University Residences

University Residences

The Birnam Wood Community

Birnam Wood

Front Desk

  • Located in BW Community Building 101
  • Desk Hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Intersession Hours (during Holidays): 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Desk Phone: 360-650-4769
  • C.A. on Duty Phone: 360-927-5034
  • Items available for checkout

Birnam Wood is an apartment community for residents with sophomore status and above. 520 residents share the space. Front desk services include daily mail, lockout keys, equipment loan, room check-in and check-out. Items available for checkout include board games, DVDs, recreational equipment, cooking utensils, broom, dustpan, etc.

Resident Director

Laurel Eby

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Hello! I'm very excited to be here for my 2nd year at Western Washington University! Before trekking up to Washington I lived in Arizona, Massachusetts, Kansas, Illinois, Italy, Colorado, and California. I've been lucky enough to gain work experience at DePaul University (Chicago, IL), Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO), and California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo). I went to DePaul University to major in Criminal Justice with a minor in English and then went on to get a degree in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development. I also had the opportunity to live in Florence, Italy for a year studying various forms of studio art and Italian. All of these experiences have made it clear that working with students is my passion and I'm thrilled to be able to do it at Western! I love anything that counts as an adventure, specifically downhill skiing, bouldering, kayaking, and camping. Add soy cappuccinos and reading into the mix, and you have me in a nutshell!

Administrative Assistant

Emily Seynaeve

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Hi! I'm a sophomore entering my second year at Western. Right now I'm pursuing a major in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in Spanish. I'm very active with the Jewish life at Chabad and that's definitely one of my favorite things about Western. Another great thing about Western is its size: it's just big enough for everyone to find their place, but not too big to get lost in the crowd. This year, I'm excited that Spoon University is adding a new chapter here at Western and I will be joining the team as an editor. Some of my other hobbies including cooking, baking, listening to music, and studying Hebrew; so, if you see me around, I'll most likely have a book in hand. I'm looking forward to working at Birnam Wood as an administrative assistant because staying involved with the Western community is very important to me. If you see me please say hi, or shalom!

Community Advisers

Miles Dudley

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Hey Vikings! Socially I am a sophomore but academically I have senior status since I did running start back in high school. My current major is biology, but I'm considering transferring to the California Maritime Academy next year to go work on big ships instead (that's been a passion of mine since I was a kid!). I've always loved marine life, and as a result I've also always loved boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving whenever I can! I love Western's geographical position in Washington, so close to Canada and the San Juans, and it rains just enough but not too much. I just love it! I'm really looking forward to taking more intensive biology classes this next year. I even bought two microscopes just for fun! I'm looking forward to meet you all!

Siri Rigsby

Siri Rigsby

I am a junior here at Western, double majoring in political science and human services with a minor in women's studies. I'm looking forward to being a community adviser (CA) in Birnam Wood this year. Specifically, because I enjoy getting to know residents and being a resource for them in any way I can. Outside of residence life, I play quidditch for the WWU Wyverns, enjoy exploring Bellingham's hiking trails, and have taken to enhancing my baking abilities. One of my favorite things about Western is the strong sense of community found in the residences halls and around campus. There are so many friendly, fantastic people and it's a great place to call home.

Dee Dee Dabelstein

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Hello! I am a junior this year double majoring in History/Social Studies and French. This summer I studied French in the beautiful city of Grenoble and had a blast! Many of my hobbies include traveling, watching movies, reading books, and much more! I participate as a volunteer for a program called Youth4Real, which is a program that gives me the opportunity to work with middle school children, since I want to be a middle school teacher. My favorite thing about Western is the beautiful campus and the wonderful people. I believe Bellingham is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also believe that everyone at Western is extremely kind, friendly and always happy and I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone. Please feel free to say hi whenever you see me, I love to chat!

Hannah Kinniburgh

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Hi! This is my second year in ResLife. I had a blast being an RA last year, and I'm excited to see where this year will take me in the CA position. I absolutely love Western and Bellingham. It's a perfect mix of mountains, water, a school that focuses on being environmentally friendly, and a beautiful city! I'm a senior this year and will graduate with a major in English with secondary education emphasis, plus a minor in teaching English as a second or other language. My hobbies are basically anything that has to do with the outdoors, acrylic painting, traveling, and I have a passion for music. I also love getting to know people, so stop by and say hi, or if you're looking for someone to go on an adventure with, let me know!

Marcus Toomey

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Hello! I am a junior and this is my second year here at Western. I am a journalism and communications major and my dreams are to work in gender violence prevention and/or to be an executive producer on a nightly news program. I am a keeper for the Western Wyverns Quidditch team as well as a member of the team's executive board. My favorite thing about Western has to be the amazing growth I continue to experience as a student and a student leader. I am not only looking forward to a brilliant year with a great staff in Birnam Wood, but also a great year of getting further into my majors and learning more. You'll find that music and good coffee are just about my favorite things. I love running, playing old-school video games and anything and everything about superheroes. Feel free to say hi if you see me!

Community Council Board

Vice President
RHA Representatives
Community Involvement Coordinator

Hall Council Positions

Hall Council is the student run governing body of Birnam Wood and it sets the tone for the community during year through putting on social events, representing the community to the Residence Hall Association, and promoting leadership amongst all Birnam Wood residents. Participating in Hall Council is the best and easiest way to take ownership of your community. Residents can apply to be in elected positions and are highly encouraged to get involved!

Birnam Wood has several elected and appointed positions on Hall Council that you can volunteer for. These positions will give you a chance to make significant contributions to the community, while developing your own skills in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking and event planning.

Position Descriptions

President (1)

The President of the Birnam Wood Hall Council is responsible for convening and facilitating both the general and executive board meetings. The President provides leadership to the board and represents Birnam Wood residents in Hall Council and to Residence Life.

Vice President (1)

The Vice President is responsible for representing the community in both the general and executive board meetings. The Vice President should be prepared to fulfill the position of the President and take on those duties as needed.

Treasurer (1)

The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining accurate records of the Hall Council budget. The Treasurer also makes sure the Hall Council follows the standards relating to the use of Hall Council funds.

Secretary (1)

The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the general executive board Hall Council meetings and ensuring all past records are maintained for the future.

RHA Representatives (2)

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) Representative is responsible for representing Birnam Wood at weekly RHA meetings and keep the Birnam Wood Hall Council apprised of RHA business.

Eco-Reps (2)

The Campus Ecology Representatives (Eco-Reps) promote and foster an atmosphere in Birnam Wood that is environmentally aware (recycling education, etc).

NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) Recognition Coordinator

The recognition representative helps keep morale up while recognizing all the hard work put forth by individuals on hall council.

Computer Labs
  • Community Building 101: See ResTek for more information.
  • Birnam Wood Community Building 101: contains a four-burner electric stove, full-size oven, full-size refrigerator, microwave, and counter space.
  • Every apartment in Birnam Wood is furnished with a four-burner gas stove, full-size oven, full-size refrigerator, a sink, plenty of counter space and cupboards.
Laundry Rooms
  • Birnam Wood 01 (first floor of the Community Building): Contains nine washers, nine dryers and a sink.
  • Building Near Stack 1: Contains three washers, three dryers and a sink.
  • Community Building 101: TV/Main Lounge
Vending Machines
  • Near Community Building 01

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