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JUST FOR LAUGHS: 'Comedians of Western' next week in the Underground Coffeehouse

WOMEN'S SOCCER: West Regional kicks off today at Harrington field!

YOU CAN HELP: Campus events planned for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 14-17 


FILM SCREENING: 'Latinoamérica: Territorio en Disputa' will screen Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. as part of International Education Week; find out more about the film and register for this free event today

HONORING OUR VETS: A message of thanks from WWU President Sabah Randhawa

CAMPUS: New policy, 'Reducing the Risk Associated with the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs,' approved 


STUDENTS: 'Choosing and Declaring a Major' virtual drop-in sessions today from 3-5 p.m.

CHILLY: Quiet stretch of cool, mostly dry weather ahead / National Weather Service

WWU IN THE NEWS: These Schools Can Help You Break into the Outdoor Industry / Outside magazine (features WWU's Recreation Management and Leadership program)

Western salutes its veterans

A group of Marines smiles for the camera; all are wearing desert fatigues
On Friday, Nov. 11, we take a national pause on Veterans Day to honor the commitment and sacrifice of those who have served in our armed forces. With their exemplary commitment to service, diverse skills, and experience working in collaborative, goal-driven teams, Western’s veterans enrich our classrooms and our workspaces. To all at Western who have served in our armed forces and their family and friends, thank you for your service and for being a part of the Western community. 

Click here or on the image above for a video message of thanks to our veteran community from WWU President Sabah Randhawa; in addition, the Veteran Services Office will be hosting an all-day drop-in celebration today in Viking Commons 525.

Campus events planned for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week runs from Nov. 12-20 on campus

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

Hunger and homelessness happens across the country, even at Western. According to a survey of Western students, 4 in 10 students experienced some degree of food insecurity in the last 30 days, while 32.1% of students experienced some degree of housing insecurity.

WWU, along with the WWU Basic Needs program, Off Campus Living and the Western Success Scholars program, invites you to participate in these events!

See the slate of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week events and programs here.

From the Court to the Kiln: A WWU Basketball Star's Journey of Discovery

Dani Iwami holds up a beautiful vase she made in ceramics class

When injuries shortened WWU basketball player Dani Iwami's career, she needed to find other ways to find joy and inner peace - and she discovered what she needed in the Fine Arts building. Click the image above to watch!

WWU video by Sean Patrick and Luke Hollister

Campus Life

Western students walk across campus as snow falls earlier this week.

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.

Mount Baker and The Sisters as seen from across Bellingham Bay at a spectacular sunset
Yesterday's News:

STUDENTS: Applying for a job? Join Career Services' Interviewing Strategies Workshop today at 3 p.m.

VIKS: Point Loma, Sonoma State coming to WWU for women's soccer West Regional tomorrow and Saturday, Vikings to play winner of tomorrow's game

INTRODUCTIONS: Meet Jacqueline Hughes, Western's new chief diversity officer

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: WWU's Anna Lees gives presentation on Indigenous community-driven research


STUDENT SUCCESS: From the court to the kiln with Dani Iwami

SAFETY TIP: Are you using a space heater?

CLUB STUFF: Makerspace Club's inaugural meeting is tonight at 5 p.m.

VAX/BOOSTER CLINIC RETURNS: Huge turnout leads to the WA Dept. of Health Care-A-Van returning to campus Nov. 17; book your appointment now

DID YOU VOTE? Election returns here

EMPLOYEES: Is your spouse or domestic partner covered by your PEBB medical benefits?

FACULTY: TODAY! Gather virtually with colleagues at WesternOnline Connections


Read more In the Media
Western's COVID site
The Ecuador summer abroad website
The Western athletics website
Gaia, Western's research website
Western's Tutoring Center
"important dates" page of the university calendar
Old Main under a blanket of snow on a sunny winter day
Download LiveSafe, the free campus safety app, through this link
The Associated Students website
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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