Spring 2021

Barn owls yak up “perfect” educational packages for hands-on science sleuths. An alumni couple collects and sells them to educators.
Learning and living on campus may begin to return to normal this fall
We are especially grateful for opportunities to celebrate our extraordinary community
Fairhaven’s Rukhsar Sadat plans to make a career in advocating for immigrant and refugee families like her own
Western’s Jeff Grimm uses sugar to study the neuroscience of cravings, addiction and relapse
Western is naming its newest residence hall after its first Black student, who became an early 20th century advocate for racial equality
The western bumblebee once flourished across the West Coast but sightings have dropped dramatically
Meet this year's award-winning Vikings
The late Irwin Slenick spent 33 years as a biology professor at Western, working to bring more hands-on learning to science education.
Gaia, the Online Journal of Research, Discovery, and Scholarship at Western, is where to find stories about student and faculty research
The Fairhaven grad co-directed a compelling, unvarnished look at Turner’s soaring and turbulent 60-year career
The capital budget includes $51 million for a new building create some much-needed space for engineering, computer science and energy programs
These two women born more than a century apart share something in common: the immense expectations that come with being a trailblazer.
Window magazine recently won two top awards in the 2021 Best of CASE VIII competition
See how you did on last issue's WWU-themed puzzle
Would you recognize a barn owl if you heard one?

Class Notes

Lt. Trevor Torres - 2014

Class Notes (General)
U.S. Navy Lt. Trevor Torres, B.S., manufacturing engineering technology is a supply officer at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, where he is on a taskforce supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to COVID-19 in the southeastern U.S. Lt. Torres is helping organize vaccination site operations in Jacksonville, Florida.

Derek Jones - 2012

Class Notes (General)
After serving for 10 years with WWU Police, Derek Jones, B.A., general studies, joined the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office as the neighborhood deputy for Birch Bay.

Tiffany Blair - 2011

Class Notes (General)
Tiffany Blair, B.A., international business, recently became the vice president retail branch manager of the downtown Bellingham Peoples Bank. She also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Whatcom County.