You may notice that Whitworth Today has undergone some subtle changes since the last issue. We'll be doing a full redesign this summer, and we're looking forward to bringing you the magazine in a whole new format this fall. We've also added a member to our magazine work group - a project director, in the person of Associate Director of Communications Garrett Riddle. Garrett agreed to take on this task to help us plan and compile the magazine more effectively, and he has done a stellar job. Thanks so much, G., for your expertise and for your plain old hard work.
W.T. is not the only thing that's changing. The university is expanding its denominational affiliation, and Associate Editor Julie Riddle, '92, interviewed Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor (Page 10) to get the lay of the land about this new direction. Our Weyerhaeuser scholars are pursuing studies that often prove pivotal for them and for those whose lives they touch, and Media Relations Manager Lucas Beechinor, '09, who joined the W.T. team in February, is the author of the feature on Page 6 that highlights four of those scholars. And Liz Strauch, '04, who recently joined the university communications staff (moving over from annual giving), has pulled together a fun look at the event formerly known as Springfest (Page 12), which has metamorphosed a number of times throughout its 25 years at Whitworth.
Some things stay the same here – we always have great professors and bright, eager students; our athletics programs are always competitive at the highest levels; our campus is beautiful and welcoming; even our spring weather is invariably predictable in its unpredictability. But the energy and enthusiasm that accompany positive change must always be features of a community that renews itself each fall with the addition of a few hundred invigorated and invigorating new Whitworthians, and I think you'll be pleased with the stories of change that you find in this issue. Enjoy the magazine, and know how much we at W.T. appreciate your support for Whitworth. We hope that never changes.