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Featured AlumShyanne Faulconer, '16

Major: Communication

Current Position: Faulconer is the community programs & public relations coordinator for Benton County, Wash. Her specialty is in public relations, social media management and project management.

Why Whitworth? "I knew that at Whitworth I wouldn't just be a face in a crowd - I would be part of a community that was really making a difference. It was welcoming, warm, and I felt like I could really grow and explore ideas with my peers and professors."

Whitworth Activities: "While at Whitworth, I participated in numerous activities including a semester at and two years in the concert band. In my latter years, I spent the majority of my free time working or interning, ending with a wonderful job at Spokane Public Library."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "All of my professors at Whitworth were influential to me at one point or another, but two that really made an impact on my Whitworth experience were Joy York and Jim McPherson. Jim pushed me to grapple with ideas that were challenging and taught some of the most grueling classes I ever took at Whitworth - for that I will always be grateful, for I learned the most about myself when I was pushed to what I thought were my limits, only to overcome them with ease. Joy was influential not only because of what she taught me in the classroom, but for the support and kindness I received outside the classroom. Her door was always open for coffee and candy, and she was a source of contagious laughter and listening ear when I needed support. "

Influential Whitworth Experience: "My sophomore year, I took a Jan Term trip to South Africa, led by Gordon Jackson. That trip opened my eyes and my heart to some of the most troubled and the most joyful people I had ever met. Never have I had an experience that touched me quite as much as that one. I learned a new phrase that sticks with me to this day: "ubuntu," which means "I am who I am because of who we all are."

Career Goals: "Some days, I think I would like to pursue teaching after staying in my current field for a few years. Other days, I am called to pursue a career in which I can use my skills as a private consultant for startup companies and nonprofits that need assistance. At the end of the day, I am just incredibly blessed to be doing what I love, and I'll be excited wherever it may take me."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their communication studies degrees:

  • Sena Lauer is a communication and resource development coordinator at the Dixon Transition Society, a nonprofit in Burnaby, British Columbia.

  • Elizabeth Jacobs is a public relations specialist for Itron in Liberty Lake, Wash.

  • Remisola Omodara is an e-commerce account manager for Facebook in Austin, Texas.

  • Michael Harri is a resident director and adjunct professor of communications at Pepperdine University.

  • Bryce McCandless is a program director at the Great Alaska Council in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Kari Olson is pastor of Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill, Penn.

  • Taylor Oddino is an account coordinator at Desautel Hege in Spokane.

  • Whitney Carter serves in the Peace Corps in Ukraine as an English teacher.