Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2007

Whitworth University Dedicates Field in Honor of Students, Alums from Okanogan Valley

A recreational and intramural sports field to serve Whitworth University’s growing student body was dedicated today in a ceremony recognizing John and E. Judith Scotford, the lead donors on the project.

The project is named Omache Field in honor of the generations of students and alumni from the Okanogan Valley who have attended Whitworth; the valley was earlier known as Omache by the Okanogan Indians. John Scotford, a 1951 alum and former member of Whitworth’s board of trustees, and current Chairman of the Board Chuck Boppell are among many Whitworthians with ties to the Okanogan Valley area.

Boppell’s grandparents, Charles and Zilpha Boppell, a Presbyterian pastor and trained doctor, respectively, accepted a call to the Okanogan Indian Reservation in 1905. Boppell’s dad, Carl, was born there in 1906 and later served on Whitworth’s board of trustees. And Scotford’s mother moved to Omak from Chicago with John and his two older brothers in 1929. John grew up there, working for one of the lumber mills, before coming to Whitworth in 1947.

During the Omache Field dedication ceremony, Whitworth University President Bill Robinson presented the Scotfords with Frisbees and caps emblazoned with “Omache Field,” along with a framed watercolor print of the field.  He then thanked them and other donors for providing a much-needed space for intramural and recreational sports.

“We celebrate their generosity for making possible this beautiful field,” Robinson said. “This is special to the Scotford family, to all the people who worked on the field, and, especially, to all of our students. We are very thankful.”

The $700,000 project, located at the southwest corner of the campus, included the removal of five buildings, new landscaping and irrigation, and a monument sign to be installed by the end of the year. The field, seeded with athletic turf, covers 120,000 square feet and includes a 240-foot-by-400-foot playing area for Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football and other intramural and recreational sports.

Scott Donnell, president of the Associated Students of Whitworth University, said the field was the top campus need identified by the student body last year. “Intramurals exist to provide community and friendly competition among the students,” Donnell said. “This is an incredible gift. I hope the Frisbees fly.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



Kristi Burns, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, (509) 777-3243 or kburns@whitworth.edu.

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

NOTE: Publication-quality photos of the dedication ceremony and field are available upon request.

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