After the pandemic interrupted their services in the middle of the 2020 tax season, the coordinator, volunteers and faculty of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program now have the program up and running to help low-income and undocumented taxpayers in the Whatcom community.
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Western Washington University professor of biology, David Hooper, received a $30,000 grant to conduct research on the links between policy and riparian restoration for nutrient retention in the Nooksack River watershed. He’s conducting this research along with two first-year graduate students majoring in biology, Astoria Tershy and Patrick Damaree in collaboration with Amanda Stahl, a post doctorate at Washington State University.
“Fall Anthem,” a recruitment video produced by Western Washington University’s marketing team, was awarded the prestigious Grand Gold award in the 2021 Best of CASE VIII competition for the second year in a row. Seven other awards were also given to Western for marketing work this year.
Western Washington University students can now return to the Wade King Student Recreation Center as of Feb. 16 to work out through reservations and with many added protocols to keep students and staff safe.
On Jan. 28, Western Washington University announced they are collaborating with Green Flower, a company rooted in cannabis education, to provide Western students with four new cannabis certificate programs. The programs are in business, law and policy, healthcare and medicine, and agriculture and horticulture.
Western Washington University staff have begun to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, starting with Student Health Center staff members.
Second-year Western Washington University students Katherine Palmer and Charlie Havener began ornamental repairs Jan. 18 on the damaged wooden amphitheater stage in The Outback, Western’s student-driven, on-campus farm.