As a confirmed lover of fall and winter weather, I find myself in a distinct minority here at Whitworth. Those first few cool nights, usually at the end of August, give me a feeling of completion and rebirth that my friends report only in mid-spring (sometimes as late as May), when Spokane finally gets the message that winter is over for another year.
My sense of completion comes from having made it through another summer. I'm always glad to see those temps in the 80s and 90s disappear for another year. The sense of rebirth comes from knowing that we've begun yet another academic cycle at Whitworth (I'm in the midst of my 29th such cycle right now). When I get to campus at the end of August and hear the frosh practicing for the yell-off, I realize that the exhilaration, trepidation, anticipation and exhaustion of the school year have begun yet again.
So here I am in my favorite season, in one of my favorite places. And here you are, reading the fall edition of Whitworth Today. I think you'll enjoy the wide range of our features in this issue: Julie Riddle, '92, has pulled together another interesting piece about some of Whitworth's most successful businessfolk and the value of their Whitworth liberal arts education experience. Emily Proffitt, '05, straw-bossed the photo feature on our newest building, the William P. and Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall, and if you haven't yet seen the building in person, you'll be amazed at this addition to Whitworth's already beautiful campus. And I, '93 (I had to do it), have written a feature about Holy Chea, '07, an amazing young man from Tacoma who came to Spokane and changed Whitworth for the better while allowing himself to be changed, as well.
The news is good, the alumni notes are voluminous, the photos are crisp, it's autumn, the family is well, the magazine is done, and I work at a really great place. I'm blessed, and I hope and trust that you are, too. Thanks so much for reading Whitworth Today and for caring about and for Whitworth.
And don't forget to bundle up.