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College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumnus and revered teacher, Ruben Van Kempen (‘92) has been denied retirement benefits because his citizenship is being questioned by the Social Security Administration. He’s been a citizen of the U.S. since 1982.  More »

WWU Alum Bryce Hamilton (’01) loved theater at WWU. He used that passion to be co-founder of the Sylvia Center with Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao.

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It all started with Craigslist for Ty Minton-Small (’11), who answered an ad for a cinematographer. The project he joined became the moving award-winning documentary "Gleason." The film depicts five years in the life of former NFL star Steve Gleason and his struggle with ALS, and is described by Variety as an “emotional powerhouse.” For Minton-Small, working on "Gleason" was life-changing. More »

Schuyler Telleen (’04) has won multiple awards, including two Emmys, for his work as a production designer and graphic designer on "Portlandia." 

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On June 10, the WWU Alumni Association honored Western’s top students at the Western Washington Outstanding Graduate Awards Ceremony. More »


On May 18, WWU hosted the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The WWU Alumni Association recognizes these outstanding alumni for their personal and professional commitment to Western, their own communities, and the world at large. More »