Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2005

For Third Consecutive Year a Whitworth MIM Student Will Join Select Group for U.N. Graduate Study Program in Geneva

Randall Johanson, a student in the Master of International Management (MIM) program at Whitworth who recently landed a job with The Boeing Company, was selected for an academic internship in the 43rd Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Johanson's appointment to the highly competitive program follows those of MIM graduates Jolene Piccolo, '05, and Mike Jazskowiak, '04.

"The fact that three Whitworth MIM students have been selected for this exclusive United Nations program is an indication of the growing international respect for Whitworth's School of Global Commerce & Management and its MIM degree program," says Kyle Usrey, dean of the SGCM. "Randall is a bright, enthusiastic, culturally sensitive student with a unique education in international management for the 21st century; he will represent Whitworth and Spokane well."

Johanson, a resident of Spokane, Wash., who earned an international-business degree from Gonzaga University in 2004, is one of 100 graduate students from more than 40 countries who will gather July 4-22 at the Palais des Nations to evaluate and make recommendations on global issues including human rights and humanitarian affairs, as well as the environment and economic development. During the program Johanson and his colleagues will engage in issues of global importance and produce a working paper that can influence U.N. policies and programs.

"It is a tremendous honor for me to represent Whitworth, Spokane and the United States at such a prestigious world body as the United Nations," Johanson says. "To be able to practice diplomacy and cross-cultural communication on a global scale will be a truly valuable experience, as will having the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to lead effectively in an international setting."

Upon completing the U.N. program, Johanson will begin his new job as a procurement agent for Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems Division, which handles military and space programs. Since he will be based in Seattle, Johanson is developing a plan with Boeing and leaders of the MIM Program that will allow him to complete his graduate degree at Whitworth.

The Information Service at Geneva organizes the annual graduate-study program as part of educational activities undertaken by the United Nations. The 2005 program, "The United Nations at 60: The Road Ahead," will include lectures by senior officials of the United Nations and other related agencies. Participants will also form working groups - under the guidance of U.N. experts - that will study specific issues. Each group will prepare a position paper that will be adopted by session members.

Whitworth's Master of International Management Program was founded in 1992 in response to a growing demand for professionals who are prepared to contribute meaningfully and effectively in both commercial and nonprofit organizations with international operations.

Johanson had originally planned to enroll in a graduate program at the University of International Business and Economics, in Beijing, but he scrapped that plan when he learned about Whitworth's program, which he deemed competitive with similar programs offered abroad.

"Among the valuable content in the MIM Program, the greatest gains for me thus far have been learning cross-cultural communication and being inspired to pursue my career goals," Johanson says. "Whitworth's highly competent and effective faculty members use the largely international student body as a tool to promote teamwork in a diverse atmosphere. I receive such support and encouragement from the people in the program that I have discovered I do not have to sell myself short in my career choice - I can go anywhere from here."

In 2001, Whitworth formed the School of Global Commerce and Management, further strengthening the college's academic and international commitment. Whitworth's MIM Program is unique in the Northwest, with graduates taking leadership positions in a broad array of international business and service organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

"Students such as Randall, who are well-grounded in business and social ethics, with a strong commitment to service and a sincere understanding of and appreciation for cultural difference, will prove to be the most effective organizational leaders in coming years," says Mary Alberts, director of the MIM Program. "Preparing such students is what MIM is all about."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Randall Johanson: Johanson can be contacted through June 27 and after July 23 at 509-475-8375 (cell) or rjohanson07@whitworth.edu. Johanson can be contacted June 28-July 22, while in Geneva, at rjohnson07@whitworth.edu.

Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777- 4721 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Mary Alberts, director of the Master of International Management Program, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

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

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