In the Media

Friday, September 23, 2022 - Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Technical College’s Campus Center building was closed Thursday afternoon to conduct a structural assessment. The school announced the closure in a student alert that was distributed at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, saying the closure was “out of an abundance of caution.” The Campus Center building will remain closed Friday-Monday, Sept. 23-26, according to an update just after 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - KPUG

Western Washington University and some other colleges in Washington state rank highly on a scale of what they do for the country.

Washington Monthly annually ranks liberal arts colleges, those that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional degrees, on their contributions to the public good.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - KUOW

Overall, travel has been down between the U.S. and Canada when compared to 2019 and early 2020 numbers. This doesn't just affect businesses along the border, but also the ease of access that created a shared sense of place, says Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Institute at Western Washington University.

"I think having good relations with our Canadian neighbors and our Canadian government and our Canadian friends is a real strength for our region," Trautman said, "because we do have many things in common between especially Western Washington and western British Columbia."

Trautman spoke with Soundside about the impact of fewer border crossings between U.S. and Canada and how that affects the region's sense of identity.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Kitsap Sun

"This is my favorite position," Luong said. "The work is challenging but very rewarding."

Luong received her master of arts certificates in international relations and Mandarin from Brigham Young University and John's Hopkins Nanjing Center in 2005 and earned her bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University in 2003. 

Before that, she graduated from Bremerton High. Her family fled from Vietnam to Bremerton in the 1980s as part of the United Nation's Orderly Departure Program, which permitted the immigration of Vietnamese to the U.S. and to other countries between 1980 and 1997. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Cascadia Daily News

Western Washington University students, faculty and staff began fall quarter Wednesday as close to “normal” as anyone has seen in years, with “early signs of recovering enrollment” and more in-person classes after multiple quarters of online learning.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Bellingham Herald

A faint odor of smoke hung in the air before dawn for a second day as smoke from wildfires in Eastern Washington and British Columbia blew west toward Whatcom County, including fires east of Mount Baker. Air quality registered good at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Whatcom and Skagit counties, and the Northwest Clean Air Agency and the National Weather Service said conditions should remain that way for now.

Monday, September 19, 2022 - Bellingham Herald

After less than a day of deliberations, a Whatcom County jury has convicted a Burlington man of aggravated premeditated first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Western Washington University student in August 2019. Rigoberto Galvan, 24, was on trial in Whatcom County Superior Court for aggravated first-degree murder (domestic violence) and first-degree burglary while armed with a deadly weapon for the Aug. 14, 2019, death of 22-year-old Stephanie Cresswell-Brenner.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - CBC

What's keeping Americans away? There could be many factors, such as Canada's vaccine mandate for foreign travellers and the lingering effects of the pandemic. 

"There's certainly a relatively slow rebound coming out of the pandemic," said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

"I think people have changed their consumer habits. They've changed their vacation habits." 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - King 5

Western Washington University (WWU) is now a Certified Bee Campus.  

This means WWU is now recognized by the Xerces Society, an organization dedicated to global pollinator conservation. The Bee Campus USA program helps pollinators by increasing the number of native plants, protecting nest sites and limiting pesticides on campus.

Fairhaven College at WWU is home to the Outback Farm. The 5-acre farm is surrounded by protected wetlands and is home to about 12 classes on year-round farm skills. This year, they will offer the first course that is exclusively about beekeeping.

Terri Kempton is the Outback Farm manager and said their outdoor classroom is a reflection of the 50-year anniversary they’re celebrating this year. 

“Fifty years ago a group of intrepid students moved outside, built a barn, got some animals, started farming and decided that it was now a farm,” Kempton said.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - KUOW

It takes a butter clam about three years to grow to harvestable size, according to Western Washington University marine ecologist and Samish Nation member Marco Hatch.

“What we're doing here is something that hasn't been done in living memory, which is build a clam garden from scratch,” Hatch said. “So we don't really know how long does it take for those sediments to fill in or what that's going to look like.”

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