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Alumni Achievements

Featured AlumAlex Schilperoort, '10

Major: Sociology

Current Position: Activity services facilitator at Developmental Pathways, an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in the Denver, Colo., area.

Why Whitworth? "As a senior in high school, I remember staying in Arend Hall with a freshman host. He introduced me to the inclusive, warm community of students, and I must say that this, more than anything else, drew me to Whitworth."

Whitworth Activities: Participated in En Christo and International Justice Mission Club; played intramural soccer.

Quote: "Professors, classes, friendships and extracurriculars at Whitworth fostered in me compassion, empathy, advocacy and an ability to use my best judgment in gray areas. I must choose to implement all of these daily to do my job well and with integrity."

Influential Whitworth Professor/Instructor: "Linda Buff, of the School of Education, was my freshman seminar professor, knew me well, and I grew to trust her greatly. She was aware of my interest in teaching, and although I had expressed my doubts and hesitations to her, she told me caringly and confidently that I should be a teacher, and then she told me the reasons why. Her simple but profound statement helped me recognize how others close to me had been affirming the same gifts and passions that Linda saw in me."

Career Goals: "Currently, I am pursuing a teacher-preparation internship program at a local K-8 school. If I'm accepted, I will have the opportunity to teach in a classroom, receive my Colorado state elementary teaching license, and complete a master's degree in education at the University of Colorado-Denver. Regardless of whether I am accepted, I intend to pursue teaching as a career."

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

  • Nicole Geiger is working at AtWork, a nonprofit in Bellevue, Wash., that supports adults with disabilities in finding and keeping jobs in the community.

  • Christina Schlothauer is pursuing an MSW at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work.

  • Becky Langeloh is working as a house manager for a homeless shelter in Livermore, Calif.

  • Colleen Smith is a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, currently posted in Beijing. She completed a master's degree in social science (development studies) at City University of Hong Kong.

  • Will Johnson was awarded a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship to enroll in the M.Div. program at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul, Minn.

  • Tim Assad is enrolled in a master's in counseling program at George Fox University (Ore.). He plans to work in prisons when he completes his degree.

  • Janna Silvis graduated with a master's degree in negotiation & dispute resolution from Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb., and is currently the central operations manager for the offices of housing and residence life at Santa Clara University, Calif.

  • Analisa McCann is a first-grade teacher at Broadway Elementary in the Central Valley School District, in Spokane.

  • Bailey Wilcox is enrolled at the University of Idaho School of law.

  • Sydney Schilling is pursuing a master's degree in social change at Iliff School of Theology, in Denver, Colo.

  • Jeff Podmeyer is pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership at the University of Texas, San Antonio.