Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 9, 2006

CASE Selects Whitworth Junior for Spring 2006 Multicultural Internship

Whitworth junior Michael Chansavang was selected for a spring 2006 multicultural internship by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII Committee on Opportunity and Equity. CASE established the Multicultural Internship Program to encourage minority college students to explore the field of higher-education advancement as a career choice.

Chansavang was selected from a pool of nominated students who attend community colleges or four-year institutions located in CASE District VIII, comprising Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Western Canada.

Chansavang will conduct his spring-semester internship in the Whitworth Office of Institutional Advancement under the supervision of Elsa Distelhorst, director of development/ major gifts. Whitworth and CASE will provide Chansavang with internship stipends; he and Distelhorst will attend the CASE District VIII annual conference Feb. 22-25 in Vancouver, B.C.

"I am thrilled that Michael was selected for this internship," Distelhorst says. "I am impressed with his passion for this career field and I look forward to showing him the scope of fund-raising at Whitworth."

Chansavang, a resident of Tacoma, Wash., is majoring in communication studies and psychology, and is earning a minor in leadership studies. He is attending Whitworth as an Act Six scholar. Act Six is an initiative that supports college access and retention and helps students to develop urban-leadership skills; the program is administered by the Northwest Leadership Foundation. Chansavang interned with the foundation, in Tacoma, and served two years as a Whitworth cultural-diversity advocate. He is active in the college's International Club, has mentored Asian students through Young Life, has served meals through En Christo, a student-led ministry that conducts outreach to the homeless in Spokane, and has participated with select students in Whitworth President Bill Robinson's Leadership Foundation.

Chansavang attributes his internship nomination and selection to his efforts to advocate cultural awareness and his desire to work in development for nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Whitworth.

"My participation in the Multicultural Internship Program will help narrow my career focus and will allow me to apply what I am learning in the classroom to the workplace," Chansavang wrote in his internship application personal statement.

During his internship, Chansavang will assist with major-gift fund-raising for strategic initiatives, including project development, donor identification, and stewardship activities. He will also job-shadow staff members serving in The Whitworth Foundation, as well as the college's departments of planned giving and annual giving, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Center for Service Learning. In addition, Chansavang will serve as the Whitworth representative at the African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American's (AHANA) Unity in Community planning sessions.

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.


Elsa C. Distelhorst, director of development/major gifts, Whitworth College, 509-777-4446 or edistelhorst@whitworth.edu.

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

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