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Presidents of College Success Foundation, Whitworth University to speak at May 14-15 commencement ceremonies

April 27, 2011
Eugene Peterson, author of popular Bible translation, The Message, to speak at baccalaureate

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Deborah Wilds, president of the College Success Foundation, which provides college scholarships, mentoring and support to low-income students and students of color, will address graduates at Whitworth University's 121st undergraduate commencement ceremony May 15. President Beck A. Taylor will be the speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony May 14.

Whitworth Act Six scholar gains valuable experience through internship with state legislature

Whitworth Act Six student Jordon Keller is currently interning with the Washington State Legislature and is learning what it takes to become an advocate for his community.

Whitworth unveils new strategic plan

April 25, 2011
This article appeared in the April 21, 2011 issue of the Journal of Business

Undergrad enrollment to level off; $100 million in projects envisioned

By Treva Lind
Of the Journal of Business

Whitworth University has approved a 10-year strategic plan that calls for slowing considerably its undergraduate growth rate while lowering its student-teacher ratio and expanding educational programs.

Whitworth alumna, Catholic Relief Services director to present final Great Decisions Lecture May 5

April 21, 2011
Schowengerdt has managed food program in Liberia, directed aid work in Iraq

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Anna Schowengerdt, a 1993 Whitworth alumna who has worked with Catholic Relief Services for more than a decade, will present "Humanitarian Aid: A Practitioner's Perspective," on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. The presentation will be the fifth and final 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.

Two Whitworth teams take first place at regional business plan competition

April 20, 2011
Whitworth teams win for "green" dining delivery service, cattle cooperative

Two Whitworth teams took first place in their respective categories in the 2011 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition, winning a total of $17,500 in prize money.

Avista Corp. vice president, Whitworth alum Jason Thackston elected to university's board of trustees

April 19, 2011
Jason Thackston, vice president for Spokane-based Avista Corp., was elected to the Whitworth University Board of Trustees on April 8 during the board's spring meeting.

Whitworth philosophy major, Act Six student selected for PBS's "American Experience" Freedom Ride 2011

Whitworth junior philosophy major Benjameen Quarless is among 40 college students nationwide who have been selected for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a 10-day journey May 6-16 that will trace the route taken by the original freedom riders of 1961. The ride will mark the 50th anniversary of the original freedom rides and coincides with the premiere of the film Freedom Riders, to be aired on PBS' American Experience series on Monday, May 16, at 9 p.m. ET.

CEO of Seattle's All Star Directories visits Whitworth business students

April 18, 2011
Brown named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year

Doug Brown, president and CEO of All Star Directories in Seattle, presented a lecture for Whitworth business students last October.

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer T.J. Stiles to present April 28 Simpson-Duvall Lecture at Whitworth

April 14, 2011
Biography subjects have included Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jesse James

Whitworth is honored to host award-winning biographer T.J. Stiles as the 2011 Simpson-Duvall lecturer. Stiles will present Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Whitworth trustees approve bold 10-year vision and strategic plan for the university

April 8, 2011
Whitworth 2021 seeks to enhance experiential learning, intercultural engagement and post-graduate preparation for students, elevate Whitworth's standing among Christian liberal arts universities

Whitworth University trustees on Friday unanimously approved a bold 10-year vision for the institution and a strategic plan to achieve that vision. The Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan call for the university to pursue its historic mission to provide an education of mind and heart and also respond with courage to internal and external forces that offer unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Donors pledge $3 million to support new Whitworth endowment named in honor of alumnus, former board chair Charles L. Boppell

Gift will help support strategic initiatives in School of Global Commerce and Management

Trustees and other donors have made Whitworth history by pledging $3 million to help fund a new endowed dean position that will support strategic improvements in the School of Global Commerce and Management. It is the largest endowment of its kind within Whitworth University.

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor elected to board of Thrive by Five Washington

April 6, 2011
Taylor's expertise in early childhood development considered key asset

At its April 6 meeting, the Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors elected Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor to its board. Taylor, who has conducted extensive research in early childhood development and is deeply committed to ensuring school readiness among the state's children, will be a key member of Thrive by Five Washington, the state's nonprofit public-private partnership for early learning.

Whitworth alumni couple working in Mongolia featured in new Peace Corps book

Hot off the presses is a new book about the Peace Corps that features some familiar Whitworth faces. In Making Peace with the World (Other Places Pub, 2011) photojournalist Richard Sitler introduces readers to 32 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in more than 22 countries across the globe. Two of the featured volunteers are Whitworth alums Ryan Hackbarth, '06, and Stephanie Hackbarth, '07, who are currently serving with the Peace Corps in Mongolia.

Whitworth celebrates Autism Awareness Month with Lindaman Lecture, art exhibit

April 5, 2011
Autism expert Betty Fry Williams to present April 20 lecture on autism treatment

Though both autism and Asperger syndrome were identified more than 50 years ago, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continue to confound researchers, doctors and families alike. With as many as one child out of 100 in the U.S. now diagnosed with ASD, increasing numbers of people are experiencing the confusing and often painful challenges created by ASD’s social, sensory, and communication disorders. In honor of Autism Awareness Month this April, Whitworth University will host a lecture on April 20 by Betty Fry Williams, Whitworth's Lindaman Chair and coordinator for special education, as well as an art exhibit, "Faces of Hope," which runs through April 21.