Sustaining our Community

Blog Post Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:20

Dear Western Community,

I have reached out to you numerous times over the past few weeks with updates on the COVID-19 situation and Western’s response to it.  Today, I reach out to you for a different, yet equally important, reason: How do we maintain a sense of community during these difficult and virtual times?

I have had my share of major political and economic events: Two wars (in a different country) with the fighting line within 50 miles from my home, the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, the Dot-Com crash in 2001, September 11 terrorist attacks, and the 2008 great recession.  

Coronavirus Update for March 19: WWU Spring Quarter Entirely Online

Message to Campus Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:00

Dear Western Community:

Today we are announcing that all classes and instruction

Coronavirus Update and Plans for Spring Quarter

Message to Campus Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:21

Dear Western Community,

Over the past few weeks, our regular work at the university has been totally overshadowed by COVID-19.  You have received several messages from me and Vice President Melynda Huskey, chair of Western’s Incident Command System Team.  The intent of my message today is to share with you our plans for the start of spring quarter 2020 and to summarize and remind you of the various actions we have taken over the past two weeks.

However, before doing so, I want to thank you for being model community citizens as we have dealt with campus disruptions on a real

Coronavirus update for March 12: Out-of-State Travel Suspended Immediately for WWU Employees

Message to Campus Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:28

Dear Campus Community,

In support of the efforts of the Whatcom County Health Department, the state of Washington, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Western Washington University is suspending all non-essential, out-of-state University travel effective immediately through May 31, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, conferences and/or professional development opportunities. Essential travel is travel deemed necessary to the operations of the University.  All exceptions to the travel restriction require prior

Coronavirus update: Western moving to online classes through March 20

Message to Campus Tue, 03/10/2020 - 22:15

Dear Western Community,

As you likely know, the first positive case of COVID-19 in Whatcom County was reported this afternoon.  Consequently, Whatcom County has declared a public health emergency, and university leadership has decided that we will move to online classes at all Western locations, meaning that there will be no face-to-face classes as of 8 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, through the end of the quarter on March 20.  

Faculty will either provide exams online, or make other arrangements, including the possibility of a final grade based on