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Whitworth Introduces Its First Class of Student Ambassadors

May 1, 2019
Whitworth University students have a new opportunity for service. Twelve students have been named Whitworth student ambassadors for the 2019-20 academic year.

The program is housed within the office of the president and will focus on opportunities to participate in events and activities that promote the work of the university to a broad range of stakeholders.

Ambassadors are chosen to represent Whitworth as hosts during special events on and off campus, act as liaisons between the university and its many constituencies, and assist the president, his staff and many others as needed.

While service is the primary component of the program, ambassadors will also receive important professional development and proximity to a diverse set of stakeholders, including trustees, donors, alumni, government officials, and prospective students and families. These opportunities will help students develop their public speaking, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

More than 60 students were nominated by Whitworth faculty and staff members. The new Whitworth ambassadors are:

Rachel Ayres: freshman, communication major from Montesano, Wash.

Abdul Haq: junior, computer science major from Murree, Pakistan

Megan Levi: sophomore, theatre and theology major from San Diego

Skylar Nicholson: sophomore, health science, pre-athletic training major from Mount Vernon, Wash.

James Probus: junior, psychology major, from Sammamish, Wash.

Silvia Rodriguez-Garcilazo: junior, sociology (criminal justice track) and Spanish major from Othello, Wash.

Anthony Ruiz: junior, business administration (finance concentration) from Othello, Wash.

Damian Sanchez: sophomore, political science major from Tacoma, Wash.

Cole Stockton: junior, business administration major from Portland, Ore.

Brett Thomas: sophomore, business administration (finance concentration) major from Tigard, Ore.

Theresa Vimbanayi Chowa: junior, peace studies major from Harare, Zimbabwe

Naomi Williams: freshman, sociology (social service & community action track) from Burien, Wash.

Julie Taylor, special assistant to the board of trustees, and Michelle Drennen, director of the office of university events, are co-advisors of the new program.

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

Julie Taylor, special assistant to the board of trustees, Whitworth University,

Michelle Drennen, director, office of university events, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4974 or

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