Wwu Calendar 2023 24 – Yaylin Gonzalez and the Latin American Student Union wave the Mexican flag and dance at the Associate Students Information Fair at Western Washington University September 19. Clubs and organizations from across campus come together at the start of each academic year to welcome new students and welcome their return. . club (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
Western Washington University students, faculty and staff started the fall quarter on Wednesday as close to “normal” as it has been in years, with “early signs of enrollment recovering” and more people in the classroom after several quarters of online learning.
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During the first few weeks of the academic year, there are always events on campus and around Bellingham to introduce and welcome new and returning students. This year is no exception.
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Students ride a raft around the Fisher Fountain and outdoor center at Western Washington University on September 19. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
Western Associated students will host a Welcome Booth at the Flag Pavilion on the south side of campus at 11:00 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The Associated Students will also host a Movie Night on the lawn in front of the Communications Hall, screening of “Everything Everywhere, All At Once” at 8:00 pm. Wednesday
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The Downtown Parking Party, formerly known as Bellingham Blue Paint, will celebrate Saturday, September 24 at 1129 N. State St., in the parking lot across the lane from the Market Square Depot. The party starts at 10am at Bellingham Farmers Market and runs until 7pm. After parking, students and their families are invited to attend a live concert in the Blue Room in the city center, where there is live music for all ages.
Faculty Senate President Lisa Rivera addresses new students at the 2022 gathering at Western Washington University on September 20. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
In an effort to safely bring life back to campus, Western is asking all students to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or an approved vaccination exemption. According to an email the university sent to all students and staff on Sept. 9, Western said only one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is required from students.
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Wearing a mask on campus or in the classroom is also “encouraged but not required on campus west,” according to a statement released by the college. The mask requirement still applies in healthcare facilities such as the Student Health Center and the Counseling and Wellness Center.
Gianna Ginsburg, senior public relations officer, traveled to campus on Tuesday to get information about the fair and went to the Viking Union’s popular poster sale. Ginsburg said she wasn’t prepared for the crowds of students trying to get the perfect room decor.
On September 17, hundreds of new and returning students gathered for the Fall Information Fair to learn about Western Washington University’s clubs and organizations. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
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“It was so crowded. I was sweating, it was so hot,” Ginzburg said. “Obviously no one was wearing a mask because no one else does that, but I walked in and said, ‘If I saw you doing this a year ago, I would have thought about it.’
According to statistics provided by the university, 97.2% of students and 97.5% of staff in the West received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Statistics as of April 4, when Western was last at full capacity with 13,223 students. According to the university, the employee vaccination rate is estimated at about 2,400 employees on campus.
Those with a university-provided vaccine exemption no longer have to take a mandatory weekly test like they did in the spring quarter. The university said the policy of not requiring testing of unvaccinated students, as well as the masking policy, is subject to change depending on local transmission in Whatcom County.
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Current vaccination rates for the fall quarter have not been released by the university, but all new non-vaccination exempt students must complete the requirements before attending face-to-face events early in the quarter on Wednesday.
Sabah President Randhawa (left) and Faculty Senate President Lisa Rivera leave the Carver Gym. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
Western enrollment has declined in two years of mostly online pandemic research. According to recruitment statistics provided by the Western Office for Institutional Effectiveness, the university enrolled 13,577 students in the spring of 2019.
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By spring 2021, that number had dropped by more than 1,000 students to 12,306 students. While enrollment won’t be considered official until the first week of October, there are some early signs of enrollment recovering, said John Thompson, assistant director of communications at Western University.
“After two years of smaller groups entering the West, the fall 2022 freshman cohort is on track to be comparable to our largest classes in the pre-pandemic years,” Thompson said in an email. “The number of enrollees will continue to be lower as the small class of the last two years advances academically. A new group of freshmen this fall is a good sign of what’s to come at Western.
For Ginsburg, the stimulus and sense of community gained from learning from people made a huge difference in her college education.
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The freshmen head to the Carver Gym to cheer from the cheerleaders and the music of the cheerleaders. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
“As for me, I think I study better when I try and actually am on campus,” Ginsburg said. “But when he literally rolls over to your bed and presses the button, it’s like, ‘I don’t care.’
West did not rule out moving classes online again if the number of local cases rises.
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Student Ambassador Kira Ryan spoke to new students about her work at Western Washington University. (Haley Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
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States have begun legalizing access to various psychedelic substances, hoping to realize the benefits of therapeutic use to alleviate various mental health problems. However, the substance is still prohibited by federal law. How can a federal safe harbor be created? What efforts are being made to create a federal safe harbor?
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Limited paid parking is available in Lot C on the south side of campus. Detailed parking information for WWU, including parking locations, fees, and campus maps, can be found here. Former athletic director Linda Goodrich places her hand on the shoulder of now-retired Western Washington University athletic director Steve Card on March 30 during his retirement celebration at the WWU Sports Hall of Fame. Card, who was hired by Goodrich, retired after 33 years with Western. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
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Western Washington University athletic director Steve Card’s decision to step down was a simple one after welcoming two new grandchildren last year.
Card, who originally announced his retirement at the end of September 2022, originally planned to finish the current school year but revised his retirement timeline, deciding there was no time to waste.
His desire to be immediately present for his family after a 33-year career in the West, working nights and weekends, surpassed all other circumstances.
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“Life is short and we don’t have an expiration date stamped on our foreheads,” Card said. “I have a lot of friends who left us too soon – and shortly after they ended their careers – and never enjoyed it. I just want to spend another day where I miss these things.
“I’ve just decided it’s time for me to move on to the next part of my life and focus on the things that matter to me now and look back lovingly at what I’ve achieved,” he added.
Left to right: Steve Card and former Western Washington University golfers Dylan Goodwin, Jake Webb, Mark Strickland, Kyle Schroeder and Sandy Vaughan pose with the WWU Men’s Golf Invitational trophy after winning the tournament in 2012.