SPRING 2023 ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
As the vibrant colors of spring blossom around us, we are delighted to welcome you to the Spring Quarter Newsletter. In this edition, we want to specifically emphasize our senior capstone presentations - there are 90 students presenting! To celebrate their hard work and upcoming graduation, we encourage you to attend (in person or virtually!). We hope to see you there and wish you well in these upcoming summer months.
Honors Grad Spotlight
2022-2023 Honors Outstanding Graduate:
Petra McDonnell Ingoglia
Petra is a baking enthusiast, book lover, and animal whisperer! She graduated with a major in history (with a focus on African American studies), and minors in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, political science, and honors interdisciplinary studies, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was the commencement speaker for the December 2022 ceremony. She was the recipient of the prestigious Kohlmeier-Mikulencak Scholarship from the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Petra was extremely active in the Honors College including working for Honors Outreach to Past and Prospective Students, a member of the Honors Book Club for two years, and the president of the Honors Book Club for one year. She also worked as an academic advisor and Peer Advisor in the academic advising center. Her last year at Western she was the Lead Academic Student Advisor, leading and training a team of 30 other students to run summer advising and orientation for all new students. She is grateful to be able to explore her passions and have lengthy conversations with the Honors staff and history faculty who helped to foster her pursuit of research. Much of her research has been on memorial culture across the world and culminated in her senior project on the effects that confederate memorial culture has on US society. She has remained in Bellingham and works as an advising and outreach specialist at Whatcom Community College.
Spring Senior Capstone Presentations
Mark your calendar for Spring Quarter Senior Capstone presentations! Scheduled from Friday, May 26 to Friday, June 9, we have over 90 incredible presentations. To arrange attendance at any presentation, please email Honors@wwu.edu to request the Zoom link. All times listed are in Pacific Time.
Here's a sneak peek of some of our upcoming presentations:
WWU Give Day - May 25, 2023
The Honors College is gearing up for WWU's annual Give Day which is Thursday, May 25 – just around the corner! We continue to work on ways to support our exceptional students, faculty, and programs. We humbly ask that you consider making a gift to the WWU Honors College this Give Day where you will no doubt impact the lives of current and future Honors students. We utilize your gifts for student scholarships, aid for senior capstone projects, and to support the awesome events put on by our student leaders.
Honors Book Club - A Year in Review
Book Club continues to gather passionate readers to explore diverse literary worlds. Check out the books they've covered this year!