Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Larner helps evaluate interdisciplinary studies degree program at Walden University

Daniel Larner (Fairhaven College) was one of two external reviewers evaluating the B.S. in interdisciplinary studies degree program at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn., June 30 to July 1.

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Larner presents paper on Eugene O'Neill at conference

Daniel Larner (Fairhaven College) gave a paper titled "Hunted, Haunted Home: Family Tragedy in O'Neill's Late Plays," at the Ninth International Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Society, New London, Connecticut, June 18 to 21, 2014.

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Larner appointed to chair Eugene O'Neill Society committee


Daniel Larner, a professor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was appointed to chair a committee of the Board of Directors of the Eugene O'Neill Society, to review the society's scholarly journal, The Eugene O'Neill Review. Larner submitted the committee's report to the board at the Ninth International Conference of the Society, New London, Connecticut, June 18 to 21, 2014. Larner also chaired this committee in 2008.

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Fairhaven College's World Issues Forum brings global issues to Western

The World Issues Forums of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies aims to provide thought provoking discussions to Western’s campus and the Bellingham community, supporting an informed and engaged global citizenry. World Issues Forums are held weekly during fall, winter and spring quarters.

The 2013-14 forum included: 

Western students help prove the benefits of salad bars in Bellingham schools

Kulshan students’ fruit and vegetable consumption before and after salad bar. Graphic courtesy of Whatcom Farm-to-School

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This past school year, between February and May, Bellingham Public Schools established salad bars in each of its middle schools – Whatcom, Kulshan, Fairhaven and Shuksan – as well as Sehome High in an effort to improve students’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Students from Western Washington University evaluated the impact these salad bars had on students’ diets and found that after the change, more students were regularly taking and eating fruit and vegetables.

2014 commencement: Brian O'Sullivan

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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.

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Photos: Nearly 2,000 graduate June 14

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Former Gov. Gary Locke received an honorary doctorate and addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at one of three spring commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium on June 14.

The other main speakers were scholar Douglas Massey (’74), the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and Jerry Thon (’75), vice president of Astoria Holdings.

About 1,935 students were expected to graduate from Western, including 1,775 undergraduate and 160 master’s students.

Osterhaus to discuss her World Issues Forum classes, lectures May 20 on campus

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Shirley Osterhaus of Fairhaven Colelge of interdisciplinary Studies will present “World Issues—learning widely, living ethically, advocating actively!” at the Faculty GUR Group meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 20 in Humanities Room 108. The campus community to welcome to join this discussion of how Osterhaus uses media and guests in her course to actively engage her students in the material.

Alumni Association to honor alums today














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Western Washington University will hold its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Recognition Celebration on Thursday, May 15.

This year’s award winners span a wide range of accomplished alumni, including leaders in business, education, public health, performing arts, the environment and human services, in addition to a community member who has made an impact for Western students.

Plants invade arboretum: Interns needed to map the intruders

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Invasive plant species have been a problem in the Sehome Arboretum for several years and a summer student internship is being proposed to survey and map the invasive plant population. In the Sehome Arboretum invasive plants including English Holly, Ivy and Vinca take over several native plants, such as ferns, by crowding them out of their native area and killing them.