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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 is enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies printmaking and teaches.

  • Betty Gardner has had works accepted to a number of juried exhibits and has worked on a commission with acclaimed sculptor Sister Paula Turnbull. Gardner is currently working on a maquette of Nell Shipman.

  • Damon Buck is a designer for Legatum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • Thayer Wild (art and chemistry double major), recently completed a master's degree in architecture at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments. He works for ZGF Architects, LLP, in Seattle.

  • Lindsey Merrell is a freelance graphic designer in Yakima, Wash., and is currently a visiting artist/adjunct professor at Heritage University, in Toppenish, Wash.

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

  • Marco Tulluck is pursuing a career in international education at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Wash. He is currently the director of international programs and development at Saint Martin's University.

  • Maddison Colvin completed her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her works and led a workshop at the Tinman Gallery, in Spokane. She is currently an instructor of visual arts at Brigham Young University, in Utah.

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