Winter 2021

WWU alum Kathryn Kegel spends her days caring for —and out-smarting—the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Seattle Aquarium
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

Trisha Faye Brand Lewis - 1992

Obituaries
Trisha Faye Brand Lewis, 51, an active children’s advocate who worked with Assumption School, the Opportunity Council, and Generations Early learn and Family Center in Bellingham, on April 30, 2020.

Martha Sharp - 1969

Obituaries
Martha Sharp, 73, a longtime teacher, coach and school counselor in Sequim, on Oct. 15, 2019.

Lyle “Gene” Abbott - ST

Obituaries
Lyle “Gene” Abbott, 82, a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a painter at Western for 25 years, on Dec. 2, 2019.