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Vikings, get ready for Back 2 Bellingham 2011

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Alumni and families can embrace their inner Vikings at Back 2 Bellingham. | Photo by Mark Malijan ('09)

WWU’s campus will again throw open its doors to alumni, parents and the community for the annual Back 2 Bellingham Alumni and Family Weekend May 13 to 15, 2011.

Launched in 2010, Back 2 Bellingham offers more than 100 reunions, speakers, academic presentations and social gatherings alongside other campus events such as the Lowrider Show, Relay for Life and EndFair.

“We had over 700 alumni from 17 states and three countries come back this year,” says Chris Roselli ('99), the alumni association’s assistant director, Young Alumni and Family Programs. “Although we had planned on hosting B2B every other year, our alumni and students have made it very clear that it should be every year – and we’re excited to do so.”

The weekend is also presented by New Student Services/Family Outreach. More than 700 parents of Western students attended B2B in 2010.

In 2011, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Fine and Performing Arts will host reunions and combine their efforts to bring a keynote speaker to campus. Early plans for the 2011 event also include reunions for the Ethnic Student Center and the Engineering Technology Department.

Roselli would also like to include more opportunities for alumni to see students’ scholarly work. And he wants to amp up the entertainment.

“I want to get a big name in concert,” he says, “in Red Square.”

Watch how 2011 Back 2 Bellingham shapes up at the Alumni Association website.