Meet the Staff
Welcome to the Edens-Higginson community. My name is Tomoko Matsui and I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I came to the United States in 2012 when I was an international exchange student in Arkansas for about 10 months. During my stay, I became interested in racism and ethnic diversity in this country and decided to continue to study the subject. When I graduated from a college in Tokyo, I returned to the U.S. for Master's degree in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies in Minnesota. I was very fortunate to have a graduate assistantship and enjoyed working with diverse students at that time. I was also a club president of Japanese Intercultural Association and participated in many on campus cultural events. I love learning different cultures because that changes my point of view. My hobbies are traveling, drawing and jumping on a trampoline (I used to do gymnastics for 7 years). I'm very grateful for this opportunity to serve students at Western and excited to get to know you! Feel free to stop by my office and say hi. I hope you will have a wonderful year in the Edens-Higginson community.
Hello, my name is Shaye Fowler and I'm a junior here at Western! I'm majoring in Biochemistry and have been involved with the Honors program, Tutoring Center, and the Women's Water Polo team these past two years. My favorite thing about Western is how much community and support I have found during my college journey, both academically and personally. I've lived in Bellingham my whole life and continue to fall in love with this place each and every year.
My name is Jonah Rink and I am a junior this year at Western. I am currently majoring in History, with a minor in Political Science. I am excited to be a part of the Western community again this year, I was very involved with intramural sports and band last year and I will continue being involved with those groups this year. I love the feel on Western’s campus and the connections I get to make with my fellow students while living on campus. While I’m not busy with school, my hobbies include soccer, golf, baseball, and playing the trumpet. I am looking forward to this year and all the experiences that are sure to come with it! Go Vikings!
Hi all! I am a junior and am an Accounting major with a Spanish minor. I love baking, and cookies are my specialty. (If you want to know which bakeries are the best in town, don't hesitate to ask!) I spent a good portion of my life growing up in Bellingham, so I know lots of cool places to check out around town. I love learning and school is important to me. So you can often find me jamming out to music in the library (with headphones in of course). Western has helped me find my true passions, introduced me to my closest friends, and helped me discover more about the person that I want to be. One of my favorite things about campus is getting to say "Hi" to all of my friends when walking to class. I can't wait for you to embark on your college journey and experience the Western community! Know that I am always here for you, and am beyond excited to hear about your college experiences.
I am a sophomore majoring in Community Health and minoring in Psychology. I love to participate in any and all physical fitness adventures, such as classes at the Rec Center like Kickboxing and Zumba, or hiking around beautiful Bellingham. My favorite thing about Western is that there is truly something for everybody; there is no shortage of diversity in the world of extra-circulars. My door is always open and my goal for the year is to have residents that are healthy and happy. If you are ever looking for a gym buddy, a knitting partner, or just a shoulder to lean on, come knock on my door!
My name is Angela Luty. I am a sophomore, and it is my second year here at Western. I love the arts and being creative, but I also enjoy coding and playing video games. Maybe it’s no surprise my intended major is computer science! Some of my other hobbies include playing violin and reading in my spare time. One of my favorite things about Western is its accepting community, and I am no exception. I hope my residents know my door is always open, and I am here to help.
Hello! This is my second year at Western and my first year as an RA. I lived in the Edens-Higginson community last year and I am super excited to be a part of the community again this year! I am pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Math. I am also an out of state student from Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy taking walks, creating, playing/listening to music, cooking, and getting coffee with friends. Let me know if you want any recommendations and I'm always interested in swapping music! WWU's close proximity to natural areas (Sehome Hill Arboretum and Boulevard Park) as well as cozy locales (Underground Coffeehouse) is one of the many reasons I love it here. However, the close-knit, accepting community is probably my favourite part of Western and I am excited to welcome you all into that community. Here's to a fantastic year and I'll see you around!
Hello! I’m Avery Johnston, a junior now at Western, majoring in Economics and minoring in History. Last year I was involved in Hall Council as a Floor Representative in my dorm community, and I loved playing intramural sports as well. My favorite thing about Western is the location. I love the Pacific Northwest, and there are so muny fun things to do in Bellingham and its surrounding areas. In my spare time I love to play music, and have been playing guitar for 15 years, so if I’m not studying, I’m probably practicing!
Hi all! My name is Claire and I am the 4th floor RA in Higginson Hall! I am from Cle Elum, Washington just over the mountains and this is my second year here at WWU. Some of my favorite things to do in Bellingham are exploring the farmers market, going to the gym, and hanging out with my friends! After fall quarter I will be declaring Communication Sciences and Disorders as my major with a double minor in psychology and English. I love sports (especially basketball), cooking, the show Law and Order, and I am also in the honors program! My favorite thing about WWU is the people; Western is so much more than a school, it is a whole community. There is nowhere else I would rather be. One fun fact about me is that I have a pet cactus named Karen- feel free to pet her!
Hello! My name is Eliane Rodriguez and I am excited to be the RA for 5th floor Higginson during the 2018-2019 school year. I am currently a junior double majoring in communications and theater with a minor in graphic design. I am always ready for puns, board games, trying new experiences last minute and random questions. Being involved in Christian Campus Fellowship, going paddle boarding and attending a variety of performances on campus is a fraction of why I love being a part of Western's community. However, I would say my favorite aspect about Western is being able to meet new people from different walks of life. Whether you are a resident or a parent/guardian I hope you have a fabulous day!
There are seven different lounges in the Edens-Higginson community.
Higginson Hall 294: See ResTek for more information.
Edens North 245: Contains five washers and eight dryers.
Higginson Hall 161: Contains four washers, six dryers and a sink.
3/22: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
3/25 - 3/30: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
3/31: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hall name + room number
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Bunking/lofting beds, desks, closets, and chest of drawers
Average suite: approx. 512 sq. ft.
Average double room: approx. 188 sq. ft.
Desk and ceiling lights are provided in student rooms
Bunking/lofting beds, desks, and wardrobes
Average double room: approx. 204 sq. ft.
Desk and ceiling lights
Bunking/lofting beds, desks, and wardrobes in dressing area
Average suite: approx. 448 sq. ft.
Average double room: approx. 166 sq. ft.
Desk, bed, and ceiling lights are provided in student rooms
Edens-Higginson Community Council
Hall council leadership is a great way to meet new people and make an impact in your community. Some past events have included karaoke nights, the annual Piccadilly dance, super bowl parties, international potluck, social justice programming, wellness events, game nights, movie nights and academic support events…just to name a few!
There will be a Kick Off event that will provide more information during the first week of fall quarter, with elections occurring in October. For more information about hall council, talk to your Resident Advisor and keep an eye out for posters or Facebook posts promoting the events!