Fall 2019

The expansion is a result of many years of activism by students urging the university to become more truly inclusive
Western’s Building Washington’s Future campaign aims to secure $20 million for a new science and technology building
Artist and entrepreneur Louie Gong wants to bring the work of ‘Inspired Natives’ to a larger audience.
Patrick Haggerty launched the first gay country-western album nearly 50 years ago, then fell into obscurity. Now, Lavender Country is reaching new audiences with its revolutionary message.
WWU's Kate Trueblood’s new novel draws from her experience of love and healing in ‘the meltdown years.’
For decades, WWU Linguist Ed Vajda argued Native Americans are linked by language to Central Asia. But can historical linguistics build a case to convince the scientific community?
Andrew Joslyn, ’05, has made a career at the intersection of pop and classical music – and a long list of musicians want to join him there.
Industrial design students' 'tool ecosystem' connects robots, tools and humans
Awards are nice, but Western’s real achievement is our superb learning culture
A collection of items and stories from WWU and alumni

Class Notes

John Hymas - 1979

Class Note
Mike Compton, BAE, PE-exercise and sport science, hosted a wrestling reunion over the summer that included legendary former Western coach Lanny Bryant and a house full of wrestling alums from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including Harry Smith, ’69, BAE, physical education and ’75, M.Ed., physical education, Anton Ehinger, ’81, BAE, physical education, Mike Donnelly, ’76, B.A., history, Lee Andersen, ’77, M.Ed., physical education, Jerry Bailey, ’72, B.A., accounting, John Hymas, ’79, B. A., history, Dan Anderson, ’75, B.A., technology, John Pinquoch, ’70, BAE, special education and mathematics, Randy Tomaras, ’72, BAE, industrial technology, Terry Beckstead, ’71, B.A., psychology, Bill Hunt, ’72, BAE, industrial technology, Darrell Gleason, ’73, BAE, special education and history, Tom Tripple, ’74, BAE, PE-exercise and sport science, and former coach Rick Iversen.

Keith Williams - 1988

Class Note
Keith Williams, B.A., industrial/ organizational psychology, recently became the western region sales director for JAYKAL, which provides LED lighting to companies and government agencies.

Arnel Blancas - 1996

Class Note
Arnel Blancas, B.A., physical education – sport psychology, recently became the city of Montesano’s chief financial officer, clerk and special adviser to the mayor.