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DATE: April 30, 2009 4:44:28 PM PDT
Western Weekly for April 30, 2009
Money for Miller Hall renovation included in budget 

This image shows an artist's rendering of some of the improvements to be made to Miller Hall. Nearly $55 million for the renovation of Miller Hall was included in the Washington State Legislature's budget, which was approved this week (see story from Bellingham Herald, below). The money is in Western's capital budget and can't be used to fund daily operations.

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Miller Hall renovation rendering
Department celebrates new digs with art project

Western Washington University Students Kaprice Kellison, left, Michelle Erwin and Anna Grindol watch Drew Hartley sign his name by his hand print recently. The art project was held to commemorate the new Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in the Academic Instructional Center. Hartley's brother is a patient at the clinic. For more photos and a video of the event, visit the galleries at FAST Online and the WWU Facebook page.

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On campus Friday night

Japan Week continues

Western Washington University's Japanese Program will host the 13th Annual Japan Week celebration through May 1. This year's theme, "Women in Japan," focuses on current and historical gender issues in Japan through lectures, discussion and film.

For more, click here.

New calendar now online!

Have you seen WWU's new University-wide calendar? Click here for more.

Home sports this week

Fri., May 1

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- Softball: WWU takes on Western Oregon University in a home doubleheader. Games scheduled to begin at 1 and 3 p.m.

Sat., May 2

- Softball: WWU takes on Western Oregon University in a home doubleheader. Games scheduled to begin at noon and 2 p.m.

The Bellingham Herald

  • WWU to cut almost $19 million over the next two years; tuition likely to rise
    For Western Washington University officials, the 2009-11 state budget appears to meet their worst fears: almost $19 million in cuts to the operating budget over the next two years. But the budget does have a silver lining for WWU, with nearly $55 million in capital project funding for renovating Miller Hall, a long-planned project that was in danger of not getting any money.

    Because of the cuts, which equals about 7.4 percent of the university's operating budget, WWU President Bruce Shepard said all the hypothetical cuts proposed during the budget planning process this winter and spring will happen.

    "All those cuts are going to have to be made at least at that level to cover up what we're talking about," he said.

    Some of those cuts include eliminating dozens of open positions, reducing department budgets for materials and reducing the number of class sections offered. Shepard said no degree programs will be eliminated. Budgets related to academics will be reduced only by 5 percent, while other areas of the university will see cuts of 7 to 10 percent.

  • Washington universities take stock of budget cuts
    State budget cuts to Western Washington University total about $44 million, not including federal stimulus dollars of $8.8 million. Tuition is expected to go up 14 percent in each of the next two years or about $600 next year.

    The state will pay about 43 percent of the Western's operations during the next school year, university President Bruce Shepard told The Bellingham Herald.
    "The state is becoming a minority shareholder in the university," he said, adding that a decade ago the state covered 70 percent of Western's operations. "That means we're going from being a public university to a publicly assisted university."

  • Opinion: Waterfront deal reached, FINALLY
    "It's about time."

    That's our reaction to news that leaders from the city of Bellingham and Port of Bellingham may have finally reached agreement on a waterfront redevelopment plan.

    Citizens of this community outlined what they want to see on the waterfront several years ago, through the Waterfront Futures Group. The citizen vision included shops, condos, water-related businesses and much more. In the time since, Western Washington University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also have been introduced as potential tenants for part of the property. Related: Mayor invites citizens to contribute to waterfront.

  • Downtown Bellingham rocks .. and other geological features
    Most people look at the Federal Building and see a large, nice-looking, old government structure. Dave Tucker of Bellingham looks at it and sees remnants of sea life from millions of years ago.

    Tucker is a citizen geologist in that he loves to share his love of geology with others, from public lectures to community field trips. He developed his downtown geology idea while he was a teaching assistant for Geology 101 students at Western. He realized that novices could learn just as much deciphering rocks downtown as they could on time-consuming treks to the backcountry.

  • Sports headlines: WWU earns No. 3 seed at West Super Regional; Softball lands two Vikings on Academic All-Star team; Despite winning its conference title, Western rowing falls out of #1 spot; Viking softball splits with St. Martin's; Koppenberg is GNAC golfer of the year, again

The Seattle Times

  • UW gives details on $73 million in cuts
    The University of Washington released details Wednesday of how it intends to slash its budget by $73 million over the next fiscal year. The cuts range from 9 percent in the College of Arts and Sciences to 16 percent in President Mark Emmert's office.

    Sixty-day layoff notices for some staff members will likely go out today and Friday to remove those salaries from the books before the fiscal year begins in July. Emmert says about 600 to 800 positions will be eliminated through a combination of attrition and layoffs.

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