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Minh Tran
Meet Minh Tran! A psychology major from Renton, Minh hopes to get her Psy.D and become a clinical psychologist one day. Until then, she is enjoying…
Diego Cardenas
Creative writing major Diego Cardenas dreams of crafting stories that make a positive change in the world.  Why did you choose Western? The reason…
Alumni Awards 2024
The Foundation for WWU & Alumni is pleased to announce our five winners of the WWU Alumni Awards. These awardees were chosen from a community-…
Aerial of Bellingham, Washington with a white key superimposed over it
The Muljat Group and The Foundation for WWU & Alumni have announced a new program to support education at Western Washington University. To…
Sue Kidd smiles, wearing massive sunglasses. Lake Chelan is in the background
Pierce County’s passionate restaurant reviewer Sue Kidd remembered
Tom Roehl smiles while wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with his smiling face and the words 'be comfortable being uncomfortable.'
Tom Roehl has spent 25 years encouraging students to stretch beyond boundaries
Joann smiles at the camera; behind her are windows looking out on campus.
Otto came to Western from Purdue in 2004 to chair the Biology Department and helmed the department until she retired in 2016
Virgina Wright smiles broadly and holds a wrench, standing next to Mark di Suvero in front of For Handel in this 1974 photo
A brainy timber heiress with a passion for sculpture, Virginia Wright brought some of the nation’s best contemporary artists to Western’s Sculpture…
McKenzie Harris
McKenzie Harris of Bend OR is a psychology major and environmental studies minor. Why did you choose Western? When looking into colleges, I was…
June Fraser Thistle
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Western Washington community will say farewell to June Fraser Thistle as she transitions into retirement. Who is June you…
Ashlynn Tibbot
Ashlynn is a second-year at WWU who is expected to graduate in 2026. She’s a double-major in creative writing and women, gender, and sexuality…
a man smiles, wearing a cowboy hat, white T, jeans and boots, sitting on a rock next to a stream.
Julann Spromberg learned to love nature on her family farm, and learned to be a scientist at Western
Ben Bagley holding up a bejeweled Basketball with the letters DET on it.
  Ben Bagley (’22) honed his craft in sports journalism by broadcasting games at WWU and by majoring in journalism with a public relations…
Paul Merriman
Alum Paul Merriman shares a lifetime of financial knowledge with WWU students and the community
Student lounge will provide space for study and informal interactions.
The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has unveiled the list of 20 outstanding finalists for the Holcim Awards 2023 competition, and this…
Justin Gruba
By Frances Badgett The first in his family to go to college, WWU Accounting alumnus Justin Gruba (’07) didn’t really intend on being a mascot for…
Sunset on Bellingham Bay
The WWU Foundation and WWU Alumni Association are now a single organization. Following 18 months of planning, a unanimous vote of the Alumni…
Stephanie Morrell
The friendly, knowledgeable face behind the Bellingham Bells is WWU alumna Stephanie Morrell. Join us on June 13 and you might catch a glimpse of…
Melinda Assink smiling outside wearing a medal
Melinda Assink, executive assistant to the Provost, takes a very supportive and personal approach to WWU Give Day every year—she asks the student…
Terry Clayton
Alumni Spotlight: Terry Clayton Alumnus Terry Clayton is the an author and teacher who excelled at athletics and student leadership. His book Facing…
Anna Cortines
Graduate student Anna Cortines graduated from Western in Spring ’22 with a BA in accounting. She is currently working on her Master of Professional…
WWU geology graduate out on a field trip looking at the stratifications in the earth.
By Frances Badgett When WWU geology graduate student Emily Smoot plans a field trip for high school students, she knows one of the most important…
Morgan Whitt
Meet Morgan Whitt, a WWU sophomore planning to graduate in 2025. Morgan hails from sunny San Diego and she is currently studying environmental…
Jennifer Kutcher
Over the past many years WECU's impact on Western has been transformational. Last night at the WWU women's basketball game, we recognized WECU for…
Tyanin Opdahl
Meet Tyanin Opdahl! Olympia native Tyanin plans to graduate in Fall 2026 with her masters in computer science. She is receiving her bachelors in…
Henry Belanger
Meet Hank! Montlake Terrace native Henry Belanger, or “Hank” as he’s called, is an Environmental Studies major with an emphasis on policy and a GIS…
Haley Taylor
By Frances Badgett When she died in 2017, beloved coach and gifted athlete Susan Joy Stevens left behind a warm family, grieving students, many…
Petra McDonnell-Ingoglia
In 2016, Olympia High School student Petra McDonnell-Ingoglia was having a rough time. Her parents divorced, she lost an important friendship,…
Milo Campbell
Hi! I’m Milo Campbell and I’m a sophomore planning to graduate in 2025. I’m double majoring in Studio Art and Communication Sciences and Disorders.…
Ellie Potts
Hi, I’m Ellie Potts!(she/her) I recently started my Masters in Business Administration at Western and I will be graduating in Fall 2023. I graduated…
Sealey Raymond
By Frances Badgett When considering colleges to attend, Montana native Sealey Raymond ('23) knew a few things: she wanted to attend college in…
Michou Yenokida
By Frances Badgett Michou Yenokida began teaching older adults enrolled in lifelong learning courses in southern California in 2007. A self-…
Scott and Kate Missall
By Frances Badgett Attorney Scott Missall (’75) majored in philosophy and political science at Western. Not only did he enjoy his time at Western,…
Dario Ré
As with so many accomplished musicians, Dario Ré found the inspiration for his music both on campus and out in the greater Bellingham community.…
Black Lives Matter event in Bellingham
Yara Clark, '22 Since the beginning of 2020 our world has seen a series of changes that have introduced unprecedented challenge along with new…
David Cummins
On WWU Give Day, your gift helps students like David Cummins.  A biochemistry major, David grew up in a chaotic household. He never thought college…
Jade Phillips
By Frances Badgett The WWU Give Day, support your favorite club, the backbone of the Western experience. Health and Human Services major Jade…
Juliana Covarrubias
By Frances Badgett Your gift this WWU Give Day will support students like Juliana Covarrubias. When Juliana came to Western, she loved the…
Nat Jo
by Frances Badgett Richland-born Nate Jo attended Hanford High School after years of homeschooling, and immediately ran for a leadership position in…
Karlee Deatherage
Karlee Deatherage ('13) is passionate about protecting the environment and planning for a more sustainable world. She majored in planning and…