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Events & Activities

Fall Kickoff Event

Each year, faculty and staff gather for a lunchtime program at the beginning of the new academic term. At this community-building event, the president welcomes everyone back to campus and offers the State of the University Address. Following the president's remarks, new hires are welcomed to the community and we discuss other topics of interest to Whitworthians.

President’s Christmas Reception and Dinner and Tree-Lighting Event

Whitworth celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season with a dinner hosted by the president for all current Whitworth faculty, students and staff. This celebration takes place on the Monday before Finals Week in the HUB Multipurpose Room, with the actual tree-lighting ceremony taking place outside, near the campanile (weather permitting).

President’s Coffees for Staff

Whitworth’s president meets with staff over coffee several times during the academic term. The coffees are held in the chapel, from 8-9 a.m. Refreshments are served. Each coffee features a devotion by the president, along with administrative updates, introduction of new staff, announcements from those in attendance, and questions and answers about topics of interest.

2023-24 Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 23, 202​4

Employee Engagement Opportunities

Crew Connections

Crew Connections are opportunities for employees to stop by and chat with members of the HR staff in a informal setting. Topics can include questions, concerns and/or ideas. 

  • Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 2024
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Friday, May 10, 2024

Additional Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 – Pancake Feed!
  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 – January Thaw! (Coffee and Hot Chocolate)
  • Friday, March 1, 2024 – Employee Appreciation Day!

Faculty and Staff End-of-Year Celebration and Worship Service

This is a special event designed to celebrate the end of the academic year and to thank and honor those who are retiring from Whitworth. This celebration generally takes place the first Monday after commencement.

For more information regarding any of these events, please contact human resource services at 509.777.4872.