Alumni News

Joseph Liston selfie with his dog
Joseph Liston ’95 majored in East Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese at Western. He currently works for an information security company managing and…
Sean Jones
In our ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT SERIES meet Sean Jones ’00 who majored in general studies and focused his studies in sociology and English. Jones manages a…
Ali LeRoy
Ali LeRoy ('10) was a journalism major with a public relations focus. She is now the senior marketing and communications manager for Lifelong. …
David Katsandres standing on a beach on a cloudy day
Meet alumnus David Katsandres ’18! Katsandres was a computer science major at Western. “I loved my time in the computer science department at…
Gabrielle Kazuko
Meet alumna Gabrielle Kazuko ’10! Gabrielle studied news-editorial journalism and dance. At Western, her fierce journalism professor Carolyn Nielsen…
Kim O'Neill
Dear WWU Community, Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as our new Vice…
Zoe Evans-Agnew
By Frances Badgett Zoe Evans-Agnew (’21), Outstanding Graduate in Honors and behavioral neuroscience major, came to Western for the diversity of…
Black and white drawing of Ebonezé “Ebon” Oluchi doing the peace
By Frances Badgett  (Oluchi uses ze, zim, zis gender non-conforming pronouns) When Ebonezé “Ebon” Oluchi wrote zis letter of intent when applying…
Aliki Valdes
By Frances Badgett When Aliki Valdes transferred into Western from Whatcom Community College, she knew she was interested in biology—she had enjoyed…
Anu Singh-Cundy
By Frances Badgett It almost didn’t happen. Biology professor Dave Hooper was out on a run when he saw a friend, Dr. Greg Wolgamot, a pathologist at…
Collage of Black and white photos of Benita and Larry Offutt ‘54
By Frances Badgett When Karen Rockwell considered a gift to Western that would benefit students, she thought of her parents, Benita and Larry Offutt…
Rukhsar Sadat posing outside with roses behind her
by Frances Badgett Rukhsar Sadat was born in Afghanistan, a country torn apart by war due to Western imperialism. Her Shia Muslim family was…
Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen
by Frances Badgett Huxley alumnus Woody Wheeler (’76) and his wife Lori Cohen have dedicated their lives to environmental protection and…
Dale Durrwachter standing next to an old car
by Frances Badgett Dale Durrwachter (’62) is deeply grateful for the success he achieved in the field of education. The retired educator is…
Camp Corey jumping on Red Square fountain
By Yara Clark (’21) Camp Korey is a year-round camp for youth with life-altering medical conditions. Named for Korey Rose, a teen who lost his…
Ken Johnsen standing on a construction site with the Space Needle in the background
Ken Johnsen leads the teams that build some of Seattle’s most visible, complex, and well known urban development projects. He’s most proud of how…
Brendan Pape taking a photo out in the mountains
Brendan Pape, ’11, CEO of Brist Manufacturing in Bellingham, and his colleagues are lending their talents to help small businesses amid the pandemic.
Brendan Pape (’11)
By Yara Clark (’22) Brist Manufacturing designs and manufactures apparel for companies and brands around the world. What makes this local,…
Stephanie Bowers
Following two decades as Western Washington University’s Vice President of University Advancement and President and CEO of the WWU Foundation …
Old Main exterior in black and white
Dear Western Community, In the midst of this pandemic, as we all struggle with loss and fear, we have seen the disproportionate impact of the virus…
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 she…
Essential workers
Dear Alumni and Friends,  As we continue to greet uncertainty with courage and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Wednesday seemed an…
Black and White image of Eden's Hall
Dear Western Family,  Of the many things that have surprised – and reassured – me in the past few weeks, the ways in which the Western community has…
Countryside photo of Italy
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 grew…
grayscale photo of Old Main
Dear members of the Western Family, As you know by now, last week we announced that all classes and instruction will be offered remotely throughout…
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 reaching out…
Mock-up exterior sketch of the new engineering building
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…
Black and white photo of Tatum Buss
This year, thanks to the Western Foundation’s Student Ambassador Scholarship, third-year student Tatum Buss was able to work as an intern for her…
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 Alumni…
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, he…
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.” Martin, a…
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 production…
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 did…
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 continuously…
Ed Roddy
When it comes to Viking Spirit, Ed Roddy walks the talk. Winner of the 2018 Larry “Go Vikings” Taylor Alumni Service Award, Roddy is a tireless…
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…
Black white photo of Old Main during fall
Western Washington University honored the 2017 Distinguished Alumni & Recognition Award recipients on May 18 to kick off Western’s…