Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban, community educator and outspoken fixture on Western’s campus for years, dies at age 96
Noémi Ban, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp who became an outspoken advocate and educator on the horrors of the Holocaust and the enduring power of love and tolerance, died on Friday, June 7 at the age of 96.
Ban had been a frequent speaker at Western since the mid-1990s, offering the university’s students, faculty and staff a message not only of remembrance, but of hope and healing.
“Life is precious. Life is wonderful. I love life and I refuse to give in to hate,” she would tell rapt audiences at her quarterly presentations on campus.
WWU Journalism Instructor Joan Connell has co-written with Adam Bartholomew a new book, "Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe," which is about to be published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa will honor seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 15.
Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.
Randhawa will present each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:
Jona Paulreti Akelipa
College of Business and Economics
Joan Hoffman, MCL (Spanish), has published an article: “On Tragedy and Triumph: Further Comparisons of Yerma and Burning Bright.” Hispanic Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 101-12.
Feeling bogged down with clutter? Don’t leave it in the gutter! This move out season, help us divert stuff from landfills and work towards zero waste. Zero Waste Western, a program of the Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Campus Community Coalition, is hosting Move Out Madness on Friday, June 14.
Communication Studies Students to Host 'Students of Color: Communication, Activism, and Resistance’ June 3
Western Washington University’s Department of Communication Studies will host a panel discussion titled “Students of Color: Communication, Activism, and Resistance” at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, June 3 in Haggard Hall 345.
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University junior James Jasperson of Olympia will be attempting his second world record at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 on the track at the Wade King Recreation Center.
Interested in exploring topics about the Salish Sea, need to complete a GUR, or possibly looking into the university's brand new Salish Sea Studies minor?
Western’s Department of Liberal Studies will change its name to the Department of Global Humanities and Religions starting this fall.
The department offers interdisciplinary humanities courses and programs; in those, it primarily engages in cultural history and in the academic study of religion as an aspect of human societies and cultures, and wants to communicate this more effectively to the community at Western.
Western Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.
WWU Faculty to Participate in ‘Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism’ May 29
Western Washington University faculty will participate in “Think and Drink: Breaking News - The State of American Journalism” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at The Upfront Theatre at 1208 Bay St. in Bellingham.
This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Register for Think and Drink at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4193672.
On Wednesday, May 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St. in Bellingham, Kate McLean, director of Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will present the latest research on storytelling and development, as well as the role storytelling can play from infancy to adulthood, in "The Power of Storytelling in Child and Adolescent Development."
This event is free and open to the public.
WWU Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe and Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato's paper, “An Appeal to Shared Values: Faith, Advocacy, and Persuasion in the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Public Relations,” co-written by Mariam Alkazemi of Virginia Commonwealth University and submitted to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's PR division, has won the Doug Newsom Award.
Western Washington University announces the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners, who will be honored at a ceremony and dinner on May 17 to kick off WWU Alumni Weekend.
This year, the association honors 18 alumni, including five Hall of Fame inductees. The association also recognizes a campus volunteer, a community volunteer, and lifetime achievement. Each recipient’s commitment to excellence and giving back is apparent and their impacts are felt by many, from those on Western’s campus to all around the globe.
David Patrick has been named the interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research at Western Washington University.
Patrick, now professor of Chemistry at Western, will assume his new duties on June 28. He will succeed Gautam Pillay, who exercised his reversion rights to a faculty position and has stepped down as Graduate School dean and vice provost, a position he held since August 2017.