Spring 2019

It all started with a few musicians deciding to return to the town where they got their start and perform together for the first time.
The percentage of WWU undergraduates who borrow to pay for college has declined for three years in a row
Alumna novelist Amy Hatvany points out where ‘yes is yes’ falls short in the conversation about consent and sex.
The group includes a pair of WWU graduate students
While sexual health programs in college have traditionally focused on STD and pregnancy prevention, the emphasis on consent is relatively new.
John and Mary Polikowsky spent long, happy careers teaching art and English. Now, more WWU students who dream of a life as a teacher will get their chance, too.
The Ridge is going to get a new look
A collection of items and stories from WWU and alumni
Western’s urban planning students have Ferndale on their minds these days.
WWU research associate and NOAA Fisheries affiliate Jennifer Tennessen is studying the hunting behaviors of endangered orcas of the Salish Sea.
A conversation with L.K. Langley, the first director of LGBTQ+ Western.
As the once-famous Bellingham author arises from obscurity, her champions say she’s more relevant than ever.
The estuary has important value for fish, wildlife, and local human residents
The grant funds recruiting and retaining academically talented, low-income students from diverse backgrounds
Western is among the first universities in the nation to provide composting bins to students living in residence halls.
Universities play an important role in increasing cultural competency

Class Notes

Mabel Chappelle Arnett - FAC

Obituary
Mabel Chappelle Arnett, 84, who taught physical education at Western for 30 years and helped develop the kinesiology curriculum, on April 13, 2019.

Brooke Costa - 2010

Class Note
Brooke Costa, B.S., computer science, is the lead engineer for Jam City’s “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” game. 

Katy Gratton - 2008

Class Note
Katy Gratton Cooke, B.A., humanities, is a federal prosecutor in Virginia. She graduated from William & Mary Law School in 2012, where she was a lead articles editor on the Law Review and volunteered with the Children’s Advocacy Law Society. She also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mark S. Davis.