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Whitworth Seniors Establish Photography Theme House to Strengthen Skills, Share Expertise with Student Community

Drawing on their shared love of photography, Whitworth seniors Naomi Stukey, Elly Marx and Hillary Grigel recently collaborated with Whitworth's Student Life Office to establish a photography theme house for the 2002-03 academic year.

The photography theme house is one of 12 Whitworth-owned houses located on the periphery of campus. Other 2002-03 theme houses, which offer upper-division students off-campus style living accommodations, include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes house, the French house, and the poverty house, whose residents work with Cup of Cool Water, an outreach program for homeless youth in Spokane created by Whitworth alumnus Mark Terrell, '94.

"Theme houses are a good option because they are another way for students to be leaders in the Whitworth community and they provide different programs, educational opportunities and areas for students to serve," says Nicole Boymook, assistant director of Student Life, who calls the photography theme house one of the most fun and original of the coming year.

In addition to the photography theme house, Whitworth students have several opportunities to study photography at the college, which offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses through the Art Department, as well as photographer positions with the college’s student newspaper, The Whitworthian.

"As members of the theme house, we want to help Whitworth students improve their photography skills and to be available to cover events for students who aren't into photography," says Stukey, a mass communications and English double major who works as a photographer for The Whitworthian and for the college's Publications & Media Relations Office.

Under the direction of photography hobbyist and Whitworth English Professor Vic Bobb, Stukey, Marx and Grigel will advance their knowledge of photography through collaboration on projects and planned activities. The group's scheduled monthly activities include taking residence-hall group photos and Valentine's Day portraits of couples, and hosting a "How-does-this-thing-work?" night to share tips with Whitworth students on how to use their cameras to take better pictures. The housemates also plan to install a darkroom in their theme house to further their photography expertise.

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