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University Residences seeks volunteers to help with move-in Sept. 15-18

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University Residences is looking for staff volunteers from across campus to help provide an excellent move-in experience for all on campus residents at Western from Thursday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 18. Shifts are two hours, and signing up for one to two shifts is a huge service to WWU as we welcome thousands of students who live on campus. Find out more about volunteer roles on the University Residences website and sign up by Sept. 1, 2022.  Interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible!

All volunteers will check-in at one of three centralized check-in tents: North, South, and the Ridge. Instructions will arrive in mid-September on how to locate check-in tents. Please note location for sign up:

  • North campus tent on Chestnut Street
  • South campus tent is close to Fairhaven (East/Lower C lot)
  • Ridge tent will also be close to Fairhaven (Lot 12A) 

Sign-up for your volunteer shifts today:

WWU Move-in Volunteer Sign-Up for Groups/Individual Form

Prefer to sign up as a group or team?

If you would like to volunteer as an office team or if you advise a student club, sports team, or organization that would like to volunteer as one team, we have move-in volunteer shifts available to help students move in their belongings. If your group/team would like to volunteer together, please have one representative complete the move-in volunteer form by Sept. 1

Please note, move-in times for students are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day of move-in, Thursday, Sept. 15–Sept. 18, so volunteer shifts in the morning include set up and volunteer shifts in the evening include take-down.

Carver Memories: Steve Card takes men's golf program to new heights

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In August of 1990, Western Washington University Director of Athletics Lynda Goodrich hired then 24-year-old Steve Card for the position of Associate Athletic Director for Business and Financial Affairs.
Three years later in July of 1993, Goodrich asked Card, who had been a standout golfer and two-year team captain at Washington State University, to add the duties of head men's golf coach.

With his only coaching experience being the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Vikings, Card took over a program that had accumulated more trophies and plaques than any other in school history.
But following his first campaign, a frustrated and disappointed Card brought a two-page, hand-written letter of resignation to Goodrich. He felt as though he should stick solely with his administrative responsibilities.
"They weren't buying into the team concept, and we weren't doing well even though I was putting a lot of emotional effort into coaching the team," explained Card. "All I had to go on was my own experience as an athlete and how I wanted to run my program. I had tried to garner knowledge from some of our other coaches on how to do this, but when you're doing it, it can be pretty overwhelming. I was beginning to question if this was the right thing for me to do."
Goodrich never did see the resignation letter. Instead, she asked Card what changes he felt were needed. Two immediately implemented were cutting the squad size from 15 players to eight and adding a trip to California to bolster recruiting. The rest, as they say, is history.

Read the full Carver Memories feature about Steve Card by Paul Madison here.

National Weather Services issues Heat Advisory Tuesday through Saturday

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A Heat Advisory has been issued from noon Tuesday, July 26, through 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, with temperatures in the 90s and lows in the mid-60s. EHS would like to remind the campus to stay well hydrated and avoid extended time in the sun. Certain jobs on campus have specific rules for working in the heat. If this applies to you, you should already have appropriate training. If you are not sure if this applies to you, ask your supervisor. If you have questions, please contact EHS at (360) 650-3064 or
Where can I cool down? In general, the lower floors of campus buildings, especially those below ground, will be cooler. A few buildings on campus have air conditioning including Haggard Hall, the new Interdisciplinary Science Building, and the VU Multipurpose Room (except during a scheduled event). Check the listing of building hours to see when they are open. 

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Due to low numbers of students and employees on campus during the summer, the Voluntary Employee Testing Program has been terminated for the summer. Please visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for employee testing recommendations and options.
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COVID cases by building - daily update

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Click on the image to see the full list of positive coronavirus cases reported by building, or go here:  Campus Buildings with Confirmed Positive Cases Reported. This data is updated each weekday; the site has a full list of building abbreviations as well.
Remember to wash your hands, mask up and use social distancing whenever you can!
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