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Dave Sarju
Father of a current student
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What he loves: Helping people share their gifts in work and community.

Favorite thing about Whitworth: The organization's concern for individuals' emotional and academic needs, and ability to meet those needs in a matter of fact manner.

What he supports: As parents of four kids in higher ed next year, my wife and I support the future. We'd love for more African Americans to have access to the Whitworth experience.

What keeps him connected: Whitworth's integrity.
Blake T. Wallick, '06
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What he loves: Leadership, running, improv.

Favorite Whitworth things: Dorm and campus life: getting to know professors, Late Night in Saga. Off-campus Jan Term classes, like the Urban Life Center in Chicago, Christian Spirituality at Tall Timber, Christianity and the Arts in Italy.

What he supports: Scholarship programs that allow students from all backgrounds to experience what Whitworth has to offer.

What makes him a Whitworthian for Life: It was the tight-knit community that drew me to Whitworth in the first place, and it is that same sense of community that keeps me coming back. The relationships that I made there continue to be some of the most significant ones I have, especially with my wife Cheryl, whom I met in Baldwin-Jenkins.
Chrystal, '91, and Kurt, '90, Helmcke
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Chrystal's Favorite Whitworth things: Friendships for life; the first snow; Didier's; theatre and choir tours; late night study breaks in the old HUB; being stretched -- academically, spiritually, personally -- while also being affirmed and encouraged.
What she supports: The Whitworth Fund and unique Whitworth scholarships.
What makes her a Whitworthian for Life: Staying connected with close friends and professors of "our time" as well as current students, faculty and staff. Visiting campus for Homecoming or WIM or other events also delights the buccaneer in me. Having opportunities to see God's work through Whitworth around the world.

Kurt's Favorite Whitworth things: Late-night dorm life, tennis ball golf, and professors who possess deep personal faith as well as great knowledge.
What he supports: In addition to the Whitworth Fund, I enjoy giving to endowed scholarships honoring people who have made an impact on my life.
What makes him a Whitworthian for Life: Attending events to connect with fellow alumni and meet the new face of Whitworth's leadership. Continuing to read stories of students who experience a life-changing transformation of mind and heart.



Mike & Brenda Williams
Parents of Cameron, '13, and Henry, '11, and members of the Parents' Council
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What they love: Both boys have played varsity tennis and we are ardent fans, following the team to away matches as well as at home in the bubble. We've hosted the team (and fans) for dinner between matches at our home in Olympia. We love to be around Whitworth students!

Favorite things at Whitworth: As Parents' Council members, we get to help freshmen and their families move into their dorms in September and host "summer send-off" events at our home. It's a thrill to be present at such an exciting time in their lives.

Areas they support: The Whitworth Fund, the tennis program and student life.

What makes them Whitworthians for Life: We'll probably still be checking tennis scores for years to come. Let's Go Bucs!
Jerry Paschall
Retired Whitworth employee
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I am a Whitworthian for Life, not as a Whitworth alumnus, but as a former staff member and father of a former student. Most people on campus knew me as the delivery guy before I retired in 2011. During my 21 years at Whitworth, I witnessed the transformation of the physical plant of the campus - from new buildings like Weyerhaeuser and Robinson Science Hall, to new residence halls, to facelifts for existing facilities. I helped new faculty move into their offices and saw Whitworth's reputation grow. But one thing that never changed in all that time was Whitworth's commitment to students. I made it my personal mission to give back and encourage my fellow staff to join me to help make Whitworth a little more affordable for students. These days, I still like to come back to campus to check in on things. And I know that my contributions are still making a difference.
Craig and Jane Dietz, both '83
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