Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2000

New Whitworth Look Welcoming Record Number of Students

As most of Whitworth's students arrive on campus this weekend, they will be greeted by a new college logo, a completely renovated classroom building, and probably more classmates than at any time in the college's 110-year history.

Riding the crest of a six-year enrollment surge, Whitworth expects to welcome its largest freshman class as well as its largest-ever full-time undergraduate enrollment. Figures won't be final until the 10th day of classes on Sept. 16, but projections indicate Whitworth's fall 2000 freshman class will match or exceed the 1994 record of 406 students and that full-time undergraduate enrollment will surpass last year's record of 1,645 students.

Fred Pfursich, Whitworth's dean of enrollment services, credits the growth to effective recruiting, high retention rates and a growing demand for Whitworth's academically rigorous Christian education.

"We're targeting our recruitment of high-achieving students for whom Whitworth is a good match," Pfursich says. "And greater numbers of students seriously considering Whitworth are finding what they're looking for in terms of academic strength, individual attention and services, and a desirable campus environment."

Returning students will notice several changes, including a new logo on campus signs, stationery, the college website and other materials. The logo -- an academic seal bearing a book, torch and sunburst -- was designed to reflect Whitworth's mission of providing an education of mind and heart through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars.

"As Whitworth's reputation and visibility have grown, we saw an opportunity to create a visual image that effectively represents our unique identity and mission," says Greg Orwig, director of communications. "The new logo also is graphically versatile and can be easily incorporated into all of the college's print and web communications pieces."

Whitworth has made a number of facilities and grounds improvements, including rebuilding a brick wall at the campus entrance, paving and landscaping a large parking lot beside the freshman dormitory, and completely renovating Dixon Hall, one of the college's primary classroom facilities. The $2.5 million Dixon Hall project provides larger and more versatile classrooms with the latest in teaching technology, the addition of an elevator and replacement of all mechanical systems.

Student leaders and fall athletes are already on campus for training. The residence halls open for the remaining students at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Final registration will take place on Sept. 5, with day and evening classes beginning on Sept. 6.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,000 students in over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Fred Pfursich, dean of enrollment services, (509) 777-4348 or fpfursich@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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