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2014 Alumni Award Honorees

Recent Alumni Award
Brent Hendricks, '06 and Amy (Johnson) Hendricks, '09

Brent and Amy Hendricks

As individuals, Brent and Amy Hendricks both represent Whitworth University's ideals of compassion and innovation. Together, the couple expresses those ideals in a way that continues to make a significant positive change in the community. Global Neighborhood, a nonprofit organization in Spokane, came out of their desires to provide long-term relational support to refugees. Both Brent and Amy credit Whitworth as the place that offered them new perspectives while it fostered their critical thinking and creativity.

After graduating from Whitworth in 2006, Brent knew he wanted to serve; he founded Global Neighborhood in 2007 while finishing his M.A. in global urban leadership at Bakke Graduate University in Seattle. He established Global Neighborhood Thrift in 2011 and GN Clean in 2013. Brent has also taught as an adjunct in Whitworth's theology department.

Amy, a member of the Class of 2009, credits her experiences at Whitworth with fueling her desire to serve. While she was in school, her international travels inspired her to build empowering relationships with local refugees. In addition to her teamwork with Brent on all of Global Neighborhood's endeavors, Amy developed Global Neighborhood's volunteer and intern programs, and recently returned to school, studying organic farming at Washington State University.

Brent and Amy have undoubtedly earned the Recent Alumni Award through their achievements and devotion to the mission of the university. When asked what they hope to leave behind as their legacy, both answered that they wish to leave love, happiness, and grace in the hearts of the people around them. Global Neighborhood stands as a reminder of the faith and hard work of two Whitworth alumni who founded this organization that strives to follow God and serve humanity in an effective, empathetic and strategic way.

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Alumni Service to Whitworth Award
Gail (Warner) Fielding, '62

Gail Fielding

Few people can say that they've spent half of their life at their alma mater, but alumna Gail Fielding can say exactly that. During her time here as a student, she majored in Christian education and worked in Whitworth's library. Gail eventually returned to the library, serving there for 37 years, until her retirement as Interlibrary Loan Specialist, in December 2012.

After graduating from Whitworth in 1962, Gail held a variety of positions, including work at the University of Louisville Library and public libraries in Southern California. She also served at the medical library she established at Holy Family Hospital while she was a consultant with Gospel Light Publications, and as the director of children's ministries at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church.

Gail's contributions to Whitworth are many and varied. She has acted as team mom for the men's basketball team for more than 30 years; has volunteered with the Crimson Club to support Whitworth Athletics; and has served with the Whitworth Auxiliary. Gail has become one of the most dedicated and frequently seen faces around campus. In fact, she calls Whitworth her "corner of Heaven" on Earth, and tells others that she bleeds red and black. And this desire to serve seems to run in her family: Gail's sister, Cinda, and her brother-in-law, Steve Gorman, received this same award from Whitworth in 2005.

Whitworth is proud to honor Gail with the Alumni Service to Whitworth Award, not only to honor her tireless work for our institution, but also to recognize the passion and enthusiasm that she brings to our community.

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Mind and Heart Award
J. Graley Taylor, '50

J. Graley Taylor

J. Graley Taylor's vocational journey can be traced back to his time at Whitworth, where he organized a gospel team, acted in numerous theatre productions, attended and sang at Christian Endeavor meetings, and served at churches near the Canadian border. Looking back, Graley's participation in a broad range of activities stands out as a clear indicator of his future evangelical and creative paths.

After graduating in 1950, Graley went on to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary; he then served as pastor to churches in California and Washington and was the organizing pastor of two new congregations, fostering family ministry and working closely with Presbytery youth. These experiences led him to make his first film, a positive experience that ultimately led to his career in media ministry.

Today, Graley's acclaimed film, television and radio productions are too numerous to mention in detail. He helped develop the Religious Broadcasting Commission, an ecumenical media ministry that transformed religious programming in the Northwest. His work as a writer-producer for the documentary "Right On! Superstar" garnered four Emmys. His TV special "Celebrating Tomorrow's Hope" won a Gabriel Award. Another TV special, "Out of the Night," recounted the spiritual journey of Vietnam veterans returning from war. Graley's wide-ranging honors and awards are indicators of the scope of his career, which continues today: he's currently working on a film with Maori Presbyterians in New Zealand.

Whitworth is proud to add the Mind and Heart Award to Graley's long list of accolades. In Graley, Whitworth University has another distinguished alumnus who has used his education as a launching point to a colorful and rewarding life in Christian service.

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Distinguished Alumni Award
Stan Borg, '82

Stan Borg

One of the tenets of Whitworth University's enduring mission is to instill in its students the desire to serve humanity. Dr. Stan Borg has long exemplified this mission by working tirelessly in the field of medicine and patient care for the past 30 years.

Stan, a member of the Whitworth Class of 1982, has served his community, and humanity, with distinction, creating programs that have decreased mortality rates and improved patient safety. His implementation of the statewide Coronary Service Network, for example, has improved post-op results for all patients undergoing bypass surgery in the state of Ohio. In this first year of an electronic prescription program Stan deployed in Illinois, more than 100,000 possible adverse drug interactions were identified. These achievements are remarkable in themselves, but it is the merger of Stan's personal and professional values that have earned him this award. His focus is extended toward the community and toward the individual. His empathy has been apparent in the simplest of actions, from holding the hand of a sick patient to holding vigil with a dying patient who has no family. A respect for human dignity is the foundation on which Stan has built his entire life and career – and it is this respect that has allowed him to personify the virtues of compassion, intelligence, and diligence.

Whitworth is the place that allowed Stan to explore the truths and values that he would go on to represent, and he has come full circle, inspiring current Whitworthians toward a life of service and excellence. Whitworth University is proud to present Dr. Stan Borg with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

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