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

David Cuillier - 1990

Class Note
David Cuillier, B.A., journalism, recently received the 2020 James Madison Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Cuillier is president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Brooklyn Bell - 2019

Class Note
Brooklyn Bell, B.A., design, is an artist, graphic designer, mountain biker and skier who was recently profiled in “Becoming Ruby: Inclusion, Bikes and Hand-Drawn Heroes,” produced by Patagonia. Bell is an ambassador for Kona bikes and in early 2020 began competitive skiing on the Freeride World Qualifying Tour.

Mary Rowland Robinson - ST

Mary Rowland Robinson, 92, who spent two decades at Western in leadership roles in Student Affairs, Continuing Education, Academic Administration and as associate vice president for Human Resources, on March 30, 2020 in North Carolina.