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Whitworth recognized on 2014 President’s Honor Roll for Community Service

June 22, 2015
The Corporation for National and Community Service has once again recognized Whitworth University for its commitment to community service.  Whitworth has been recognized in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in two categories: General Community Service and Community Service in Education. This is the second consecutive year that Whitworth has been recognized in two categories.

The President's Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the important role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Whitworth’s RISE (Reinforcing the Importance of Support in Education) tutoring and mentoring program was developed in 2012 by Whitworth alumni Elise VanDam,’13, and Andrew Pearce, ’14, with the aid of Susan McDaniel, Whitworth interim student-leadership program assistant. This student-led program gives members of the Spokane and Whitworth communities opportunities to mentor and tutor students ranging from elementary to high-school levels.

In September 2014, approximately 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff  participated in the university’s 107th annual Community Building Day, lending a hand to organizations across Spokane in a broad effort to strengthen the community.

Earlier in 2014, Whitworth students partnered with Generation Alive to package more than 650,000 meals for food-insecure families in Spokane and in Nicaragua. U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers awarded the student body a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for its work with Generation Alive.

Also in 2014, Whitworth’s Writing Rally, a family literacy initiative for students in pre-school through sixth grade, celebrated its 30th anniversary by welcoming to campus author Jerry Pallotta. Over 400 students heard Pallotta speak, and they took part in a program designed to sharpen children’s writing and literacy abilities.

The Whitworth School of Education’s Literacy Center is a primary site for training graduate and undergraduate students earning endorsements in special education or reading through Whitworth. The center provides assessment of academic skills, and individualized and small-group instruction for elementary-aged students. During the 2012-13 academic year, the literacy center served over 90 students with mild learning, behavioral or language challenges.

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Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Nancy Hines, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4638 or