Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2004

Whitworth's Storied History Celebrated during Heritage Week Events

Whitworth College will celebrate its rich history and explore the topic of faith and the human condition through a series of Heritage Week events, Feb. 3-14. Events taking place on the college's northside campus will include an art exhibit, a poetry reading, Founder's Day Convocation, a lecture by a distinguished alumnus and professor on faith and the human condition, and a panel discussion on how faith traditions address the issue of human identity.

Heritage Week 2004 is being held in honor of Whitworth's 114-year history and coincides with the anniversary of the college's founding, which took place Feb. 20, 1890. Members of the Spokane community are invited to join Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni for most functions. Admission to events is free, unless otherwise noted.

Heritage Week kicks off Feb. 3 with an opening reception for 1999 alumnus Lance Sinnema's exhibit, "Busted," which features a lifesize diorama, complete with enlarged toys. The reception will take place 5-7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building's Koehler Gallery. Sinnema will present a lecture, "Can-do Economics and the American Way," at 6 p.m. during the reception.

The week's events will continue with a poetry reading by Associate Professor of English Laurie Lamon, '78, on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Lamon's work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and Poetry Northwest. During the reading Lamon, recipient of a 2001 Pushcart Prize and a 2002 Graves Award, will read from her Pain Poem Cycle, which will be featured in her upcoming book, Repetition of Field.

Whitworth's Black Student Union will sponsor the Gospel Explosion concert on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. The concert will feature community choirs and local artists who will perform during this annual celebration of gospel music.

During the annual Founder's Day Convocation on Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in Cowles Auditorium, the campus community - including faculty in academic regalia - will formally gather to mark the beginning of the spring semester. In addition to celebrating with music and worship, top students will be honored, and President Bill Robinson will deliver a convocation address, "Making History."

Also during convocation, Whitworth's campus historian, Dale Soden, who serves as professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, will highlight some of the storied figures in Whitworth's history in his presentation "The Academic Tradition of Whitworth College." Included among Soden's subjects will be the "movers and shakers" who helped shape Whitworth's longstanding tradition of academic excellence.

Discussing the purpose and value of this annual celebration, Soden says, "Heritage Week gives the Whitworth community an opportunity to understand and appreciate that we're connected to an institution with a long, rich history, and that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us," Soden says.

The evening of Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel, Stephen T. Davis, '62, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at California's Claremont McKenna College, will present a lecture, "Faith and the Human Condition."

On Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Whitworth's annual Great Decisions lecture series will feature Richard Brown, news anchor for KXLY-TV in Spokane, who will discuss the use of "embedded" journalists during military conflict. Brown's lecture will be followed by a faculty panel discussion Feb. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel. During the discussion Whitworth faculty members representing faiths including Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist, will share their beliefs about how faith traditions address the issue of human identity.

Heritage Week will conclude Feb. 14 with a workshop, "Living on Purpose," led by Mustard Seed Associates founders and authors Tom and Christine Sine. The workshop will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building's Multipurpose Room. Cost is $20, which includes book and lunch. Space is limited; register online at www.whitworth.edu/alumni/forms/General/index.aspx?EventId=49 or call (509) 777-3799 before Feb. 6.

A complete list of Heritage Week events is available on the Whitworth website at www.whitworth.edu/alumni/heritageweek.htm.

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.


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

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

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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