Thursday, October 28, 2010

Whitworth to host Not For Sale Campaign's Stop Paying for Slavery Tour Nov. 16-17

Tour to feature Not For Sale president David Batstone, and Spokane native, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt


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Although Americans often think slavery was abolished more than a century ago, millions of people are still trapped in the slave trade. To raise awareness about modern-day slavery and to empower members of the Whitworth and Spokane community with practical ways they can be part of the movement to abolish it, Whitworth is hosting the Not For Sale Campaign's Stop Paying for Slavery Tour Nov. 16-17. The tour will include a free seminar for Spokane's business leaders about the risks of forced labor in the global economy, as well as a keynote presentation by the Not For Sale Campaign's president, David Batstone, and Spokane native Jeremy Affeldt, a pitcher for the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Affeldt recently was nominated for baseball's prestigious Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award for his work with Not For Sale and his Spokane nonprofit, Generation Alive!

According to the U.S. State Department, 27 million people are enslaved worldwide, and human trafficking is now the world's second-largest criminal industry, raking in $32 billion a year. More than 1 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade every year. While the number of trafficking victims in the U.S. is largely unknown, a study funded by the Department of Justice in 2000 found that a quarter-million American children and youth were estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation.

In 2008, a report prepared for the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Safety found that human trafficking, including sex slavery, farm labor and domestic servitude, poses a significant problem for the Spokane region. The report said that Spokane has a considerable teen prostitution problem and serves as an entry area for child prostitutes who are initiated here and then transported to larger metro areas such as Seattle and San Francisco.

David Batstone, a professor of ethics at the University of San Francisco, co-founded the Not For Sale Campaign in 2007, after traveling the world documenting slavery and sex trafficking and compiling his findings in Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It (HarperOne). He also has authored Saving the Corporate Soul (Jossey-Bass), was a founding member of Business 2.0 magazine and served as executive editor of Sojourners magazine.

Jeremy Affeldt and his wife, Larisa, became involved with Not For Sale after he signed with the Giants in 2008. The left-handed reliever, who recently competed in his second World Series in three years, looks for ways to use his influence to help those in need. He has donated money toward medical clinics that Not For Sale has built for former child slaves in Thailand, and he also donates $100 for every strikeout he logs to Not For Sale's "Free2Play" project.

The following events will be part of Not For Sale's Stop Paying For Slavery Tour stop at Whitworth:

  • Monday, Nov. 8: A documentary, "The Dark Side of Chocolate," which examines Africa's cocoa industry, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16

    11:45 a.m.: Not For Sale representative Brant Christopher will conduct a workshop, "Slavery Map 101," in the Science Auditorium to teach students how to identify and track slavery.

    4 p.m.: Christopher will conduct a workshop, "Supply Chain 101," for students. He will cover supply-chain responsibility, making informed purchasing decisions as a consumer, and Not For Sale's "Free2Work"project. The workshop will take place in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 111.

    9 p.m.: Christopher, an award-winning singer and songwriter, will share music from his latest CD, "Beautiful Imperfection," during a coffeehouse performance in Duvall Hall.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 17

    4 p.m.: A free seminar, "Business Without Slavery: Understanding and Addressing the Risks of Forced Labor for Companies," in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Room 111, sponsored by Whitworth's School of Global Commerce & Management and Manpower, Inc., and led by Batstone and Affeldt. The seminar is open to Whitworth business students and business faculty, as well as to Spokane business leaders. Refreshments will be served and baseballs will be available for Affeldt to sign. RSVP by calling (509) 777-4703 or e-mailing eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

    7 p.m.: Keynote presentation, featuring live music, interactive videos and stories about abolitionists around the globe, presented by Batstone, Affeldt and Christopher. Located in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theater. Free and open to the public.

    9 p.m.: Batstone and Affeldt will be available to talk with students about human trafficking issues during Duvall Hall's Prime Time, located in Duvall's second-floor lounge.

Also during the week of Nov. 15-19, Whitworth's student-run International Justice Mission Club will host several events to mobilize students to join the fight against human trafficking. On Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Hixson Union Building's Multipurpose Room, Azra Grudic, an anti-trafficking specialist for Lutheran Community Services, in Spokane, will talk about trafficking issues specific to this region. On Thursday, Nov. 18, the IJM Club will have information available in the HUB about practical ways students can get involved in ending modern-day slavery. A representative from the Spokane office of World Relief will also be present.

Founded by David Batstone, Mark Wexler and Kique Bazan, the Not For Sale Campaign, based in Montara, Calif., works to link law enforcement, business leaders, universities, government officials, social service organizations, and faith-based groups to launch and coordinate effective actions on behalf of those living in slavery. For more information about NFSC and the "Stop Paying for Slavery" Tour, visit http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contact:

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Whitworth siblings take one step closer to careers in medicine through healthcare scholarship

Whitworth students – and siblings – Eric Nelson, '10, and AnnAlise Nelson, '13, received Harold & Edna Bragg Healthcare Education Scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic school year. The awards are given by the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation to Lake Chelan students with majors in the healthcare field.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kinesiology, religion alum Jim Nendel leads football team to Finnish championship

Nendel also founded A Champion's Heart ministry, co-wrote book on service-learning in physical education

On Sept. 4, Jim Nendel, B.A.'82, M.A.'99, led the Porvoo Butchers to win the Maple Bowl Championship XXXI, Finland's equivalent to the American Super Bowl. The Butchers overtook the Seinäjoki Crocodiles 30-17.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Whitworth strengthens ties with region's business leaders through new executive-in-residence program

First executive-in-residence brings extensive background in global financial management


Duff Bergquist

To further strengthen Whitworth's connections with the region's business leaders and to provide students with practical insight into emerging business trends and practices, the university's School of Global Commerce & Management has established a new executive-in-residence program. Executives selected for the program act as the school's ambassador to the regional business community. Other responsibilities include teaching classes, bringing professionals on campus for guest lectures, and helping shape curriculum to reflect the ever-changing demands of the global economy.

Whitworth education alumna wins Oregon Spirit Book Award

In addition to prolific writing career, Osterlund also serves as elementary-school teacher

Anne Osterlund, '99, received the Oregon Spirit Book Award in the young adult category last August for her most recently published book, Academy 7.

Academy 7 received the award from the Oregon Council for Teachers of English for being "a distinguished contribution to children's, juvenile, or young adult literature that engages and encourages readers' imagination, discovery, and understanding."

2010 Whitworth alumna lands chemical technologist position at Hanford

Shortly after graduating from Whitworth last summer, 2010 biology alumna Amanda Peiffer accepted a position as a chemical technologist for Hanford's Advanced Technologies and Laboratories, located in her hometown of Richland, Wash.

Peiffer first heard about the job opportunity through her father, who had worked as a chemical engineer at Hanford. The site served as a plutonium production complex during World War II and later as a U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal during the Cold War. The site was decommissioned after the Cold War ended, but it still contains a majority of the nation's radioactive waste and is the focus of the federal government's largest environmental cleanup effort.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Award-winning children's author Sally M. Walker to lead 27th annual Whitworth Writing Rally Nov. 6

As many as 600 students from the Inland Northwest are expected to participate

WHAT: The 27th annual Whitworth Writing Rally is a family literacy initiative for students in pre-school through 6th grade. The event features presentations by a well-known children's author followed by opportunities for participants to work with area teachers or Whitworth education students to create their own original illustrated books. The rally is a nonprofit event that brings a variety of civic and corporate sponsors to campus and draws children from across the region, many of whom attend throughout their elementary-school years.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Whitworth to host Teaching Academy Conference Nov. 1 for area high-school students

WHO: Roughly 100 local high-school students and their teachers

WHAT: Teaching Academy Conference

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Hixson Union Building and Dixon Hall classrooms at Whitworth University

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Four-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval to perform Nov. 6 with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

Sandoval also to present free jazz clinic Nov. 5 at Whitworth



Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, a four-time Grammy winner and protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, will perform in concert with the award-winning Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students/senior citizens over 62. For tickets, call TicketsWest at (509) 325-7328, or purchase online at www.whitworth.edu/musictickets or http://www.ticketswest.com/. Tickets also can be purchased at the Whitworth Information Desk in the Hixson Union Building on campus.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Whitworth business management alum joins Santa Barbara semi-pro football team

Steve Silva, '08, has landed a spot as a wide receiver for the Central Coast Seminoles, a newly formed semi-professional football team in Santa Barbara, Calif.