The new Jan Term Honors Program enables freshman with Honors at Entrance to study abroad at the Whitworth University Costa Rica Center. This Jan Term program will feature a different professor and course offering each year. January 2011 featured Theatre Professor Rick Hornor and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Joshue Orozco in a course entitled "Philosophy of Forgiveness." Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal led Jan Term 2012 students in studying the Biblical Theme of Shalom. If you are interested in taking part in this exciting new program, contact CRC Director Lindy Scott (
In addition to the Honors Program, there are other options available during Jan Term as well. Whitworth faculty members are encouraged to think creatively about what Jan Term courses could be offered at the CRC. For Jan Term 2012, Health Science students came to study and take part in local internships under the tutelage of Associate Professor and Trainer Melinda Larson. The CRC looks forward to hosting other unique Jan Term programs as well.
Here is what Professors Hornor and Orozco had to say about Jan Term at the CRC:
"Talk to any of our first year students who went to Costa Rica for Jan Term 2011. To a one each will say it was a transforming experience like no other. At the core of this transformation was the community created because we lived together 24/7 in a beautiful, somewhat isolated setting that bore no resemblance to Whitworth in Spokane other than the sharing of its name.
"Yes, Dr. Joshue Orozco challenged us to think critically and precisely about sin, reconciliation, and our responsibility in the face of wrong-doing. Yes, Dr. Rick Hornor's ‘Voice of the Other' monologue assignment forced us to watch and listen to others with a deliberateness we weren't used to. And, yes, these lectures, discussions and assignments could have happened in a classroom in Spokane. But I guarantee they would have lacked the immediacy and potency we experienced because of the community we built at ‘Whitworth South.'
"Spend three weeks in beautiful and fascinating Costa Rica with 31 of the brightest, most engaged and engaging students you'll ever meet. Experience a supportive, caring, fun-loving, adventurous, enriching, stimulating community like you've never known."
– Professor Rick Hornor
"The Costa Rica campus provided a unique opportunity for some of our exemplary students to nurture their spiritual and intellectual lives. By being dependent on each other in a way not needed in Spokane, the 31 students created a rich community that found nourishment in asking tough questions, helping each other and their community, and pursuing virtue and intellectual excellence.
"Our course concerned general philosophical issues of morality and particular issues of forgiveness and atonement. However the course, having taught it in Spokane, took on new significance, relevance and vivacity in a context where students were intimately encountered with economic disparity, political tension, personal and social wrongdoing, among other things."
– Professor Joshue Orozco