Prep Program was established in 2007 to offer more targeted educational and skill-building opportunities to undergraduate students who have an interest to serve with the Peace Corps or within the international development and service communities.</p> <p>After students complete the program, they gain knowledge and experience to make them more competitive Peace Corps applicants. All Peace Corps Prep graduates receive a signed certificate of completion from the Peace Corps.</p> <p>For more information contact Stephanie <span data-scayt_word="Nys" data-scaytid="2">Nys</span> at (206) 239-6618 or visit http://<span data-scayt_word="www.peacecorps.gov" data-scaytid="3">www.peacecorps.gov</span>/.</p> Peace Corps Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:25:25 +0000 john.thompson 26447 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Eight Vikings named GNAC FAR Academic Award winners http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/eight-vikings-named-gnac-far-academic-award-winners <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/sports/college/great-northwest-athletic-conference/western-washington-university/article29084446.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/college/great-northwest-athletic-conferen...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eight Western Washington University student-athletes were named recipients of Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletics Representative’s Scholar-Athletes awards for 2014-15 announced by the conference office on Monday, July 27. The award, which began in 2012, is presented annually and honors the most outstanding scholar-athletes at each of the GNAC’s 11 universities. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.85. </div> </div> </div> academics Athletics awards recognition Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:24:38 +0000 Western Today 26446 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday More locals filling Bellingham shops as Canadians stay home http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/more-locals-filling-bellingham-shops-as-canadians-stay-home <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/news/local/article28980487.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article28980487.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the Canadian dollar continues to weaken and cross-border shopping traffic slows, Bellingham’s economy appears to be getting a boost from local shoppers. The number of people passing through the five border crossings southbound into Whatcom County totaled fewer than 1.3 million in June, nearly 200,000 less people than the same time a year ago, according to data collected by Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-relevance"> <div class="field-label">Why this is relevant:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This story cites research from Hart Hodges, director of Western’s Center for Economic and Business Research.</p> </div> </div> </div> Canada Center for Economic and Business Research faculty research Hart Hodges College of Business and Economics Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:22:54 +0000 Western Today 26445 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Gallowglass to play final noon concert July 29 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/gallowglass-to-play-final-noon-concert-july-29 <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/IMG_4645.jpg" length="554060" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As summer classes come to an end, so does the Wednesday Summer Noon Concert Series. This year&rsquo;s concert series featured music styles from around the Pacific Northwest and around the word. At noon on Wednesday, July 29, <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="1">Gallowglass</span>, a traditional Irish band, will close out the concert series on the Performing Arts Center plaza with the folk music of Ireland.</p> <p>&ldquo;The songs are generally filled with mirth and endless sadness,&rdquo; said Jan Peters, one of the musicians in <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="3">Gallowglass</span>. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the one thing I love about the <span data-scayt_word="music.”" data-scaytid="4">music.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Peters began his musical career as a blues musician, but once he discovered Irish music, he decided to take a break from blues and study traditional Irish folk music.</p> <p>&ldquo;On an emotional level, the tunes and the singing just really hit me and so it brings out the best of me as a musician and a singer,&rdquo; Peters said.</p> <p>A few years ago Peters took a trip to California where he said he was fortunate enough to meet two talented Irish musicians.</p> <p>&ldquo;They liked my response to the music, so I suddenly was given an opportunity to, for the first time, apply my musicality with two incredibly good traditional Irish players. I&rsquo;d never had that opportunity before, and my love of my music just took over,&rdquo; Peters said. &ldquo;I had an instinct for it and they liked how I played right out the gate, so I proceeded to get a serious education, because [Irish music] is very difficult music to <span data-scayt_word="play.”" data-scaytid="7">play.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="9">Gallowglass</span> formed as a band one year ago on St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day. Peters said the bands love for the style of music is what led to the formation of the band. When <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="10">Gallowglass</span> played Irish music together, they realized that they all like the same kind of material.</p> <p>&ldquo;We all liked it so much that I started booking it and we have been actively gigging in the area since a year ago May,&rdquo; Peters said.</p> <p>Peters said working with fine players like the musicians in <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="13">Gallowglass</span> really motivates him to work his hardest, because playing this style of music feels good and is endlessly challenging.</p> <p><span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="15">Gallowglass</span> is an Anglicized Gaelic word that means foreign mercenary. The <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="16">Gallowglass</span> was a clan of people that were northern Scots mixed with <span data-scayt_word="Nords" data-scaytid="23">Nords</span>, and they were incredibly fearsome warriors. When the <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="17">Gallowglass</span> clan was forced out of northern Scotland they went to Ireland and worked as mercenaries for the Irish nobility. Once gunpowder was created, the <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass’" data-scaytid="24">Gallowglass&rsquo;</span> jobs became almost obsolete but they became known in Irish culture as trustworthy people. Peters said they decided to use the name of the <span data-scayt_word="Gallowglass" data-scaytid="18">Gallowglass</span> clan as their band name because like the Scottish mercenaries, they are available for hire and can be trusted to show up and do their work well.</p> <p>If you are interesting in hearing more Irish folk music, every Monday at Boundary Bay Brewery from 5 to 8 <span data-scayt_word="p.m" data-scaytid="25">p.m</span>. is an open Irish music session followed by a feature act from 8 to 9:30 <span data-scayt_word="p.m" data-scaytid="33">p.m</span>.</p> Associated Students upcoming events Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:10:11 +0000 Western Today 26444 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday