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Alumni Achievements

Kristin Nilsson, '10

Majors: Theology and Peace Studies

Current Position: Youth group home assistant working in southeastern Montana at a group home for youth from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes. This is an alternative to the foster-care system for children from the reservations.

Why Whitworth: "Like many looking for the ‘right' college, I was overwhelmed by the number of possibilities. Being a slow decision-maker, I helped myself out by narrowing the choices to the West Coast. Whitworth was one of only a few private schools, and the only Christian school, I applied to. After visiting, I felt at home on campus and really loved the blend of cultures that is Spokane and the Pacific Northwest. I could picture myself learning and growing there."

Whitworth Activities: Participated in En Christo; Communities in Crisis/Common Table club; was an RA in Baldwin-Jenkins Hall and a small-group leader on campus; worked as a HUB information desk manager; interned at Cup of Cool Water; and volunteered with Global Neighborhoods refugee outreach and Homework Helpers tutoring program.

Quote: "Whitworth taught me to listen well and to strive to be in solidarity with those around me. I had great examples of servant-leadership and how to love well. Professors, classmates and friends constantly asked questions that made me think deeply about faith, justice and peace."

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "Paired with opportunities to get off campus to serve, I learned a lot on the Christian Spirituality Jan Term study program at Tall Timber Ranch, in Leavenworth, Wash. The time away made me value simplicity, a balance of work and play, prayer and community."

Career Goals: "I want to be continually challenged to grow in faith, community and solidarity. Right now I think this will place me in the social-services field and I am hoping to go to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in theology or social work. But, I'm pretty happy with the unknowns right now."

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

  • Glen Alberto Guenther, '09, is completing a two-year internship in Ecuador with World Vision and has been appointed an international election monitor for the presidential election in El Salvador. He plans to pursue a master's degree in public policy.

  • Evan Cate, '08, received a full-tuition scholarship to pursue a master's in divinity degree at the Duke School of Divinity.

  • Tyler Thralls, '10, is teaching high school in rural Africa for Village Schools International.

  • Ozzie Crocco, '08, is currently pursuing a master's degree in human development and psychology at Harvard.

  • Brent Hendricks, '07, is founder of Global Neighborhood, a ministry to refugees in the Spokane area.

  • Paige Hill, '11, is enrolled in a master's in counseling program at Wheaton College.

  • Nathan Mesaros, '05, is a project coordinator with World Vision, traveling to international locations to match funds with needs.

  • Justin Adare, '10, is serving as an intelligence officer in the Marines.

  • Margaret Mitsuyasu, '08, is pursuing an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • Eric Brewer, '09, is teaching English in Japan.


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