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Shannon (Eshoff) Zelewski, '11
Major: Health Sciences
Current Position: Graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash. She was named a UPS physical therapy fellow, which provides a large scholarship that offsets more than half of her tuition costs.
Why Whitworth? "Whitworth has a unique community, which I did not find on other campuses. I loved the atmosphere of a small college that is based on Christian values and maintains high academic standards."
Whitworth Activities: Eshoff was a member of the Whitworth Choir and the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble; she was involved in intramurals, student life, and student government.
Quote: "Whitworth University has blessed me in many ways, such as by expanding my knowledge, developing my character, and thereby preparing me for the future. The academic rigor and concurrent support of faculty and staff encouraged me to strive for success, which I continue to do today."
Influential Whitworth Experiences: "In the health sciences department, each of the professors contributed to my learning experience, either by challenging me to think outside the box or by inspiring me to take responsibility for my education. My advisor, Mike Ediger, was particularly instrumental in supporting my education and preparing me for life after Whitworth."
Career Goals: "When I complete my degree, I will begin practicing physical therapy to serve people who need help. I plan to apply the valuable lessons I learned at Whitworth so that I can give back to the community."
Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their health science degrees:
Nate Gonzalez is an athletic trainer at The Boeing Company, in Seattle.
Adriane Lunday is enrolled in the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy's doctoral program.
Peter Clark is the assistant athletic trainer for Gonzaga University's cross country/track, men's tennis and women's basketball teams.
Eric Vogler is enrolled in the Mayo School of Health Sciences' physical therapy doctoral program.
Sarah Williams is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Washington to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
David Howell is a doctoral candidate in the motion-analysis laboratory within the department of human physiology at the University of Oregon. He is also a lab instructor and coordinator for the university's human anatomy cadaver laboratory.
Aubrey Prince completed post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and is now head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director at Westridge School, in Pasadena, Calif.
Cameron Collings completed a master's degree in physician assistant studies at Oregon Health & Science University and is now a physician's assistant at Central Washington Hospital, in Wenatchee.
Jamie Davis is a registered nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Spokane, where she works in the pediatric center.