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Facts About Whitworth University
- Founded: 1890
- Religious affiliation: Presbyterian
- Undergraduate enrollment: 2,270
- Graduate enrollment: 210
- Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
- Classes with fewer than 30 students: 84 percent
- Geographic representation: 37 states, 25 countries
- Percentage of graduates who finish in four years: 85 percent
- Freshman-sophomore retention rate: 89 percent
- Full-time faculty: 162
- Total Whitworth alumni: 23,110
Founded in 1890, Whitworth is a private, residential, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. Whitworth's community of teacher-scholars is committed to rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and to the integration of Christian faith and learning.
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Class of 2017 Profile
- Total freshman applications: 3,894
- Enrollment: 597 students
- Average SAT: 1800 (national average: 1510)
(SAT/ACT not required for admission)
- Average GPA: 3.73
- Gender ratio: 59 percent female, 41 percent male
- Underrepresented racial and ethnic populations: 21.7 percent
Under-represented Racial/Ethnic Enrollment
- Undergraduate: 19 percent
- International: 2 percent
Percentage of Graduates Who Finish in Four Years
Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rate
Financial Aid Facts
- Average gift aid for incoming freshmen receiving aid: $22,340
- Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving financial aid: 99 percent
- Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving gift aid: 99 percent
- Average freshman financial aid award from all sources: $30,403
- Total amount of gift aid for matriculating day students: $45.7 million
- Total amount of Whitworth-sponsored scholarships and grants for all
students: $38.6 million
- Percentage of matriculating day students receiving aid: 97.5 percent
- 73 percent of students who have graduated in four years borrowed money through a student-loan program at some point while studying at Whitworth.
- Average federal student loan debt for borrowers who graduated
in four years: $22,418
- On-campus housing features nine residence halls and 26 theme houses. Whitworth has a two-year on-campus residency requirement.
- The Associated Students of Whitworth University supports nearly 40 student clubs, ranging from Amnesty International and Political Awareness to the Business Club and Hawaiian Club.
- Whitworth's student-leadership program involves students in residence-hall positions including resident assistants, small-group ministry coordinators, medics, and cultural-diversity advocates. Dozens of leadership positions are also available in student government, including executive council, dorm senators and representatives, special events and intramurals coordinators, and newspaper and yearbook editors.
- Worship opportunities include optional bi-weekly community chapel and Hosanna, a weekly student-led contemporary service.
- Ministry/service opportunities:
- ASWU ministry/service clubs and groups
- Catholic Fellowship; En Christo
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Global Servants for Christ
- Habitat for Humanity
- International Justice Mission
- Jubilation (Sacred Dance)
- Young Life
- Street Kids Program
- Lilly Vocation Grant Student-Ministry Programs
- The Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement
- Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement
- Music Ministry Program
Recent Whitworth Honors/Awards
- For the 14th consecutive year, Whitworth is ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the 121 best private colleges and universities in the West. In its 2014 rankings, released in September 2013, U.S. News ranks Whitworth No. 9 overall, and No. 4 in "Best Values," based upon both academic quality and average scholarship/financial aid award.
- In September 2013, for the second consecutive year, Whitworth was named Washington
Monthly’s highest-ranking master’s-level university in the Pacific Northwest. Nationwide, Whitworth ranks No. 10 among 684 colleges and universities in the country. Washington Monthly, founded 45 years ago, is based in Washington, D.C.
- Forbes magazine ranks Whitworth one of the top undergraduate institutions in the U.S. Whitworth joined some of the most prestigious schools in the country and was named one of the top six private schools in the Pacific Northwest. For the second time in three years, Forbeshas named Whitworth a top institution. The rankings, which are based on criteria including quality of teaching and career prospects, graduation rates, and levels of debt upon graduation, are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C.,-based think tank.
- In May 2013, for the sixth year in a row, Whitworth earned the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the Northwest Conference. In one of the NCAA Div. III's toughest conferences, Whitworth has won the trophy seven times in the past eight years.
- CollegesofDistinction.com named Whitworth one of the top universities in the country in its 2012-13 rankings. Colleges of Distinction honors universities that excel in educational quality. Whitworth was chosen because of its demonstration of excellence in engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. See Whitworth's profile.
- In February 2013, Whitworth received the Models of Excellence Award for Teacher Education from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. The university was recognized at AILACTE's annual meeting and conference, in Orlando, Fla.
- The Whitworth Service-Learning Program received a Goodwill Industries’ Mission Partnership Award for 2013 for its outstanding work during the university’s Community Building Day 2012.
- In March 2013, Whitworth was recognized among the top schools in the U.S. for its commitment to community service by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the second consecutive year in which Whitworth has earned this recognition, which the university also received in 2010, 2008 and 2006. The honor, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
- The Princeton Review again designated Whitworth a "Best in the West" university in the review's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" guide. Whitworth is also featured in the Center for Student Opportunity's 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive resource designed to help low-income high-schoolers make their college dreams a reality.
- In 2012-13, Whitworth was named a top producer of students who receive Fulbright Awards.This is the second time in three years Whitworth has earned this distinction. Of all the universities and colleges nationwide that the Fulbright program named as being top Fulbright Award producers in 2011-12, none had a higher success rate than Whitworth; most schools had an average success rate of below 30 percent, while Whitworth's success rate was 80 percent.
- Out of 447 NCAA Division III schools, Whitworth finished No. 49 in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, a ranking of the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program.
- Whitworth was included for the sixth straight year on Kiplinger's annual rankings of the 100 best values among private liberal arts colleges and 100 best values among private universities in the United States. Whitworth joined some of the most elite schools in the country in the magazine's 2012-13 rankings; it is one of the smallest universities to appear on the list, yet it is the second-highest-ranked school in the Pacific Northwest and ranks ahead of all but a handful of other private universities on the West Coast. The rankings are based on academic quality and affordability.
- In 2012 Whitworth was named a "Best Christian Workplace" among higher-education institutions based on a national survey of employees at Christian businesses and nonprofit organizations. This marks the third time in the past decade that Whitworth has participated in the survey and has been recognized as a Best Christian Workplace. The Best Christian Workplaces Institute conducts annual employee surveys across a range of industries to recognize those organizations that meet standards of excellence.
- The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Keberle, D.M.A., earned perfect scores at the 2012 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.
- In 2012 the Whitworth School of Education earned a nearly unheard-of perfect score for its programs in teacher education. After an extensive review of Whitworth's programs, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education passed the School of Education with flying colors and cited no areas for improvement.
- In 2012 the U.S. Green Building Council certified Robinson Science Hall as an LEED Gold building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). While Whitworth has a number of other LEED facilities, this is the university's first LEED Gold project.
Recent Student Highlights
In March 2014, Whitworth's forensics team defended its national championship title at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament at California Baptist University. The team defeated 28 other schools by winning more than 33 individual awards and three team awards. Three speakers and five debaters returned to Whitworth national champions.
- In 2012, for the first time in Whitworth history, a team of Whitworth students won the national championship at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. This is the third time in four years Whitworth has placed in the top five in the national ethics bowl.
- Sociology major Grady Kepler, '12, was selected among 5,200 applicants nationwide to receive a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. State Department to study Arabic in Tunisia.
- Two students in Whitworth's forensics program won national titles in speech and debate at the 2012 International Public Debate Association's tournament. Travis Walker, '12, and Jacob Wilson, '15, earned the title of co-national champions out of a field of 94 debaters from 28 schools. Their wins mark the first time in Whitworth history that students have taken home individual national titles in a speech or debate event.
- Micah Spaun, '13, an engineering physics major, won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2012-13. Spaun was selected from 1,123 top math, science and engineering students nominated by their institutions out of a pool of more than 300,000 students nationwide.
- Whitworth teams won five out of nine awards in the 2012 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition, with Whitworth taking first place in two of the competition's three categories. The five winning Whitworth teams garnered a total of $14,500 in prize money.
- In its first international concert tour, the Whitworth Wind Symphony traveled to Costa Rica in March 2012 and performed at the university's new Costa Rica Center as part of the center's grand opening celebration. The symphony also performed and provided workshops at two music schools and other venues across the country.
- In 2012, Molly Hough, Macy Olivas and Sergio Jara-Arroyos, all '13, and Jonathan Whitmore, '12, held the inaugural BELIEF conference at Whitworth. The students created BELIEF: Because Every Life Is Empowering the Future, to provide Spokane high school students in low-income areas with resources and practical tools to make higher education an obtainable goal.Twenty students from Rogers High School participated in the inaugural conference.
- A record four Whitworth seniors were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants for the 2011-12 academic year. They are: Corey Dugan, Angela Hartley, James Mitsuyasu, and Kathryn Williams. In addition, Whitworth, was named a top producer of Fulbright scholars in 2011-12, for the second time in three years.
- In 2011 Brayden Hollis, '13, was one of 100 students in the U.S. to receive NASA's Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Scholarship. The scholarship provided him with up to $10,000 for tuition and fees, a paid 10-week summer internship at a NASA field center, and the MUST Professional and Academic Support System (PASS), which provides scholars with tutoring, mentoring, and access to various professional development activities. Brayden is majoring in computer science, mathematics and physics.
- Two members of the Class of '11 took first and second place in the Presbyterian Outlook annual essay competition. Heather Wallace won the $1,000 first prize, and Sarah Glady won the $200 second prize.
- Amy Erickson, '12, and Rachel Kelly, '11, won the 2011 Samuel Robinson Award. Erickson won the top prize in the competition, marking the second consecutive year a Whitworth student has taken the top spot. The students received up to $5,000 based on a 2,000-word essay and their recitation of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
- Philosophy major Benjameen Quarless, '12, was among 40 college students nationwide who were selected for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a 10-day journey that traced the route taken by the original freedom riders of 1961. Quarless was selected from among nearly 1,000 applicants representing a diverse cross-section of America.
- Out of nearly 100 applicants nationwide, Ben Hamming, '12, was one of 35 undergraduate students accepted into Princeton's National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. During summer 2011 Hamming took part in plasma physics training on Princeton's campus and completed a nine-week fellowship at General Atomics, in San Diego.
- In 2011, Whitworth Act Six Scholars Gifti Abbo and Helya Peyman, both '14, were accepted to the highly-competitive Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Abbo conducedt an internship at the University of Louisville, and Peyman conducted an internship at the University of Washington. SMDEP is a six-week academic enrichment program that offers underrepresented freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.
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Full-Time Faculty: 156
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Recent Faculty Highlights
- Calculus, a textbook by William Briggs and Whitworth's Lyle Cochran, received a 2011 TAA Textbook Excellence Award for "excellence in current textbooks and learning materials." Pearson Publishing calls the book, which has sold more than 50,000 copies to date and has been adopted by many universities for use in their math programs,
"the most successful new calculus book published in the last two decades."
- In August 2011, President Emeritus Bill Robinson, who served as Whitworth's president from 1993 to 2010, was appointed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to the state's higher-education task force. Gov. Gregoire, who will chair the committee, invited Robinson to become a member because of his extensive higher-education experience and proven leadership ability.
- Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor was elected to the board of Washington's Thrive by Five. Taylor, who has conducted extensive research in early childhood development and is deeply committed to ensuring school readiness among the state's children, will be a key member of the organization, which is the state's nonprofit public-private partnership for early learning.
- Professor of English Laurie Lamon, '78, was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall as one of two new voices in poetry to receive 2007 Witter Bynner Fellowships. Newspaperman David Tucker was the other honoree. Hall awarded the prizes to Lamon and Tucker in March 2007 at the Library of Congress, and the two poets read from their works during the awards ceremony. Each received a $10,000 fellowship provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Lamon, whom Hall characterized as "an exquisite writer of lyrics, writing a musical poetry that is delicate and pure," recently published her debut poetry collection, The Fork Without Hunger (CavanKerryPress, 2005).
- Math and Computer Science Professor Susan Mabry has been awarded two National Science Foundation grants to research and develop intelligent software agents for complex medical environments and recently published a book titled Intelligent Agents for Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics.
- Is Jesus the Only Savior? (Eerdmans, 2005), by Whitworth Theology Professor James Edwards, '67, was selected Best Book of 2006 in the "Apologetics/Evangelism" category by Christianity Today magazine. Edwards, who holds Whitworth's Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology endowed chair, is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the author of The Divine Intruder (NavPress, 2000) and commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, Romans, and the Gospel of Mark.
- The second edition of Whitworth Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Alan Mikkelson's book about the relationship between biology and communication was published by Thomson Learning in April 2007. Mikkelson co-authored the second edition of The Biology of Human Communication: Issues and Applications with Kory Floyd, of Arizona State University, and 2003 Whitworth alumnus and communication-studies major Colin Hesse, who is now a first-year Ph.D. student at Arizona State University.
- Associate Professor of Theology Keith Beebe received a 2006 Graves Award in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award, presented for exemplary skill and enthusiasm in the classroom and for faculty research that enhances students' educational experience, allowed Beebe to travel to Scotland to work on the McCullough Manuscripts (1742), comprising 108 first-person conversion narratives from the Scottish Great Awakening.
- A recent $115,000 National Science Foundation grant is the ninth external grant that Associate Professor of Physics Richard Stevens has received to fund his research using laser spectroscopy to examine physical phenomenon related to spacecraft propulsion. Stevens is among a select group contracted under NASA's electric propulsion research program to study the new thruster technology.
- Whitworth Professor of Political Science Julia Stronks, who serves as Whitworth's Lindaman Chair, directs the university's initiative to serve homeless youth in Spokane and the Lives of Commitment Program, funded by a $1 million grant from the M. J. Murdock Foundation. She is the author of the books Law, Religion and Public Policy: A Commentary on First Amendment Jurisprudence (Lexington Books, 2002) and Christian Teachers in Public Schools (Baker Books, 2000).
- Professor of Theology Gerald Sittser was named 2005 Gold Medallion Book Award winner for his book When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association awards the prize in recognition of Christian books that meet the association's highest criteria for excellence in content, literary, quality, design and significance. Sittser is the author of a number of popular Christian books, including The Will of God as a Way of Life, Loving Across Our Differences, and A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss.
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- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.)
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Arts in Theology
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Education
- Master of International Management
- Master in Teaching
Academic Departments and Programs
- Art: Drawing/Painting and Printmaking or Three Dimensional (Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass) track
- Art History
- Arts Administration
- Community Arts
- Business Management
- General Business
- International Business
- Chemistry (B.A. and B.S.)
- Chemistry: Biochemistry or Physical Chemistry track
- Communication Studies
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Speech Communication
- Visual Communication
- Elementary Education
- English as a Second Language
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- English: Literature or Writing track
- English/Language Arts
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- American Studies
- History: Liberal Arts and Professional Degrees or Teaching (History and Social Studies) track
- Cross-Cultural Studies
- International Studies
- Public History
- Kinesiology & Athletics
- Athletic Coaching
- Athletic Training
- Health, Fitness, and Physical Education
- Physical Education
- Leadership Studies
- Mathematics & Computer Science
- Bioinformatics (B.S.)
- Computer Science (B.A. and B.S.)
- Mathematics (B.A. and B.S.)
- Mathematical Economics
- Information Technology
- Arts Administration
- Music: Composition, Instrumental Performance,
Jazz Performance, Music Business, Music Ministry, Piano Pedagogy,
Piano Performance or Voice Performance track
- Music Education: Choral and/or Instrumental track
- Nursing (B.S.)
- Physics (B.A. and B.S.)
- Applied Physics
- Biophysics (B.S.): Mathematical Methods or Biochemistry option
- Dual Degree Pre-Engineering Transfer Program
- Engineering Physics (B.S.)
- Political Science
- Community Engagement in Transformation
- Cross-Cultural Studies
- International Studies
- Peace Studies
- Pre-Professional Programs
- Pre-Med Tech
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Sociology: Social and Cultural Analysis, Social Service and
Community Action or Criminal Justice track
- Theatre: General, Community-Based Theatre, Performance, or Technical Theatre track
- Theatre Dance
- Theology & Philosophy
- Biblical Languages
- Women's Studies
- World Languages & Cultures
- French: French and Francophone Studies or French Education track
- Spanish: Language and Literature or Spanish Education Track
Undergraduate Majors and Programs
- Accounting (B.A.)
- American Studies (B.A.)
- Applied Physics (B.A.)
- Art (B.A.)
- Art, Three-Dimensional: Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass
- Art, Two-Dimensional: Drawing/Painting and Printmaking
- Art Education
- Art History
- Arts Administration (B.A.)
- Athletic Coaching
- Athletic Training (B.S.)
- Biblical Languages
- Bioinformatics (B.S.)
- Biology (B.A., B.S.)
- Biophysics (B.S.)
- Business Management (B.A.)
- Certification for Ministry
- Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)
- Community Arts
- Community-Based Theatre
- Community Engagement and Transformation
- Computer Science (B.A., B.S.)
- Criminal Justice
- Cross-Cultural Studies, History Emphasis (B.A.)
- Cross-Cultural Studies, Political Science Emphasis (B.A.)
- Economics (B.A.)
- Education (Elementary, Secondary, Special Education)
- Engineering (Dual Degree)
- Engineering Physics: Electrical, Mechanical, Management (B.S.)
- English (B.A.)
- English/Language Arts
- ELL (formerly ESL)
- French (B.A.)
- Graphic Design
- Health Science (B.A., B.S.)
- History (B.A.)
- Information Technology
- Instrumental Performance
- International Business (B.A.)
- International Studies, History Emphasis (B.A.)
- International Studies, Political Science Emphasis (B.A.)
- Jazz Performance
- Journalism and Mass Communication (B.A.)
- Kinesiology (B.A.)
- Leadership Studies
- Marketing (B.A.)
- Mathematical Economics (B.A.)
- Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Military Science/ROTC
- Music (B.A.)
- Music Business
- Music Composition
- Music Education (B.A.)
- Music Ministry
- Nursing (B.S.)
- Peace Studies (B.A.)
- Performance Theatre
- Philosophy (B.A.)
- Physical Chemistry
- Physics (B.A., B.S.)
- Piano Pedagogy
- Piano Performance
- Political Science (B.A.)
- Pre-Medical Technology
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Printmaking/Digital Art
- Psychology (B.A.)
- Public History
- Reading Instruction
- Social and Cultural Analysis
- Social Service and Community Action
- Sociology (B.A.)
- Spanish (B.A.)
- Speech Communication (B.A.)
- Study Abroad
- Technical Theatre
- Theatre (B.A.)
- Theology (B.A.)
- Visual Communication
- Voice Performance
- Women's and Gender Studies
- World Languages & Cultures
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Selected Recent Graduate School Placements
Azusa Pacific University
Baylor University School of Law
California Institute of Technology
Case Western Reserve University
Charles University Seminary, Prague
Duke University Divinity School
Eastern Washington University
Fuller Theological Seminary
Harvard University Law School
Harvard University Medical School
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Old Dominion University
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon State University
The Pennsylvania State University
Princeton Theological Seminary
The Ohio State University
Seattle Pacific University
State University of New York at Stonybrook
University of Arizona
University of California/Berkeley
University of Colorado
University of Hawaii
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
University of Washington School of Medicine
Washington State University
Western Washington University
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Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III
20 varsity sports: 10 women's, 10 men's
Recent Athletics Honors
2012-13: Whitworth brings home its sixth straight McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy. This is the seventh time in the past eight years that Whitworth has won the trophy.
An individual national champion, players of the year and school record setters highlight the Whitworth University senior award class of 2013. Carter Comito and Emily Guthrie have been selected to receive the 2013 Dennis Spurlock Award, while Jamie Brunner, Wade Gebbers and Kyle Novak are the 2012-13 Pirate Senior Athletes of the Year.
- 2013 Tyler Pfeffer, '14, is named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team for the second consecutive year. Dan Scheibe, '15, also earns honorable mention from D3baseball.com preseason All-American. Whitworth finishes the season 14-25 overall and 8-16 in the NWC.
- 2012 After claiming its first NWC championship since 1991, the Pirate baseball team is making its first-ever NCAA Div. III tournament appearance in May 2012, advancing to the DIII tournament in Appleton, Wis. Tyler Peffer, '14, is named First Team All-America by D.3baseball.com and West Region Player of the Year. Coach Dan Ramsay, '08, is D3 baseball.com West Region Coach of the Year and NWC Coach of the Year; Pfeffer, '14, Dan Scheibe, '15, and Nick Motsinger, '15, all earn First Team All-NWC honors.
- 2011 Pitcher Nate Johnson, '11, signs with the Kansas City Royals, and outfielder Kevin Valerio, '12, is named a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for NCAA Div. III. Third baseman Landon Scott, '12, is named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 College Division Baseball Team; he also receives All-Northwest Conference First Team and All-Region Second Team honors for the second straight year. The Pirates finish their season 20-20 overall and 13-11 in conference.
- Men's Basketball
- 2013 Eighth-ranked Whitworth, with an overall record of 24-4, wins its fourth consecutive NWC title and makes it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA D3 tournament before losing to The Crusaders of Mary Hardin-Baylor University (Texas). Dustin McConnell, '14, and Wade Gebbers, '13, are named to CoSIDA's Academic All-District Team, and both are also honored as members of the NWC First Team. Gebbers is also named All-Region by D3 Hoops.com and the National Basketball Coaches Association of America. Second-year head coach Matt Logie is a finalist for the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year Award. Finally, six Bucs -- Gebbers, Mack Larkin, '13, Colton McCargar, '14, McConnell, and Matt Roth, '14 -- are named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, and the entire team earns an Acadmic Excellence Award.
- 2012 Whitworth finishes March Madness ranked 10th in the country, with an overall record of 26-4. The Bucs win the NWC crown by four games over their nearest competitor and take the conference championship tournament trophy, beating UPS. The Pirates advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen with a victory over Trinity (Texas) at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), but their tournament run is ended by No. 6-ranked Virginia Wesleyan. Felix Friedt and Jack Loofburrow, both '12, and Wade Gebbers, '13, are among those honored by the conference and in the region for their excellent play.
- 2011 Michael Taylor is named National D3hoops.com Player of the Year and NABC Div. III Player of the Year after Whitworth earns the first No. 1 NCAA basketball ranking for any college or university in the Pacific Northwest, wins the Northwest Conference Championship, and advances to the national tournament for the fifth consecutive year, making it to the Elite 8 before losing to host College of Wooster (Ohio). The Pirates end the season with a 28-2 record. Post player Felix Friedt, '12, who holds a 3.96 GPA in international business, is named Third Team Academic All-America. After a mega-successful 10-year run, Head Coach Jim Hayford departs for Div. I Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth hires Matt Logie, associate head coach of the Div. I Lehigh University Mountain Hawks, to take over at the helm of the Bucs.
- 2010 Whitworth, ranked No. 4 in the country, wins the NWC Tournament after an undefeated season in conference. Following a first-round bye in the NCAA Div. III tournament, the Pirates beat Chapman University (Calif.) to advance to the DIII Sweet Sixteen. At the sectional semifinals, in North Carolina, the Bucs lose to Eastern Mennonite University 71-74, ending Whitworth's 25-game win streak and the Pirates' run at the national title. Nate Montgomery, a D3hoops.com All-American, scores seven points in NABC All-Star Game at the DIII Final Four. Also, the National Association of Basketball Coaches selects Pirate coach Jim Hayford West District Division III Coach of the Year.
- In 2011, D3hoops.com names Michael Taylor its National Player of the Year. Taylor is also All-West Region Player of the Year and NWC Player of the Year. In 2010, Nate Montgomery is D3hoops All-West Region Player of the Year as well as NWC Player of the Year; Ryan Simes (2008), Bryan Williams (2007), and Lance Pecht (2006) are all Players of the Year in the Northwest Conference.
- 2013 The Pirates tie for third in the NWC and then win the NWC Championship Tournament, beating the second-place Whitman Missionaries and the first-place Lewis & Clark Pioneers on their home courts. The women travel to Atlanta to play Emory University in the first round of the NCAA D3 tournament and are defeated by the Eagles. The women's overall record of 21-7 is their best since the 2003 season. Emily Travis, '13, is named NWC First Team, and Emily Guthrie, '13, is chosen NWC Second Team .
- 2012 Lexi Belcher, '12, is named First Team All-Northwest Conference as the Pirates finish fifth in the NWC standings with a 7-9 conference record (11-14 overall).
- 2011 Emily Guthrie, '13, is named Second Team All-NWC,
leading the conference in three pointers per game, making 38.1 percent of her shots from beyond the arc. The Pirates (11-13 overall) finish out of the running for the NWC championship and postseason play.
- 2010 Cassie Pilkinton, '10, is selected First Team All-NWC. Pilkinton is also named to the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team.
- Women's & Men's Cross Country
- 2012 Women's cross-country finishes third and the men finish fourth at the NWC championships. Chris MacMurray, '16, and Christina Anderson, '15, earn 2012 USTFCCCA Division III Cross Country All-Region recognition from the West Region, and at the DIII West Region Championship men’s 8k race, MacMurray finishes with a time of 25:43.76, which puts him in 35th place. Anderson runs the women’s 6k race in 22:25.71 for 27th place.
- 2011 The Whitworth men win the Northwest Conference cross-country championship. Whitworth places three runners among the top seven finishers to claim its second straight NWC crown, and Trevor Berrian, '13, Aaron Jenkins, '12, and Tyler Dudley, '12, all earn First Team All-NWC with their performances. Joy Shufeldt, '13, finished as the NWC top finishers as the women finished in sixth place overall. Shufelt finished 76th at the NCAA national championship meet, while Jenkins placed 217th in the men's competition.
- 2010 Whitworth's women take 17th place at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The men place 28th in the nation at the national event. Katie Williams, '11, earns the Elite 88 Award for embodying the essence of the student-athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his/her sport and achieved the highest academic standards, as well. Williams is Whitworth's first Elite 88 Award winner.
- 2009 The Whitworth women win the NCAA Division III West Region title, with Dana Misterek, Joy Shufeldt and Tonya Turner leading the way. The Pirates finish sixth at the NCAA Division III Championships. Head Coach Toby Schwarz is named Women's NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
- 2012 The Pirates finish their season 7-3 overall, and 3-3 in the Northwest Conference. Running back Ronnie Thomas, '13, who led the NWC in rushing yards with 1,239, and wide receiver Jake DeGooyer,'13, who finished second in the conference in overall receptions (73) and receiving yards (1,015), are named to the All-NWC Team; Whitworth also places three players on the second team and six among those who earn honorable mention. DeGooyer and Brodrick Hirai are also voted to the 2012-13 CoSIDA NCAA DIII Academic All-District VIII Team.
- 2011 Emilio Sulpizio is voted a member of the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Football Team and nine Pirates are named to the All-NWC Team as the Bucs finish 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the Northwest Conference.
- 2010 Seven Whitworth footballers are named to the Academic All-District Football Team (five are repeaters from 2009): Travis Niles and Derek Stottlemyer, both '11; and Paul Werhane, Zac Richardson, Emilio Sulpizio, Robert Schaefer and Matt McDermott, all '12, make up nearly 1/3 of the regional team. Adam Anderson and Zack Clow, both '11, were named to the ALL-NWC First Team. For the third time in his Whitworth career, Anderson was also named to the Second Team All-West Region by D3football.com.
- Men's Golf
- 2013 Men’s golf wins the NWC championship and earns a spot in postseason action at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, in Florida. Oliver Rudnicki, '16, is named to Ping's All-America Second Team; Warren Friedrichs is named NWC Coach of the Year; Jesse Salzwedel, '14, and Oliver Rudnicki are selected to the First Team All-NWC; and Lyle Rudnicki, '16, Steven Plopper, '14, and Joey DeGroff, '13, are named Second Team All-NWC. DeGroff and Salzwedel are named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, and Salzwedel is also named to the 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Men’s At-Large Team.
- 2012 The Pirates finish second at the NWC tournament as well is in the NWC standings after opening the season in fourth place after the NWC Fall Classic. Jesse Salzwedel, '14, plays his way on to the All-NWC First Team.
- 2011 The Whitworth men finish second at the NWC Championship Golf Tournament, hosted by Whitman College. Team leaders for the season include Cameron Whittie, Ryan Young and Christian Boudreau and Jesse Salzwedel, who is named to the National Golf Coaches Association Div. III Ping All-Region 5/West Team.
- 2010 Whitworth returns to the top of the Northwest Conference, winning the NWC Championship Golf Tournament. Ryan Young leads the Pirates to the team victory, earning medalist honors with a two-round score of 151. The men travel to the NCAA Div. III championship tourney for the second time.
- Women's Golf
- 2013 Women's golf finishes third in the NWC and at the conference tourney. Emily Guthrie, '13, wins her second consecutive at-large bid to play as an individual in the 2013 NCAA Div. III Women's Golf Championships, where she finishes 12th in the country. Guthrie is selected All-Conference First Team along with Chelsea Bayley, '16, while Nicole Lomax, '15, is named Second Team All-NWC. Guthrie, who finishes in the top ten at nationals, is also named to the CoSIDA 2013 Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large Team.
2012 The Bucs finish third at the NWC tournament as well as in the final conference standings. Emily Guthrie, '13, is named First Team All-NWC, wins the NWC tournament and secures a place in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships -- where she shoots a hole-in-one in the third round of the tournament.
- 2011 The Pirates finish fourth at the Women's Northwest Conference Championship Tournament and earn third place in the final conference golf standings. Team leaders include Elizabeth Martin, Ashley Danforth, Katie O'Neill and Emily Guthrie, who was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Div. III All-Region 5/West Team.
- 2010 Whitworth holds off nationally ranked George Fox University to claim the team title at the 2010 NWC Championship Tournament and to share the conference championship with the Bruins. Emily Guthrie earns medalist honors, as well as the NWC Player of the Year award. The women travel to the NCAA Div. III championship tourney for the first time, competing in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Rachel Dubes, '10, a President Cup winner (for a 4.0 grade-point average throughout her college career), is named to the 2010 ESPN THE Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team.
- Men's Soccer
- 2012 Whitworth wins the NWC championship, its seventh title since 2003 and its eighth overall under Northwest Conference Coach of the Year Sean Bushéy. The Bucs fall in the first round of the NCAA Div. III soccer tournament, dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to Mississippi College. Kyle Novak is named NWC Defensive Player of the Year; he joins Balin Larson, Andrew Flint, Will Wren and Robby Ubben on the 2012 All-NWC First Team. At season's end, Bushéy announces his intention to join the Colorado Rush soccer team as its senior academy's director of coaching. His successor, Morgan Cathey, will take the helm of one of the longest-running success stories in Pirate history. Cathey started in goal for four years at Azusa Pacific (Calif.), and recently completed his second season as the top assistant coach at Cal State Stanislaus, where he helped lead the Warriors to their first-ever conference title and NCAA Division II tournament appearance.
- 2011 Whitworth finishes tied for first in the Northwest Conference with a record of 12-2-0 record in conference, 14-3-1 overall. Goalkeeper Brian Sherpe and Taylor Willi, both '12, earn recognition for their academic and athletic excellence from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and Cameron Bushey, JT Meyer and Dion Coxe, all '12, are named to the All-Region Third Team.
- 2010 Whitworth finishes fifth in the NWC, with an overall record of 11-6-2 and an NWC record of 7-5-2. Seven players are named to the All-NWC team: Travis Gutierrez, Justin Meyer, Cameron Bushéy and Nate Spangler are First-Team NWC; Dion Coxe, Nic Shaw and Kekoa Mountcastle earn Second-Team recognition. Taylor Willi, '12, is named to the Academic All-District VIII team. Meyer, Spangler and Bushéy are also honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America D3 All-West Region, with Meyer and Spangler being named to the Second Team and Bushéy receiving Third Team honors.
- 2009, 2008, 2007 Whitworth wins Northwest Conference Championships; defeats Chapman University in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Div. III championship tournament and beats Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Round Two; the Pirates make it into the Elite Eight before losing to Hardin-Simmons (Texas).
- Women's Soccer
- 2012 Five Whitworth women are named to the All-NWC Team after the Pirates finish the season at third place in the conference. MF Mackenzie Grow, '12, and GK Andrea Stump, '16. are named to the first team, and D Jami Hegg, '14, and F Tiara Pajimola, '16, earn second-team honors.
- 2011 Anissa Babar, '12, is selected First Team All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; she also earns NWC Defender of the Year honors in the Northwest Conference as the Pirate women finish the season in fourth place in the NWC, with an 8-4-4 overall record; the women were 8-6-4 in conference.
- 2010: Whitworth finishes second in the NWC with a 14-5-1 overall record; 12-3-1 in the conference. Six Pirates are named to the All-NWC Team: Callie Bergstrom, '12, Anisa Babar, '12, Sidonia Davin, '11, and Sarah Berentson, '12, are First-Team honorees. Mackenzie Grow, '13, and Elizabeth Mattila, '11, are named to the Second Team. Berentson is also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association's DIII All-West Region Third Team, and Bergstrom receives First-Team Academic All-District VIII honors; Grow and Cory Druffel, '12, make the Second Team. In the off-season, head coach Daman Hagerott and his assistant (and daughter), Jael Hagerott, '07, switch places, moving Hagerott-the-younger into the head coach's position.
- 2009 The Pirates finish with a best-ever 17-2 record, 9-1 on the road; they finish second in the NWC behind UPS. Anisa Babar and Lindsey Oakes are named to the All-NWC First Team; Miranda Cosand is an NWC Third-Team honoree.
- 2013 The Pirates finish 2012 with an overall record of 23-20 (16-12 in the NWC). Whitworth earns the third seed in the NWC softball tournament and gives second-year head coach Cristal Brown her first postseason conference victory with an 11-2 win over the 2012 NCAA Division III softball champion, Pacific Lutheran University. Jamie Brunner, '13, is selected Third Team All-West Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Brunner, Heather Hesselgesser, '13, and Riley Fritz, '16, are named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team, and Caylan Haehl, '14, earns honorable mention.
- 2012 The Pirates bounce back from a 3-14 start to finish with a 19-21 overall record. Sammi Parr, '12, wraps up her outstanding softball career at Whitworth with a second straight selection to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Division III Softball Team. Parr, a starting second-baseman throughout her Whitworth career, was also a First Team Academic All-District selection in 2011.
- 2011 Whitworth finishes the season 20-19 overall and 17-11 (for third place) in the NWC. Caty Lieseke, '11, is voted First Team All-NWC. Lieske and Sami Parr, '11, are recognized for excellence on the field and in the classroom, earning spots on the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Softball Team. Whitworth hires Cristal Brown, a very successful high-school coach and former star player, as its new head coach.
- Men's Swimming
- 2013 Men's swimming wins its 11th consecutive NWC championship, setting a new standard for team depth and officially claiming the record for longest NWC championship streak in the sport, surpassing PLU's 1969-78 record of 10 titles in a row. Seeking payback against Whitman at the end of the season, the men triumph over the second-place Missionaries, who ended the Pirates' phenomenal 90-consecutive-dual-meet streak earlier in the season. In postseason honors, Andrew Sumnicht, '14, is one of just 12 NWC athletes named to the 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Men’s At-Large Team.
- 2012 The Pirates swims away with their 10th consecutive NWC championship; Rory Buck, '12, Nathan Ranno, '13, Aaron Vaccaro, '14, and Wes Walton, '15, represent the Bucs at the 2012 NCAA Div. III Men's Swimming Championships, where Buck wins his fourth career individual championship by taking first in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke races. The Pirates finish the meet with 60 points, tying for 14th place in the final standings. Buck concludes his career as the most decorated swimmer in Whitworth history. He is a four-time NCAA Division III champion (twice each for the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events); he was selected as the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Swimmer of the Year after breaking a long-standing national record in the 200 distance; he is a two-time Academic All-American; he has twice competed at the South African national championships; and he qualified for the World University Games in China in 2011.
- 2011 At nationals, junior Rory Buck breaks the NCAA DIII 200-yard breaststroke and 200 backstroke records and is named the 2011 Division III Men's Swimmer of the Year. The men's team breaks two relay records at nationals after rolling to its ninth consecutive NWC championship, dominating swimmers from throughout the conference. Kalen Darling, '11, earns Men's Outstanding Swimmer of the conference meet (as he did in 2010); he wins three individual events during the meet: the 200-yard I.M., the 400-yard I.M., and the 200-yard backstroke. The Bucs are also the winners of 78 consecutive dual meets. Buck is top seed in the 100-yard breaststroke, and he and Darling lead eight swimmers to nationals. The men's team is recognized by the CSCAA for outstanding academic achievement, as well, and Rory Buck, Nathan Ranno, '13, and Aaron Vaccaro, '14, are singled out for individual honors.
- 2010 Rory Buck, '12, finished as national runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke, and the men's team earns a Top-20 finish at the 2010 NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships. Buck was also named to the 2010 ESPN THE Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team.
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003: Whitworth men are NWC champions
- Women's Swimming
- 2013 The Pirate women dominate at the 2013 NWC championship meet, winning 11 of 18 events and claiming the conference championship. Winners among the "swimmin' women" are Bridget Louis, '16, Kate Duvall, '14, Kori Carpenter, '16, Nicole Lecoq, '15, Hannah Norris, '16, and Alisa Stang, 15.
- 2012 Whitworth wins second place in the NWC, finishing just 17 points behind UPS at the conference championship meet. Kate Duvall, '14, will get the chance to duplicate or improve upon her 2011 All-America finish in the backstroke at nationals, to be held in March at Indiana University.
- 2011 The women's swim team clinches its team title early in the NWC championship meet with 817 points, ahead of Puget Sound's 679. Kate Duvall, '14, sets an all-time NWC record and automatically qualifies for nationals. The Whitworth women have now won three of the last four NWC championships, as well as 35 consecutive dual meets. Duvall is singled out for individual honors as the women's team is recognized by the CSCAA for outstanding academic achievement among nationwide collegiate swimmers.
- 2010 Whitworth's swimmin' women earn a Top-20 finish in the DIII Swimming and Diving Championships. Natalie Turner, '10, makes NWC history, becoming the NWC's first woman swimmer to score in 12 out of a possible 12 career events at the NCAA DIII championships. She finishes fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
- 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008: Whitworth women are NWC champions
- Men's Tennis
- 2013 For the second consecutive year, Cameron Williams, '13, is selected to the All-Northwest Conference Men's Tennis First Team. The senior from Olympia is a bright spot in the Bucs' season, as they finish 6-13 overall, and 5-7 in the Northwest Conference.
- 2012 Daniel Redfern, '12, and Cameron Williams, '13, are honored as members of the NWC All-Conference First Team. Redfern is a two-time first-team honoree. The Pirates finish the season 11-8 overall and 8-4 in conference, losing in the NWC semifinals to Whitman College.
- 2011 Daniel Redfern, '12, is named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team; the Pirates finish the regular season in third place, going 11-9 overall, 8-4 in NWC play.
- 2010 The Whitworth squad is selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Michael Shelton is named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team for the second consecutive season, and Joe Wales is honored as NWC Sportsman of the Year.
- Women's Tennis
- 2012 The Pirates finish the season 9-3 in the NWC and 13-7 overall, losing in the NWC semifinals to Whitman College. Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman, both '12, close out their Whitworth tennis careers with berths on the All-Northwest Conference Team. Marshall is selected to the first team, which makes her a four-time honoree; Bosman is a second-team honoree for the third time in her college career. And every member of the squad earns recognition as an ITA Scholar-Athlete -- a nearly unprecedented achievement.
- 2011 With a singles record of 15-3, Rachel Burns, '11, wins Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors and is joined on the All-NWC First Team by Alli Marshall, '12. Whitworth wins the NWC championship (for the third consecutive season) with a record of 16-2 overall, 12-0 in the NWC.
- 2010 Whitworth's women's team defeats Willamette 6-3, clinching a second straight Northwest Conference title for the Pirates. The Pirates finish their regular season with a record of 17-4 overall, 15-1 NWC. Rachel Burns is named to the All-Northwest First Team and is voted the NWC's Sportswoman of the Year. The women also compete at the NCAA Div. III tournament for the second year in a row.
- 2009 NWC champions, NCAA Div. III Regional Coach of the Year and NWC Coach of the Year is Jo Wagstaff; Rachel Burns and Alli Marshall are named to the NWC All-Conference First Team.
- Men's Indoor Track & Field
- In 2013, Whitworth sends two competitors to the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field championships at North Central College, in Naperville, Ill. Christina Dobbin, '15, and Carter
Comito, '13, represent Whitworth at the meet, where
Comito's shot put moves him up to the third-longest distance in Div. III this season.
With Comito's throw of 59'-0.35," he breaks his own Whitworth indoor record and moves up in the NCAA rankings.
- In 2012, for the third year in a row, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) names Toby Schwarz West Region Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year. Derrick Dewindt, '06, and Bob Omlin earn Assistant Coach of the Year awards, Trent Alsin, '15, earns Men's Track Athlete of the Year honors, and Carter Comito, '13, is named Men's Field Athlete of the Year. The Pirate men complete the regular season ranked first in the West Region and are ranked No. 1 in the region in nine different events. Alsinrecords the fastest time in the West Region in the 60 meters. Among his other accomplishments, Comito finishes in the top three at the Division I University of Washington Invitational.
- 2011 Whitworth wins seven of eight possible awards from the USTFCCCA: Toby Schwarz is named regional men's and women's Coach of the Year; Jeff Rahn is regional men's and women's Assistant Coach of the Year; Emmanuel Bofa, '10 (currently a graduate student), is named Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season; Tonya Turner, '12, is Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and Sam Wright, '14, is Field Athlete of the Year. Bofa, Turner and Jheri Gates, '14, qualified to compete at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ohio. Bofa is a four-year qualifier for nationals; Turner and Gates are the first Whitworth women to compete at the meet.
- 2010 Emmanuel Bofa, '10, is selected West Region Track Athlete of the Year, and Toby Schwarz is named Men's West Region Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
- 2010 Cody Stelzer, '10, (high jump) and Jeff Kintner, '10, (shot put) finish 6th at NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-America status.
- Women's Indoor Track & Field
- 2012 Jheri Gates, '14, is seeded 10th in her event as she competes in the high-jump competition at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa.
- Men's Outdoor Track & Field
- 2013 The Pirate men capture their fourth straight NWC championship, garnering 35 medals at the NWC tournament, hosted by Willamette University. The meet standout is Carter Comito, '13, who sweeps the conference in the men's shot put. He breaks his own NWC record with a throw of 59'2". Comito also triumphs at nationals where he wins his third consecutive NCAA discus championship and All-America honor, breaking the stadium record with his first throw in the finals. He and 15 other Whitworthians qualify for the national meet. Tyler Coopman, '14, Peter Delap, '14, Joseph Green, '15, Frank Lima, '13, and Casey Monahan, '14, are among the USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.
- 2012 The Bucs roll to a third consecutive conference championship, lapping the field at the NWC championships at PLU. Whitworth scores 270 points, beating second-place Willamette by a 138-point margin. Toby Schwarz is voted NWC Men's Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career and the third year in a row. Pirates Matthew Landon (100-meter dash), Casey Monahan (110-meter hurdles), Chibron Tomeo (100-dash), and Carter Comito (shot put) win individual events, with the 4x100 relay team also claiming first place. Frank Lima is named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
- 2011 The Pirates win their second Northwest Conference title in the last three years and finish third at the NCAA Div. III West Region meet. Carter Comito helped Whitworth close out the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in dramatic fashion by winning the national discus title. Four Whitworth men are named to the USTFCCA All-Academic Teams: Brett Bajema, '14, javelin; Alex Couette, '11, hammer throw; Frank Lima, '13, high jump; and Jacob Pierce, '12, hammer throw. Lima finishes 8th in this year's high jump at the NCAA meet.
- 2010 After a dominating victory at the NWC championships, Whitworth sends 11 qualifiers to nationals and finishes 13th in the country. Emmanuel Bofa finishes second in the 800-m, and Cody Stelzer takes fourth in the high jump. As he was in 2008 and 2009, Stelzer is named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Second Team.
- Women's Outdoor Track & Field
- 2013 Christina Dobbins, '14, jumps a season-best 18'1.5" in the women's long jump at Whitworth's final meet of 2013. Her distance propels her from 50th on the Div. III performance list into a tie for the 32nd-best jump in the country this season. The Pirates qualify 16 student-athletes for the Div. III championships, including five javelin throwers. The top 22 women and top 20 men in their events qualify for the championships. Christina Dobbins, '15. Dakota Kliamovich, '15, Rachel Palmquist, '14, Cassidy Stevick. '14, and Kerry Wright, '16, are named All-America honorees by USTFCCCA. Additionally, the women’s track and field team ranks fifth among Division III for its team GPA of 3.55.
- 2012 The Whitworth women finish fourth at the NWC championships behind George Fox, Willamette, and Linfield. Jheri Gates repeats her title in the high jump; Christina Dobbins finishes third in that event. Rebekah Daniels is runner-up in the hammer throw, while Ka'ipo Rocha finishes fifth. Emily Moore takes fourth place in the triple jump. Jheri Gates, '14, is named by USTFCCCA to its All-America First Team.
- 2011 Whitworth runners Katie Williams, Tonya Turner, and Elizabeth Mattila, all '11, are named to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Women's College Division Track & Field/Cross Country Team. Mattila breaks her own school record in the 400 hurdles in the national meet at Ohio Wesleyan University. Seven Pirate women are named to the USTFCCC All-Academic Teams: Erica Cox, '11, hammer and discus throws; Jheri Gates, '14, high jump, Mattila, 400 hurdles; Dana Misterek, '11, 800 run, Cassidy Stevick, '14, javelin; and Turner, 1500 run, 3000 steeplechase). Mattila and Turner both turn in All-American finishes at this year's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
- 2010 Whitworth finishes third at the NWC Conference Championships, with Amy Wyatt winning the shot put competition. Joy Shufeldt breaks an 18-year-old Whitworth record in the 5,000 meters at the Duane Hartman Open. Schufeldt and Erica Cox post qualifying marks for the national outdoor championships.
- 2012 Jalana White, '15, earns All-NWC honors and is named to the conference second team as Whitworth finishes its season at 10-13. In spring 2013, Whitworth hires Katie Bodecker to fill the slot left vacant by the departure of longtime Pirates' coach Steve Rupe. Bodecker was a four-year starter at the University of Idaho, where, on the all-time Vandals leaders list, she is eighth in kills per set and tied for ninth in single season kills. She led the team in three categories in 2004: kills, kill attempts and kills per set. he earned a spot on the All-Big West Conference First Team and led the Vandals to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Idaho broke an eight-year drought in 2003, as the volleyball program earned its first NCAA postseason bid since 1995.
- 2011 The Pirates win the Northwest Conference volleyball championship and take 17th-ranked Cal Lutheran to five sets before losing in the first round of the NCAA Division III West Region Tournament. Kaimi Rocha, '12, is named an NCAA Division III Second Team All-America player by the American Volleyball Coaches Associaton (AVCA), becoming Whitworth's first All-America in volleyball since 2005. Bree Riddle, '12, receives honorable mention consideration.
- 2010 Volleyball wins Northwest Conference Championship, advances to second round of NCAA DIII tourney after beating Concordia-Moorhead in opener. Steve Rupe is NWC Coach of the Year, and sophomore Kaimi Rocha is NWC Player of the Year. Rocha was also voted to the AVCA All-West Region First Team.
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- Tuition and fees: $33,676 (2012-13)
- Room and board: $9,364 (2012-13)
- Annual budget: $61.7 million (2012)
- Total gifts received: $6,880,992 (2011)
- Endowment: $99,247,149 (2011)
- Percent of students who receive aid: 95-plus percent (2011)
- Audited financial statements 2012-13 (PDF)
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Campus Size: 200 acres
In addition to the $32 million William P. & Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall, which opened in fall 2011, Whitworth has invested more than $62 million in campus improvements
in recent years, including the following projects:
- East Residence Hall: $11.6 million
- Hixson Union Building: $8 million
- Weyerhaeuser Hall Academic Building: $7.1 million
- Boppell Residence Hall: $4 million
- Residence Hall renovations: $4.5 million
- Technology/infrastructure upgrades: $3.7 million
- Dixon Hall Classroom Building renovation: $3 million
- Johnston Science Center renovation: $2.8 million
- Cowles Memorial Auditorium renovation: $2.2 million
- Softball/soccer/field-event complex: $1.5 million
- Pine Bowl/Boppell Track upgrades: $1.3 million
- Property acquisition: $3 million
- Scotford Tennis Center/pedestrian corridor: $1 million
- Duvall Residence Hall: $7.8 million
- Hawthorne Hall renovation: $1 million
- Lied Art Center: $7.1 million
- Omache Field: $700,000
- Network connections are available to every student in every residence-hall room
- Computers (including those in department labs) available to all Whitworth students: 292
- Individual classroom computers: 51
- Computers are accessible to students in the general labs in the library and in 23 satellite labs located in departments throughout the campus.
- Whitworth provides Internet access and lifetime e-mail accounts to all students.
Total Whitworth Alumni: 24,158
Recent Alumni Highlights
- Adrian Kitimbo, '12, is attending the University of Oxford, where he is conducting graduate work on international development and conflicts. Kitimbo, who is from Uganda, was also accepted to three other esteemed universities in Great Britain: the London School of Economics, King's College, and University College. Long-term, he plans to work for a development organization or to work within the Ugandan government on development and humanitarian emergencies, especially those resulting from civil conflicts.
- Andrew Hamstra, '11, is living an athletic trainer's dream, working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with Boise State University's championship football team and the indoor track and field team. Hamstra is also pursuing his master's of science in exercise and sport studies at Boise State.
- Sean McGuire, '10, a double major in mathematics and physics and a winner of Whitworth's 2010 President's Cup, received a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend to conduct research in the Lasers and Applied Physics Doctorate Program at Princeton University. The award amounts to $65,000-70,000 per year for up to six years.
- Evan Cate, '08, received a full scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies at the Duke University Divinity School.
- Jared Hall, '07, earned third place in the 2012 National Trumpet Competition. The competition, inaugurated in 1992, brings together music-faculty members from colleges and universities around country to judge young musicians. More than 3,000 student musicians have competed at NTC.
- Ashley Gibbs, '07, who won a Goldwater Scholarship in 2005, is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Harvard University.
- Caleb Hug, '04, also a Goldwater Scholarship winner (in 2003), recently earned his doctorate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Matt Lockard, '00, was the sole 2000 recipient of highly competitive fellowships from both the Mellon Foundation and the Pew Foundation. The fellowships have supported Lockard through his master's-degree and Ph.D. studies in philosophy at UCLA. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the epistemology of perceptual belief.
- Sheila Maak, '97, is founder of the Junior Achievement Honduras Foundation. Maak spent eight years after her graduation from Whitworth in Honduras, the first three as an economic-development volunteer with the Peace Corps. With the assistance of more than 200 local volunteers and 18 prominent board members from the business community, Junior Achievement Honduras now reaches more than 3,000 Honduran students each year.
- Alfred Nganga Mutua, '95, resigned in 2012 as Kenya's government spokesperson and public communications secretary in order to vie for the governorship for Machakos County, a position he won with 71 percent of the vote.
- Kristina Ruggles, '93, is volunteer coordinator for Spokane's Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, whose mission is to provide emergency respite care for children at risk for neglect and abuse, and to provide support for families.
- Anna Schowengerdt, '93, has led humanitarian relief programs for Catholic Relief Services since 1998. She was first assigned to Liberia, where she managed the monitoring and evaluation unit for two years. She then went on to serve in Uganda and Iraq. In 2004, Schowengerdt joined members of other relief organizations in a humanitarian mission to Aceh, Indonesia, following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged that country and its neighbors. She returned to Whitworth to deliver the commencement address in 2005 and was a Great Decisions lecturer on campus in 2011.
- Kyle Orwig, '90, is a professor and research scientist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He leads a six-person research team studying adult male germline stem cells, which show promise in the restoration of fertility and in other biomedical applications.
- Steve Miller, '83, was named 2002 Inventor of the Year for Battelle, an international research and development firm. Miller developed a new optically stimulated luminescence technique that resulted in the first million-dollar royalty license for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a Battelle subsidiary. He holds 13 U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents.
- Russell Working, '82, was the youngest writer ever to receive the Iowa Short Fiction Award, for his collection Resurrectionists. Working went on to become an award-winning reporter, both as a freelancer in Russia and as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times and dozens of other newspapers and magazines around the globe, and his fiction has been published in venues such as The Atlantic Monthly and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story. The title story of his second short story collection, The Irish Martyr, won a Pushcart Prize.
- Noel Castellanos, '82, is the associate executive director of the Christian Community Development Association and the president of Latino Leadership Foundation. A pastor in Chicago's La Villita neighborhood, Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in the Latino community for the past 25 years.
- Regina Yan, '82, was recently named Chief Operations Officer of The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, in Washington, D.C.
- Peter Hunner, '76, is an internationally acclaimed glass artist in Ostermarie, Denmark, and is the director of Baltic Sea Glass.
- Ron Leighton, '73, was appointed U.S. District Court Judge for the Western district of Washington in 2002 after a successful career as an attorney and partner with Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson and Dayheim in Tacoma and Seattle.
- Ross H. Anderson, '69, shared the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for his article in The Seattle Times on the Exxon Valdez accident. He is an editorial journalist with The Seattle Times.
- Walt Oliver, '67, is vice president for human resources with General Dynamics Corporation. He also serves the university as chair of the Whitworth University Board of Trustees.
- Marvin Sather, '67, was named Washington State's Teacher of the Year for 1999 for his 31 years of exceptional service teaching high-school English.
- Charles (Chuck) Boppell, '65, longtime chair of the Whitworth University Board of Trustees, recently retired as president and CEO of Worldwide Restaurant Concepts.
- Phil Eaton, Ph.D., '65, is the president of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.
- Ray Washburn, '61, spent nine successful seasons as a pitcher with Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched one no-hitter and was part of multiple World Series teams during his career.
- Saisuree Chutikul, Ph.D., '56, is the former advisor to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, one of three departments within Thailand's Office of Prime Minister. She was one of the first Thai women to earn a doctorate and is currently Secretary-General of the National Youth Bureau of Thailand.