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Wes Mackey plays the Summer Noon Concert Series July 6. Photo: Jonathan Williams / WWU

Blues musician Wes Mackey played the second of five free weekly summer concerts on the PAC Plaza June 6.

While Mackey's first gig--more than 50 years ago--paid only 50 cents and a chicken sandwich, he eventually found himself touring with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and others.

Mackey now lives in Vancouver, B. C., but says Bellingham is one of his favorite towns.  

For more information on Mackey, visit

John Lawson, right, laughs during the speech portion of his retirement celebration June 30 in the Old Main Solarium on campus. At his right is Melinda Assink, administrative assistant to the provost. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

John Lawson, Western Washington University's vice provost for Information Technology and chief information officer, is retiring after 10 years at Western.

A party was held in his honor on Thursday, June 30, in the Old Main Solarium.

Photos by Jonathan Williams / WWU

WWU students perform "Commedia in the Park" at Maritime Heritage Park on Saturday, July 2. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

"Commedia in the Park" is an annual event presented by Western Washington University Theatre students enrolled in the summer course "Advanced Acting Topics," taught by Rich Brown.

The highly physicalized, masked comic performance originates from the Italian Renaissance. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers and foolish old men.

The performances, which occurred in Bellingham's Maritime Heritage Park are over for this summer, but they'll be back in 2017.

Polecat plays on the Performing Arts Center Plaza in the first show of the 2016 Summer Noon Concert Series on June 29, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Local Americana band Polecat kicked off the Summer Noon Concert Series this past week under the warm June sun.

Polecat has traveled all over Northwest United States, performing more than 550 shows and recording three albums in six years. More on them is available at

The series, put on each year by the Associated Students, brings local acts to campus for Wednesday lunchtime concerts throughout summer quarter.

Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

About 2,030 students graduated from Western Washington University in two spring Commencement ceremonies at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium June 11.

About 1,825 undergraduate and 205 master’s students were expected to graduate from Western June 11. Spring Commencement ceremonies were held off campus at Civic while the Carver Academic Building undergoes major renovation.

Photo by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Associated Students Productions put on its annual Lawnstock music concert this past weekend on the Communications Facility Lawn.

The free concert, on for its fourth year, featured a number of local bands.

Mary Lambert, The Flavr Blue, COSMOS, Snug Harbor and Crooked Neighbours all performed. Food trucks, games and a carnival ride were set up around the area.

Photos by Amanda Raschkow, WWU Communications and Marketing intern.

Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard and his wife, Cyndie, held an ice-cream social June 1 express their appreciation to faculty and staff.

The event, held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room, was well attended by faculty and staff hoping to wish the Shepards well in their retirement from Western.

Photos by Dan Levine / for WWU

Seth Vidaña, director of the Office of Sustainability at Western, opens the proceedings. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Students enrolled in the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio class at Western Washington University presented their projects Wednesday morning, June 1, in the Viking Union. The students have been working on projects aimed at advance Western's campus in the area of sustainability. Wednesday, they showed their work to stakeholders involved in the process of planning.

This quarter's projects:

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

For the second year, Associated Students Productions brought a petting zoo to campus to help ease students' stress as the year winds down.

WWU photographer Jonathan Williams dropped by to capture some of the action.

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Placed in the Old Main lawn this week were 152 flags in memory of 152 service members from Washington state who lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The flags are an annual tradition from the WWU Veterans Outreach Center.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30.