Winter 2021

The newest residence hall will be named for Western's first Black student
'The protection of one species might actually be impacting the ability for another species to recover.'
Of course you don’t feel right. This is your brain in a pandemic. But you’re not alone, and things will get better.
WWU faculty and students are working to grow a new circular economy out of the plastic trash polluting our oceans
Meet a few of the hundreds of essential workers who keep Western’s campus and community running during a pandemic
Collaboration, transparency helped keep virus numbers low fall quarter
Beat this WWU-themed crossword puzzle for a chance for some Western swag
Energy from the wind farm enables Western to reduce its carbon footprint by about a third
Don't miss these virtual events with compelling, thought-provoking discussions from the WWU Foundation and Alumni Association
Get an inside look at WWU Athletics with a new podcast dedicated to telling the stories of Viking coaches and student-athletes.
This issue is chock full of hope for the future, the importance of planning for it, and finding purpose in laying the groundwork for future discoveries.
Our students need us. They need us to demonstrate we’re there for them during one of the most challenging times on our planet.
Acclaimed opera singer remembered for her opulent voice
Perkins was on a team of military doctors who invented a device to protect medical workers from COVID
The best-selling author will be the keynote speaker for Western's virtual MLK event
A foodie influencer on TikTok

Class Notes

Krista Cassidy - 2019

Class Note
Mezzo soprano Krista Cassidy, B.A., music and theatre, performed several Disney classics in a virtual concert for the Northshore Performing Arts Foundation’s Mid-Week Mashup series.

Mike Nagle - 1991

Class Note
Mike Nagle, BAE, and ’93, M.A., history, is a history professor at West Shore Community College in Michigan and recently hosted one of his former Western professors, Alan Gallay, to speak at the college’s Humankind series. Gallay now holds the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair in American History at Texas Christian University.

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp - 1978

Class Note
Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, B.S., environmental education, retired in 2015 from teaching environmental education and natural history at The Evergreen State College, where he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, John Miles. Washington State University Press recently published Antonelis-Lapp’s “Tahoma and Its People: A Natural History of Mount Rainier National Park.” Miles wrote a review of the book for the “National Parks Traveler” website last year.