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Whitworth senior thankful for professors "who have indelibly changed my life"

Sam Director, '15, a philosophy major, will leave quite a mark on Whitworth's campus after he graduates this May. Director is the founder of the Whitworth Student Symposium and is an award-winning member of Whitworth's nationally ranked forensics team. Additionally, as a student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout his academic career at Whitworth, he is one of four students in the Class of 2015 to be honored with The President's Cup.

Director says he could not have done it without the strong encouragement and support of the university's faculty and staff.

"I am so thankful to my forensics coach, Mike Ingram. He produces championship-quality competitors, and he still cares about them as individuals," Director says. "The professors in the philosophy department have also been great mentors. They have challenged me and helped me, and, most of all, they have been my friends."

As a member of Whitworth's forensics team, Director helped earn more than 100 regional and national tournament placement awards during his four years at Whitworth. "Our topics have ranged from philosophy and public policy all the way to social science research," Director says. Students can even apply to present their independent research in a lecture on campus.

The Student Symposium comprises a group of students and faculty whose goal is to improve the quality of intellectual discourse on Whitworth's campus. To accomplish this, the symposium hosts a five-part student lecture series each year. Two lectures are presented in the fall, one is presented in January, and the last two are presented in the spring.

After graduation, Director will participate in a summer ministry fellowship with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, working for the Church of Scotland. He would like to enter a Ph.D. program in philosophy with the goal of teaching at the university level.