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Whitworth University Named a 2018 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

December 22, 2017
Spokane – Whitworth University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 300 Best College Values for 2018. Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability, not subjective criteria.

Whitworth Student Wins Life Science Award for Celiac Disease Research

December 4, 2017
Whitworth University chemistry student Nicholas Bratt, ’19, was presented with the John Van Zytveld Award in the Life Sciences at the 2017 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference held in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 10.

Whitworth University’s Cowles Music Center Wins Two Distinguished Design Awards

November 29, 2017
Whitworth University is proud to announce the Cowles Music Center received two notable construction design awards in November.

Whitworth University Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

November 22, 2017
The Whitworth University Board of Trustees is honored to welcome Nancy Fox and Octavio Morales, who were elected during the board’s meeting in October.

Whitworth Forensics Team Wins More than Two Dozen Awards at Linfield College Tournament

November 15, 2017
Members of the Whitworth University Forensics team walked away from the Linfield College tournament Nov. 10-12 in McMinnville, Ore., with dozens of awards.

Whitworth University Named a Top Master’s College for Study-Abroad Participation

November 14, 2017
The Institute of International Education has once again named Whitworth University to its list of Top 40  Master’s Colleges & Universities in the nation for its study-abroad participation.

Whitworth Choirs to Present Christmas Festival Concert, "Emmanuel: God With Us"

November 10, 2017
The 2017 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, Emmanuel: God With Us, will take place in Seattle on Dec. 2 and 3, and in Spokane on Dec. 9 and 10. The concerts will feature more than 100 student-musicians, including members of the Whitworth Choir, the Whitworth Women’s Choir and the Whitworth Men’s Chorus, as well as student instrumentalists and narrators.

Whitworth Named to Victory Media’s 2018 Military Friendly® Schools List

November 6, 2017
Whitworth University has earned the 2018 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Spouse. This is the second consecutive year Whitworth has received this distinction.

Whitworth University Marks Native American Heritage Month with Powerful Lecture

November 3, 2017
The Whitworth University Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, in observance of Native American Heritage Month, will present a lecture by Roberta Paul, retired Washington State University Spokane director of Native American Health Sciences, on Monday, Nov. 13, from 7-9 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.  

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor to Participate in Holiday Event for Volunteers of America

October 31, 2017

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will take part in the Serving with CEOs program on Nov. 7 at the Crosswalk Teen Shelter, 525 W. Second Ave., Spokane, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Whitworth University Makes List of Top Five Schools for Music Majors on Popular Career Website

October 19, 2017
Whitworth University is proud to announce it has placed fifth on’s list of best schools in the state of Washington for music majors.

Renowned Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis to Perform Nov. 4 with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

October 18, 2017
Ellis Marsalis, regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans, will perform Nov. 3 and 4 at Whitworth University. Marsalis will lead a free jazz clinic for the public on Nov. 3 and will be the featured artist for the 28th annual Whitworth Guest Artist Jazz Concert on Nov. 4 on the Cowles Auditorium Main Stage.

The Campaign for Whitworth Surpasses $100 Million Goal

October 13, 2017
Whitworth University is proud to announce The Campaign for Whitworth has surpassed its original $100 million goal, making it the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history.

Whitworth University Presents the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse: A series of three discussions, starting Oct. 19

October 11, 2017
Whitworth University, in an effort to elevate constructive dialogue and healthy discourse on issues that divide us, will host the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse, a three-part discussion that will encourage community members to ask tough questions, exchange new ideas with open minds and hearts, and think critically about their own roles in sustaining constructive dialogue within a framework of Christian commitment.

Whitworth Theatre Presents the Tony Award-Winning Play "The Elephant Man"

September 29, 2017
Whitworth Theatre will stage its fall production, the Tony Award-winning play The Elephant Man, on Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Wm. Paul Young, Author of "The Shack," C. Baxter Kruger and John MacMurray to Speak at Whitworth University

September 25, 2017
Whitworth University’s Office of Church Engagement welcomes Wm. Paul Young, author and producer of "The Shack," along with C. Baxter Kruger, director of Perichoresis, and John MacMurray, founder of the Northwest School of Theology, for a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7-8:15 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

Miguel De La Torre to bring award-winning documentary "Trails of Hope and Terror" to Whitworth University

September 15, 2017
The Whitworth University Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, will present author and screenwriter Miguel De La Torre, Ph.D., and his award-winning documentary "Trails of Hope and Terror" on Monday, Sept. 25, from 7-9 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.

Whitworth University is No. 5 in "U.S. News" Rankings of Best Values in the West

September 11, 2017
No. 2 Best in the West for Undergraduate Teaching

Whitworth University was ranked No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best regional university values in the West. For the 18th consecutive year, Whitworth also ranked in the top 15 best universities out of 126 master's-level universities in the 15-state region of the Western United States, ranking No. 8 this year. Whitworth also earned the No. 2 ranking on the list of best undergraduate teaching in the West.

Journalist and Best-Selling Author of “The Big Short,” “Moneyball,” and “The Blind Side” to speak at Whitworth University President’s Leadership Forum Sept. 19

September 8, 2017

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis will be the featured speaker at Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, to be held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at noon-1:30 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.

Whitworth Community Will Spend Day Serving Spokane Area on Sept. 20

September 1, 2017

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, nearly 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff members will join forces for Community Building Day and spread across Spokane to demonstrate the university’s commitment to continued service to its community.

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor Elected Chair of Independent Colleges of Washington Board

August 31, 2017
Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., has been elected chair of the Independent Colleges of Washington board. ICW represents 10 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in public- policy matters and advocates for the value of higher education to the state.

Whitworth to host annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry conference July 24-28

June 21, 2017
Oscar Garcia-Johnson (left) and Leonard Sweet
The 2017 Whitworth Institute of Ministry will welcome keynote speakers Oscar Garcia-Johnson, associate professor of theology and Latino/a studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, and theologian and best-selling author Leonard Sweet, to its 42nd conference, to be held July 24-28 at Whitworth University. The featured guests and other speakers will focus on the theme “Reformation and Re-Formation: The Church as Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” and will offer participants five days of fellowship, worship and scriptural teaching.

Whitworth University Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

May 11, 2017
The Whitworth University Board of Trustees is honored to welcome Mark J. Benson and the Rev. Robyn Hogue, ’77, as its newest members, elected during the board’s April meeting.

Whitworth University Students Selected as Fulbright Finalists

May 8, 2017
Two Whitworth student applicants were selected as Fulbright Scholarship finalists for 2017-18. The university has a long-standing tradition of producing such finalists, with 35 students chosen since 2000. In 2009 and 2011, Whitworth was named a top producer of Fulbright finalists among master’s-level universities nationwide.

Whitworth scholar and alum Elizabeth Campbell to deliver keynote speech during commencement ceremony on May 21

May 5, 2017
Elizabeth Campbell, ’05, is an assistant professor of psychology at Whitworth University and a practicing licensed psychologist at the Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment center. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Whitworth University and went on to the University of North Texas to earn her master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Campbell currently teaches in Whitworth’s undergraduate psychology department and in the university’s Marriage & Family Therapy Program. She will give an address, “Lean into Love: Lessons of Mind and Heart,” at Whitworth University’s 127th undergraduate commencement.

Lorna Hernandez Jarvis named new Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

May 4, 2017
Whitworth University is honored to announce that Lorna Hernandez Jarvis, Ph.D., a cognitive psychologist and professor of psychology at Hope College, Mich., has been appointed as the university’s new chief diversity officer and associate vice president. Hernandez Jarvis has been a member of the psychology department at Hope College, in Michigan, for 24 years and has a strong publication record in the fields of psycholinguistics, bilingualism and the effects of acculturation on psychological well-being.

Whitworth Ethics Bowl Team wins ICW competition for third year

April 26, 2017
Whitworth's Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, won the fourth annual Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) Ethics Bowl, held at Seattle University on April 23-24. The team of five students defeated Walla Walla University, Heritage University and Seattle Pacific University in preliminary rounds, Seattle University in the semifinals, and St. Martin's University in the final round.

Jim and Wanda Cowles to be awarded George F. Whitworth Medal

April 12, 2017
Whitworth University’s highest award, the George F. Whitworth Medal, will be bestowed upon James P. Cowles, and, posthumously, Wanda Toliver Cowles, during a private ceremony during the board of trustees meeting on campus next week. This award is only given periodically to candidates who have exhibited extraordinary service to society and to the university over an extended period.

Whitworth Hawaiian Club to hold 47th Annual Lu’au April 29

April 3, 2017
The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Na Pu’uwai o Hawai’i (The Heart of Hawai’i), will share food and culture with the Whitworth and Spokane communities during the club’s 47th annual lu’au, on Saturday, April 29. Dinner will be served buffet style in the Hixson Union Building (HUB) from 4:30-7 p.m., followed by entertainment at 7 p.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from the HUB to the Fieldhouse.

Whitworth Forensics Team to Debate with Irish Champions Apr. 5

March 23, 2017
The award-winning Whitworth forensics team will host the national debate champions of Ireland in a free, public exhibition. In this contest with our Irish visitors, Whitworth's forensics team will argue for the resolution “Liberty is the highest value.” The event will be held Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. For more information, please call (509) 777-4739.

Whitworth music ensembles present spring concerts during April & May

March 21, 2017
A variety of Whitworth University’s music ensembles will be performing on campus and in Spokane locations this spring.

Prominent Historian and Author Ronald C. White to speak at Whitworth

March 16, 2017
Writer of bestseller “A. Lincoln: A Biography” and new book “A Life of Ulysses S. Grant” 

Whitworth University will welcome back esteemed American historian, author and former Whitworth chaplain Ronald C. White, Ph.D., to its campus from April 17 to May 21. He will present several free public lectures based on his bestselling and award-winning biographies on Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, speaking in the Spokane community on Apr. 18, 20, 30 and May 8, and in the Puget Sound area April 25-26. For more information, please call (509) 777-4452.

Act Six Scholars Earn Full-Tuition, Full-Need Scholarships to attend Whitworth and Gonzaga

March 9, 2017
Families, schools and communities are celebrating in the Pacific Northwest. Whitworth and Gonzaga universities will welcome a total of 16 new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2021. The eight scholars entering Whitworth and eight entering Gonzaga are among 100 Pacific Northwest and Midwest students to receive full-tuition, full-need college scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.

Whitworth University among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

February 28, 2017
The Peace Corps announced today that Whitworth University ranked No. 4 among small schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. There are 12 Whitworth alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

Beck A. Taylor Elected President of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

February 24, 2017
Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., has been elected president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities by its board of directors. AAPICU is a nationwide, collegial group for presidents of independent institutions committed to preserving the private sector of higher education.

Whitworth Theatre presents “Go, Dog. Go!”

February 23, 2017
Whitworth Theatre will stage its spring production, Go, Dog. Go!, on Mar. 10, 11 and 12 at the Bing Crosby Theatre in downtown Spokane. Performances will be at 6 p.m. on March 10, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 11, and 2 p.m. on March 12. General admission, $15; students (12-18) and seniors (62-plus), $12; ages 2-11, $10; and Whitworth students, $12. For tickets, please visit, or call 800-325-SEAT.

Longtime Whitworth communications professor publishes book on Christianity, light and sight

February 10, 2017
Gordon Jackson, who retired in 2015 after 32 years as a communications professor at Whitworth University, recently published a new book, Be Thou My Vision: Light, Sight, and the Christian Faith (published by Crosslink). In it, Jackson explores the concepts of light and sight, and the many Bible references that refer to these two phenomena. Be Thou My Vision is his twelfth book.

Whitworth Associate Dean Roberta Wilburn Named INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award Winner

Whitworth University is proud to announce that Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education & Diversity Initiatives Roberta Wilburn, Ed.D., is this year’s winner of the 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for administrators. This is the only national award that honors college and university administrators for their commitment to diversity through leadership, and for giving back to their campus and community. Wilburn joined Whitworth University 10 years ago and has devoted more than 35 years to the field of education.

President Beck A. Taylor elected to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board of Directors

February 8, 2017
Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) this month in Washington, D.C. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

Whitworth University to feature African American History Month presentation, “Beyond ‘The Color of Fear,’” Feb. 28

February 6, 2017
Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez, principal cast members of The Color of Fear, a breakthrough documentary film on race relations in the United States, will draw upon their decades of experience in multicultural education and activism for an African American History Month presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4721.

Christian Philosopher and Alum Stephen T. Davis to speak at Whitworth Feb. 15

February 3, 2017
Whitworth University welcomes Stephen T. Davis, Ph.D., '62, a nationally respected Christian philosopher and the Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, to campus for a lecture, “Nobody Has the Right to Tell Me What to Believe or Do: The Illusion of Human Autonomy.” Davis will explore the meaning of personal autonomy in the context of philosophy and religion, and the struggle many Christians have between real autonomy and excessive autonomy. The lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-4452.

Whitworth University Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gospel Explosion Event Feb. 10

February 2, 2017
Whitworth University is partnering with local churches in the community to host its 20th annual Gospel Explosion on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the university’s Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival features discussion with Alexandra Hidalgo on Feb. 9

January 27, 2017
Please join Whitworth University for the ninth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, Feb. 9-12. This year’s 7 p.m. showings will feature documentarian Alexandra Hidalgo, a Whitworth faculty panel, and a World War II international film.

Whitworth faculty present biennial spring art exhibit and panel discussion

January 26, 2017
Whitworth University art faculty members will present their biennial spring exhibit from Feb. 7-Mar. 24, in the campus’s Lied Center for the Visual Arts. Faculty members taking part are Gordon Wilson, Rob Fifield, Brad Oiler, Katie Creyts and Lance Sinnema. Each artist will have multiple pieces on display, and art media will include paintings, photography, mixed media, and glasswork. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Whitworth to host Innovative Black History 101 Mobile Museum in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2017
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Whitworth University will host the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling tabletop exhibit depicting African-American memorabilia spanning slavery to hip hop, on Tuesday, Jan. 17.