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Terry MitchellEditor's Note

The other day I was talking with a friend about medical options. (As one ages, this becomes a hot topic of conversation.) We agreed that what we’re looking for in terms of medical care is, first and foremost, a caring, up-to-date, dedicated doctor. We’d also like to go back to the days when a doctor’s-office visit required two days’ notice and a $5 copay, but that’s a conversation for another day.

This issue of Whitworth Today focuses, in its main feature article, on Whitworth alums who are all of the things my friend and I are looking for in a medical professional. Their specialties are varied, their backgrounds very different; Whitworth’s pre-med program may be their only common denominator, other than their unquestionable ability and accomplishment. But each speaks of an undergraduate education that set him or her on a path to fulfillment and achievement in medicine. You can’t help but be impressed and inspired by these Whitworthians who’ve dedicated their lives to improving, and saving, the lives of others.

Another feature details Whitworth 2021, the 10-year vision and strategic plan that Whitworth’s trustees approved this spring. This ambitious plan, which has been read and evaluated by a wide spectrum of the Whitworth community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university – outlines Whitworth’s 10-year destination and what the university hopes to achieve along the way. (And the news section includes information about our online master plan, which will give you an overview of the bricks-and-mortar changes that are planned over the next decade.)

Our third feature is a Q & A with five Whitworth professors who are retiring this year. Their combined time at Whitworth equals 134 years. Their impact is immeasurable. They will be missed, and their answers reveal many facets of the people who make up Whitworth’s faculty. Check out the article: You may find one of your favorite professors there.

The news at Whitworth is good these days. It includes a very generous gift to our School of Global Commerce & Management, yet another conference trophy for our fantastic athletics program, a richly deserved honor for past Whitworth president Bill Robinson, a visit by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and a new program, Whitworth in China, conceived and implemented by one of our young faculty members. This magazine will reach you in June, after our students have headed home for the summer. At this much-anticipated time of year, we wish them, and you, good weather (unlike the spring rain, clouds and cold we’ve been experiencing here in Spokane), a bit of time for powering down and appreciating life, and, of course, a few minutes to read and enjoy this issue of Whitworth Today. Oh – and don’t forget to let us hear from you (tmitchell@ whitworth.edu). We’re interested in your thoughts about the magazine – and about all things Whitworth. Happy summer!

 

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