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8:30 – 9:30 AM Check-In and Student Services Resource Fair
Check-in and visit with staff from various student support departments and resource offices!
10:00 – 10:45 AM Welcome Session
11:00 – 11:45 AM Mock Classes and Other Options
Attend a mock class or other campus option of your choice! There will be a variety of options to choose from that best suits your interest.
To provide the best, most authentic experience for admitted students, mock classes are for students only. There will be several parent sessions available for families to attend during this time.
11:45 AM – 12:50 PM Lunch
We'll be providing complimentary dining on campus or you can feel free to take a short drive to downtown Bellingham for lunch.
12:30 – 3:30 PM Campus Tours (ongoing)
These 45-minute walking tours of campus will begin every half-hour.
1:00 – 2:45 PM Open House (2 sessions)
Learn about Western's Honors College, Study Abroad opportunities, starting at Western with Community College credit, Next Steps for First Year and Transfer Students, Residence Hall communities at Western, and more! Connect with current Western students and see what it is like to live and learn at Western.
Each presentation will have 2 sessions (at 1:00 and 2:00) so you'll have the flexibility to attend more than one.
College of Science and Engineering
Mars has the tallest and strangest mountains in the Solar System: how did mountains grow so big on the Red Planet, and why are they so different from mountains on Earth? This class is from a course on "Planetary Geology" that explores how geological processes are influenced by gravity, internal structures, and atmospheres on other planets.
Taught by: Dr. Melissa Rice, Associate Professor of Planetary Science
Faculty Bio: Dr. Melissa Rice is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, where she has held a joint appointment in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012 and was a NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech from 2012-2014. Her research focuses on the sedimentology, stratigraphy, and mineralogy of Mars. She is a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission and a Co-Investigator for the Mastcam-Z investigation for the Mars2020 Perseverance rover mission. When she’s not exploring Mars, she enjoys traveling and exploring the best planet in the solar system: Earth!
In this demonstration class, ideas surrounding “compostable” vs “biodegradable” vs “recyclable” vs “sustainable” materials will be explored. Examples of greenwashing will be discussed in this context.
Faculty: Dr. Mark Peyron, Associate Professor, WWU Plastics & Composites Engineering
Faculty Bio: Mark Peyron teaches in the PCE program. A chemical engineer by training, his teaching focuses on polymer materials processing and characterization, as well as applied materials science. He has a long-standing interest and has taught classes in sustainable materials, and he is developing a new GUR course at WWU on this topic for the next academic year.
A brief overview of modern rechargeable battery technology and how to incorporate rechargeable technology into embedded systems designs. Battery charging circuits for both single-cell and multi-cell design.
Taught by: John Lund, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Faculty Bio: John Lund is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009. His research focuses on wireless embedded sensor systems that enable novel sensing and data distribution in remote environments. He primarily teaches classes on topics related to digital and analog circuit analysis and design.
In this interactive lecture, participants will develop a ray model of light based on observations involving simple, real-world situations. They will apply the model to make predictions about new cases.
Taught by: Andrew Boudreaux, Professor, Physics & Astronomy and SMATE
Faculty Bio: Andrew has roots in the Pacific NW, growing up in Seattle and graduating from Garfield High School. He came to WWU in 2002 after earning a PhD at the University of Washington. Andrew teaches physics courses at all levels, including a course designed especially for prospective K12 teachers. Andrew also works closely with undergraduate physics lab TAs, and conducts research on the learning and teaching of physics.
College of the Environment
What do you like about where you live? What do you wish you could change? Come to this interactive session to learn more about the world of urban planning. Planning is a multi-disciplinary profession that promotes social and environmental justice by addressing topics ranging from urban design and disaster recovery to affordable housing and sustainable transportation.
Taught by: Dr. Tammi Laninga, Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning & Policy Department, joined by Kathryn Patrick, Undergraduate Advisor, College of the Environment
Faculty Bio: Dr. Laninga, is an associate professor and certified planner in the Urban and Environmental Planning & Policy Department. She teaches planning history, land use regulations, environmental impact assessment, community development, and planning studio. Her research interests include planning for climate resilience, community development, public engagement, and natural resource management. She also advises students on the River Studies & Leadership Certificate offered by the River Management Society.
Toxicology is a science that combines biology and chemistry to determine how chemicals cause harm to humans and wildlife. One of the challenges of the science is that we can’t see most of the chemicals in the environment, which also means we can’t see all the effects. We’ll explore these ideas with microplastics and other Salish Sea examples.
Taught by: Dr. Ruth Sofield, Professor, Environmental Science
Faculty Bio: I am most interested in the intersection of environmental chemistry and toxicology. My educational background led me here with degrees and research experiences in biology, environmental science, toxicology, and environmental chemistry. At WWU, I’ve been awarded both the University and College Outstanding teacher awards and I mentor many students through their time at WWU and beyond. As a teacher and a mentor, I work hard to make opportunities available to students. One form of this is guiding students in independent research; I have mentored over 80 undergraduate thesis and 150 capstone projects. We focus on aquatic chemistry and toxicity, air and soil pollution, and remediation of contaminated sites. Students in my lab are currently studying contamination in edible seaweeds from the Salish Sea and the risk to consumers, microplastics and tire wear particle toxicity and chemistry to marine organisms, and modeling contaminants of emerging concern in Puget Sound. Learn more at my website: https://wp.wwu.edu/ruthsofield/
Environmental justice examines who is most effected by environmental hazards and why communities don’t have equitable access to environmental goods. Environmental injustice often results from skewed mainstream narratives of what is an environmental issue and who is most at risk. In this brief, interactive session participants will explore the varying meanings of “justice” in the context of environmental decision-making.
Taught by: Kate Darby, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Faculty Bio: Kate Darby is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, where she also facilitates the Environmental Justice minor. Her research interests center around social and environmental justice, environmental justice pedagogy in higher education, and sustainable food systems. In addition to courses in environmental justice, Dr. Darby also teaches ENVS 303: Human Ecology and Ethics, and ENVS 302: Navigating Environmental Studies. This fall, she will be teaching a new general education course, ENVS 115: Hope and Agency in a Climate-Altered World.
Marine and Coastal Science Program
This class will introduce students to the importance of freshwater in driving currents in Puget Sound. We will tie this application to the fundamental physics that govern the motion of water and examine the impact of these physics on the environment.
Taught by: Dr. Sam Kastner, Assistant Professor, Marine & Coastal Science Program, Department of Environmental Sciences
Faculty Bio: Dr. Kastner is a coastal physical oceanographer; his teaching and research focuses on the transport of freshwater, nutrients, and pollutants in the coastal ocean, including estuaries and beaches.
College of Fine and Performing Arts
In this session, Dr. Christopher Bianco, conductor and Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts will discuss the basics of how to get involved in the arts at WWU. Additionally, there will be some movement basics for learning artistic non-verbal communication.
Taught by: Dr. Christopher Bianco, Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
We will study the concept of torque, the role of muscles for torque production in the human body, and factors affecting muscular torque production during exercise.
Taught by: Harsh Buddhadev, Professor, Department of Health and Human Development
Faculty Bio: Prof. Buddhadev’s teaching and research interests include the biomechanics of gait and cycling, adaptations in lower extremity motor patterns associated with age and knee osteoarthritis, and the role of exercise for improving gait and function.
This class compares Russian and American folk superstitions. We will also examine Russian traditions of greetings, farewells, and hospitality.
Taught by: Edward Vajda, Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages & Department of Linguistics
Faculty Bio: Edward Vajda is a professor at Western Washington University, where he teaches courses on introductory linguistics, morphology, historical linguistics, Russian language, culture and folklore, and Inner and Northern Eurasia's indigenous peoples. His research focuses on Ket, a critically endangered language spoken by a few dozen elders in remote villages near Siberia’s Yenisei river. He received his university's Excellence of Teaching Award in 1992 and its Distinguished Research Award in 2011.
In this mini class, we will investigate how skin tone has been transformed into the powerful socio-political construct known as race. We will also examine how prejudice and discrimination have been used as tools to create and maintain a racial system that privileges some, while disadvantaging others. Make sure to bring your smartphone to the class since we will be using an interactive app.
Taught by: Glenn Tsunokai, Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty Bio: Professor Tsunokai has been at Western for almost 20 years in the Department of Sociology. He teaches courses in the areas of race/ethnicity and social stratification and inequality.
This class session uses primary source material and student participation to better understand the life of Edward Teach. Later immortalized as Blackbeard the Pirate, Teach’s life and the narratives surrounding his piratical career help us better understand who became a pirate in the early eighteenth century, why they embarked on such a career, and how propaganda distorted the lives of pirates in their time and ours.
Taught by: Jared Ross Hardesty, Professor, Department of History
"Prof. Hardesty is a scholar of colonial America, the Atlantic world, and the histories of labor and slavery. He is the author of three books, Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (New York: NYU Press, 2016), Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England (Amherst & Boston: Bright Leaf, 2019) and Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Smuggling, Slavery, and Chocolate (New York: NYU Press, 2021).
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
This session will ask students to grapple with the question “What Is Poetry?” We’ll examine a variety of poems. The session will also expose students to some of the tools poetry professors use to close read and analyze poetry. By the end of the session, students will know whether they truly hate poetry or if they’re just being dramatic when they say "I hate poetry."
Taught by: Dr. Caskey Russell, Dean of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Faculty Bio: Caskey Russell is a professor and dean of Fairhaven College. He teaches courses in literature, film, Indigenous Studies, and songwriting. He is a Western alum—he received his BA and MA from Western and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He’s originally from Seattle and is a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska.
How does our cultural background influence the ways we communicate with one another? This session will explore meanings and interpretations across different forms of communication and what makes us (un)comfortable communicating with others.
Taught by: Kevin Delucio, Ph.D. , Associate Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Faculty Bio: Kevin Delucio (he/they) is an associate professor of multicultural psychology and mental health within Fairhaven College. He is a counseling psychologist focusing on the development and wellbeing of queer & trans communities of color.
This session will explore the ways in which communities and individuals express their personal, cultural, and community values and interests through their choices of music to create, consume, and share with each other. Students will be asked to consider the ways in which these choices impact their own relationships to different music genres, contexts, and performances as well as the ways in which local and global communities engage with these issues through their own music expression and interests.
Taught by: Mark Y. Miyake, PhD
Faculty Bio: Mark Y. Miyake is an Assistant Professor of Music and Society, teaches courses in ethnomusicology, folklore, and music, and leads the program in Audio Technology, Music, and Society at Fairhaven College. He also has a professional background in music performance and audio production and currently serves on the boards of The Federation of State Humanities Councils, Humanities Washington, the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, and several local arts and humanities organizations in Bellingham, WA.
Woodring College of Education
In this presentation, Dr. Debi Hanuscin will introduce students to the profession of elementary teaching, discussing challenges new teachers face, and how students can ensure they are best prepared to meet these in their own teaching careers.
Taught by: Dr. Debi Hanuscin, Professor, Elementary Education and Science, Math, & Technology Education
Faculty Bio: Dr. H is an award-winning former elementary teacher and professor who has co-authored several books on teaching. Working with Dr. Hanuscin, WWU elementary students have co-developed curriculum materials in partnership with local museums and informal education organizations, co-presented at national conferences, and co-authored manuscripts for publication. She currently serves as advisor to students in the General Science Bachelor of Arts in Education Program (Elementary BAE).
In this presentation, Dr. Emily Borda will engage future teachers in learning about the vision for elementary science teaching presented by the newest WA standards through hands-on investigation.
Taught by: Dr. Emily Borda, Professor, Science, Math, & Technology Education (SMATE)
Faculty Bio: Dr. Borda teaches science education courses in the Elementary Certification program and oversees the General Science Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) program, one of 17 approved majors for students seeking elementary certification.
In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Perzigian discusses what it means to be socially competent in today's schools and how student academic outcomes may hinge on teacher perceptions of social ability.
Taught by: Dr. Aaron Perzigian, Professor, Director of Dual Endorsement Programs and Inclusive Education Teacher Scholars
College of Business and Economics
This session will discuss how the financial accounting information from the financial statements can be useful in the capital market and how the accounting choices matter in the decision-making process.
Taught by: Professor Shuo Li, Associate Professor, Accounting
Faculty Bio: Shuo Li joined the accounting faculty at Western in 2017. Shuo's primary teaching interest is in financial accounting. He has taught Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACCT 240), Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 341), and Financial Accounting Research & Communication (ACCT 443/MPAC 543). His primary research interests are financial reporting quality, information intermediaries, corporate governance, audit pricing, and international business. His research has been published in several high-quality academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Advances in Accounting, International Review of Economics & Finance, and Managerial Auditing Journal.
Design Thinking has emerged as the preeminent framework for customer-centered product development. In this class we will begin with a lateral thinking exercise, acquaint ourselves with the primary Design Thinking frameworks and finish with a Design Thinking Exercise.
Taught by: Professor Lucas Senger, Senior Instructor, MBA program
Faculty Bio: Lucas G Senger is an adjunct professor and consultant. In the College of Business and Economics Senger co-designed and instructs the MBA Consulting Capstone, and teaches in the CBE’s Management department, and first year offerings. Prior to joining WWU in 2016, Lucas spent two decades as an organizational leader in creative industry. Senger is co-founder of the creative strategy consultancy Cake Machine, a firm focused on emergent strategy and adaptable business infrastructure development. Senger’s work is driven by developing equitable and effective organizational ecosystems, empowering creativity, centering human focused design, and building adaptable structures for innovation. Senger is an Ashoka Change Leader at Western, connecting the campus to a global network of change oriented academic institutions.
The session will discuss how taxes are an integral part of the decision making process in any business and cover some basic tax and tax planning concepts.
Taught by: Jared A. Moore, Ph.D., C.P.A, Associate Professor, Accounting
Faculty Bio: Jared Moore joined the accounting faculty at Western in 2019 after spending 13 years at Oregon State University, where he served multiple terms as the Accounting Program Director and led the process to create a new doctoral program in accounting. Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Moore worked for seven years in the private sector, specializing mainly in financial accounting and business and individual taxation. Professor Moore's research and teaching interests are in the areas of taxation and financial accounting, and his research has been published in several high-quality academic journals, including The Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of Business, Finance & Accounting, and Advances in Accounting. He is also currently the Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Accounting.
This class will examine the December 2018 arrest in Vancouver, Canada—at the request of the United States—of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment company. The arrest set off a cycle of hostage taking, trade wars and economic sanctions that upended the race to lead in 5G, the technology of the future.
Taught by: Professor Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor of U.S.-Canada Economic Relations
Faculty Bio: Edward Alden is the Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at WWU, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is the author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (2016) and The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 (2008). He was previously Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and is currently a columnist for Foreign Policy.
We will examine the close connections between managerial accounting and supply chain and how integral these roles are in planning for the future success of a company.
Taught by: Professor Ann Renee "A.R." Mann, Instructor and manager of Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management program, College of Business and Economics
Faculty Bio: Prior to her employment at WWU, A.R. transitioned from 20 years as a certified financial planner and investment manager. She began her career working as an industrial engineer in a cost accounting role and later transitioned to supply chain management at a Fortune 100 company and has remained active in both manufacturing and supply chain management throughout her career. Additionally, A.R. has held the position of controller at both an organic produce company and a nationwide frozen food processor. A.R. and her husband own and operate a commercial fishing operation based in Kodiak, AK and in 2010, she formed a wholesale/retail wild seafood company.
Getting to Campus
From Interstate 5, take Exit #252 (Samish Way and WWU). Turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs for Bill McDonald Parkway and the University Campus.
Parking for Admitted Student Days is complimentary! Refer to your confirmation email for parking and check-in information.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Prioritizing the health and safety of our guests and campus community is important to us. Please refrain from visiting campus if you do not feel well or if you have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19. By registering for a visit you agree to comply with the following:
Each registered admitted student is limited to 3 additional guests.
Western requires proof of COVID vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours prior to your event date) along with photo ID for all students and guests attending Admitted Student Days. Proof of vaccination status or negative COVID test and photo ID will be verified at check-in before your tour begins. The NovaVax vaccine, as well as at-home COVID-19 tests, will not be accepted. Those unable to provide proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test will not be allowed to participate in this event.
People are considered fully vaccinated after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. There are several forms of valid proof of vaccination:
- A CDC vaccination card which includes the name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose was administered
- A photo of a CDC vaccination card as a separate document or a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device
- Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or state immunization information system record.
Note: Regardless of which form of valid proof of vaccination you present, all attendees must also show a photo ID for verification.
Masking and physical distancing are expected by everyone—regardless of vaccination status—inside campus buildings. If you do not have a face covering, we will have disposable masks available for use. Face coverings should cover both your nose and mouth.
Can't make it?
Admitted Discovery Days
Western is offering Admitted Discovery Days several Fridays in April. These free events are great opportunities to hear from current students, tour campus, and meet with student services offices. The program is comprehensive with a full-day agenda, but if you wish to meet with a specific academic department, we suggest reaching out to them at least two weeks in advance of your visit.
Other Visit Options
There are lots of great ways to learn more about life and academics at Western. From outdoor in-person tours to guided virtual tours and information sessions, you and your family are invited to connect and explore.