The magazine for Western Washington University

Message from the President

Come back to campus to celebrate Western’s traditions of excellence

By Bruce Shepard | WWU President

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As I travel throughout the state, alumni and friends of Western often ask me what is new on campus these days. Like families and businesses everywhere, we struggle with the economic downturn, but we’re also using the opportunity to build on what we do really well – provide brighter futures.

We continually aspire to be the best university of our kind in the nation. One measure of our preeminence is that other universities come to us to learn how to mirror our success.

For example, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Huxley College of the Environment at Western this year are celebrating 40-year anniversaries. Huxley College, one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation, has been a national model for environmental education for decades. Likewise, Fairhaven College’s innovations in interdisciplinary education have been emulated in many places. These trend-setting colleges reflect traditions of excellence that will continue far into the future.

And those are but two examples of the excellence that defines us. The College of Business and Economics’ MBA program has been ranked in the top 100 programs worldwide. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts educates nationally recognized artists who shape our culture and enrich of our lives. In the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Philosophy Department is among the best in the country. In a College of Sciences and Technology program we are preparing the teachers of tomorrow with revolutionary approaches that demonstrably improve the math and science performance of their K-12 students. Woodring College of Education is regarded in this state and beyond as a leader in preparing outstanding teachers.

That sort of creative and constant reinvention, while building on what already is strong and vital at Western, happens all over campus. A wonderful way to learn about some of these exciting changes is to attend an event called Back 2 Bellingham May 13 to 16. A detailed article on the weekend is in this edition of Window. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to come back to campus and look forward to seeing you here!