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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.

This year, for the first time since the event’s inception in 1907, the day will begin at the Field House at 8 a.m. with a message from Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor. Taylor will ask one question: “Who is in your community?” Students’ responses will be displayed throughout Fall Term on the Hello Walk at Whitworth.

Volunteers will then board buses and head to one of 63 service sites. Whitworth is partnering this year with Cat Tales Zoological Park north of Spokane. Volunteers will paint and perform maintenance work while learning about animal conservation.

Also on Community Building Day:
More than 50 Whitworth students will be joined for a sixth year by sixth-graders at Holmes Elementary in the West Central neighborhood. Together, they will collect trash and begin conversations about going to college.
Professor Julia Stronks’ General Education 125 and upper-level political science classes will support the West Central Community Center. Volunteers will canvas the neighborhood collecting input in an effort to support the center’s strategic plan. Students will also paint and prepare the computer room at the center for the upcoming year of GED courses.
Assistant Professor William Ntow will take chemistry students to Whitworth’s Verbrugge Environmental Center to monitor wetlands.
Professor Pete Tucker will lead an Hour of Code with computer science students as part of his ongoing work with Whitworth students in engaging young people with computer programming.

Community Building Day is supported by Whitworth’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement and is sponsored for the seventh consecutive year by STCU.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Ross Brooke Watts, program director, Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, (509) 777-4566 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or