Fall/Winter 2016

Alumni are helping tribes throughout the Northwest revitalize indigenous languages before they’re lost forever
Theatre alum Rashawn Nadine Scott brings the jokes and ‘moments of pure honesty’ as a rising star at Chicago’s famous Second City improv theater
A Bellingham fishing company built a business partnership with the Soviets—and brought home some Russian connections for Western
Western's synchronized swimming club practiced and performed from the 1940s to the 1970s
The newly discovered planet Proxima b is not too hot or too cold. Could life exist there?
We could eliminate malaria—and potentially many other diseases—with gene drives. Should we?
World-famous author Ella Higginson watched Western grow from her house on High Street. English Professor Laura Laffrado helps us see her again.
The student-produced television magazine show features faculty, students and alumni who are making a difference
More than 1,000 students registered to vote -- or updated their registration -- during move-in weekend
Vets who have completed at least 24 credits on the GI Bill at Western are eligible for a tuition waiver if their benefits run out
With an aquarium, floating lab and museum, it offers lots of activities for kids
Western's e-bikes are getting some mileage
"If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together"
How did a degree in Humanities help your career as an art director?
What has surprised you the most about international clean water and hygiene issues?

Class Notes

Frank Nickerson - 1983

Frank Nickerson, 56, a longtime teacher and coach at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, on July 7, 2016, in Lake Stevens.

Cary Landers - 1998

Cory Landers, 40, who worked for 15 years in the banking industry, on May 21, 2016, in Seattle.

Mark Fiege - 1981

Class Note
Mark Fiege (History) was selected as the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair in Western American Studies at Montana State University. Fiege, an environmental historian of the American West, was an award-winning professor at Colorado State University, where he co-founded the university’s Public Lands History Center.