Messages to Campus

Message to Campus
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 2:19 pm

Dear Western Community,

Today the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, found him guilty on all counts.  Like many of you, I have followed the trial closely and with some apprehension, and today we breathe a collective sigh of relief that the verdict has brought justice to Mr. Floyd and his family and affirmed the voices…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:20 pm

 

Dear Western Community,

I am pleased to announce that Joyce Lopes will join Western Washington University as our new Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs effective July 1.  Joyce currently serves as Vice President of Administrative Affairs at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, in California’s Sonoma Valley, a position she has held for nearly four years. 

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 10:15 am

Dear WWU Community,

Last month, I shared with you my anticipation of bringing our Western community back together for fall quarter as the introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gave us reason to believe that conditions will improve as we approach fall quarter. 

I…

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Message to Campus
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 9:33 am

Dear Western Community:

 

Despite all the difficulties of enduring the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, one of the unexpected outcomes of social distancing and a downregulated economy seemed to be a hiatus in mass shootings.  That relative peace was broken this week by a gunman’s rampage in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent.  This would be a horrific act under any circumstances, but in the context of increasing anti…

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Message to Campus
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:35 am

Dear WWU Community,

Like many of you, I have been reflecting on living through a pandemic year.  I returned from a short trip to Pakistan on February 28, 2020, with Uzma following a couple of weeks later, just days before international travel was suspended.  While there was talk about coronavirus even before I left on the trip in mid-February, it seemed to be limited to Wuhan province in China.  Little did I know that a week…

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 10:56 am

Dear WWU Community,

A couple of weeks back, Provost Carbajal and I shared with you some reflections on our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI) work, including an update on several facets of our collective work in advancing DEI at Western.

In our update, we…

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Message to Campus
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Dear Western Community,
 

Recently, we have been in several conversations within our university community and beyond on the priorities for higher education as we emerge from the health pandemic.  Western is not unique in being under pressure from pandemic-related enrollment declines, loss of critical auxiliary revenue, reduction in state funding, and threats to equitable access and…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:42 am

Dear Western Community,

As we look ahead to the days getting longer and brighter, I am also eagerly looking forward to bringing our Western community back together.  The introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gives us reason to believe that conditions will begin to improve as we approach fall quarter. 

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Message to Campus
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 10:20 am

Dear Western Students,

The first days of the new year have provided no respite from one of the most challenging years in living memory, as the nation deals with astounding post-holiday COVID spikes, with some areas, including the northern part of Whatcom County, seeing a tripling of infection rates in just the past week

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Message to Campus
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 2:49 pm

Dear Western Community,

No words can do justice to the profoundly disturbing political violence that unfolded yesterday in the heart of our nation’s capital.  The appalling images of extremists defacing the inner sanctum of our democracy, and of lawmakers being rushed by Capitol police to safe rooms have shocked the world.  January 6, 2021 will be remembered as one of the darkest days in…

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