Thursday, March 31, 2011

Whitworth's executive-in-residence to discuss global financial crisis April 14

Duff Bergquist has extensive background in global financial management

Whitworth's new executive-in-residence Brian "Duff" Bergquist, an industry expert in global equity trading, will present "From Narvik to Spokane, with a Stop in Vegas, Aboard the Financial Crisis Express," on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. The presentation will be the fourth lecture in Whitworth's 54th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series, which features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. For more information, call 777-3270.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Whitworth Hawaiian Club to present 41st annual Lu'au April 16

Tickets on sale beginning April 4 at the Hixson Union Building Information Desk
 
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The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Na Pu'uwai o Hawai'i (The Heart of Hawai'i), will share food and culture with the Whitworth and Spokane communities during the club's 41st annual Lu'au on Saturday, April 16. This year's theme is "Sail the Seas." The menu will include chow mein, teriyaki beef, shoyu chicken, kalua pig, macaroni salad, green salad, sweet potato, poi, haupia and upside down pineapple cake. The entertainment portion of the program will feature a local band, new Hawaiian dances and a raffle.

"The Natsihi" student yearbook wins record 17 awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Whitworth students who were staff members of the 2009-2010 edition of Whitworth's yearbook, The Natsihi, have won a total of 17 Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This is the highest number of Gold Circle Awards The Natsihi has ever won.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Award-winning poet Michele Glazer to present endowed reading April 8 at Whitworth

Annual reading held in honor of late professor Nadine Chapman


Michele Glazer, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, will be Whitworth's endowed reader for the 3rd annual Nadine Chapman Endowed Reading, named in honor of the late associate professor of English at Whitworth. Glazer will read from her works on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. A book sale and reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference April 16 to Showcase Local College Students' Original Research

Whitworth to host largest SIRC gathering in conference's history

More than 200 students from Whitworth, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Washington State and Spokane Community College, representing a number of academic disciplines, will present their original research April 16 during the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Whitworth University. Also in attendance will be several students from North Central High School, who by special invitation will present their genomics research. This will be the largest SIRC gathering in the conference's nine-year history.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Theology and peace studies alumna serves homeless in San Jose

After graduation, Whitworth alumna Kristin Nilsson, '10, wanted to find a volunteer program that would allow her to work in social services. She found Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a program that challenges volunteers to "integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor and marginalized, by living simply and in community with other Jesuit Volunteers and by examining the causes of social injustice."

Former U.N. officer to present "International Justice at the Crossroads" at Whitworth March 31

Frederick Lorenz has served as a legal advisor for U.S. in Somalia and for NATO in Bosnia


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From the Nuremberg trials in the 1940s to the tribunals for genocides in Rwanda and the Balkans and now to mounting calls for an investigation into the Qaddafi regime's potential war crimes in Libya, international criminal justice, and America's role in it, remains a key issue for U.S. foreign policy. Frederick Lorenz, who has served as a legal advisor for the NATO implementation force in Bosnia and as a U.N. legal affairs officer in Kosovo, will present "International Justice at the Crossroads," on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, call 777-3270.

Lorenz is a senior lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He also is a senior peace fellow with the Public International Law and Policy Group, with recent peace support missions to the Republic of Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as three U.S. State Department-sponsored visits to the Republic of Somaliland. After obtaining his undergraduate and law degrees from Marquette University, Lorenz served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years as a judge advocate. He also has served as the senior legal advisor for U.S. operations in Somalia, including during the U.N. evacuation of the country in 1995, and as a legal advisor for the NATO implementation force in Bosnia. After retiring from the military, he served as a U.N. legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the U.S. Civil Administration.

For the past three years, Lorenz has taken UW students to The Hague for a program called Challenges of International Justice. Lorenz supports the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first standing tribunal that deals with accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Due to concerns about sovereignty and other issues, the U.S., China and Russia have been reluctant to offer full support to the ICC. Lorenz argues that the world's superpowers, including the U.S., which he asserts has a record of supporting international justice, need to support the ICC in order for it to gain legitimacy on the world stage and ensure the future of international justice.

"Frederick Lorenz's experiences with some of the toughest legal issues in international law will provide the audience with an important perspective," says Patrick Van Inwegen, an associate professor of political science at Whitworth. "His work fits with the interests of many of our students, faculty and staff, who support the creation and promotion of more just international systems."

Lorenz's presentation will be the third lecture in Whitworth's 54th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series, which features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. In addition to the March 31 lecture, Great Decisions lectures will take place on April 14 and May 5. The lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on upcoming lectures, please call (509) 777-3270. Great Decisions 2011 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.


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.


Contacts:


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.


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

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sociology major wins award for scholarly paper on Psalm 50 presented at Bible conference

Senior sociology major Michael Schultz has won the 2011 Award for Outstanding Student Paper in the Fields of Biblical Studies and Religious Studies at the Pacific Northwest Society of Biblical Literature's annual meeting. This is the first time a Whitworth student has won this significant honor.

Communication professors co-host radio show with room for disagreement

Whitworth communication professors with differing political views, Mike Ingram and Jim McPherson, have launched a new radio show, Civil Disagreement, on Whitworth.fm. Rather than facing off in the supposed right and left wing battles that may be expected, McPherson and Ingram strive to provide something different.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Whitworth athletic training alum hired as seasonal intern for Seattle Seahawks

Last spring Andrew Bloch, '08, was hired as a season intern for the Seattle Seahawks. Bloch says it has been an intense learning experience that has challenged him to become a better athletic trainer. And he still has to pinch himself at times when he realizes where he's working.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Whitworth team ties for third place in National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

A team of Whitworth University students tied for third place at the 15th annual National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and held March 3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the second time in three years Whitworth has placed in the top five in the national ethics bowl.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Expert on international relief and development to speak at Whitworth March 17

Guest lecturer Tom LePage has served in Haiti and across Africa

As Haiti picks up the pieces from the devastating earthquake that hit one year ago and as shockwaves from the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia vibrate across Africa, a development expert who has worked in both regions will present the second lecture in the 54th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge. LePage will present "Somalia and Reconciliation: The Horn of an African Dilemma," on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.