Features and highlights

President and Cyndie Shepard wish all who are Western the best of holidays.

Western Washington University grounds crew members Tyler Holladay and Evan Bossert can be seen around campus -- and on Instagram -- pruning and shaping Western's prodigious tree collection.

Here, they work on a poplar tree in front of Wilson Library.

Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

The Western Washington University Opera’s April 2014 production of Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” was awarded First Prize in Division 3 of the 2014 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association.

The awards will be presented at the Gala Banquet of the association’s National Convention on Jan. 10.


Anne Cooper, vice president for the Sammons Financial Group, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at Western’s fall Commencement ceremony Dec. 13 in Carver Gymnasium.

Approximately 681 undergraduates and about 44 master’s candidates received degrees this quarter.

Originally from Tacoma, Cooper graduated from Western in 1986 with a...

Western alumnus and Bellingham crafstman Randy Stribling built a new podium -- two of them, actually -- to be used at commencement and other formal events at Western Washington University.

If you didn't get the chance to see them in action at this past weekend's commencement, check them out in this video by WWU's Rhys Logan.

Historical photos courtesy of WWU Special...

Western Washington University has been recognized as the 2014 Green Business of the Year by the Bellingham Chamber.

The award was presented at the Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 4.

In honor of Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora, who passed away late in 2013 at age 85, the WWU Board of Trustees has renamed a building at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.

The former Marine Science Education Building will now be known as the Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building. The change was...

A new research vessel has arrived at Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center; it will enhance access to marine environments and support the marine center’s research and educational activities.

The 35-foot research vessel “Magister” was funded through a $162,300 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Borman Family Foundation also...

“It’s quiet—too quiet,” I thought as our group of about a dozen Western Washington University students walked down the empty, red-dirt road into town. Where was everyone?