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In memoriam: Bob Keiper

Lovingly made by Chris McClanahan, this video was made for Bob's retirement party back in 2012. It still makes us smile...
Western Today staff

Robert W. “Bob” Keiper, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 18, 2014.


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Sudden tragedy: 75 years ago, a massive avalanche on Mount Baker killed six WWU climbers

The Bellingham Herald
The weather on Mount Baker was warm and clear 75 years ago, much like the recent glorious sunshine that has bathed Whatcom County. It was July 22, 1939, a Saturday. Early that morning, before dawn, 25 members of a climbing party roused themselves at Kulshan Cabin and began their long, slow walk toward the summit. They all had climbing experience, some more than others. Their guides, Chet Ullin and Don Coss, led the way.

The Gift of Giving: Casey’s Story

The John A. Hartford Foundation
My Grandma Pat has been the inspiration for so many of my endeavors in working with older adults throughout my nursing career. So I couldn’t help but think of her as I stood before my colleagues and friends at last fall’s Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL) Business Meeting, held at the 2013 annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in New Orleans, to transition the role of HGNL Chair to Dr. Bill Buron. Together, Dr. Buron and I announced the launch of a campaign to raise funds for a HGNL award to support a future scholar in the program. I had no idea at the time how quickly that scholarship would take on a deeply personal meaning to me.

USD 457 hires former Scott City superintendent

The Garden City Telegram
A permanent replacement has been hired for the director of transportation position at USD 457 as Bill Wilson, former superintendent of Scott County USD 466, took the reins on July 1. "From what I've seen and experienced thus far in the two and a half weeks in 457, good people, good place," Wilson said.

Western, Facing the Future to join forces

Paul Grzelak, Annika Wolters and Matthew Anderson
Western Today staff

Facing the Future, an award-winning developer of teacher’s guides, student textbooks and digital resources that equip and motivate K-college students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable world, has become an independent program of Western Washington University.


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Palliative Care Summer Institute – Heal without Cure: A Call to Action July 9-11, 2014 sponsored by Western Washington University

Western Washington University’s RN–to-BSN program, Peace Health, and Whatcom health care organizations are partnering to sponsor a palliative care summer institute July 9-11, 2014.

“Heal without Cure: A Call to Action” is designed for healthcare providers, social workers, caregivers, university students and interested community members. Participants will discuss and learn about creating a community of excellence in end-of-life and serious illness care.


More than words: Alaska's senators push for revitalization of Native languages in schools

Juneua Empire
A bill that would amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to reauthorize a provision to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages is currently being weighed in a Congressional committee. It has a 19 percent chance of being enacted, according to GovTrack.us — but what’s at stake if congress doesn’t act?

Obama administration education advisor shares insights

The University of Sydney
The twentieth anniversary of the education industry's Successful Learning Conference opened with a keynote address by key Obama administration education advisor, Dr David Chard, today. The address, titled Helping Struggling Learners with Mathematical Reasoning, discerned what teachers need to know in order to effectively teach the discipline, so that students successfully develop the universally understood skill of mathematical reasoning.

2014 commencement: Christina Van Wingerden

WWU Video Services

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.


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Photos: Nearly 2,000 graduate June 14

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Western Today staff

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.