Spring 2021

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

Karl Horeis - 1999

Class Note
Karl Horeis, B.A., journalism, is a teacher at the Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment in Denver and recently received the 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Once pandemic travel restrictions ease, Horeis looks forward to traveling with the other fellows on a scientific expedition to a remote location in order to enrich his students’ geographic awareness.

Tod Sakai - 1994

Class Note
Tod Sakai, B.A., economics, is president of Sockeye Homes based in Kent.

David Peterson - 1995

Class Note
David Peterson, B.A., political science, recently became general counsel for PAC Worldwide, a global packaging firm based in Seattle.