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Alumni Achievements

Michaela Allen, '11
Major: Art

Current position: Graphic designer and print specialist with MM3 Design Agency, in Kennewick, Wash. She also oversees the production of The Perfect Move, a quarterly community magazine produced by MM3.

Why Whitworth? "Attending a small university was important to me, and I knew I would thrive best in a Christian setting. Whitworth just felt like the right place for me when I visited."

Whitworth Activities: Performed with Cool Whip, the improv team, and was involved with The Natsihi, Whitworth's yearbook, including serving as its editor-in-chief.

Quote: "When I accepted my current job, I had the initial panic that I think most college graduates face, asking myself, "Am I really qualified to do this job? Did I learn everything I needed to?" I've found since then that my Whitworth education prepared me for my career in a much broader sense. My professors helped give me a clear picture of what my industry was like while I was still in the classroom. From class projects requiring me to work with actual clients to theoretical discussions about good design principles and ethics, I was equipped with a core understanding of my vocation. This has proven far more valuable than merely building technical skills, which I'm able to do as I work in my field."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "Ron Pyle's communication theories class completely changed the way I relate to others. Having strong communication skills, especially influenced by a Christian perspective, has helped me form better professional and personal relationships."

Career Goals: "I would love to specialize in branding and identity work or pursue a career as an art director for a magazine."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their art degrees:

  • Nate Elefson, '10, is enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies printmaking and teaches.

  • Betty Gardner, '08, has had works accepted to a number of juried exhibits and is working on a commission with acclaimed sculptor Sister Paula Turnbull.

  • Damon Buck, '11, is a designer for Gravity Jack Software, in Liberty Lake, Wash.

  • Thayer Wild, '08 (art and chemistry double major), is enrolled at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments, where he is pursuing a master's degree in architecture.

  • Lindsey Merrell, '07, is a graphic designer for Invisible Ink, a web and print design firm in Yakima, Wash.

  • Joanna Kendal, '10, is a photography teacher at St. George's School, in Spokane.

  • Marco Tulluck, '05, had his acrylic and mixed-media paintings and drawings featured in a 2006 exhibit, "Inner Darkness," at the Infohazard Gallery, in Seattle.

  • Maddison Colvin, '08, was accepted to the M.F.A. program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her works and led a workshop at the Tinman Gallery, in Spokane.

  • Bryan Putnam, '09, is enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Oregon.

  • Jennifer Ahre, '07, had her artwork featured in an emerging-artists exhibit at the Kress Gallery, in Spokane.


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