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Jim and Wanda Cowles to be awarded George F. Whitworth Medal

April 12, 2017
Whitworth University’s highest award, the George F. Whitworth Medal, will be bestowed upon James P. Cowles, and, posthumously, Wanda Toliver Cowles, during a private ceremony during the board of trustees meeting on campus next week. This award is only given periodically to candidates who have exhibited extraordinary service to society and to the university over an extended period.

Whitworth Hawaiian Club to hold 47th Annual Lu’au April 29

April 3, 2017
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 47th annual lu’au, on Saturday, April 29. Dinner will be served buffet style in the Hixson Union Building (HUB) from 4:30-7 p.m., followed by entertainment at 7 p.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from the HUB to the Fieldhouse.

Whitworth Forensics Team to Debate with Irish Champions Apr. 5

March 23, 2017
The award-winning Whitworth forensics team will host the national debate champions of Ireland in a free, public exhibition. In this contest with our Irish visitors, Whitworth's forensics team will argue for the resolution “Liberty is the highest value.” The event will be held Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. For more information, please call (509) 777-4739.

Whitworth music ensembles present spring concerts during April & May

March 21, 2017
A variety of Whitworth University’s music ensembles will be performing on campus and in Spokane locations this spring.

Prominent Historian and Author Ronald C. White to speak at Whitworth

March 16, 2017
Writer of bestseller “A. Lincoln: A Biography” and new book “A Life of Ulysses S. Grant” 

Whitworth University will welcome back esteemed American historian, author and former Whitworth chaplain Ronald C. White, Ph.D., to its campus from April 17 to May 21. He will present several free public lectures based on his bestselling and award-winning biographies on Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, speaking in the Spokane community on Apr. 18, 20, 30 and May 8, and in the Puget Sound area April 25-26. For more information, please call (509) 777-4452.

Journalist and Best-Selling Author of “The Big Short,” “Moneyball,” and “The Blind Side” to speak at Whitworth University President’s Leadership Forum Sept. 19

March 14, 2017

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis will be the featured speaker at Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, to be held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at noon-1:30 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.

Act Six Scholars Earn Full-Tuition, Full-Need Scholarships to attend Whitworth and Gonzaga

March 9, 2017
Families, schools and communities are celebrating in the Pacific Northwest. Whitworth and Gonzaga universities will welcome a total of 16 new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2021. The eight scholars entering Whitworth and eight entering Gonzaga are among 100 Pacific Northwest and Midwest students to receive full-tuition, full-need college scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.

Whitworth University among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

February 28, 2017
The Peace Corps announced today that Whitworth University ranked No. 4 among small schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. There are 12 Whitworth alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

Beck A. Taylor Elected President of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

February 24, 2017
Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., has been elected president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities by its board of directors. AAPICU is a nationwide, collegial group for presidents of independent institutions committed to preserving the private sector of higher education.

Whitworth Theatre presents “Go, Dog. Go!”

February 23, 2017
Whitworth Theatre will stage its spring production, Go, Dog. Go!, on Mar. 10, 11 and 12 at the Bing Crosby Theatre in downtown Spokane. Performances will be at 6 p.m. on March 10, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 11, and 2 p.m. on March 12. General admission, $15; students (12-18) and seniors (62-plus), $12; ages 2-11, $10; and Whitworth students, $12. For tickets, please visit, or call 800-325-SEAT.

Longtime Whitworth communications professor publishes book on Christianity, light and sight

February 10, 2017
Gordon Jackson, who retired in 2015 after 32 years as a communications professor at Whitworth University, recently published a new book, Be Thou My Vision: Light, Sight, and the Christian Faith (published by Crosslink). In it, Jackson explores the concepts of light and sight, and the many Bible references that refer to these two phenomena. Be Thou My Vision is his twelfth book.

Whitworth Associate Dean Roberta Wilburn Named INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award Winner

Whitworth University is proud to announce that Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education & Diversity Initiatives Roberta Wilburn, Ed.D., is this year’s winner of the 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for administrators. This is the only national award that honors college and university administrators for their commitment to diversity through leadership, and for giving back to their campus and community. Wilburn joined Whitworth University 10 years ago and has devoted more than 35 years to the field of education.

President Beck A. Taylor elected to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board of Directors

February 8, 2017
Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) this month in Washington, D.C. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

Whitworth University to feature African American History Month presentation, “Beyond ‘The Color of Fear,’” Feb. 28

February 6, 2017
Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez, principal cast members of The Color of Fear, a breakthrough documentary film on race relations in the United States, will draw upon their decades of experience in multicultural education and activism for an African American History Month presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4721.

Christian Philosopher and Alum Stephen T. Davis to speak at Whitworth Feb. 15

February 3, 2017
Whitworth University welcomes Stephen T. Davis, Ph.D., '62, a nationally respected Christian philosopher and the Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, to campus for a lecture, “Nobody Has the Right to Tell Me What to Believe or Do: The Illusion of Human Autonomy.” Davis will explore the meaning of personal autonomy in the context of philosophy and religion, and the struggle many Christians have between real autonomy and excessive autonomy. The lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4452.

Whitworth University Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gospel Explosion Event Feb. 10

February 2, 2017
Whitworth University is partnering with local churches in the community to host its 20th annual Gospel Explosion on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the university’s Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival features discussion with Alexandra Hidalgo on Feb. 9

January 27, 2017
Please join Whitworth University for the ninth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, Feb. 9-12. This year’s 7 p.m. showings will feature documentarian Alexandra Hidalgo, a Whitworth faculty panel, and a World War II international film.

Whitworth faculty present biennial spring art exhibit and panel discussion

January 26, 2017
Whitworth University art faculty members will present their biennial spring exhibit from Feb. 7-Mar. 24, in the campus’s Lied Center for the Visual Arts. Faculty members taking part are Gordon Wilson, Rob Fifield, Brad Oiler, Katie Creyts and Lance Sinnema. Each artist will have multiple pieces on display, and art media will include paintings, photography, mixed media, and glasswork. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Whitworth to host Innovative Black History 101 Mobile Museum in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2017
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Whitworth University will host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling tabletop exhibit depicting African-American memorabilia spanning slavery to hip hop, on Tuesday, Jan. 17.