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Whitworth student to study in China this summer as Critical Language Scholar

April 30, 2014

Whitworth senior Michael Bouterse, a history and theology double-major, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department to study Mandarin Chinese in Hangzhou, China, this summer. Bouterse will study at the Zhejiang University of Technology.

Whitworth Ethics Bowl team ends season with ICW competition win

April 17, 2014

Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, closed out the season by taking first at the Independent Colleges of Washington Ethics Bowl at Seattle University on April 4. The team of five students defeated Walla Walla University, Heritage University and Seattle Pacific University, before defeating Seattle Pacific in the semifinals and Gonzaga University in the finals.

Alternative-energy expert Ralph Cavalieri to discuss energy independence April 24 at Whitworth University

April 16, 2014

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Ralph Cavalieri, director of Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, will present a lecture, “Energy Independence for a Sustainable Future,” on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. This event is free and open to the public.

Whitworth alum finds vocation in immigration work with Miami Department of Justice

April 14, 2014

Whitworth alumna Diana Stapp, ’08, recently accepted a fellowship through the Attorney General Honors Program to join the Department of Justice as an attorney advisor to the immigration court. Stapp will graduate from St. Thomas University School of Law in May, and she will begin her fellowship in September at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, in Miami, Fla. Stapp will work at the Krome Detention Center’s immigration court, and will assist judges in the research and writing of opinions.

Avista Corp. senior vice president, alum Jason Thackston elected as Whitworth’s next chair of board of trustees

April 11, 2014

Jason Thackston, '92
Jason Thackston,’92, senior vice president for Spokane-based Avista Corp., has been elected chair of Whitworth’s board of trustees and will assume his new role beginning July 1. Thackston will succeed current board chair Walt Oliver, ’67, after his exemplary six-year term.

Whitworth alumni establish Amy M. Ryan Endowed Professorship in the Liberal Arts

Left to right: Dave Myers, '64, Carol Myers, '65,
President Beck A. Taylor, Provost Caroline Simon
Yesterday in a special ceremony in Robinson Science Hall at Whitworth University, trustee and alumnus Dave Myers, ’64, and his wife, alumna Carol (Peterkin) Myers, ’65, pledged to fund a new endowed professorship named in honor of Carol’s grandmother Amy M. (Johns) Ryan. Ryan attended Whitworth from 1894-97, when the school occupied its original location in Sumner, Wash.

Whitworth students invest in community and futures through Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition

April 9, 2014

The 2014 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition allows regional college students to take steps toward starting successful businesses by competing for prizes totaling $22,500 in three categories: student-generated, community-based and social-enterprise.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at Whitworth University President’s Leadership Forum Oct. 9

April 8, 2014

Wells Fargo Bank is title sponsor for the event

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the featured speaker of Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 12:00 p.m., at the Spokane Convention Center. Costs for this event are $60 per person or $600 for a corporate table. Lunch is included. RSVP by registering online at

Whitworth loses longtime trustee Dave Robblee to cancer

Whitworth Trustee J. David “Dave” Robblee, ’62, lost a courageous battle with cancer on the morning of April 6, 2014, passing peacefully in his sleep. A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday at Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Wash., at 2 p.m.