Spring 2016

Did volcanic activity help proto-humans cook food before they had mastered fire?
The art of Western’s Sebastian Mendes honors his grandfather, whose courage saved 30,000 people from the Nazis.
Why just drive to Bellingham when you can paddle, pedal and remember the trip forever?
Instructional assistants become teachers for bilingual classrooms through Woodring’s Pathways to Teaching program
'As a first-generation student, I owe my career to education.'
The Spratlens’ legacy at Western brings more voices and perspectives to campus
The Bellingham City Council renames Indian Street in honor of treaty rights activist
Alums are in Thailand, Taiwan, Spain and Germany
We'll feel the effects of the Western Stands for Washington campaign for years to come
How do you handle fear?
Think there’s a U.S. demand for short-rental e-bikes?
What was your best worst day?
How did you realize that diapers were your way to make the most difference in your community?

Class Notes

Lori Thornton - 1982

Class Note
Lori Thornton (English), depository coordinator and public services bureau chief for the New Mexico State Library’s Department of Cultural Affairs, was recently appointed to the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s Depository Library Council.

Ralph Munro - 1966

Class Note
Former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro  (Political Science and Education) received an honorary doctorate from Western at Commencement in March, when he also gave the Commencement speech. 

Heather Kelly - 2010

Class Note
Heather Kelly (Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration) is an evolutionary sports nutritionist in Alaska who created a line of dehydrated backpacking food called Heather’s Choice.