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Meet the 2021 Presidential Scholars

5 days 19 hours ago

Each summer Western Today honors the seven Presidential Scholars chosen to represent their colleges at spring commencement. Each day in Western Today we will add one of the scholars to this story, so check back to see them all!

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Humanities Division: Brahm VanWoerden

Brahm VanWoerden of Bellingham graduated magna cum laude and with university honors in June with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and linguistics.


Research Recap for May 28

3 weeks 5 days ago

In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.


University of Minnesota's Jillian Fish to present 'The Ecology of Storytelling in Native America' May 10

1 month 2 weeks ago

The University of Minnesota Medical School's Jillian Fish, will present "The Ecology of Storytelling in Native America: Using Digital Stories to Examine Native American Identities Across Developmental Contexts" from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, May 10 via Zoom as part of Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research (CCCR) Speaker Series.

This presentation is free and open to the public; email CCCR director Kate McLean at for the Zoom link to the presentation.


Research Recap for April 30

1 month 3 weeks ago

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each Friday, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University.


Journalism's Maria McLeod named winner of the 2020 WaterSedge Poetry Contest

1 month 3 weeks ago

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Maria McLeod has been named the winner of the 2020 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, resulting in publication of her first book, “Mother Want,” to be released next month.

A second chapbook of McLeod’s poetry, “Skin. Hair. Bones.,” has also been accepted for publication and will be released by Finishing Line Press this fall.

The contest was judged by former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford.


In the age of working from home, COVID restrictions helped get this WWU internship off the ground

2 months ago

On March 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control officially declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic outbreak. Institutions across the country had to make a quick and often clumsy transition to working remotely to abide by new safety restrictions. An entire year later, the world is still trying to regain its balance. 

While the shift to remote work had its faults, it also opened new doorways for work— distance, for some workers, is no longer an obstacle. 

6 hours 22 minutes ago
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