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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

Dan Legard - 1998

Class Note

Dan Legard, B.A., accounting, recently became the chief financial and risk officer for Chelan County PUD. Previously, Dan spent 21 years as the deputy manager and finance director for the city of Kennewick. 

Julio Cortes - 2010

Class Note

State Rep. Julio Cortes, B.A., journalism - public relations, is one of two WWU alumni in 425 Business's 40 Under 40 list. Julio is the Economic Development and Marketing manager for the city of Everett and represents the 38th Legislative District in the State House. 

Riley Starks - 1972

Class Note

Riley Starks, B.A., political science - secondary education, is a lifelong commercial fisher as well as the founder and executive director of the Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods, which focuses on raising awareness about the reefnet fishing industry and the sustainability of the Salish Sea.