Features and highlights

Roughly 1,875 students graduated from Western Washington University in three spring Commencement ceremonies that took place in Carver Gymnasium June 13.

Main speakers were Robin Russell (’81 and ’82), a finance and investment industry executive, Dick Thompson (’65), a retired state government executive, and Todd Lindley (’83), a financial planner.

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The first time June Fraser Thistle brought her handmade sock monkeys to Child Protective Services, workers offered one to a crying girl.

“I remember I was holding my breath,” Fraser Thistle said. “I wondered if it was going to work.”

But when the child received the monkey, she stopped crying. And at that moment, Fraser Thistle had all the reason she needed...

Western Washington University has a campus filled with art of various mediums, but often architecture is overlooked.

This gallery, from University Communications and Marketing intern Margaret Degman, focuses on the architectural details of Western's rooflines.

Bruce Shepard announced today that he will retire as president of Western Washington University at the close of the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The Board of Trustees and the entire Western community are deeply appreciative of President Shepard’s superb leadership in fostering and greatly enhancing a truly remarkable university,” said Karen Lee, chair of Western’s...

Graduating student Faith Tomlinson poses with a mug she won on the prize wheel while picking up her cap and gown for commencement Thursday, June 11, 2015. "It's been a busy quarter," she said. "I'm excited to be done. But at the same time, it's starting to feel strange. I've been a student for so long."

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After nearly half a century as sports information director in the Athletics Department at Western Washington University, Paul Madison is retiring effective Sept. 30. Making that announcement on Thursday, June 11, was WWU director of athletics Steve Card.

"Paul is an institution in himself," said...

Do you work with an outstanding colleague at Western Washington University? The Western Way program provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to recognize the great efforts of others on campus.

Any time throughout the year, folks in the WWU community can ...

The Environmental Studies building is home to Huxley College of the Environment and its environmental studies and environmental sciences departments. It's also home to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the geology department, which is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

Each floor has exhibits on display and characteristics of the department it hosts....

The Engineering and Design Department at Western Washington University held an open house on Friday, June 5.

Students demonstrated examples of the department curriculum through a variety of projects that included design, materials formulation, automation, performance analysis and various manufacturing processes (machining, injection molding, additive manufacturing, extrusion).

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Associated Students Productions at Western Washington University provided outdoor activities on the lawn outside the Communication Facility on Friday, June 5. Western students enjoyed rock climbing, bull riding, bungee trampolining and squirtgun shooting.

AS Productions...