http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/1313/0 en 'Godfather of Greening' to speak at Western Oct. 21 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/godfather-of-greening-to-speak-at-western-oct-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/Hershkowitz_Flyer.jpg" length="263014" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University and the NW Innovation Resource Center are partnering to bring environmental scientist Allen Hershkowitz to campus, where he will give a presentation on the juncture of business innovation and environmental sustainability at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Communications Facility 120.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Hershkowitz, who will serve as the Wilder Construction Company Distinguished Professor of Business and the Environment during his stay, is a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Hershkowitz is known for coordinating prominent institutional greening initiatives with the Academy Awards and major league sports, and also serves as an advisor on industrial ecology to corporations such as DuPont.</p> <p>Hershkowitz will illuminate exciting opportunities at during his visit. He is a leader in making environmental responsibility understandable and achievable for individuals and businesses, and has worked toward large-scale change in areas such as recycling and mountaintop-removal coal mining.</p> <p>The event will serve as the kickoff for the 2015 NW Washington Sustainability Challenge, which highlights opportunities for entrepreneurs to compete with their best sustainable and innovative business ideas. The competition is open to both students and affiliates of the participating colleges.</p> <p>&quot;The NW Washington Sustainability Challenge gave us the ability to showcase our idea to politicians, educators, and investors and also gave us the opportunity to gain some valuable experience for the future,&rdquo; said Western student Brad Nadone, who competed in the challenge last spring.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://nwsustainabilitychallenge.com" target="_blank">nwsustainabilitychallenge.com</a> or contact Andrea Gabriel at the NW Innovation Resource Center at (360) 255-7870.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> environment sustainability upcoming events Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:46:08 +0000 Western Today 24334 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western CEDAR launch party to kick off Open Access Week http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/western-cedar-launch-party-to-kick-off-open-access-week <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/CEDAR%20invite.jpg" length="410889" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Open-Access-Week-Poster-700x453.jpg" length="59184" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Libraries invites the campus community to celebrate the official launch of <a href="http://cedar.wwu.edu/">Western CEDAR</a>, Western Washington University&rsquo;s new campus digital repository, on Monday, Oct. 20, the first day of <a href="http://www.openaccessweek.org/">Open Access Week</a>.</p> <p>Open Access Week, a global event that is celebrated by the international academic and research community, is now entering its eighth year. The Open Access movement is centered on creating open access to information, and Western CEDAR will enable Western to make faculty, staff, and student research accessible, free, and worldwide via the internet.</p> <p>&ldquo;Works that are deposited in Western CEDAR will become openly available for anyone to use, regardless of their university affiliation. Whether the most recent research in sustainable energy or supplemental materials for a speaker series, these are works that are of interest to and impact the wider community. And these works should be available for the entire community, state, and world,&rdquo; explained Jenny Oleen, Western Libraries scholarly communications librarian.</p> <p>CEDAR will include published and unpublished works, open-access journals, conference proceedings, data sets, university documents, and other textual and audio/visual content deemed desirable for wide dissemination. CEDAR is an acronym that stands for Contributing to Education thorough Digital Access to Research, and its creation is the result of a university-wide partnership with Western Libraries, Research &amp; Sponsored Programs, the Graduate School, and the Provost&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p>In the coming months, Western Libraries will be working closely with faculty and staff across the university to identify content for CEDAR, to share additional information about its value and many uses, and to provide workshops on author rights and responsibilities when creating research pages.</p> <p>Throughout North America and Europe, academic libraries have led efforts on behalf of their universities to launch institutional repositories.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the center of the rapidly changing information age, Libraries see enormous benefit in making a small investment to advance a paradigm shift: to support and disseminate scholarship produced locally in addition to their traditional role paying for access to research produced elsewhere. For faculty, the opportunity to create research pages and freely share teaching resources, conference proceedings, scholarly journals, and other digital content in Western CEDAR opens new avenues to increase readership and expand their work&rsquo;s impact. Faculty have also seen great potential to highlight their students&rsquo; academic work, including theses, performances, and other curricular and co-curricular projects,&rdquo; explained Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg.</p> <p>As part of the programming to celebrate both the launch of Western CEDAR and Open Access Week, a cake and beverage celebration combined with a presentation will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Wilson Library Reading Room (4 Central), and will also include: an introduction to CEDAR&#39;s campus partners, information about Open Access week, a tour of CEDAR, and user testimonials. Speakers include representatives from the Graduate School and the Provost&rsquo;s Office, Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg, Scholarly Communications Librarian Jenny Oleen, and Librarian to the College of Business &amp; Economics Elizabeth Stephan.</p> <p>For more information or if you have any questions about Western CEDAR, please contact <a href="mailto:Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu">Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu</a>.</p> upcoming events Western Libraries Jenny Oleen Liz Stephan Mark Greenberg Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:51:23 +0000 Western Today 24281 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 U.S. regulatory system becoming an international business bully http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/us-regulatory-system-becoming-an-international-business-bully <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business in Vancouver </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.biv.com/article/2014/10/us-regulatory-system-becoming-international-busine/" target="_blank">http://www.biv.com/article/2014/10/us-regulatory-system-becoming-international-b...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Since I have not and have never been an American, and due to circumstances within my control have not set foot in the United States in this century, I’m unable to explain why I am immensely moved by Kate Smith – a sunny and large lady with a wineglass-shattering voice – singing “God Bless America” on a 33-1/3 record of Irving Berlin’s greatest compositions. </div> </div> </div> Center for International Business faculty research Steven Globerman College of Business and Economics Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:39:32 +0000 Western Today 24387 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Whatcom Community College plays critical role in nation’s cyber defense http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/whatcom-community-college-plays-critical-role-in-nation%E2%80%99s-cyber-defense <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/2014/10/20/3923011_whatcome-community-college-plays.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3923011_whatcome-community-college-pl...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FBI Director James Comey recently stated on the television program “60 Minutes” that it is impossible to estimate the economic impact of cyberattacks on the U.S. economy, but it is in the “billions.” Who are the perpetrators of these attacks? According to Comey, it is nation-state actors, terrorists, organized cyber syndicates, hacktivists, criminals and pedophiles. This interview, along with other reports of cyberattacks on businesses, exposes the vulnerabilities of our cyber world and the need for trained professionals to protect organizations of all kinds against cyber threats. Whatcom Community College has stepped up to the challenge. A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, WCC is a significant player in cybersecurity education and a critical partner in the development of the local tech workforce. In many ways, Whatcom is defining the field. </div> </div> </div> community higher education Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:37:30 +0000 Western Today 24386 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday New campaign makes mark on campus http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/new-campaign-makes-mark-on-campus <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/bows_0.jpg" length="359324" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Western-stands-for-Washington.jpg" length="52925" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you noticed a few transformations around campus? If not, you soon will. From shiny new banners in front of Old Main and along High Street showcasing some of our distinguished alums &ndash; representing the many faces and talents of Western &ndash; to festive blue bows popping up and a special Get-Your-Blue-On coffee booth giving away Kind Bars and other goodies, Western&rsquo;s campus is taking on a celebratory air.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s it all about? At the end of this week on Friday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., everyone &ndash;students, faculty and staff &ndash; is invited to a special party and important announcement by President Bruce Shepard in Viking Union&rsquo;s Multi Purpose Room.</p> <p>In the run up to the party on Friday, we&rsquo;ll be celebrating all week long with a special series of philanthropy-focused events and entertainment: Use the hashtag #WesternGives during this special Philanthropy Week to celebrate Western and our vibrant community of donors and supporters; sign a Thank You card for our donors; enjoy campus-wide games with plenty of Western T-shirts, buttons, sunglasses and Frisbees as prizes, as well as two $100 gift cards to the Western Bookstore to be won.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the meantime, last month, with the help of newscaster and Western alumna Joyce Taylor, we marked the unveiling of the &ldquo;I Stand for Western&rdquo; campaign &ndash; a campaign we&rsquo;d like to invite all of you, as part of Western&rsquo;s community, to be a part of.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be seeing &ndash; and hearing &ndash; &ldquo;I Stand For Washington&rdquo; ads on billboards, buses, newspapers, magazines, online and mobile ads, on social media and on the radio. They have already started to appear throughout Whatcom County, the greater Seattle area, in Portland and soon in Eastern Washington. This is the first effort of this size that has been launched to share Western&rsquo;s story. Your story.</p> <p>This is a chance for you to stand up and tell us why you&rsquo;re proud. What is it you stand for? What characteristic, value or purpose do you have that is also a trait of Western&hellip; and the state of Washington? Be proud, boldly share what you stand for at <a href="http://istand4wwu.com" target="_blank">istand4wwu.com</a> and join us as we showcase Western at its best.</p> <p>For more information, stop by our Red Square booth or call Caite Holman at 360-650-3274. We&rsquo;re here all week, and looking forward to seeing you at 4 p.m. on Friday!</p> alumni donations faculty staff students upcoming events Western Stands for Washington Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:37:15 +0000 Western Today 24385 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday ‘Two Talking Wolves’ tour visits Western Oct. 23 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/%E2%80%98two-talking-wolves%E2%80%99-tour-visits-western-oct-23 <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/Two%20Talking%20Wolves.jpg" length="360212" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson and conservationist Bob Ferris will discuss eco-capitalism and Ted Turner&rsquo;s conservation work as part of their &ldquo;<a href="http://www.cascwild.org/two-talking-wolves-ted-turner-and-conservation-tour/" target="_blank">Two Talking Wolves</a>&rdquo; tour and Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Communications Facility 120 on Western&rsquo;s campus.</p> <p>The presentation is free and open to the public.</p> <p>How does capitalism need to change to save the world? What obligation do companies and business people have to give back to society? Throw in topics like re-wilding the West, supporting the United Nations, and combating the dangers posed by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons, and you have a recipe for a fascinating discussion. Discuss the groundbreaking work of Ted Turner, the original &ldquo;Captain Planet,&rdquo; and learn how the Pacific Northwest figures at the center of many urgent environmental issues affecting the United States and the world.</p> <p>Wilkinson&rsquo;s new book &ldquo;Last Stand: Ted Turner&rsquo;s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet&rdquo; has been spurring discussions about &ldquo;eco-capitalism&rdquo; across the country. Wilkinson, whose work has appeared in national newspapers and magazines, drew on seven years of behind-the-scenes research to tell the dramatic story of how nature not only saved the legendary &ldquo;media mogul,&rdquo; but also left him transformed.</p> <p>Ferris has worked in the conservation and sustainability communities for more than 30 years. A trained scientist and former businessman, he currently serves as the executive director of Cascadia Wildlands in Eugene, Oregon.</p> <p>The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.</p> <p>The Huxley Speaker Series, sponsored by Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of Western and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.</p> <p>Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley&rsquo;s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.</p> <p>For more information, please contact Western&rsquo;s Huxley College of the Environment at 360-650-2554.</p> environment sustainability upcoming events Huxley College of the Environment Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Western Today 24384 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU to hold business career fair Nov.6 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-to-hold-business-career-fair-nov6 <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/04282011_Berman_001_1.jpg" length="166384" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University&rsquo;s Fall Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 in the MAC Gym of the Wade King Student Recreation Center.</p> <p>Admission to the fair is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Co-sponsored by Western&rsquo;s College of Business and Economics and Career Services Center, the Business Career Fair provides valuable opportunities for students and alumni of all majors to explore internship and employment possibilities with a large number of diverse organizations.</p> <p>For those who may be uncertain about their career goals or options, the Business Career Fair is an excellent resource for conducting job market research with participating companies and organizations such as: Boeing, Cambia Health Solutions, Crane Aerospace &amp; Electronics, Expedia, KeyBank, Pacific Customs Brokers, Peace Corps, Physio-Control, Samson Rope, Tableau Software, Target, Trane, US Department of State, Vitech Business Group, West Monroe Partners and many more.</p> <p>In conjunction with the fair, the Career Services Center in partnership with the Alumni Association will be hosting a pre-fair event, &ldquo;Ask an Alum: Career Conversations with Viking Alumni,&rdquo; offering students and alumni the opportunity to connect and discuss career paths and preparation. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 5th in the AIC. The event is free and participants may register online via the Alumni Association at <a href="http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/" title="http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/">http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/WWH/</a>.</p> <p>To make the most of the fair, job seekers should research participating companies in advance, dress in professional business attire, and bring lots of resumes. For a complete listing of participating employers and information about how to prepare for the fair, please visit the Career Services Center website at <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. " title="http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. ">http://www.wwu.edu/careers/careerfair_fall2014_students.shtml. </a></p> <p>For more information about this event, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280 or call (360) 650-3240.&nbsp;</p> Career Services Center jobs students upcoming events College of Business and Economics Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:12:57 +0000 Western Today 24383 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Volleyball Dig Pink game is Oct. 25 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/volleyball-dig-pink-game-is-oct-25 <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/WWU%20Volleyball%20Danny%20Miller.jpg" length="91559" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/2014DigPinkposter.jpg" length="182654" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Returning home after three road matches over the last two weekends, the top 10 nationally ranked Western Washington University volleyball team entertains Montana State University Billings on Thursday, Oct. 23 (7&nbsp;p.m.), and Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, Oct. 25 (7p.m.), in Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on theWWU&nbsp;campus.</p> <p>The&nbsp;WWU-SPU&nbsp;match will be Dig Pink Night as part of the 2014 National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.</p> <p>Working on a season-best, five-match winning streak, the Vikings, which dropped one spot to No.10 in this week&#39;s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. They are 15-5 overall and third in the GNAC standings at 8-2. Tied for first at 10-1 are Northwest Nazarene (17-2) and Alaska Anchorage (16-3).<br /> WWU is coming off a four-set win Saturday at Simon Fraser after sweeping road matches two weeks ago over Western Oregon and Saint Martin&#39;s. Its win streak began at Carver Gym with four-set triumphs over No.18 Central Washington and No.19 NNU. Since Diane Flick became the WWU head coach in 2000, the Vikings are 124-15 at Carver Gym (.892).</p> <p>First-team AVCA All-America libero Samantha Hutchinson (Sr., University Place/Curtis) is the NCAA II national statistical leader in both digs per set at 7.30 and total digs at 540. She tops the GNAC by well over one dig per set.</p> <p>Hutchinson, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, ranks second among WWU leaders in career digs with 2,211 (6.58 avg. per set), trailing only Courtney Schneider (2004-07) at 2,695. Hutchinson ranked No.2 nationally in digs as a junior and No.5 as a sophomore.</p> <p>Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Sr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula), the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year and a second-team Daktronics All-American, tops the Vikings in kills (236, 3.19 avg.), attack percentage (.287) and blocks (73, 0.99). Her .339 career attack percentage ranks second among WWU leaders.</p> <p>Erickson has already been both a GNAC Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week this season. She ranks fourth among GNAC leaders in attack percentage, seventh in kills and eighth in blocks.</p> <p>Setter Kristina Tribley (R-Fr., Wenatchee) is third in the GNAC in assists per set at 10.63 (606).</p> <p>Kelsey Moore (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) is averaging 3.09 kills per set (213), Rachel Roeder (Jr., Sammamish/Issaquah) 2.83 kills (204) and Joellee Buckner (R-Fr., Colville) has 53 blocks (0.75).</p> <p>Flick has a 311-82 record in 15 seasons coaching at WWU. Averaging 20.7 wins per year, her win total and 79.1 winning percentage are both program bests. She ranks No.8 nationally in win percentage among DII coaches and has been named GNAC Coach of the Year eight times.</p> <p>MSUB, which has lost four of its last five matches, is 10-9 overall and 5-6 in conference action. The Yellowjackets, who defeated WWU in five sets at Billings, Mont., on Sept. 27, had a 9-5 start. They are led by Chelsey Walter, who has a GNAC-leading .365 hitting percentage while averaging 3.16 kills per set and 0.70 blocks, and first-team GNAC all-star Monica Grimsrud, who is averaging 2.96 kills. Prior to the loss this season, the Vikings had won all 17 previous meetings with MSUB.</p> <p>SPU, 11-8 overall and 5-6 in GNAC play, has won just two of its last eight matches following a 9-2 start. The Falcons, who play at Simon Fraser on Thursday, are paced by first-team GNAC all-star Madi Cavell, who ranks second among conference leaders in kills at 3.86.</p> <p>WWU, which won in four sets at Seattle on Sept. 25, holds a 41-26 series advantage over the Falcons, but has prevailed in just six of the last 11 meetings.</p> <p>The Vikings have won the last two GNAC titles and seven crowns in the history of the conference, which began in 2000-01. They finished 23-4 last fall and reached the first round of the NCAA II West Regional.</p> <p>WWU, which was ranked No.9 nationally in the pre-season AVCA Poll, was the favorite in the 2014 GNAC Coaches pre-season poll, receiving eight of 10 first-place votes.</p> <p>NOTES: WWU has had four winning streaks of three or more this season and has not dropped back-to-back matches this season ... The Vikings lead the GNAC in digs per set and rank fifth nationally at 20.11 ... WWU is 4-1 in matches against nationally ranked opponents this season. Besides the wins over Central and NNU, the Vikings defeated No.16 Sonoma State, 3-1, and No.11 UC San Diego, 3-1, before losing to No.8 Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2 ... Hutchinson was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20, the sixth weekly honor of her career, and Erickson was selected to the Central Washington Wildcat Invitational all-tournament team.</p> Athletics students upcoming events volleyball Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:46:06 +0000 Western Today 24382 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Open enrollment for WWU employees begins Nov. 1 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/open-enrollment-for-wwu-employees-begins-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>Open enrollment for Western Washington University benefits-eligible faculty and staff begins Nov. 1.</p> <p>The month of November is the annual time for employees to make changes to their health and dental plans, enroll or waive coverage for themselves or eligible dependents, and enroll in the flexible spending account and/or dependent care assistance program. All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.</p> <p>Information is available on <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb" target="_blank">the PEBB website</a> homepage under Open Enrollment. Employees may review their benefits and make enrollment changes online from Nov. 1 to 30.</p> <p>Two local open-enrollment fairs will take place on Nov. 13:</p> <ul> <li> From 9 to 11 a.m., a fair will take place in Viking Union Room 565 on campus. A presentation on flexible spending accounts will occur from 9 to 9:30.</li> <li> From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., a fair will take place at St. Luke&#39;s Health Education Center, Rooms E and F, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. A retiree presentation will happen from noon to 1 p.m. in Room A.</li> </ul> <p>Vendors will be on-site to answer PEBB benefits-related questions. Attendees may learn about changes in rates, benefits, plans and service areas. Plus, information will be available on life insurance, long-term disability and auto/home insurance.</p> <p>To make open enrollment changes, employees should visit <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb" target="_blank">www.hca.wa.gov/pebb</a>.</p> benefits faculty Human Resources staff Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:30:50 +0000 Western Today 24381 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday 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 Bellingham college students outfit Whatcom County sheriff’s mine-resistant truck http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-college-students-outfit-whatcom-county-sheriff%E2%80%99s-mine-resistant-truck <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/2014/10/20/3919104_bellingham-college-students-outfit.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3919104_bellingham-college-students-o...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Students at Bellingham Technical College were handed one of the more unusual, hands-on assignments so far this school year: Outfit the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office’s new 18-ton, mine-resistant truck. Welding students at the college spent last week bolting on seats and installing lights on a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle that came to the sheriff’s office earlier this year from a military base in Texas. Those extra seats could be for civilians evacuated from a school shooting, or from a natural disaster, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. </div> </div> </div> higher education Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:28 +0000 Western Today 24379 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Foundation grants aid to Whatcom nursing students http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/foundation-grants-aid-to-whatcom-nursing-students <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/2014/10/20/3918278/foundation-aids-students.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3918278/foundation-aids-students.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chuckanut Health Foundation awarded nine scholarships and three grants totaling $19,500 to 13 local nursing students, according to a press release. “We have an outstanding group of scholarship recipients again this year, juggling school, work, family and volunteer activities, while achieving impressive grades in their nursing studies,” said Sue Sharpe, executive director of Chuckanut Health Foundation. </div> </div> </div> nursing program Casey Shillam Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:43:22 +0000 Western Today 24378 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Moscow pianist Vadym Kholodenko will help WWU’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series open 2014-15 season http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/moscow-pianist-vadym-kholodenko-will-help-wwu%E2%80%99s-sanford-hill-piano-series-open-2014-15-se <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/2014/10/20/3912722/moscow-pianist-vadym-kholodenko.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/20/3912722/moscow-pianist-vadym-kholoden...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moscow pianist Vadym Kholodenko, whose accolades include the recipient of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center in the first of this season’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series. He’s now touring the United States, performing over 50 concerts. He offers a free masterclass, open to the public, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the PAC. </div> </div> </div> music Sanford-Hill Piano Series upcoming events College of Fine and Performing Arts Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:15 +0000 Western Today 24377 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Sign up for WWU’s new alert system http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/sign-up-for-wwu%E2%80%99s-new-alert-system <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/2014/10/19/3918640/sign-up-for-wwus-new-alert-system.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/19/3918640/sign-up-for-wwus-new-alert-sy...</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 has moved to a new alert system that will require subscribers to re-register to continue receiving alerts. All community members are able to register for Western alerts. Western employees, students and parents who have provided their information to WWU are already in the system, although Western alerts are not sent to all parents. </div> </div> </div> community emergency safety Western Alert Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:33:34 +0000 Western Today 24376 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday