Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2008

Deans' Seminar Series May 6 to Feature Discussion on Dual Purpose of Higher Education

The dual purpose of higher education will be the discussion topic of the final 2007-08 Deans' Seminar Series. Whitworth's Rhosetta Rhodes, director of service-learning and community engagement, and Eastern Washington University's Dick Winchell, Ph.D., professor of urban and regional planning, will present "Linking Service to Economic Development" on Tuesday, May 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4585. For directions to campus, visit www.whitworth.edu/generalinformation/visitwhitworth/map.

According to the evening's presenters, the dual purpose of higher education is unrealized when we focus on educating for degrees and workforce, and fail to connect this education to community transformation or development. Community development encompasses a variety of complex issues to be addressed, but the necessity of economic development as a focal point for community development is agreed upon by all.

Facilitated by Whitworth University Dean Michael Le Roy and Eastern Washington University Dean Rex Fuller, the annual Deans' Seminar Series is presented through the collaboration of the School of Global Commerce & Management at Whitworth and the College of Business and Public Administration at EWU, and is supported by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation.

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. 


Connie Gross, assistant to the dean, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4585 or cgross@whitworth.edu.

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

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