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January 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

All-blue license plate debuts for WWU Viking fans

The Cougs have them. The Huskies have them. Now, the Vikings are getting them, too. Western Washington University is the third Washington public university to redesign its vehicle license plate, embracing a solid color. It is ditching the Mount Rainier motif in favor of an all-blue plate with green lettering and the horned head of…

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December 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Auditor: State universities using credit cards in violation of rules

Employees at three Washington universities used state-issued credit cards in violation of Washington policy, charging $226,583 worth of alcohol, gifts and other items to the cards, according to a report by the state auditor’s office.

The report from the office of State Auditor Troy Kelley was part of a review of the way credit cards are used at the three largest public four-year universities in Washington — the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. The audit report found purchases that were not supposed to be charged to state-issued credit cards at all three schools, with the largest amount — $197,265 — at the UW. The UW is also the largest user of state credit cards among the six four-year public schools in Washington.

In a letter responding to the report, UW officials said the purchases were all made for allowable uses, and the only thing in dispute is that they were made with state-issued credit cards.

The UW receives gifts from donors that “can be used to support the University without regard to certain state rules,” the UW wrote. For example, the university uses donor funds to buy alcohol for fundraising events.

According to the report, the three universities used credit cards to purchase more than $164 million in goods and services in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2012. Most of the purchases followed state policy, the auditor’s office found.

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0 Comments | More in Education, Government | Topics: State auditor, Troy Kelley, University of Washington

December 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

UW, WWU on list of best colleges for the money

The University of Washington ranked 13th, and Western Washington University ranked 93rd, on Kiplinger’s annual list of 100 public colleges that offer the best value for the money. Both schools have regularly appeared on Kiplinger’s list. The UW was 18th last year, and WWU was 74th. Kiplinger’s noted that the rate of tuition increases is slowing…

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October 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

UW’s freshman class largest ever; WWU, EWU also break records

The University of Washington has started the academic year with the largest freshman class in its history with 6,255 students, 67 percent of whom are from Washington. The UW had a record number of applicants for the year — more than 30,000 — and as a result, the admission rate declined from 59 percent in 2012…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College

October 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Man found dead in Bellingham park was former WWU student

The body found last weekend in a Bellingham park was a 19-year-old former Western Washington University student, Bellingham police and WWU officials say. The man’s body was found Saturday morning in Franklin Park, but had no identification, police said. Officers checked his fingerprints but could not match them with any in a law-enforcement database. On Sunday, police received a call from…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bellingham Police Department, death investigation, Western Washington University

August 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Gift to WWU will create entrepreneurship minor

A retired Microsoft executive has given $500,000 to Western Washington University, enabling the school to hire its first professor of entrepreneurship and create a minor in the subject, the university announced Thursday. The gift is from former Microsoft vice president David Cole and his wife, Denise, both of whom graduated from Western. The new position will…

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August 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

WWU student kills himself while playing with gun

BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police say a Western Washington University student died Friday after accidentally shooting himself in the head while playing with a gun he thought was unloaded. The Bellingham Herald reports 22-year-old Justin Small died after being taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. Roommates told police the semi-automatic handgun had been locked in a…

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| More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Belllingham, Justin Small, Western Washington University

May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

WWU has record number of Fulbright scholars

Eight students and alumni from Western Washington University have received Fulbright Scholarships  this spring, breaking the school’s previous record and likely making it one of the top master’s degree-granting institutions in the country with such a large number of Fulbright scholars. In 2012, no master’s granting university in the nation had more than six Fulbright…

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December 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

WWU, Gonzaga make U.S. News & World Report’s efficiency list

Two Washington universities — one public, one private — have made a list of schools that offer a high quality education for a low price per student. Both Western Washington University and Gonzaga University are among five regional universities that made the list, published Monday by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine explains: “The new list…

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April 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

WWU student dies after fall from dorm

The Bellingham Herald reports a Western Washington University student has died after falling from a window at Nash Hall this morning. The 18-year-old student landed on concrete in the tennis court area behind the dormitory shortly before 10 a.m. He died at the scene. University Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide. Read more at…

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