Alumni News

Stephanie Bowers

Following two decades as Western Washington University’s Vice President of University Advancement and President and CEO of the WWU Foundation …

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Dear Western Community,

In the midst of this pandemic, as we all struggle with loss and fear, we have seen the disproportionate impact of…

Edward Rippe

Edward Rippe (’11) chose to attend Western the first time he set foot on campus. Nine years later, as a practicing emergency room physician in…

Paula Rippe

When Western sent a request for donations to the Student Emergency Fund, Paula Rippe answered with her characteristic warmth and enthusiasm. When…

Essential workers

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

As we continue to greet uncertainty with courage and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Wednesday…

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Dear Western Family, 

Of the many things that have surprised – and reassured – me in the past few weeks, the ways in which the Western…

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The Pacific Northwest has always been my home. I love the rainy weather, the scenic Puget Sound, the proud mountains, and the beautiful woods. I…

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Dear members of the Western Family,

As you know by now, last week we announced that all classes and instruction will be offered remotely…

Covid-19

Dear Friends of Western,

I hope this message finds you well. During this remarkable time for our state, our nation, and the world, I am…

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A $10 million gift from Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari will support “Building Washington’s Future" a campaign to raise $20 million for a new…

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This year, thanks to the Western Foundation’s Student Ambassador Scholarship, third-year student Tatum Buss was able to work as…

Death Cab for Cutie Odesza

The WWU Alumni Association, AS Productions, and AEG Presents are presenting Double Major: Death Cab for Cutie and ODESZA on May 18 during WWU…

Fatuma

Fairhaven College alumnus Jordan Riber (’04) has been on a long journey from Zimbabwe to Tanzania to Fairhaven back to Tanzania back to Bellingham…

Steve Herrick (l) and Sean O’Loughlin (r)

WWU alumnus Steve Herrick, nicknamed “Papa Steve” by his adoring students, is a Whatcom legend. In his 44 years of teaching at Lynden High School…

Dr. Mark Wicholas

Recently deceased professor emeritus of Chemistry Mark Wicholas dedicated his years teaching and as chair of the chemistry department to ensuring…

TJ Martin 2017 Emmy LA 92

Western Washington University alumnus and Oscar winner TJ Martin won an Emmy Saturday for his National Geographic documentary “LA 92.”

Ruben Van Kempen

Ruben Van Kempen (’92) was settling into retirement after a career of teaching theater at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He directed a…

Photo for the Gleason story.

As a recent Western grad, Ty Minton-Small (’11) responded to a Craigslist ad from a production company asking for someone to shoot video. Little…

Photo for the WWU Alumnus Takes a Leading Role at Sylvia Center News article.

Theater has been a treasured part of WWU alumnus Bryce Hamilton’s (’01) life since he was in grade school. Bryce acted in live theater…

Alumni Awards

The WWU Alumni Association is pleased to recognize 15 alumni, a campus school alumna, and five Athletics Hall of Fame awardees. The following…

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Western Washington University honored the 2017 Distinguished Alumni & Recognition Award recipients on May 18 to kick off Western’s…