Archive for September, 2010
There will be a rally Friday morning, Oct. 1, to support the Western Washington University music library.
The university’s music library, along with the map library, are being moved into Wilson Library in an effort to meet the newest round of budget cuts. Layoffs may be associated with the move.
WWU music student Jessica Curry said the rally will start about 6:45 a.m. outside Old Main room 340.
There will also be an information meeting that afternoon about the move and the future of the library at 1:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts concert hall.
The search continues for missing Western Washington University freshman Dwight Clark. WWU President Bruce Shepard and his wife, Cyndie, are increasing the amount of award money available for information leading to Clark’s location — they are pledging $1,000, matching the amount the Bellingham Police Department has offered. Another WWU parent has also pledged $1,000 in reward money.
There will be a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. in Red Square tonight. All parking enforcement on campus will be suspended for the event.
Below is a letter that Shepard sent out to campus today.
Dear Western Community,
I know that you will join me in extending heartfelt support to the family of Dwight Clark, the Western student who has been missing since Sunday.
In order for us all to come together to support the Clark family during this difficult time and to create additional awareness, I have asked President Colin Watrin of the Associated Students of WWU to join me in hosting a candlelight gathering at 8:30 p.m. tonight on Red Square. The campus community and the local community are all welcome to attend. Parking enforcement on campus will be suspended during the event.
We all feel a sense of need to help find Dwight. That can be done in two different ways:
Pledge to a Reward Fund
In partnership with the Bellingham Police Department, which has already pledged $1,000, a reward fund has been set up for information leading to finding Dwight. Other lead gifts of $1,000 each from Cyndie and me and a WWU parent have also been pledged. If you are interested in making a pledge to the fund, please contact the Western University Relations office at 360-650-3482 or go to this website: http://www.wwu.edu/univrelations/findDwight.shtml. We are only seeking pledges at this time.
Volunteer for the Search
The Bellingham Police Department, which is leading the investigation, is coordinating all volunteer efforts. For more information please contact Sgt. Colin Emmett at 778-8666.
When there is any new information to share we will let you know as soon as possible.
I look forward to seeing you tonight.
Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes has been awarded two federal grants, totaling $867,000.
The grants are from the National Science Foundation and the North Pacific Research Board. The three-year NSF grant will be used to research microscopic bacteria that is responsible for much of Earth’s photosynthesis. The four-year NPRB grant will be used to study groundfish in Alaska.
Below is the release from WWU:
Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American studies is receiving about $180,000 in grant funding to be used during the 2010-11 school year.
The announcement comes only days after the university announced funding for the program will be cut by about $37,500 due to the newest round of state budget cuts.
The release from WWU is below:
Western Washington University freshman Dwight A. Clark is still missing and Bellingham Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his location.
Clark, 18, was last seen early Sunday morning leaving a party on Indian Street.
Click here to read the story.
Bellingham Dollars for Scholars is having their annual Cheers! celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Tickets for the event, which will feature a variety of food and socializing, are $75. To reserve a seat, call the Whatcom Community Foundation at 360-671-6463.
Bellingham Dollars for Scholars is a scholarship foundation for Bellingham School District students. In the spring, the foundation awarded 97 scholarships. Since it’s creation, BDFS has given more than 450 scholarships totaling more than $380,000.
Okema James Okuluu, one of Uganda’s “Invisible Children,” will share his story about being a child soldier and how he moved on to promote peace and justice at the Mount Baker Theatre on Friday, Oct. 1.
The event is part of the Invisible Children: Face to Face fall film tour. “Invisible Children” is a 2003 film that shows the life of children soldiers in Uganda. The film sparked a movement to help strengthen the schools in northern Uganda so that children stay safe in schools rather than get recruited by the warring factions.
Okuluu’s presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. on the Walton Stage at the theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Cost is a suggest $5 donation at the door.
Note: I am working on a story about this but it is getting held a day due to other breaking news.
Western Washington University previously announced expenditures this school year are being reduced by about $3 million, as part of statewide budget cuts. At that time, several cuts were proposed, including the possible suspension of 14 programs and bringing offices and departments that are in leased facilities back to campus.
On Monday, President Bruce Shepard sent out a letter to campus about additional proposed cuts, including reducing funding to the Border Policy Research Institute and eliminating seven filled positions across the university. University officials will meet on Oct. 1 to discuss the pros and cons of the suggestions. The Board of Trustees will take action on the proposed cuts at the Oct. 8 meeting.
To read Shepard’s letter, click here. Links to line-item reductions from the various budget planning units are available at the end of the letter.
Western Washington University, in response to continuing state budget reductions in the current 2010-11 fiscal year, is being forced to cut funding to well-known and high-quality WWU programs.
Western released details Monday of additional proposed cuts intended to make the necessary reductions while also protecting Western’s core academic mission.
Prior reductions in state support total more than $50 million to Western this biennium (2009-2011). That is a 34 percent reduction in state support. Recently, the state has directed that Western’s budget be further reduced by an additional $3.05 million. That is another 6.3 percent.
“To this point, we have been able to largely protect programs of high quality and that help establish Western as a premier university. We are now at a point where the only way to protect the high quality of the programs that remain is to make serious cuts to programs that are also high-quality,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard.
For example, within Academic Affairs, reductions were the smallest in percentage terms across campus but, nevertheless include such proposed steps as:
Reducing funding for the internationally acclaimed Border Policy Research Institute and Canadian American Studies program.
Suspending admissions to the well-regarded Student Affairs Administration graduate program. This step is in addition to the previously announced 14 low-enrollment programs being recommended for elimination.
Also, as leases run out over the next year, about $500,000 will be saved by moving units from leased spaces off-campus to buildings the university owns. The savings from leases will be added back to the Academic Affairs budget, as those savings are realized, in order to support plans to start hiring tenure-track faculty again, which has been on hold as a temporary money-saving measure. Western’s long-term academic excellence is sustained by a high number of tenure-track faculty.
The more detailed explanation of proposed budget cuts is now available at Proposals for Further Reductions. Those include previously announced cuts, such as: the elimination of the 14 low-enrollment academic programs; further restricting admissions to winter and spring quarters (the magnitude of the restrictions depending upon careful analysis of fall term student retention rates, class availability, and student mix); and reducing the award of new tuition waivers for winter and spring quarters by $250,000. Tuition waivers are a form of financial aid. Current students with such awards are not affected.
In the face of severe state budget cuts, Western is striving to protect its academic excellence and academic core. Western is in ever higher demand. Receiving 10,000 applications for 2,700 openings, that demand has been disproportionately in the areas of high-tech and science-based preparation. Western recently cut substantially more than the required $50 million and reallocated the difference to eliminate course bottlenecks, largely located in these burgeoning but more costly areas. That commitment to students to get the classes they need in order to graduate in a timely fashion will be sustained even as further cuts are now necessary.
From Western Washington University:
Stephanie Salzman, dean of Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education since 2002, will leave her position at the end of the current 2010-2011 academic year in order to spend more time with her family and to pursue other professional interests.
“Dean Salzman’s leadership of Woodring College of Education has been superlative and exemplary. Western is a leading producer of educators for this state and they are also the best trained and most sought-after teachers and human service professionals in the state,” WWU President Bruce Shepard said.
Since Salzman has been dean of Woodring College, the college’s already prominent reputation in this state has continued to soar both regionally and nationally.
“While my decision to leave Western and Woodring College of Education was very difficult, I am looking forward to new adventures including spending more time with my family,” Salzman said.
“I have truly treasured my work with the extraordinary students, staff, and faculty at WWU and Woodring, and I am proud and grateful for the progress the College has made over the last eight years in meeting the critical need for highly qualified educators and human service professionals in the state of Washington and beyond.”