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Whitworth Choir to perform on tour in California March 19-26

February 25, 2011
President Beck Taylor also to host receptions at several tour stops

The acclaimed Whitworth Choir will be performing in venues across California March 19-26 during its spring 2011 concert tour. In conjunction with concerts at several of the tour stops, Whitworth President Beck Taylor will host receptions as part of the Taylor Tour 2011.

Whitworth to host screening of documentary about Gulf Coast oil spill March 10

February 24, 2011
Who: Marc Gauthier, a Spokane native who produced the featured film, Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

What: A film screening and discussion of Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

When: Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Where: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Free admission. For more information, please call (509) 777-4401

Whitworth will be open for evening classes Feb. 24

The following is a message from Whitworth Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Le Roy:

Dear Whitworth Community,

Whitworth University will convene classes tonight on a regular schedule. In addition, the Northwest Conference men's basketball semifinal game between Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth will go on as scheduled tonight in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and the Fieldhouse will be warm.

Whitworth delayed today, Feb. 24, due to snow

Whitworth University is operating on a delayed schedule today as a result of the heavy snowfall. Classes scheduled for 8 a.m. are canceled this morning, so classes will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Whitworth athletic training professor and student participate in Weyerhaeuser Younger Scholars Program

February 23, 2011
Brian Stenberg, Whitworth Class of 2010, and Director of the Scotford Center Todd Sandberg, who is also an assistant professor and assistant athletic trainer, recently participated together in a student-mentor program called the Weyerhaeuser Younger Scholars Program. This project culminated with Brian presenting his findings at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference, hosted by Gonzaga University and sponsored by both Whitworth and Gonzaga, in April 2010. Eight student-faculty pairs were chosen from diverse academic disciplines. Entrants for 2010 included majors and professors from athletic training, art, English, political studies and biology. The program's emphasis is to develop mentoring relationships between faculty and students working together on research projects and to encourage students to pursue graduate studies in their chosen fields.

Founder of grassroots peace movement in the Middle East to speak at Whitworth March 3

February 17, 2011
First guest speaker for university's annual Great Decisions Lecture Series also has facilitated water-rights negotiations in the region

As the winds of change that kicked up in Tunisia and Egypt now blow across the Middle East, Asgeir Foyen, who founded a grassroots peace movement in the region, will present the first 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. Foyen will present, "Hope for the Middle East? A Different Approach," on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Whitworth political science professor publishes timely book on revolutions

February 15, 2011
In the midst of recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and widespread unrest across the Middle East, Whitworth Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen has just released a new book, Understanding Revolution (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011), that provides a comprehensive review and analysis of revolutions.

Predicting What Will Spark the Revolution

February 10, 2011
The following editorial appeared in the Feb. 10, 2011 issue of The Pacific Northwest Inlander

By Patrick Van Inwegen, Ph.D.

Is the flame of revolution spreading across the Arab world? Will Hosni Mubarak really not run for re-election or will the Egyptian military violently stop further demonstrations? Is Jordan's King Abdullah's recent firing of his government enough to safeguard Jordan from the continuing spread of protests? Will protests in Yemen, Algeria, Sudan and Syria continue the toppling of autocratic rulers in the Arab world?

Whitworth Theatre to stage "Eurydice" March 4-12

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This March, Whitworth Theatre will present its spring production, "Eurydice." Performances will be March 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. and March 6 at 2 p.m., in Cowles Memorial Auditorium on Whitworth's campus. General admission is $8; students, children and senior citizens (62 and up) pay $6. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance by calling the theatre box office at (509) 777-3707, or online at

Many factors underlie turbulence in Egypt

February 7, 2011
The following editorial appeared in the Feb. 5, 2011 issue of The Spokesman-Review

By Raja S. Tanas, Ph.D.

Since Jan. 25, Americans have watched the current political unrest in Egypt with surprise, interest and great anxiety. We are looking for the reasons behind the sudden unrest in one of the more seemingly stable countries in the Middle East and in a regime that has been the strongest U.S. ally in the Arab world for more than 30 years.

Thirteen Spokane students among 48 leaders chosen for full Act Six scholarship to six Washington colleges

February 3, 2011
The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative announced today that 13 Spokane students will join 35 students from the Puget Sound and Yakima Valley regions to receive full-tuition, full-need scholarships to six Washington colleges. Whitworth University, the first college to join the program in 2002, will welcome its ninth cadre of nine students. Gonzaga University, which joined the program in 2009, will welcome its third cadre of eight students. Other participating Washington colleges include Pacific Lutheran University, Northwest University, Trinity Lutheran College and Heritage University. Collectively, the awards will provide nearly $6.5 million in financial aid over four years.