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With campus relatively empty until fall quarter begins in late September, major construction and facility upgrade work coordinated by the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget is taking place throughout campus.

The most visible public works projects are taking place on the north end of campus. These include the exterior renovation of the Performing Arts Center and the...

In late 1967, just three years after graduating from Western, Air Force Capt. George “Sam” Sevier was assigned to fly missions under Operation Chrome Dome, the airborne alert program that kept B-52 bombers armed with nuclear weapons in the air around the clock. If a surprise Soviet nuclear strike destroyed U.S. jets and missile silos on the ground, the U.S. could still unleash a...

Think that a job as a White House speechwriter is glamorous?

Jesse Moore (’05, Political Science) will tell you it’s also a lot of long days, late nights and endless text revisions – sometimes just to get a single word or phrase exactly right for an audience far outside Washington, D.C. Sometimes he’s so tired at the end of the day, he falls asleep with his suit...

Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Roberts can't imagine spending hours in stop-and-go traffic. It would kill him to sit behind a desk from nine to five. Roberts has carved out a space for himself beyond the humdrum world of making money and paying rent. He has built a custom home on the truck bed of his Toyota Tacoma so he can live where he truly feels alive - on the mountain. Roberts lives out of...

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, the speaker at the 9 a.m. ceremony, recently completed two years as the U.S. ambassador to China. He also served in President Obama’s Cabinet as the secretary of commerce.

Born and raised in Seattle, Locke is a two-term governor of the state of Washington and a former member of the Washington House of Representatives.

At commencement,...

Jerry Thon, the speaker at the 12:30 p.m. spring commencement ceremony June 14, is the vice president of Astoria Holdings, a fish processing plant in Astoria, Oregon. He’s also the former owner of New West Fisheries in Bellingham and the immediate past president of the Western Foundation.

A longtime supporter of Western, Thon is chairman of the Western at Home committee, which...

Douglas Massey, the speaker at the 4 p.m. commencement ceremony June 14, is a sociologist specializing in international migration and socioeconomic stratification.

At Princeton University, Massey directs the Office of Population Research and oversees the Mexican Migration Project and the Latin American Migration Project, two long-term studies exploring the complex causes and...

Brian O'Sullivan spoke at the 9 a.m. ceremony during spring commencement June 14, 2014.

O'Sullivan graduated with a self-designed concentration from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies that incorporates his interests in art and psychology. He hopes to study art therapy in graduate school. O'Sullivan is a graduate of Juneau Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska....

Christina Van Wingerden, who graduated with a Master of Education in Continuing and College Education, spoke at the 12:30 commencement ceremony June 14, 2014.

Van Wingerden is administrator to the dean of students at Western and earned her bachelor’s degree from Western in 2011.

Twins Anne and Andrea d’Aquino speak at the 4 p.m. commencement ceremony June 14.

Anne is receiving a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry while Andrea is receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

They have excelled at research, scholarship and community service and are both recipients of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. They are...