Western Washington University
name = Western Washington University
February 24, 1893
type = Public
endowment = $30,059,846 [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_3802_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2006: Western Washington University: At a glance] ]
alumni = 77,500 (living)
faculty = 628
president = Bruce Shepard
undergrad = 13,099 [http://west.wwu.edu/institutional_research/display.aspx 2005-06 (3 quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Report] ]
postgrad = 2,586
city = Bellingham
state = WA
country = USA
campus = 215 acres (870,000 m²)
mascot = Vikings
nickname = Western
website = [http://www.wwu.edu/ www.wwu.edu]
address = 516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
telephone = (360) 650 - 3000
In 2007, US News ranked Western Washington University number two in the public, master's universities (west) category, [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/brief/univmas_w_pub_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2007: Universities-Master's (West): Top Publics] ] while placing 18th overall in the west (both public and private). [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/brief/t1univmas_w_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2007: Universities-Master's (West): Top Schools] ] Only two public schools are ranked among the top 25 master’s universities (west) category, "a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific." [http://www.wwu.edu/depts/ucomm/excellence/ WWU News University Communications ] ] The universities found in this ranking are schools that lack doctoral programs but still retain master's programs.
*Classes and labs average 10 to 19 students. Only two percent of courses are taught by graduate teaching assistants. [http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/profiles/academics.asp?listing=1023539<id=1&intbucketid=] Undergraduates have the opportunity to take graduate level courses.
*Undergraduate research in the sciences and humanities is encouraged. [ [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drmiss_3802_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Western Washington University: Mission ] ] Funds are available for undergraduate research in any field. [ [http://www.wwu.edu/depts/rsp/mentorugrad.html Mentoring Undergraduates ] ]
*Campus facilities include an electronic music studio, an air pollution lab, a motor vehicle research lab, a marine research lab, a wind tunnel, an
electron microscope, and a neutron generatorlab. [http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/profiles/campuslife.asp?listing=1023539<ID=1&intbucketid=] Western's Vehicle Research Institute has led " Automobile Magazine" to describe Western as "very possibly the best school in the country for total car design."
*Western is an
NCAA Division IIschool, meaning that limited athletic scholarships are awarded. Western does not recognize fraternities or sororities. [ [https://west.wwu.edu/admcs/process/forms/AS/formaclub.htm How to Form a New Club ] ]
Firms that most frequently hire graduates of Western include:
Microsoft, Boeing, Washingtonschool systems, Bank of America, KPMG LLP, Moss Adams, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Safeco, Maxim, Macy's, Weyerhauser, Wells Fargo, and various government agencies. [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drservices_3802_brief.php USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008: Western Washington University: Services & Facilities ] ] Western has the fourth largest group of alumni serving in the Peace Corpsamong top ranked medium-sized colleges and universities.
WWU's scenic location in Bellingham, a rapidly-growing city of about 74,000 people, overlooks
Bellingham Bayand many of Puget Sound’s 172 San Juan Islands. It was originally built on a peat bog, and due to this and the area's geography, the university has had to address problems from its buildings slowly sinking into the ground. The university is convert|90|mi|km north of Seattle, convert|55|mi|km south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and an hour’s drive from 10,778 foot (3285 m) Mount Baker. The university is located close to Interstate 5.
property used for environmental and aquatic analyses.
bachelor's degrees and the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Music. Also has an acceptance rate of nearly 80%, which is hard to believe for some peoplewho, because he university does not offer doctorate degrees. The university is composed of the following colleges:
*College of Fine and
Humanitiesand Social Sciences
*Huxley College of the Environment
Sciences and Technology
*Woodring College of
The university is accredited by the
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; National Association of Schools of Music; National Recreation and Parks Association; American Speech and Hearing Association; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Computing Sciences Accreditation Board; Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business; and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.
*High-achieving freshmen from colleges in other western states can enroll at Western at a reduced tuition level that is equivalent to a $30,000 four year scholarship. [ [http://admissions.wwu.edu/tuition/t_wue.html Office of Admissions, WWU ] ]
*The undergraduate honors program offers merit scholarships worth up to $5,000. These scholarships are awarded to successful applicants to the honors program. No separate application is necessary. [ [http://www.wwu.edu/depts/honors/faq.html#scholar Honors Program, WWU ] ]
Notable degree programs
*Bachelor's degree in
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, similar to a program of study originated by the University of Oxford. [http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/econ/curriculumPhilEcon.asp; http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/courses/ppec.shtml]
Philosophical Gourmet Reportmentions Western as having one of the nation's best philosophydepartments among colleges and universities that only offer a B.A. in the discipline. Western was among only eight public universities so honored. [ [http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/undergrad.htm The Philosophical Gourmet Report 2004 - 2006 :: Undergraduate Study] ]
*Huxley College of the Environment at Western is introducing a bachelor's program in
emergency planning and management. It is the first bachelor's degree of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. "Students in the program will be looking at environmental mitigation, safety factors, coastal issues, geomorphology, watershed planning and flood plain and erosion issues, as well as issues related to terrorism."
Research institutes and laboratories
Border Policy Research Institute
Center for Continuing Education and Rehabilitation
Center for Cross-Cultural Research
Center for International Business
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Center for Performance Excellence
Center for Service Learning
Demographics Research Laboratory
Institute for Watershed Studies
Internet Studies Center
Shannon Point Marine Center
Vehicle Research Institute
Recent student accomplishments
Model United Nationsprogram, Western Model United Nations (WMUN), won an Honorable Mention at the 2009 National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference which was held April 22-26, 2008 in New York City for their representation of Romania. [http://www.nmun.org/08%20downloads/2008%20NMUN-Marriott%20Awards.pdf.] In addition, WMUN members also received accolades at multiple regional conferences, including Northwest Model United Nations (NWMUN), University of British Columbia Model United Nations (UBCMUN), and Oregon State Model United Nations (OSUMUN) for their excellence as delegates.
2007:The Human-Powered Submarine Team competed in the International Submarine Race (ISR) in Bethesda, MD held June 25-29, 2007. With a top speed of convert|4.775|kn|km/h, the team placed 6th overall, out of 27 submarines, and 3rd in the two-person propeller-driven submarine category. Western's Sub Team also won the honorable mention awards for "Best Use of Composites" and "Best Overall Performance". The students improved their submarine (Drekar) from the previous year. 2006:The Submarine Team won best presentation at the 2006 Human Powered Submarine Contest in Escondido, Calif. "Driving the only two-person propeller driven submarine, the team had the fourth fastest time of all submarines in the contest. The team also placed second in overall engineering." The students designed and built the sub. [ [http://west.wwu.edu/ucomm_news/articles/1256.asp WWU News Release ] ]
Oswald Hall II and Henny Lund Scholarship:
$27,200. "Selection criteria include outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Washington Scholar Award:
Currently valued at over $20,000. "High school principals nominate the top 1 percent of their school’s graduating senior class on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community service." [ [http://www.hecb.wa.gov Higher Education Coordinating Board ] ]
Washington Achievers Scholarship:
Scholarships are expected to average $20,000. Students from Cleveland, Clover Park, Davis, Foster, Henry Foss, Kent-Meridian, Kittitas, Lincoln, Mabton, Mariner, Mount Tahoma, Stevenson, Tonasket, Truman, West Valley, and Yelm High Schools are eligible. [ [http://www.waedfoundation.org Welcome To The College Success Foundation ] ]
Western National Merit Scholarships:
“National Merit finalists are guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 scholarship assistance.... [they] need only submit a copy of their award form to the Admissions Office...”citeweb|title=Western Washington University Scholarship and Recognition Opportunities|url=http://admissions.wwu.edu/print/ScholarshipOpportunities-200740.pdf|publisher="Western Washington University"|accessdate=2008-08-26]
Lorraine M. Mortimer Scholarship:
“Recognizes an entering freshman from Washington who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, financial need, a history of community-oriented activities, and potential for leadership at Western Washington University. The award covers tuition and fees for four years. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Western Alumni Association Scholarships:
Freshman applicants are considered for the Alumni/President’s Scholarship, a $10,000 award. Also: “The WWU Alumni Association offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, including some that are renewable for multiple years. Recipients must demonstrate strong academic achievement, a diverse background in school and community activities, and financial need. Selection priority is given to children and grandchildren of Western Washington University alumni."
James Michael Haskell Memorial Scholarships:
A total of $10,000. "Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Western Washington University Presidential Scholarships:
Ranges from $500 to $5,000. "Selection for the scholarship is comprehensive, taking into consideration the cumulative grade point average, SAT or ACT, curricular rigor – including advanced coursework and courses beyond core requirements, and achievements exhibited in the personal statement. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Admission with Highest Honors:
“Students ranking in the top one percent of our incoming freshmen class, based on cumulative GPA and test scores, are Admitted with Highest Honors, assured admission into Western’s Honors Program and offered a 2-year $2,000 merit scholarship. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Seattle and Bellingham Business Forum Scholarships:
“...approximately fifty $1,500 scholarships for new freshmen and transfers who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Recipients are eligible to study in any field of interest. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
All-Washington Academic Team Scholarships:
“Each community college in Washington State is invited to nominate two students to the All-Washington Academic Team, based on academic achievement and community service. Western offers a $1500 Seattle Business Forum scholarship and a $500 President’s Scholarship to any member of the All-Washington Academic Team who enrolls at Western.”
Academic department scholarships
Distinguished Scholars Programs – Business and Economics, Environmental Science, Journalism, Science, Mathematics and Technology:
“Students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in high school and desire to major in one of the listed areas are invited to participate in enriched first-year activities to make connections with faculty and academic opportunities in their area of interest. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Mathematics Memorial Scholarship:
“Several scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to entering freshmen. Applicants must possess a strong record of academic achievement in mathematics courses and exhibit an interest in math-related activities throughout their four years of high school.”
Forensics (Debate) Alumni Scholarship:
“One or more scholarships equal to in-state tuition for one quarter is awarded to an entering freshman with demonstrated success in high school forensics who plans to participate in Western's forensics program.”
Grabert Transfer Scholarship – Anthropology:
“One or two $600 scholarships are awarded to new incoming transfer students entering Fall Qtr and majoring in Anthropology." [http://www.wwu.edu/anthro]
Scholtz Memorial Scholarship – Art:
“One or more scholarships are available for entering freshman that show talent and potential as artists. Admitted Freshmen to Western Washington University who pass the Department of Art portfolio review are automatically considered for this scholarship.”
Nahbi Ram Joshi Scholarship:
“Scholarship applicants must either have been born in India or have a parent or grandparent born in India and must demonstrate strong leadership qualities as well as high academic merit.”
Oscar Olson Research Scholarships:
Six new undergraduates who are interested in majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, or physics/astronomy are selected annually to receive a $1,500 merit scholarship and a $500 research stipend. Recipients must have lived in a single parent household, with priority consideration for this privately funded scholarship given to underrepresented minority students.” Multicultural Achievement Program Scholarships:
“Tuition waiver and/or on-campus housing and dining scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 are awarded to 200 freshman and transfer applicants whose applications for admission demonstrate an ongoing commitment to multiculturalism and/or diversity. Some awards extend over two years. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.” [ [http://admissions.wwu.edu/tuition/t_map.html Office of Admissions, WWU ] ]
Garfield High School Scholarship:
“One or more entering freshman from Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, or Rainier Beach High Schools will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Preference shall be given to an African American student. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
Northwest Indian College Scholarship:
“Available to entering transfer students who have completed at least 25 transferable credits at Northwest Indian College, with preference given to students who are NWIC graduates.”
American Indian Endowed Scholarship:
“The American Indian Endowed Scholarship program helps financially needy students with close ties to a Native American community to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. The program annually awards about 7 new scholarships and 10 renewal scholarships, ranging from about $500 to $2,000.”
Area high school scholarships
Thomas D. Wynn Family Scholarship:
“An incoming freshman from Ferndale High School is awarded an annual scholarship of $6,000, renewable for up to four years – for a total scholarship value of $24,000.”
Thomas Frazier Scholarship:
“Entering Freshman from Ballard, Cleveland, Franklin, Ingraham, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Nova Project, Rainier Beach, Roosevelt, Sealth or West Seattle High Schools....may be eligible for this scholarship, worth $10,000, renewable for a second year. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.” Garfield High School Scholarship:
“One or more entering freshman from Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, or Rainier Beach High Schools will receive a $2,000 scholarship....Preference shall be given to an African American student. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.”
August and Carol Radke Scholarship:
"Two students from Sehome High School will be awarded $2500 scholarships. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary. Recipients for the 2007-2008 school year were, Courtney Scherting and Daniel Broker-Bulling."
WWU is a NCAA
Division IImember of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The university's mascotis the Viking.
The Vikings won the first three GNAC All-Sports Championships and placed 31st among 225 NCAA II schools in U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings in 2003-04. In January 2004, the women's
basketballteam became the 15th NCAA school to win 700 games. A total of 59 Vikings earned league all-star honors and 34 were GNAC academic all-stars in 2003-04. In the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the Vikings are participating in football as a member the North Central Conference, as the GNAC discontinued the sport following the 2005 season. However, with the demise of the NCC on July 1, 2008, the GNAC is re-starting its football program in 2008 and the Vikings will join its five-team football division.
Two former Viking football players have gone on to play at least one regular season game in the
National Football League. Defensive back Erik Totten (2002) played one in one game for the Pittsburgh Steelersin 2002, and placekicker/punter Michael Koenen(2005) has been the starting punter and occasional placekicker for the Atlanta Falconssince the 2005 NFL season. As of May 27, 2008, former Viking linebacker Shane Simmons is trying to become the third, having signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders on May 9, 2008. [citeweb|title=#48 Shane Simmons|url=http://www.raiders.com/Team/PlayerBio.aspx?id=44036|publisher=" Oakland Raiders"|accessdate=2008-08-30]
Two other WWU students have gone on to play in the NFL.
Dane Looker, a point guard on the Viking men's basketball team from 1994-96, transferred to the University of Washingtonwhere he starred as a wide receiver. He went on to play in the NFL for the New England Patriotsand is currently with the St. Louis Rams. Offensive lineman Erik Norgard, who had an eight-year NFL career with the Houston/Tennessee Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) attended WWU for two years in the late 1980s before transferring to the University of Colorado.
Western varsity squads have won a total of five national championships (Softball-1998, Women's Rowing 2005-2008), and the club Cycling team won a title in 2007. [cite web |url=http://west.wwu.edu/ucomm_news/articles/1519.asp|title= WWU Cycling Wins National Championship Team Earns Top Spot in Division II National Collegiate Road Championship|publisher="Western Washington University"|accessdate=2007-12-11] With their women's rowing capturing the national title again in 2008, Western became the first school in NCAA history to 4-peat as national champions.Clarifyme|date=March 2008 [cite web |url=http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003726940_colleges30.html|title= State Colleges Report | WWU 3-peat not a surprise|publisher="
The Seattle Times"|accessdate=2007-12-11]
In 2007, the Viking volleyball team finished national runner-up in the NCAA tournament. [cite web |url= http://ncaasports.com/volleyball/womens/recaps/d2_1201_01633154/2007|title= Concordia-St. Paul 3, Western Washington 1|publisher="
NCAA"|accessdate=2007-12-02] This was the best finish in school history, bettering a third place in the NAIA tournament in 1990. [cite web |url= http://wwuvikings.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/recaps/120107aae.html|title= WWU is NCAA II National Runner-up, loses to Concordia-St. Paul in title match|accessdate=2007-12-02]
In 2007, the Men's Cross Country team finished 11th at nationals, well above their pre-nats ranking of 17th. The nationals squad included four redshirt freshman, and only two seniors, giving the Viking XC team a very promising future.
Cross Country (Men's and Women's), Soccer (Men's and Women's), Volleyball (Women's), Football, Golf (Men's and Women's), Basketball (Men's and Women's), Softball, Track & Field (Men's and Women's),
Baseball, men's rowing, cross-country, cycling (road, mountain, track, cyclo-cross), equestrian (English and Western), fencing, ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, swimming, tennis, water polo, ultimate frisbee, Northwest grappling
Western hosts the only collegiate fencing organization in western Washington. Its team competes at the club level (there is no varsity fencing in the
NCAANorthwest Region or any of the northwestern states). The other Washington colleges with fencing teams are Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Whitman College.
Western was established as the "Northwest Normal School", a teachers' school for women, by
Phoebe Judsonin Lynden, Washington. [ [http://www.lynden.org/visiting/history.php Lynden Chamber of Commerce: Pioneer History] ] Eventually the school moved to Bellingham (then "New Whatcom"), and through the efforts of William R. Moultray and George Judson (Phoebe's son), [cite book |last=Judson |first=Phoebe Goodell |authorlink=|title= |origyear=1925 |year=1984 |publisher=University of Nebraska Press |location=Lincoln, Nebraska |isbn=0-8032-2563-6 |pages=p. 289|chapter=] Governor John McGraw signed legislation establishing the "New Whatcom Normal School" on February 24, 1893. The first official class entered in 1899, composed of 88 students.
The institution that is now "Western Washington University" has since undergone several name changes. In 1901, the school's name was changed to "State Normal School at Whatcom" to reflect New Whatcom's name change. Again, in 1904, the name was changed to "Washington State Normal School at Bellingham" when the townships of Whatcom and Fairhaven joined, and again in 1937, to "Western Washington College of Education" when it became a 4-year university. Twenty-four years later it became "Western Washington State College" and finally, in 1977, the institution gained university status.
The 1960s was a period of especially rapid growth for Western, as its enrollment increased from 3,000 students to over 10,000 during the decade. Also during this time,
Fairhaven Collegewas founded (1967), with non-traditional education methods that would serve as a model for The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Two years later, the Huxley College of the Environment was founded, continuing Western's trend toward "cluster" colleges. That same year, on a spring afternoon, students gained headlines by blocking Interstate 5to protest the Vietnam War.
Since this period, the College of Arts and Sciences was founded (1973) and divided into the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the College of Sciences & Technology (2003); the College of Fine and Performing Arts was formed from several art departments (1975); and the College of Business and Economics was established (1976). During the 1999–2000 school year, Western celebrated its
Today, WWU has a major presence in Bellingham's economy, and contributes significantly to the political, social, and artistic aspects of the city. With a student body that currently consists of over 12,000 students, the university is the third largest in Washington. Dr. Karen Williams Morse has been serving WWU since 1993 as the University's 12th president.
Associated Students of Western Washington University (ASWWU)
The Associated Students of Western Washington University (ASWWU) is "an organization designed and run by Western students, the Associated Students (AS) seeks to ensure a fulfilling college and academic experience for all university students through the many services, facilities and programs it offers."citeweb|title=About the Associated Students|url=http://as.wwu.edu/about/|publisher="Western Washington University"|accessdate=2008-08-26] Within ASWWU, there are four main areas of focus: clubs, programs, facilities & services, and governance.
The AS aims to provide "funding, space and services" to students "uniting around common interests." The AS staff assist student development of clubs and provide advising, "continuity, referral and record keeping" throughout the entire process. Currently there are over two hundred student clubs in the following categories: Arts and Music, Cultural, Political, Special Interest, Social Issues, Departmental, Limited Membership, Service, Religious, and Recreational.
Outdoor sculpture collection
WWU's prized collection of outdoor public art sculptures is a major presence on its campus. The collection, funded by the
Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations, includes 24 works:
*James Fitzgerald: "Rain Forest", 1959
*Norman Warsinsky: "Wall Relief", 1962
*Steve Tibbetts: "Scepter", 1966
Isamu Noguchi: "Skyviewing Sculpture", 1969
*Robert Morris: "Untitled Steam Work for Bellingham", 1971
*Richard Beyer: "The Man Who Used to Hunt Cougars for Bounty", 1972
Fred Bassetti: "Alphabeta Cube", 1972
*Lloyd Hamrol: "Log Ramps", 1974; 1987
Mark di Suvero: "For Handel", 1975
Anthony Caro: "India", 1976
*Nancy Holt: "Rock Rings," 1977-78
*Robert Maki: "Curve/Diagonal", 1976-79
*John Keppelman: "Garapata", 1978
*Mia Westerlund Roosen: "Flank II", 1978
Richard Serra: "Wright's Triangle", 1979-80
Beverly Pepper: "Normanno Wedge", 1980
Donald Judd: "Untitled", 1982
*Alice Aycock: "The Islands of the Rose Apple Tree Surrounded by the Oceans of the World for You, Oh My Darling", 1987
*Michael Mccafferty: "Whirl, Wind, Wood", 1987
*George Trakas: "View Station", 1987
Magdalena Abakanowicz: "Manus", 1994
Bruce Nauman: "Stadium Piece", 1998-99
Tom Otterness: "Feats of Strength", 1999
* In 1996, The "Population Association of America", the world's premiere professional association for demographers, at its annual meetings in New Orleans, honored Western Washington University by dedicating a special session to this university's contributions to the field of demography.
*In 2008 March 21 the first American intermural Brazilian Ju-Jitsu match took place between Western Washington University and Wenatchee Valley College
Michael E. Phelps(1965), American Professor and Biophysicist
Brett Mitchell(2001), Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Orchestre National de France
Randy Tate(1988), U.S. Representativefrom Washington
* Pamela Reed, actress,
* Braden Abraham (1999), director,
My Name is Rachel Corrie
Benjamin Gibbard(1998), lead singer, Death Cab for Cutie
Nicholas Harmer(1998), bass, Death Cab for Cutie
Chris Walla(1997), guitar, Death Cab for Cutie
* Joyce Taylor (1984), TV broadcaster
* Chris Vance (1984), State Representative, King County Councilmember, Republican State Party Chairman
Greg Otterholt(1989), broadcaster, musician
Michael Koenen(2004), punter, Atlanta Falcons
* Erik Totten (2002), defensive back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Art Chantry(1978), graphic designer
* Alec Stone Sweet (1982), professor, Yale Law School
* Richard M. Barlow (1980) former CIA officer and nuclear weapons expert
* Daniel P. Beard (1965), Chief Administrative Officer of the US House of Representatives
* Erin Becker and Corey Lewis, 2000 winner of the
Payne Award for Ethics in Journalismfor their work on the University newspaper
* Clarence "Cuddles" Marshall, Major League Baseball player for New York Yankees (1946–1949), St. Louis Browns (1950)
* Forrest "Woody" Jensen, Major League Baseball player for Pittsburgh Pirates (1931–1939)
Roger Repoz, Major League Baseball player for New York Yankees (1964–1966), Kansas City Athletics (1966–1967), and California Angels (1967–1972)
* William Dietrich, author, journalist and 1990
Pulitzer Prizewinner for National Reporting (1973)
Hiro Yamamoto, former bassist of Soundgarden
* Josh Gross, Prop Comic
Douglas Massey(1974), sociologist, Princeton University
* Duff Wilson (1976),
New York Timesreporter, Pulitzer Prizewinner
Janet Harding, Miss Washington 2008.
Shane Simmons(2008), linebacker, Oakland Raiders
* [http://www.wwu.edu Official University website]
* [http://wwuvikings.collegesports.com/ Official WWU Athletics Website]
* [http://westernfrontonline.net/ "The Western Front"]
* [http://asreview.as.wwu.edu/ "The AS Review"]
* [http://www.offcampuswwu.com/ "Off-campus housing"]
* [http://vri.etec.wwu.edu/index.htm Vehicle Research Institute]
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