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July 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

UW, WWU make list of best colleges to work for

Two of Washington’s public colleges have made a list of the 92 best colleges to work for in the country. Both the University of Washington and Western Washington University were on the “Great Colleges To Work For” list published by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results come from a survey of 43,000 campus employees administered…

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June 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Locke to speak at WWU commencement

Former Gov. Gary Locke will give one of three commencement speeches at Western Washington University June 14. Locke, formerly U.S. ambassador to China, will speak to graduates of the College of Business and Economics, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Huxley College of the environment. He’ll also receive an…

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April 29, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Tuesday Memo: Best barista … Bees kill dog … College diversity poll … IE risk

Of course she’s from Seattle: She’s been around a coffee shop since she was a youngster, so it comes as no surprise that Laila Ghambari has triumphed over all others to become the best barista in the nation in a competition sponsored by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. What’s her secret?…

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April 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Hundreds march at WWU in support of diversity

Hundreds of Western Washington University students marched through campus Monday afternoon to voice support of a more diverse university. Officials estimated that about 700 students took part in the rally. Western became the center of controversy two weeks ago after right-wing media commentators picked up on Western President Bruce Shepard’s call to draw a more diverse group…

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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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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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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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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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