Laura Carney

Trivia contest, speeches to focus on citizenship

Students in the Asia University America Program at Western Washington University watch a U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremony in Miller Hall on Nov. 8. The ceremony was the first of its kind ever to take place on Western's campus. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

Western Today staff

Members of the Western Washington University community can get a look at what it takes to become a U.S. citizen at a free event Nov. 19 in the Underground Coffeehouse on campus.

"The Test: What it Takes To Become a Documented U.S. Citizen" will feature three speakers talking about the citizenship process. The presentations will be preceded by a special edition of Underground Coffee House Trivia Night focues on the U.S. citizenship test.

This event is presented by the AS Social Issues Resource Center.


'It's a beautiful place to be.' Six Bellingham residents officially become U.S. Citizens

Bellingham KOMO
Two days ago, Americans everywhere exercised their rights and voiced their opinions for who they wanted to lead the country for the next four years. Despite their best efforts, some local residents didn't get that opportunity. But after taking the Citizenship Oath today, they will certainly be able to next time. For the first time, Western hosted a Citizenship Ceremony, and six new-citizens, originally hailing from Canada, India, Vietnam and Guatemala, became American citizens. "It's a much better country. A lot more rights, a lot more freedom," said Dany Mendoza, who emigrated from Guatemala.

AUAP instructor Laura Carney now a U.S. citizen

AUAP senior instructor Laura Carney, second from left, takes the oath to become a U.S. citizen at an event on the Western Washington University campus. At Carney's right is Marjorie Duke, formerly a citizen of India. To Carney's left are Jasmine Russell, formerly of Canada, and Van Le, formerly of Vietnam. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

The six new U.S. citizens pose for photos with Earl Gibbons, WWU vice provost for extended education, after the ceremony. Photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

Western Today staff

Laura Carney, a senior instructor teaching American studies in Western's Asia University America Program, is now a citizen of the United States. Carney, formerly a Canadian, joined five others from Canada, Guatemala, India and Vietnam in taking the oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens at an event today on campus.

It was the first time that citizenship oaths have been administered on campus. Carney's AUAP students attended the event.


WWU's Laura Carney receives 2010 International Education Award

Western Today staff

Western Washington University instructor Laura Carney has received the 2010 International Education Award from WWU’s Center for International Studies.

Carney, a core lecturer in Western Washington University's Asia University America Program (AUAP), has worked to raise awareness of language learning and intercultural understanding both at the university and in the broader Bellingham community.


Club at WWU open to anyone to polish their Japanese language skills

The Bellingham Herald
"Laura Carney has a way with words ... Japanese words with English speakers, and English words with Japanese speakers. That's why she formed the Japanese Conversation Club, which is open to Whatcom County residents who want to improve their Japanese language skills while learning directly from natives of Japan."
Why this is relevant: 

Laura Carney teaches English as a Second Language in WWU's Asia America University Program.