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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: A conversation with WWU's Tribal Liaison

HOOPS: Vikings set single-game 3-point record while doubling up Maine Fort Kent 108-54

WESTERN LIBRARIES: Take a pre-search survey to share your input on the Dean of Libraries search

ENVIRONMENTAL SPEAKER SERIES: 'From Rhetoric to Reality: Green Amendments as a New Path for Environmental Protection' set for Dec. 1

SPEAKER: MBA program and Alumni Association speaker presents 'The Power of Mentorship' on Nov. 30

WEATHER: Something unexpected for Whatcom's Thanksgiving weather forecast / Bellingham Herald

HIGHER ED: Higher education in motion: The digital and cultural transformations ahead / EDUCAUSE Review

A conversation with WWU's Tribal Liaison 

Laural Ballew smiles in an outdoor portrait.

Laural Ballew-Ses yehomia/tsi kuts bat soot, WWU’s Tribal Liaison, shared thoughts and insights with Western Today on what this season means to her as a person of Native descent and how universities and tribes can constructively work toward a rewarding and collaborative future for their communities. 

"Autumn is a natural time to reflect on bigger questions as the days grow shorter and we retreat indoors. The falling leaves remind us that an old year is being shed and a new year is fast approaching. But more specifically, it’s a season that is punctuated by holidays and recognitions that bring up Indigenous people and what it means to be Native in what is now the United States: Indigenous People’s Day in October, Native American Heritage Month in November, and of course, Thanksgiving Day." 

Read the full Q&A here.

WWU Volunteer Fair set for Dec. 2

Western's Volunteer Fair will be held on Friday, December 2

Come and meet with local nonprofits and learn about how you can get involved in our community at the WWU Volunteer Fair on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in VU 565! Winter is a time when many community organizations need the most support, so it is a great time to get involved. There are lots of different opportunities for volunteering within the areas of mental health, reproductive rights, food and housing security and more! No matter your skill sets and interests, you will find an opportunity that suits you!

Find out more about the Volunteer Fair here.

Campus Life

Students walk through Haskell Plaza on a sunny fall day, framed by gold-tinged foliage.

Western staffer Luke Hollister of University Relations and Marketing is out and about on campus and in the nearby community often, shooting images of campus and Bellingham life that we will share here in Western Today. 

See Luke's "Fall on Campus" photo album on Flickr here.

ICYMI: Yesterday's News

Western's COVID site
The Ecuador summer abroad website
The Western athletics website
Gaia, Western's research website
Western's Tutoring Center
Native American Heritage Month website
Old Main under a blanket of snow on a sunny winter day
"important dates" page of the university calendar
Download LiveSafe, the free campus safety app, through this link
KUGS, Western's student-run campus radio station
Western's traditional mountain and bay logo with the words "make waves" underneath

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