Spring-Summer 2024

It won’t be easy or simple, but clean energy is accelerating
Western’s Institute for Energy Studies prepares students to tackle the world’s toughest climate and energy problems.
Olivier Singbo is using what he’s learned about energy to ensure his family’s access to electricity.
When Kate Darby teaches about environmental problems, she includes how people are working together to address them
Western’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will be home to the personal collection of feminist scholar Catharine R. Stimpson.
Neal Digre, ‘16, is using the machine learning and linguistics skills he learned at WWU in the $10 million XPRIZE Rainforest competition.
Music's Richard L. Hodges will take the stage in Seattle Opera's 'X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X'
Pierce County’s passionate restaurant reviewer Sue Kidd remembered
Tom Roehl has spent 25 years encouraging students to stretch beyond boundaries
New environmental communications endowment equips students to tell stories for the Earth.
State principal of the year William Jackson on justice-centered education

Class Notes

Gary Benson - 1978

Class Notes (General)

Gary Benson, B.S., visual communication, is a musician who performs at coffeehouses, farmer's markets and assisted living centers in the Seattle, Bellevue and Kent areas. He specializes in the songs by artists he loved growing up: James Taylor, John Denver, CSNY, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and others. Three of his performances, "Catch the Wind," "Love Me Tender," and "Carolina on My Mind," were recently broadcast on Evening Magazine to close out three episodes.   

Gary Axtell - 1966


Gary W. Axtell, 80, a lifelong educator and retired assistant superintendent of the Everett School District, on Jan. 17, 2024. 

Sandra Garrison - 1992


Sandra Garrison, 79, who worked for Red Cross Disaster Services, on March 2, 2024.