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Quasquicentennial Pine Cone Holds Seeds of Hope, Faith

Crafted out of cast bronze and glass, the Quasquicentennial Pine Cone symbolizes the lamp of learning will be carried at each designated event by a dignitary named by the president of the faculty. The top of the piece includes a quotation from the original 1890 Whitworth College catalog, from a passage in which the college promises to "guard well the moral and religious life of the students, ever directing them in the pursuit of that learning and culture of heart and mind that make the finished scholar."

Written on 12 of the cast-glass pine cone scales are moral and intellectual virtues chosen to represent the highest aspirations for members of the Whitworth community. The text of the virtues was handwritten by different members of Whitworth's community, signifying that out of many voices and perspectives, we are united in celebration of and dedication to Whitworth's Christian mission.

The following is a list of the chosen virtues and the community members who addressed each one (along with their titles as of the cone's debut in 2016).

Charity - Ross Watts (director, Dornsife Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement)

Courage - Beck Taylor (president)

Creativity - Brooke Kiener, '99 (assistant professor of theatre)

Curiosity - Kerry Breno (associate professor of chemistry)

Faith - Jerry Sittser (professor of theology; Office of Church Engagement)

Hope - Patricia Bruininks (associate professor of psychology)

Humility - Justin Botejue, '16 (ASWU president)

Integrity - Rhosetta Rhodes, '99 (vice president for student life)

Justice - Julia Stronks (professor of political science)

Love - David Myers, '64 (trustee)

Perseverance - Janna Nicholson, '13 (coordinator, institutional advancement)

Wisdom - Leonard Oakland (professor of English)