Summer 2019

James Okubo’s family returns to Western to accept the degree he was denied the opportunity to complete
Meet fellow alumni who are making a difference
The community event during Ski to Sea Weekend had been without a significant presence from WWU for many years.
One father was forever changed by Nazi indoctrination. Another father almost died in the Holocaust. Today, their sons are co-workers.
Death Cab for Cutie and ODESZA came home to rock the town where they got their start.
As Western’s first tribal liaison, alumna Laural Ballew is an advocate for Native students.
Renowned artist Sarah Sze came to Western in May for the unveiling of the university’s newest sculpture, Sze’s “Split Stone (Northwest).”
Two students have been awarded a pair of scholarships putting WWU in extremely rarefied company
One tough mile for a good cause
"If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together"
As the new incoming WWU Alumni Association board president, I have a personal mission to help other alumni reconnect to Western.
A collection of items and stories from WWU and alumni

Class Notes

Kelly Liske - 1999

Class Notes (General)
Kelly Liske, B. A., accounting, is the chief banking officer for First Federal in Port Townsend and is involved in several community organizations as president of the non-profit Christmas for Children, vice president and treasurer of Big Blue Boosters of Chimacum and a board member of the Jefferson County Healthcare Foundation. Liske recently received a 2019 Jefferson County Heart of Service Award, sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News and area Rotary Clubs. 

Michael Farmer - 2004

Class Notes (General)
Michael Farmer, M.Ed., school administration, ’05, was recently selected as the superintendent of the Dieringer School District. Most recently, he was executive director of innovation and learning at the Eatonville School District. 

Niki Elofson-Gilbertson - 1976

Obituaries
Niki Elofson-Gilbertson, 68, of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, who worked for Employment Security and the General Assistance program and was adept at river fishing, on May 13, 2019.