Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2003

Women of Whitworth Recognized During Heritage Week Events

The important role of women in the history and the future of Whitworth College will be celebrated through a series of Heritage Week events, Feb. 7-13, ranging from a theatre production and spring convocation to a chapel service and panel discussion on the role of women in ministry.

Whitworth's traditional spring Founder's Day Convocation has been expanded this year to a full week of events celebrating the college's rich 113-year history. Members of the Spokane community are invited to join Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni for most functions.

"Whitworth has celebrated Founder's Day to varying degrees since our Centennial in 1990, but in the last few years the college has worked harder, under the leadership of historian Dale Soden, to make Spring Convocation a time for our students, faculty, staff and alumni to reflect on our rich history," said Tad Wisenor, director of alumni and parent relations for Whitworth. "Since the beginning of the spring term coincides with the college's actual founding on February 20, this is a natural time to celebrate where Whitworth has been as we look ahead to where the college is going."

Heritage Week kicks off Feb. 7 with an opening reception for Art Professor Emeritus Pauline Haas' exhibit of new paintings, "The Big and the Small of It," 5-7 p.m., in the Koehler Gallery on campus. In addition, Whitworth's women's and men's basketball teams will face off against Pacific Lutheran University at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Admission to the games is $5.

The week's events continue Feb. 8 with an 8 p.m. presentation of "Mirror, Mirror: The Body Image Show," in Cowles Auditorium. This challenging and entertaining production is presented by eight Whitworth students and one alumna who recently completed a tour of Western Washington. Admission is $1. The women's and men's basketball teams also will return to action against the University of Puget Sound at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Admission is $5.

During the annual Founder's Day Convocation at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11 in Cowles Auditorium, the campus community will gather to mark the beginning of the spring semester with academic pomp and circumstance and to honor the Whitworth Women's Auxiliary for their century-long commitment to the college. Whitworth Professor of History and college historian Dale Soden also will highlight some of the important women in Whitworth's history, including Mary Whitworth, wife of the college's founder George Whitworth; the two lone women of Whitworth's 1926 graduating class; and pioneering women's athletics coach Diana Marks.

"I want to try to walk a fine line between celebrating the genuine contributions and achievements of women in Whitworth's history while not overlooking the degree to which women have faced a considerable number of struggles here at the college as they have in society at large," said Soden.

In addition, a panel discussion on women in ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Seeley Mudd Chapel on campus. Moderated by Doris Liebert, who recently retired from Whitworth's School of Education faculty and remains active in the Presbyterian Church, the panel will include a number of local women in ministry who will explore the joys and challenges of serving the Presbyterian Church.

Heritage Week events will conclude with a worship service at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 in Seeley Mudd Chapel. Associate Chaplain Andrea Saccoccio will preach on what it means to be called to serve God with one's life and with one's vocation.

A complete list of Heritage Week events is available on the Whitworth web site at www.whitworth.edu/alumni/heritageweek.htm. Admission to events is free unless otherwise noted.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Dale Soden, professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Tad Wisenor, director of alumni & parent relations, (509) 777-4401 or twisenor@whitworth.edu.

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

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