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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to share his battle with lymphoma March 15

February 29, 2012
John Kaplan documented his journey with cancer through visual journal

One in three Americans gets cancer during their lifetimes, which means that nearly every family in the country is affected by it. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan, diagnosed at age 48 with a potentially deadly form of lymphoma, turned the lens on himself and chronicled his experience during treatment through photos and video. Eventually, he used the material to direct an inspiring and upbeat film to help fellow cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. Kaplan will present his documentary, "Not as I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer's Journey through Lymphoma," on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4739.

Whitworth University celebrates Peace Corps Week at a special info session Feb. 29

February 24, 2012
More than 150 Whitworth alumni have served in the Peace Corps since 1961

To celebrate more than 50 years of service abroad, the Peace Corps will be hosting a special information session on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Auntie's Bookstore, in downtown Spokane.

Whitworth receives $15,000 grant for research on celiac disease

February 23, 2012
Grant enables Whitworth and North Central High School students to conduct collaborative research

Whitworth has received a $15,000 grant from Empire Health Foundation to study celiac disease, which affects one in every 133 Americans, as part of a collaboration with students on the biomedical track at North Central High School.

Fulbright Hays-winning Whitworth professor Megan Hershey to present March 8 lecture on democracy in Africa

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Whitworth Assistant Professor of Political Science Megan Hershey, who specializes in African studies, will deliver the second 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. Hershey's lecture, "Democratic Challenges and Change in Contemporary Africa," will take place on Thursday, March 8, 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 senior completes fellowship at Princeton's plasma physics lab

February 22, 2012
Ben Hamming also conducted a NASA Washington Space Grant project

Out of nearly 100 applicants nationwide last summer, Whitworth senior Ben Hamming was one of 35 undergraduate students accepted into Princeton's National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences. Through the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Hamming spent one week of intensive, six-hour days of plasma physics training on Princeton's campus last June before traveling to San Diego, where he completed a nine-week fellowship at General Atomics.

Whitworth Theatre to stage Tony Award-winning "All My Sons" March 2-10

February 9, 2012
This March, Whitworth Theatre will present its spring production, Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." Performances will be March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium on Whitworth's campus. General admission is $8; students, children and senior citizens 62 and over will pay $6. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance by calling the theatre box office at (509) 777-3707, or online at

Renowned political commentator George F. Will to speak at Whitworth President's Leadership Forum Oct. 16

February 8, 2012
U.S. Bank to serve as title sponsor for the event

Three weeks before Americans vote in the 2012 presidential election, Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist George F. Will will share his insights into the election and the country's political landscape at Whitworth University's annual President's Leadership Forum, sponsored by U.S. Bank, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please RSVP by calling Nancy Rau at (509) 777-4250 or online at

First Presbyterian Church of Spokane pastor, Whitworth alum John Sowers elected to university's board of trustees

February 6, 2012
John Sowers, senior pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, was elected to the Whitworth University Board of Trustees at the board's retreat in January.

Seventeen diverse student leaders will attend Whitworth, Gonzaga through full Act Six scholarships

February 3, 2012
On the same day that student-athletes across the country made headlines by signing letters of intent to secure college athletic scholarships, 63 students in five cities across the Northwest quietly gathered with their families to sign commitments for full scholarships of their own, including 17 students bound for Whitworth University and Gonzaga University, in Spokane. Selected through a rigorous three-month competition from among nearly 1,000 applicants, these diverse student leaders were chosen, not for their athletic prowess, but for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.