Bruce Shepard

Faculty, staff convocation set for Sept. 18

Western Today staff

The Western Washington University community will convene to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 academic year by sharing breakfast and each other’s company, recognizing faculty and staff award winners and listening to President Bruce Shepard's annual address at Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Devastating wildfires: How you can help

Western Today staff

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent the following message to campus this morning in regard to the wildfires devastating many in Washington state:

Dear Colleagues,

Governor appoints Black Hills graduate as WWU student trustee

The Bellingham Herald
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Carly Roberts, 22, of Tumwater, as the student trustee for Western Washington University in Bellingham. It’s a one-year term. “I’m just really excited,” Roberts said in a phone interview with The Olympian. “I love Western, I love this community and I love having the opportunity to continue serving the community this way.” Roberts is a 2010 graduate of Black Hills High School in Tumwater. She’s a senior who is studying political science and economics with a minor in ancient Greek language.

Governor appoints Carly Roberts as new WWU student trustee

Carly Roberts has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University. Photo by Roxy Ewing

Western Today staff

Carly Roberts has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University.

“Carly Roberts will provide a unique and valuable perspective to the board because of her experience as a Western leader and student,” Inslee said. “I appreciate her willingness to work on behalf of Western students and ensuring they receive the world-class education they deserve.”

Roberts will serve as student trustee on Western’s Board of Trustees from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Western Washington University class of 2014 graduates

The Bellingham Herald
Thousands of Western Washington University students and their supporters flocked to campus Saturday, June 14, to receive their hard-earned degrees. Amidst a sea of smartphones quickly snapping selfies and blurry memories to reminisce over later, the excited graduates were prompted by their commencement speakers to ponder what their next steps would be once they walked out the doors of Carver Gymnasium, diplomas in hand.

WWU evolves to meet changing needs for Whatcom County, state

The Bellingham Herald
As you greet a neighbor or passer-by locally, the chances are pretty good they are a student, work as faculty or staff or are alumni of Western Washington University. With 15,000 students, 2,100 faculty and staff and nearly 14,800 alumni in our community, Western is well-represented in Whatcom County.

Incoming WWU student president says diversity discussion should go beyond race

The Bellingham Herald
Annika Wolters feels no need to tip-toe around any topic when asked questions as president-elect of the Associated Students at Western Washington University. "I still have a lot of people to impress," she said with a smile, noting the election was close and few voted.

Alper to retire this fall from Center for Canadian-American Studies and BPRI


Western Today staff

Don Alper, Western Washington University’s director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute and a professor of Political Science, will be resigning from those positions at the end of September, and retiring from the university at the end of the year.

Gov. Inslee appoints Chase Franklin to WWU Board of Trustees


Western Today staff

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed business executive Chase Franklin to Western Washington University’s Board of Trustees.

“Chase has deep roots to Western and a strong commitment to making sure Western’s students are getting a world-class education,” said Inslee. “He’s a proven innovator and entrepreneur who will be an excellent addition to WWU.”

Franklin’s term on the Board of Trustees begins June 2, and ends Sept. 30, 2019.

Nominations requested for Philip E. Sharpe Community Engagement Award

Western Today staff

Do you have a colleague who goes above and beyond in giving back to the community outside of their role at WWU? Would you like that person to be recognized for his or her service?

Nominations are being accepted for the Philip E. Sharpe Community Engagement Award, given annually to a faculty or staff member (or group of Western employees) involved in outstanding community service, including outreach and engagement activities that benefit the well-being of the community or an individual(s) in the community.