http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/178/0 en WWU Foundation Responds to Request on Fossil Fuels Divestment http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-foundation-responds-to-request-on-fossil-fuels-divestment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Western Washington University Foundation Governing Board of Directors on Sept. 16 decided not to change its investment policy regarding divestiture from investments in fossil fuel companies.</p> <p>The Foundation Governing Board&rsquo;s decision was in response to a request by the Western student government.</p> <div style="width: 317px; float: right; margin: 15px 0px 5px 15px; padding: 0px;"> <h4> More information:</h4> <p></p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/president/blog/posts/26.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce&#39;s blog: Should the Western Foundation divest?</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/alumni/eblast2014/campaign/sept/MemoDivestmentCommitteeRecommendationstoBoard9-9-14.pdf" target="_blank">Western Foundation memo on divestment</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/divestment-faq" target="_blank">Divestment FAQ</a></li> </ul> </div> <p>The Foundation Governing Board did commit to create a climate-friendly investment fund in their portfolio as an option for donors. The Foundation seeks private sources to support Western student scholarships, research and faculty. Its endowment consists of a number of comingled funds which invest in thousands of companies, including some within the fossil fuels industry.</p> <p>Dan Guy, president of the WWU Foundation Governing Board, provided a memo to Annika Wolters, president of the WWU Associated Students (AS), which outlined the review process and a recommendation from the board&rsquo;s Divestment Study Committee for a decision on the request from the AS. The recommendation was voted on and approved at the board&rsquo;s Sept. 16 meeting. <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/alumni/eblast2014/campaign/sept/MemoDivestmentCommitteeRecommendationstoBoard9-9-14.pdf" target="_blank">The full text of the memo is here</a>.</p> <p>In the memo, the Divestment Study Committee noted that climate change is &ldquo;indisputably one of the most critical challenges of our time&rdquo; and acknowledged Western students for stimulating discussion. &ldquo;Their request to us spurred a thoughtful and thorough approach and analysis. We listened to students and campus colleagues, explored the national discussion, spoke with our peers across the country, and researched investment alternatives. From this work we reached a considered recommendation: our investment policy should remain unchanged.&rdquo;</p> <p>The AS Board on May 16 had asked the WWU Foundation Governing Board to commit to a specific fossil fuel divestment plan with three elements: (1) freeze future investments in fossil fuels, (2) divest from current investments in 200 specific companies within five years and (3) incorporate divestment from fossil fuels into the investment policy.</p> <p>Western President Bruce Shepard, <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/president/blog/posts/26.shtml" target="_blank">in a blog</a>, expressed his support for the Foundation position. &ldquo;Basically they decided to &lsquo;stay in their lane.&rsquo;&rdquo; &nbsp;Addressing the university community, he went on to say,&nbsp;&quot;Do understand this, though: by &lsquo;staying in their lane,&rsquo; the Foundation has placed an enormous responsibility with us, the students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and donors who are Western Washington University. &nbsp;That is exactly where it belongs.&quot;</p> <p>Noting the long history of commitment to sustainability at Western, President Shepard did challenge the campus, saying &quot;But, that proud past is prologue.&nbsp;For the rapidly escalating threats of climate change demand that we double and double again our efforts to live our mission, to make substantive differences, to be substantively different.&quot;</p> <p>The Foundation Study Committee memo made additional recommendations, including that the Foundation Governing Board Finance and Audit Committee &ldquo;work to create a climate-friendly investment fund in our portfolio as an option for donors. And, to lower associated fees with this fund, we further recommend that the WWU Foundation Governing Board members and staff will lead discussions of climate friendly portfolio development with other foundations of our size and type.&rdquo;</p> <p>The memo also noted that divestment would be ineffective and inconsistent with Foundation fiduciary values. And the financial impact of divestment, including associated investment fees, would mean the loss of support for scholarship programs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foundation.wwu.edu/" target="_blank">The Western Washington University Foundation</a>&nbsp;exists to generate private support for the benefit of Western Washington University. It is independent of the university and its Board is comprised of alumni, donors and community members who are personally dedicated to the advancement of Western. <a href="http://www.as.wwu.edu/" target="_blank">The Associated Students (AS)</a>&nbsp;is both the association of all WWU students and the official student governing body.</p> environment sustainability Western Foundation Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Western Today 24104 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Lizard Field School http://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://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Employee Wellness program updates offerings for fall quarter http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/employee-wellness-program-updates-offerings-for-fall-quarter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fall quarter starts Wednesday! Here&#39;s a look at what&#39;s new among the classes being offered by the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program this quarter:</p> <ul> <li> New: Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/FlowYoga.shtml" target="_blank">Power Flow (Vinyasa) Yoga Class</a>&nbsp;with our new instructor Senna.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/Barre.shtml" target="_blank">Barre Class</a>&nbsp;with Cyndie Shepard returns on Fridays.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/meditation.shtml" target="_blank">Meditation</a>&nbsp;on Mondays with Ronna returns.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs/Exercise%20Classes/SelfDefense.shtml" target="_blank">Self-Defense Fitness Class</a>&nbsp;with Rob on Fridays returns.</li> <li> For more, visit the <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/programs1.shtml" target="_blank">Programs Page</a>&nbsp;and click on a class you are interested in. Read the details carefully, as some days, times and locations have changed.</li> </ul> <p>Other program information:</p> <ul> <li> The Faculty &amp; Staff Wellness Program is proud to be the WINNER of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/employee-wellness-program-wins-leadership-award" target="_blank">Seattle Business Magazine Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Wellness Programs</a>.</li> <li> Check and contribute to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/EmployeesInAction.shtml" target="_blank">Western Employees in Action</a>&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/Testimonials.shtml" target="_blank">Testimonial</a>&nbsp;pages.</li> <li> Do not forget to check out other&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/hr/wellness/employeeperks.shtml" target="_blank">Employee Perks</a>&nbsp;that are offered through the Wellness Program.</li> </ul> Employee Wellness Program faculty Health staff upcoming events Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:21:01 +0000 Western Today 24151 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Legal pot still banned on Bellingham’s college campuses http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/legal-pot-still-banned-on-bellingham%E2%80%99s-college-campuses <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/2014/09/21/3866649/pot-legalization-hasnt-increased.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/21/3866649/pot-legalization-hasnt-increa...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first recreational marijuana stores in Bellingham opened with long lines and much fanfare this July, but college officials say legal marijuana hasn’t had much effect on local campuses. As Western Washington University begins classes on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the city already has four recreational pot stores — more than Seattle — and another just opened in Maple Falls. </div> </div> </div> campus faculty government staff students Michael Sledge Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:14:47 +0000 Western Today 24149 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings looking to end national tournament drought http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-looking-to-end-national-tournament-drought <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/2014/09/20/3869136/vikings-looking-to-end-national.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/20/3869136/vikings-looking-to-end-nation...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite winning a fourth Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship in five years, Western Washington University’s women’s golf team was shut out of further postseason play for the third straight year last season. This year the Vikings are determined to take the next step. WWU had the three top finishers at the GNAC Tournament last season, with Anna Bourland taking the top spot and Brooke Branigan and Kristen Hansen taking second and third, respectively. </div> </div> </div> Athletics golf students Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:13:31 +0000 Western Today 24148 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings win Saint Martin’s Invitational by six strokes http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-win-saint-martin%E2%80%99s-invitational-by-six-strokes <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/2014/09/20/3869052/vikings-win-saint-martins-invitational.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/20/3869052/vikings-win-saint-martins-inv...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anthony Allen tied for medalist honors, leading Western Washington University to a six-stroke victory at the Saint Martin’s University Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament which ended Saturday at the Olympia Country Club. The Vikings shot an even par 284 for a 54-hole total of 838. Simon Fraser was second at 844 (285) and British Columbia third at 850 (286) in the 14-team field. </div> </div> </div> Athletics golf students Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:09:01 +0000 Western Today 24147 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU’s Katelyn Steen places eighth at UW Sundodger Invitational http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu%E2%80%99s-katelyn-steen-places-eighth-at-uw-sundodger-invitational <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/2014/09/20/3869051/wwus-katelyn-steen-places-eighth.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/20/3869051/wwus-katelyn-steen-places-eig...</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 All-America runner Katelyn Steen placed eighth in the featured invitational women’s race Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 23rd Annual University of Washington Sundodger Cross Country Invitational held at Lincoln Park. </div> </div> </div> Athletics cross country students Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:08:05 +0000 Western Today 24146 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU sweeps Simon Fraser to complete three-match home stand http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-sweeps-simon-fraser-to-complete-three-match-home-stand <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/2014/09/20/3869059/wwu-sweeps-simon-fraser-to-complete.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/20/3869059/wwu-sweeps-simon-fraser-to-co...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libero Samantha Hutchinson became just the second player in school history to record 2,000 career digs as she had a match-high 27, lifting nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-13, victory over Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus. </div> </div> </div> Athletics students volleyball Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:06:49 +0000 Western Today 24145 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Former Sea Gal Mills loves dancing at the 5th http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/former-sea-gal-mills-loves-dancing-at-the-5th <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seattle Theater Examiner </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.examiner.com/article/former-sea-gal-mills-loves-dancing-at-the-5th" target="_blank">http://www.examiner.com/article/former-sea-gal-mills-loves-dancing-at-the-5th</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 5th Avenue Theatre packed their current production of “A Chorus Line” with plenty of local talent, among them Trina Mills (Sheila) in this production. In Seattle, she’s hoofed her way around numerous stages, starting with the ensemble of &quot;West Side Story&quot; at the 5th. However, more folks may know her from her stint as a Seahawks Sea Gal. After eight years on the field including three years as the squad leader, she now choreographs a featured dance for the Sea Gals to perform each season. She also has worked with the 5th Avenue’s program to help young actors gain musical theater experience, choregraphing Rising Star Project: Spamalot earlier this year. </div> </div> </div> alumni Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:06:08 +0000 Western Today 24144 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Startup helps new college grads prep for that first real job http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/startup-helps-new-college-grads-prep-for-that-first-real-job <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Seattle Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024598614_korutrainingxml.html" target="_blank">http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024598614_korutrainingxml.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After Ian Harvey graduated from Western Washington University this summer, he was unsure just how to land his first job in his field of communications. Sending out résumés seemed like an exercise in futility, and Harvey didn’t know how to get his foot in the door at one of Seattle’s fast-growing tech companies, where he hoped to work. </div> </div> </div> alumni Communication Department College of Humanities and Social Sciences Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:54:53 +0000 Western Today 24143 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/business-leaders-hope-online-university-can-boost-hispanic-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Houston Chronicle </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.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Business-leaders-hope-online-university-can-boost-5767681.php" target="_blank">http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Business-leaders-hope-onl...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While more jobs in Texas require college degrees, the state&#039;s fastest-growing population group has struggled more than any other to make it to graduation. The situation creates a growing skills gap that has business leaders looking to boost the number of Hispanic college graduates. </div> </div> </div> faculty History Department Johann Neem College of Humanities and Social Sciences Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:53:18 +0000 Western Today 24142 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday 5 things to do: Drink a beer cocktail, pick a hip-hop winner http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/5-things-to-do-drink-a-beer-cocktail-pick-a-hip-hop-winner <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Los Angeles Register </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.losangelesregister.com/articles/monday-605169-details-beer.html" target="_blank">http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/monday-605169-details-beer.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Odesza, otherwise known as Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, met at Western Washington University and have been writing music together ever since. </div> </div> </div> alumni Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:52:11 +0000 Western Today 24141 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Seeing Stars http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/seeing-stars <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </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.westernfrontonline.net/features/article_f377fcb6-4065-11e4-acc5-001a4bcf6878.html" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.net/features/article_f377fcb6-4065-11e4-acc5-001a4...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A number of Indie rockers, Oscar winning filmmakers, CEOs, news anchors and word game creators all have one thing in common. They once called Bellingham, and Western, home. These alumni are just a few of the many people Western has delivered into the world of fame, fortune and recognition, over the years. Own a pair of Skullcandy headphones? CEO Hoby Darling graduated from Western with a Bachelor of Arts. </div> </div> </div> alumni community Western Foundation Angela Vandenhaak Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:48:33 +0000 Western Today 24140 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Vikings rally for 1-1 tie in overtime at Seattle Pacific http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/vikings-rally-for-1-1-tie-in-overtime-at-seattle-pacific <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/2014/09/20/3869060_vikings-rally-for-1-1-tie-in-overtime.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/20/3869060_vikings-rally-for-1-1-tie-in-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forward Elise Aylward scored with just two minutes left in regulation as nationally ranked Western Washington University rallied for a 1-1 tie in overtime with Seattle Pacific University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer game Saturday at Interbay Stadium. WWU, rated sixth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25, is now 5-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in GNAC play. </div> </div> </div> Athletics soccer students Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:47:31 +0000 Western Today 24139 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday A busy day for WWU Athletics http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/a-busy-day-for-wwu-athletics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KGMI AM-790 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://kgmi.com/news/007700-a-busy-day-for-wwu-athletics/" target="_blank">http://kgmi.com/news/007700-a-busy-day-for-wwu-athletics/</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 All-America runner Katelyn Steen (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake) placed eighth in the featured invitational women’s race Saturday at the 23rd Annual University of Washington Sundodger Cross Country Invitational held at Lincoln Park. Steen was clocked in 21:12 over the six-kilometer course. Host Washington’s Maddie Meyers won the event in 20:21. </div> </div> </div> Athletics cross country golf students volleyball Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Western Today 24138 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday