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The image shows a handwoven rag rug made of recycled materials. The rug has a striped pattern in brown, yellow, blue, and red. The edges of the rug are frayed and uneven. The rug is lying on a white background.

Western's Industrial Design program will once again partner with Ideal, a local design shop, to present “ReMade: Celebration,” an annual project by Professor of Engineering & Design Arūnas Ošlapas and his students to create new items from discarded materials

Opening night for this year's ReMade project is Friday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. at Ideal, at 1227 Cornwall Ave. in downtown Bellingham. 

Attendees plunge golden shovels into the ground at the longhouse ceremony.

Many from the WWU, Bellingham, Whatcom County and local Indigenous communities came together on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for Western's new House of Healing longhouse.

The longhouse is the result of a 2016 letter written by Native American Student Union (NASU) members at Western looking for more support. This will be the first longhouse in the City of Bellingham, located at the south end of Sehome Hill Arboretum. 

A student jumps into the air at a dry salt flat in Bolivia

WWU Environmental Studies/Spanish major and Honors College student Samantha Herlich took some time out of her schedule to talk to us about her current study-abroad experience in Cusco, Peru.

The tulip tree on the Old Main lawn is heavy with pink blossoms.

Fall colors are gorgeous, and the snows of winter have their charms, but does anything beat the feeling or emergence and renewal that sweeps across campus with the first warm and sunny days of spring? Check out the photo gallery below, looks for your friends, and keep an eye out for more galleries as the days grow longer and we inch towards summer.

Students lie on the edge of Fisher Fountain; the fountain is empty.

The long awaited sunny days and warmer temps have arrived, throwing off the musty cloak of another Pacific NW winter.

A new alumna hugs a family member in Red Square after commencement

Some images from Sunday's ceremonies; congratulations to all of Western's newest alumni on a job well done! We are proud of you!

Dignitaries pose with silver shovels at the Kaiser Borsari Hall groundbreaking

Saturday, May 20 was the official groundbreaking for Kaiser Borsari Hall, Western’s new electrical and computer engineering, energy science, and computer science building. The new building will be located east of the Communications Facility and connected by a sky bridge to maximize program efficiencies and increase collaboration opportunities.

Students lining up to sample the buffet

Western's Sislena Ledbetter keynoted the 2023 Women of Color Empowerment Dinner on May 11 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room; it was the 22nd year for the event, which returned to campus after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Find out more about the Women of Color Empowerment Dinner, its history and purpose, and more at

High above campus looking north over a snow-covered Bellingham

The winter intersession was a snowy one here in Bellingham; see the images below of campus and Bellingham by WWU's own Luke Hollister.

Viks hoist the national championship trophy

The Western Washington University women's soccer team won its second NCAA Division II National Championship with a 2-1 victory over West Chester University in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,013 mainly WWU fans at Interbay Stadium.