Alum Caitlyn Blair turns her girlhood love of orcas into a career protecting the Salish Sea
Does looking into the eyes of an animal make us more likely to act to save its endangered habitat?
The Institute for Watershed Studies provides long-term water quality data for Lake Whatcom.
Alia Khan collects ice from the world's highest places
Julann Spromberg learned to love nature on her family farm, and learned to be a scientist at Western
Virtual reality can help revitalize Indigenous languages, says Fairhaven Dean Caskey Russell
Marine Sciences graduate Amirah Casey’s impressive list of accomplishments includes embracing her late mother's story as part of her own.
Can computer science save the whales? Alum Gracie Ermi is trying—and she wants more young women to follow her into unexpected STEM careers.
The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews love 'Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City.'
Jim Sterk returns to Western to lead Viking Athletics
How do you bring an overdose-stopping drug to the masses? Make it sleek, stylish and small enough to carry on a keychain.
Alum Paul Merriman shares a lifetime of financial knowledge with WWU students and the community
Marketing grad Ethan Huynh combined two passions and launched a career
WWU grad student Annie Jolliff stalks bumble bees.
'We have a great future ahead.'
19 life-changing days in Ecuador with WWU’s Honors College
Before world fame, the indie rock band played the Fairhaven Auditorium
Highlights from the 2023 readership survey
What happens when an earthquake hits a building already damaged by saltwater?
One is devoted to the study of earthquakes, and the other focused on bridging Indigenous and “Western” scientific knowledge.
How far could a guy get in 1960 with two feet, one thumb and 18 bucks?
As many as 50 students are expected to receive funding this year
This gorgeous peak in southern Alaska could be one of the nation’s most dangerous volcanoes. WWU geologists are looking for clues before disaster strikes.
WWU students and faculty are showing how plastic beach trash can be put to good use somewhere else.
If you want to catch a crook, sometimes you have to think like one—just ask Western’s cybersecurity students.
Hear from a few faculty at Western who are forging ahead in academic fields previously (or still) dominated by men
Decades before Title IX, women at WWU were laying the groundwork for equality in women’s athletics
How classically trained musicians from WWU are building a vibrant, inclusive show venue in downtown Bellingham.

Class Notes

Jim Jorgensen - 1963


Jim Jorgensen, 83, a longtime Blaine School District teacher and a former commissioner for the Port of Bellingham, on June 8, 2023. 

Megumi Tsuruoka - 1993

Class Note

Megumi Tsuruoka, Fairhaven interdisciplinary concentration, lives and works in Kyoto, Japan, and is active in the preservation of the nearby community of Utoro, a small ethnic Korean community who faced poverty and discrimination and were at risk of losing their homes. She's now a board member for the Utoro Peace Memorial Museum and translates for the museum's exhibition and website. Megumi recently wrote about her experiences with the community of Utoro for the Nichi Bei News, and how she first learned about Utoro during a class at Western with Lorraine Bannai about the Japanese American incarceration. 

Andrew Garratt - 2023

Class Note

Andrew Garratt, B.Mus. musical performance, and the Seattle Opera's Ibidunni Ojikutu, '04, B.A., music, performed over the summer at garden parties for the Sun Valley Opera in Hailey, Idaho. Andrew is now working toward his master's degree in music and opera at Northwestern University.