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Alumni Achievements

Featured Alum Krister Johnson, '13

Majors: Philosophy

Current Position: Last summer Johnson wrote an iPhone app called Philosophy Explained. He is now a first-year student at Stanford Law School.

Why Whitworth? "Whitworth students have unparalleled access to professors. When I visited Whitworth as a prospective student, Kamesh Sankaran, head of the physics department, sat down with me at dinner for an hour, one on one. We spoke of my interests and my future plans. I was astounded to receive this sort of attention without even being an enrolled student. Once I chose Whitworth, I continued to have meals with him outside of class, until the very month I graduated. This sort of attention was not exclusive to Kamesh. In my last semester at Whitworth, I had coffee with 13 separate professors. All of them gave me their own stories as well as advice for my future."

Whitworth Activities: Participated on the forensics team and in Ethics Bowl – Whitworth won the National Ethics Bowl championship in 2012.

Influential Whitworth Professors: "Mike Ingram and Keith Wyma were my two Ethics Bowl coaches. They shaped my worldview into what it is today. Their daily tutoring attempted to give a fair and balanced account of the controversies of today and provided me with a much more thorough understanding than I ever could have received in a full classroom."

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "Forrest Baird has led the Core 250 trip to Europe more than 30 times. I had the privilege of going during one of my Jan Terms. He took us through Rome, Florence, Paris, London and Oxford. Since he has led the trip so many times, he knew exactly where to go, and how to time our visits perfectly so that we would get the most out of our time."

Career Goals: "I hope to lend a hand in crafting the laws that will be created to handle the novel situations that new technology will bring about."

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

  • Cody Allen is pursuing a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He joins Kelly Vincent, who is at U. of C. earning a Ph.D. in philosophy.

  • Lars Katz Gaarde is a Seattle-based writer and musician who works in marketing for an online education company and operates an independent recording studio.

  • Logan Gage is working on a Ph.D. in philosophy at Baylor University (Texas).

  • Amy (Bernard) Sjoquist received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She recently completed a J.D. and LL.M., specializing in international trade law and intellectual property, at the University of Washington School of Law. She is currently doing research at the UW and teaching political philosophy at Northwest University.

  • Chris Atwood (philosophy and theology double major), earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has completed a year of New Testament study at the University of Tübingen, in Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Wheaton College (Ill.). He is currently a pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, Fla.

  • Andrew Bower is earning a Ph.D. in human development at the University of California, Davis.

  • Amy Whisenand is pursuing an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J.

  • Brittany Hoback is studying cultural anthropology at the University of Central Florida.


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