Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Health sciences alumna receives esteemed scholarship for doctorate program

Shortly before she graduated from Whitworth last spring, health sciences alumna Shannon Eshoff, '11, was named a University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy Fellow, offsetting more than half of her tuition costs for her graduate education. Eshoff was selected as one of two fellows in a program of 37 students. She is enrolled in the doctorate of physical therapy program at the university, where she will graduate in 2014.

Whitworth alumni live out their calling in the Peace Corps

Since John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 150 Whitworth alumni have participated in the service-oriented program in dozens of countries. Alumni who have served in the Peace Corps span a variety of majors over many decades. In addition, several Whitworth professors have served in the Peace Corps, including Assistant Professor of English Nicole Sheets, who recently was assigned to the Republic of Maldova.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Whitworth appoints new business dean

Timothy Wilkinson, currently interim dean at Montana State University, to begin July 1

Whitworth Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Barbara Sanders announced on April 20 the appointment of Timothy Wilkinson as dean of the university's School of Global Commerce & Management. Wilkinson, who currently serves as interim dean of the College of Business at Montana State University Billings, brings significant experience in international business, entrepreneurship and marketing to his new position, effective July 1.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Two Whitworth teams take first place at regional business plan competition

Whitworth teams win for lawn care and "green" maid services

Two Whitworth teams took first place in their respective categories in the 2012 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition, winning a total of $10,000 in prize money.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whitworth alumna, founder of Blood:Water Mission to give keynote speech at May 13 commencement ceremony

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor to speak at graduate ceremony May 12


Jena Lee Nardella,'04, who co-founded Blood:Water Mission with the Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay, will address graduates at Whitworth University's 122nd undergraduate commencement ceremony May 13. Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will be the speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony May 12.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Two Whitworth students share title at national debate tournament

Following on the heels of a Whitworth team taking first place at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in March, two students have brought home the first individual national titles in a speech or debate event in school history by winning the International Public Debate Association's national tournament, held April 13-15 at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas. The wins cap off a strong first year for the university's forensics program, which re-launched last fall after a 14-year hiatus.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sustainability expert Christian Gunter to present April 26 Great Decisions lecture on sustainable building and investing

Whitworth alumnus Christian Gunter, '98, who serves as director of Sellen Sustainability, will discuss sustainable building and investing during the fifth and final lecture in the university's 55th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. 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. Gunter's lecture, "Beyond Green: Responsible Property Investing Trends and Strategies," will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. For more information, please call (509) 777-4937.

Whitworth journalism alumna to release book on social media for businesswomen

Whitworth alumna Sophie Sestero, '11, is sharing her expertise in social media marketing in a new book aimed at businesswomen. SNAP: A Social Networking After Party, which will be released later this year, has also inspired a seminar series sponsored by the Idaho Women's Journal.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Whitworth theatre students collaborate with Spokane residents on May 6 community-based production at Bing Crosby Theatre

On May 6, Whitworth Assistant Professor of Theatre Brooke Kiener, her students, and Spokane residents will present a community-based theatre project, "Wizdom: Making Dollars and Sense," at 7 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theatre in downtown Spokane. The hour-long performance will be followed by a discussion with the actors and director. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Whitworth student wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in science

Whitworth junior Micah Spaun was selected from 1,123 top math, science and engineering students nominated by their institutions out of a pool of more than 300,000 students nationwide to receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2012-13. Spaun was among 282 Goldwater Scholars selected on the basis of academic achievement, research goals and experience, organizational contributions, and letters of recommendation, to receive one- and two-year scholarships of up to $7,500 per year. Spaun's one-year award will help pay tuition for his senior year at Whitworth.