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WWU opens welcome center in downtown Bellingham

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard, left, tours the new Western City Center with Deborah DeWees, WWU assistant vice president, and Stephanie Bowers, WWU vice president, in the Herald Building in downtown Bellingham, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The 2,500-square-foot ground floor area includes a conference and events room.
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard, left, tours the new Western City Center with Deborah DeWees, WWU assistant vice president, and Stephanie Bowers, WWU vice president, in the Herald Building in downtown Bellingham, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The 2,500-square-foot ground floor area includes a conference and events room. The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University has expanded its presence in the downtown district with an office in the Herald Building.

Named Western City Center, the 2,500-square-foot office opened for business on Monday, Sept. 21. It is expected to have a variety of uses as a welcome-to-Western center. This includes being a place where Western-branded items and event tickets can be purchased, according to a news release from the university. It also has a conference room to host a variety of public events for students, alumni and community members.

The office at 1155 N. State St. will be staffed by University Advancement, which consists of WWU Foundation and Alumni Association staff. It also will have student interns.

A complimentary coffee station features Viking Blend from The Woods Coffee. On “Western Wednesday” the office will have free specialty pastries.

The center was originally scheduled to open in June but was delayed by issues that came up in the build-out of the space, said Deborah DeWees, executive director of Western’s Alumni Association.

The office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as for special events, such as the Friday, Oct. 2, Downtown Bellingham Art Walk.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamHeraldBiz and on Facebook at BellinghamHeraldBusiness.

Back to school

WWU holds its welcoming convocation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Performing Arts Center on campus. The first day of classes for fall quarter is Thursday.

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