Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2003

Governor Gary Locke to Make Jan. 23 Visit to Whitworth College

Washington State Governor Gary Locke will hear from Whitworth College students and faculty studying everything from computers that can "learn" how to monitor patient care to new techniques for evaluating the learning outcomes of students with disabilities during a Jan. 23 visit to the North Spokane campus.

The governor and members of his staff will meet with Whitworth President Bill Robinson in McEachran Hall, beginning at about 2:30 p.m., to receive an update on the college's record enrollment, retention and graduate rates, which contributed to the college's #5 ranking in the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide. Robinson also will discuss the role he and other members of the Whitworth community are playing in the One Spokane anti-poverty initiative and in other regional economic development efforts.

Robinson will then lead an hour-long tour of campus that will include stops at Whitworth's computer-science lab, where faculty and students are researching the use of intelligent software agents to monitor and support treatment of medical patients; the School of Education, which is playing a leading role in developing and testing new techniques for assessing both student learning and teacher pedagogy to support outcomes-based school reform; and a human ecology class studying global health, energy flow, species extinction and other challenges related to human interaction with the environment.

"We know how important education is to Governor Locke, so we're glad to have him on our campus with an opportunity to spend time with students and faculty who are studying issues that are very critical to our state at this time," said Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "Whether it's how to best meet the needs of pre-school learners with special needs or how to improve health care, education is the key to preparing citizens who will be called on to address these complex societal challenges."

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.


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

Mary Ann McCurdy, Eastern Washington Office of the Governor, (509) 568-3187.

Kirsten Kendrick, Office of the Governor, (360) 902-4118 or kirsten.kendrick@gov.wa.gov.

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