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Founded in 1890, Whitworth is a private, residential, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. Whitworth's community of teacher-scholars is committed to rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and to the integration of Christian faith and learning.

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,260

  • Graduate enrollment: 210

  • Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

  • Classes with fewer than 30 students: 83 percent

  • Geographic representation: 30 states, 29 countries

  • 2014 graduates who participated in study abroad: 45 percent

  • Percentage of graduates who finish in four years: 85 percent

  • First-to-second year retention rate (2013 cohort): 85 percent

  • Full-time faculty: 156

  • Under-represented racial/ethnic enrollment: 20.9 percent

  • International enrollment: 2 percent

Class of 2018 Profile

  • Total freshman applications: 4,050

  • Enrollment: 619

  • Average SAT: 1763 (national average: 1498)
    (SAT/ACT not required for admission)

  • Average GPA: 3.76 

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees: $37,630 (2014-15)

Room and board: $10,278 (2014-15)

Financial Aid

  • Average financial aid for incoming 2014-15 freshmen receiving aid: $32,343

  • Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving financial aid: 100 percent

  • Total amount of scholarships and grants for matriculating day students: $49.9 million

  • Percentage of matriculating day students receiving aid: 98 percent

  • Percentage of students who received federal student loans while studying at Whitworth: 69 percent

  • Average federal student-loan debt for 2014 Whitworth graduates: $23,521 (The national average for all U.S. bachelor's degree recipients is $28,140.)


Campus Size: 200 acres

Whitworth has invested more than $100 million in campus improvements in recent years. Whitworth is committed to sustainable approaches for new and existing construction and to pursuing LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). All new construction projects since 2010 have been LEED-certified.

Following are recent campus improvements:

  • University Recreation Center: $8 million
  • William P. & Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall: $32 million
  • East Residence Hall: $11.6 million
  • Hixson Union Building: $8 million
  • Weyerhaeuser Hall Academic Building: $7.1 million
  • Boppell Residence Hall: $4 million
  • Residence hall renovations: $4.5 million
  • Technology/infrastructure upgrades: $3.7 million
  • Dixon Hall renovation: $3 million
  • Johnston Science Center renovation: $2.8 million
  • Cowles Memorial Auditorium renovation: $2.2 million
  • Softball/soccer/field-event complex: $1.5 million
  • Pine Bowl/Boppell Track upgrades: $1.3 million
  • Property acquisition: $3 million
  • Scotford Tennis Center/pedestrian corridor: $1 million
  • Duvall Residence Hall: $7.8 million
  • Hawthorne Hall renovation: $1 million
  • Lied Center for the Visual Arts: $7.1 million
  • Omache Field for intramural sports: $700,000

Computer Facilities:

  • Total computers (including those in department labs) available to all Whitworth students: 450

  • Individual classroom computers: 80

  • Computer labs in the library and satellite labs located in departments throughout the campus: 35

  • Whitworth provides Internet access and lifetime e-mail accounts to all students. Network connections are available to every student in every residence-hall room.

  • Wireless access is available in all campus buildings; Whitworth continues to add coverage as the budget allows.

Recent Whitworth Honors & Awards

  • For the 15th consecutive year, Whitworth was ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News &
    World Report
    's rankings of the 120 best private colleges and universities in the West. In its 2015 rankings, released in Sept. 2014, U.S. News ranked Whitworth No. 9 overall, and No. 3 in "Best Values," based upon academic quality and average scholarship/financial aid award.

  • In May 2014, for the seventh year in a row, Whitworth earned the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the Northwest Conference. In one of the NCAA Division III's toughest conferences, Whitworth has won the trophy eight times in the past nine years.

  • In 2014, Whitworth was included for the seventh straight year in Kiplinger's annual rankings of the 100 best values among private liberal arts colleges and 100 best values among private universities in the United States. Kiplinger's ranked Whitworth the 10th Best College Value among private universities in the West and Southwestern U.S.; nationally, Whitworth ranked 44th. Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university's high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value.

  • In June 2014, Whitworth was awarded $400,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a robust internship program within the university's new Office of Church Engagement. The office will use the grant to hire 15 students to work full time each summer at partner church organizations. Five additional stipends will be issued to interns working internationally.

  • In April 2014, trustee and alumnus Dave Myers, '64, and his wife, Carol (Peterkin) Myers, '65, funded a $1.5-million endowed professorship named in honor of Carol's grandmother Amy M. (Johns) Ryan, who attended Whitworth from 1894-97.

  • Whitworth was awarded a $1-million grant from the Lilly Endowment in Dec. 2013 to fund a new comprehensive church engagement initiative, The Ekklesia Project. The grant funds current and new initiatives to better connect Whitworth to the needs of churches and congregations throughout the western U.S. The Ekklesia Project is administered by the new Office of Church Engagement.

  • In Sept. 2013, and for the second consecutive year, Whitworth was named Washington
    's highest-ranking master's-level university in the Pacific Northwest. Nationwide, Whitworth ranked No. 10 among 684 colleges and universities in the country. Washington Monthly is based in Washington, D.C.

  • In Nov. 2013, the Institute of International Education named Whitworth the No. 1 master's-level university for study-abroad participation in the Pacific Northwest for the second year in a row. Whitworth earned the No. 6 spot overall in the nation-wide rankings among U.S. higher education institutions. Among the 630 members of Whitworth's Class of 2014, 45 percent studied abroad.

  • In 2013, and for the second time in three years, Forbes magazine ranked Whitworth one of the top undergraduate institutions in the U.S. Whitworth joined some of the most prestigious schools in the country and was named one of the top six private schools in the Pacific Northwest. The rankings, which are based on criteria including quality of teaching and career prospects, graduation rates, and levels of debt upon graduation, are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C.,-based think tank.

  • In Sept. 2013, and for the fifth time in six years, Whitworth was named a top school in the country on CollegesofDistinction.com, an online guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities by appealing to students' unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality.

  • In Feb. 2013, Whitworth received the Models of Excellence Award for Teacher Education from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. The university was recognized at AILACTE's annual meeting and conference, in Orlando, Fla.

  • In March 2013, Whitworth was recognized among the top schools in the U.S. for its commitment to community service by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This was the second consecutive year in which Whitworth earned this recognition, which the university also received in 2010, 2008 and 2006. The honor, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

  • The Princeton Review again designated Whitworth a "Best in the West" university in the review's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" guide.

  • In Sept. 2013, Jim O'Brien, Sodexo's general manager at Whitworth, was one of nine people in North America to earn a Gold Award in the Service Spirit category of the annual Spirit of Sodexo Awards Program. O'Brien is a member of the Whitworth Sustainability Committee and is instrumental in helping the group meet its objectives to create a sustainable environment on campus.

  • In 2012-13, Whitworth was named a top producer of students who receive Fulbright Awards. This was the second time in three years Whitworth had earned the distinction.

  • In 2012 the Whitworth School of Education earned a nearly unheard-of perfect score for its programs in teacher education. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education passed the School of Education with flying colors and cited no areas for improvement.

Recent Student Highlights

  • Hanh Nguyen, '14, an Act Six scholar, was invited to present at the American Chemical Society's 247th national meeting, in 2014. Her presentation stemmed from her summer 2013 internship as a member of the Wheeler Computational Chemistry Research Group, at Texas A&M. In July 2014 she began earning a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, on a full-ride fellowship.

  • In March 2014, Whitworth's forensics team claimed its second consecutive national championship title at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament at California Baptist University. The team defeated 28 other schools by winning more than 33 individual awards and three team awards. Three team members were named national speech champions and five were named national debate champions. 

  • Seven out of 16 Whitworth student/alumni applicants were selected as Fulbright Scholars for 2014-15, a record number for the university, which has a long-standing tradition of producing Fulbright Scholars each year.

  • Victoria DePalma and Shannon James-Kozlovich, both '14, won the Murdock Poster Prize in Organic/Computational Chemistry for their presentation at the 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program Conference.

  • Natasha Black, '15, won the 2014 MusicFest Northwest Young Artist Award for piano. This is the highest honor given at MusicFest Northwest, the largest music competition in the Northwest.

  • In the 2014 Business Plan Competition, Whitworth team "Photoboxx," led by computer science major Devon Lind, '14, placed first in the open category, while Whitworth team "To You from Me" took second in the community-based category. The BPC is a collaboration between Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Spokane Community Colleges.

  • Michael Bouterse, '14, a history and theology double major, was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department to study Mandarin Chinese in Hangzhou, China, during summer 2014. Bouterse, who studied at the Zhejiang University of Technology, was among approximately 550 undergraduate and graduate students from a national pool of applicants who were selected to receive scholarships.

  • Sarah Gady, '16, was accepted into a summer 2014 internship program at the NASA Space Academy at Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked with a team to develop a model to understand what can cause issues with an astronaut's vision while s/he is in space. Gady is triple majoring in computer science, engineering physics, and mathematics.

  • Whitworth's Ethics Bowl team closed out the season in April 2014 by taking first at the Independent Colleges of Washington Ethics Bowl at Seattle University. The team of five students defeated Walla Walla University, Heritage University and Seattle Pacific University, before defeating Seattle Pacific in the semifinals and Gonzaga University in the finals.

  • Micah Spaun, '13, an engineering physics major, won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2012-13. Spaun was selected from 1,123 top math, science and engineering students nominated by their institutions out of a pool of more than 300,000 students nationwide.

  • In 2012, for the first time in school history, Whitworth won the national championship at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. This was the third time in four years that Whitworth placed in the top five in the national Ethics Bowl.

Recent Faculty Highlights

  • Karin Heller (Theology) gave a presentation at the Vatican in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family, convened by Pope Francis in October 2014. Heller was one of 12 international scholars invited to speak at the Vatican in a May 2014 study seminar, "Mercy: Pastoral Truth," where she addressed the assigned topic "Misunderstandings of Tolerance and the Path of Mercy."

  • In Nov. 2013, Thom Caraway (English) was named Spokane's inaugural poet laureate, a two-year appointment. Caraway has won the Thomas McGrath Prize for Poetry twice and is editor-in-chief of Rock & Sling, Whitworth's literary journal.

  • Claudia Dumitrescu (School of Business) co-authored and presented an article on consumers' attitudes and behavior toward nutritionally poor products and their implications for childhood obesity at the Association for Consumer Research North American Conference, in Chicago.

  • Barb Sanders, David Cherry, Corey McKenna (Education), John Larkin (Physics), and Pete Tucker (Math & Computer Science), received a $161,442 Robert Noyce Capacity Building grant from the National Science Foundation, in 2013. This grant, the result of collaboration among Whitworth, seven school districts and three community organizations, builds capacity in the School of Education by developing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) track for the Master in Teaching and Evening Teacher Certification programs, as well as an infrastructure for internships with community organizations.

  • Philip Baldwin (Music) served as conductor, clinician and performer at the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp in July 2013. He led a student youth symphony performance and lectured on the topic of alternative string styles, encompassing jazz, folk, rock and hip-hop. The camp enrolls advanced student musicians from Hong Kong and around the world.

  • In spring 2014 Jonathan Moo (Theology) published Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and the Ecological Crisis (IVP), which he co-authored with a geophysicist from Cambridge. Moo also co-edited, with Robin Routledge, a book of academic essays, As Long as the Earth Endures: The Bible, Creation, and the Environment (IVP).

  • In fall 2013, Kathryn Picanco (School of Education) received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted for her work with WAETAG, the education service districts in the state, and the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in developing and facilitating training opportunities for school personnel as the state moves to include gifted education within basic education.

  • Christopher Parkin, '05 (Music), performed a work composed by Brent Edstrom (Music) at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. Selection was based on the musician's ability to "showcase the versatility and progression of the saxophone in performance, pedagogy and industry." The alliance is the largest organization of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Jack Burns (Leadership Studies) co-edited the 2014 book Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians (IVP), which explores key facets of leadership from a Christian worldview. Burns also authored several chapters, along with Ron Pyle (Communication Studies). All royalties are donated to Compassion International's Leadership Development Program.

  • Calculus, a textbook co-authored by Lyle Cochran (Math & Computer Science), received a 2011 TAA Textbook Excellence Award for "excellence in current textbooks and learning materials." Pearson Publishing called the book, which has sold more than 50,000 copies to date and has been adopted by many universities for use in their math programs, "the most successful new calculus book published in the last two decades." Cochran is currently working on a second edition.

  • Karen Petersen Finch (Theology) was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship for 2014-15 at the Lonergan Institute at Boston College, where she will study John Calvin, medieval theology, and the doctrine of the church.


Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III

20 varsity sports: 10 women's, 10 men's

Whitworth is known in the Northwest Conference for its great athletics facilities, strong attendance and spirited fans. The university annually ranks among the national leaders of NCAA DIII in average attendance in football, volleyball and basketball.

Student-athletes make up nearly 20 percent of Whitworth's student body. In addition to varsity athletics, hundreds of students participate in Whitworth's popular intramurals program. In fall 2013, the university opened a new campus rec center featuring three basketball courts, a fitness and weightlifting room, a climbing and bouldering wall, and an elevated running track.

Recent Athletics Honors & Highlights

Whitworth won three NWC titles in 2013-14 to claim the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the conference. Whitworth has won the trophy seven years in a row and eight times overall.

In 2013-14, for the fifth consecutive year, Whitworth finished in the top 15 percent of 444 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, a ranking of the nation's best overall collegiate athletics programs.


  • In 2014, new Head Coach Rod Sandberg began his first season leading the Pirates. He comes to Whitworth after many successful seasons leading the defense for Wheaton College (Ill.). 

  • The Pirates closed out the 2013 season with a 4-6 overall record. Casey Monahan, '14, was named First Team All-Northwest Conference and Second Team All-West Region. He led the conference in interceptions and takeaways during the season.  D.J. Tripoli, '15, was selected as a Second Team Academic All-American after posting a 3.93 GPA through the fall semester and leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Men's Basketball

  • Whitworth earned its fifth consecutive regular season NWC championship in 2013-14, tying for the longest championship streak in league history. Whitworth finished the season ranked 20th in the country, with an overall record of 23-6, extending to nine its school record for consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories. Whitworth made its eighth consecutive NCAA DIII tournament appearance, advancing to the second round. The Pirates have advanced to five DIII Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight since 2008.

  • Whitworth Head Coach Matt Logie has a cumulative record of 75-14 in his three seasons guiding the Pirates. He is a two-time NWC Coach of the Year. Dustin McConnell, '14, was named First Team All-NWC, First Team All-West Region, and Third Team All-American. He was also a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. Colton McCargar, '14, was also selected to the All-NWC First Team. Taylor Farnsworth, '15, and Christian Jurlina, '17, earned honorable mention All-NWC. McConnell also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Women's Basketball

  • Through 21 seasons at Whitworth, Head Coach Helen Higgs holds the most wins – earning her 300th win in 2013-14 – and the best all-time winning percentage in school history. She has been named NWC Coach of the Year three times.

  • In 2013-14, Whitworth finished 21-8 overall and third in the NWC regular season standings. But for the second straight season the Pirates stormed through the conference tournament with road wins at George Fox and Whitman to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA DIII tournament. Whitworth then earned its first-ever NCAA DIII tournament victory. The Bucs finished the season ranked 20th in the country.

  • In 2014, Kayla Johnson, '14, nabbed honors as a WBCA All-American, First Team All-West Region honoree, and First Team All-NWC selection. KC McConnell, '16, was named All-NWC Second Team.

Women's and Men's Soccer

  • The 2013 season marked Jael Hagerott's third year as head coach of Whitworth women's soccer. She is 25-21-12 guiding the Pirates. A Whitworth soccer star in her own right, Hagerott, '07, is the university's all-time leader in assists (30) and one of Whitworth's most prolific all-time scorers (30 goals). The Pirates' record during Hagerott's three-year stint as assistant coach was 46-12-1.

  • In 2013, Tiara Pajimola, '16, was named First Team All-NWC, while three of her teammates received honorable mention.

  • Morgan Cathey took the helm as head coach of Whitworth men's soccer in 2013, leading the Pirates to a 12-3-3 final record.  Whitworth finished second in the NWC with a 10-2-2 mark. He continues a successful tradition. From 2003 through 2012, men's soccer earned seven NWC titles in nine years and made six NCAA tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 2005 and the Elite Eight in 2009.

  • Sam Selisch, '14, Andrew Flint, '14, and Balin Larson, '16, were named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA DIII Men's All-West Region Team, as well as the All-Northwest Conference squad.

Men's and Women's Swimming

  • Head Coach Steve Schadt, '96, an All-America swimming alum, has led the Whitworth men to 12 NWC championships in a row, while coaching the women to four conference championships. Schadt is a four-time NWC Coach of the Year, winning both the men's award and the women's award twice.

  • In 2013-14, men's swimming won its 12th consecutive NWC team championship, the longest streak in the history of NWC swimming. Wesley Walton, '15, was the Co-Outstanding Men's Swimmer of the Meet, following three individual titles.  Wesley Tatum, '15, became Whitworth's latest NCAA DIII Swimming All-American, scoring in the 100- and 200-yard butterflies.

  • Whitworth's "swimmin' women" have won 55 NWC dual meets in a row over the past eight seasons. In 2013-14 the Pirates finished second at the conference championships by a mere two points.  In 2012-13 the team won the NWC title, its third in four years.  In addition, the Whitworth women posted the highest team GPA in all of the NCAA DIII during fall 2013.

  • In 2013-14, freshman Jackie Beal broke the NWC record in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and competed in both races at the NCAA DIII Championships.

Men's and Women's Track & Field

  • Entering his 19th season as head coach of the women's and men's teams, Toby Schwarz has established Whitworth Track & Field as one of the top programs in the nation. Schwarz has earned 27 Coach of the Year awards, including 2014 Men's NCAA West Region Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field and men's NWC honors. Four members of Schwarz's coaching staff received NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and 2012.

  • In 2014, the men's team won its fifth consecutive NWC championship, the squad's sixth title in seven years, amassing 225 points, more than double the score of the conference runner-up. The women finished strong; the team's second-place finish was its highest since claiming a title in 2001.

  • Peter Delap, '14, was named the NWC Men's Field Athlete of the Year. He was the conference champion in both the decathlon and the high jump, and he finished fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships.

  • Nine Pirates earned All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA DIII Championships; in addition to Delap, Jon Hoff, '14, and Casey Monahan, '14, scored in the 110 hurdles; Tyler Coopman, '14, and Chase Wright, '15, made the finals in the javelin; and Joe Green, '15, scored in the pole vault. For the women, Kerry Wright, '16, took second place in the javelin for the second straight year. Dakota Kliamovich, '16 (hammer throw), and Courtney Fairhart, '15 (discus), were All-Americans as well. The Whitworth men finished in ninth place as a team at the NCAA Outdoor meet.

  • Whitworth supports a strong indoor track & field program, as well. Casey Monahan, '14, is the latest Pirate to post an All-American finish at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, taking sixth place in the 60-meter hurdles in 2014.

Men's And Women's Cross Country

  • Head Coach Toby Schwarz, who also coaches Whitworth's track & field teams, has led the men's and women's cross country program for 17 seasons. He was named the 2010 NWC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, as well as the 2009 NCAA West Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the NWC Women's Coach of the Year.

  • The Whitworth men have won three NWC titles since 2009. The Whitworth women finished in second place at the 2013 NWC Championships. Three Pirate women finished among the top eight at the 2013 NWC meet: Amanda Blankenship, '15, fourth place; Christina Williams, '15, fifth place; and sophomore Kellyn Roiko, '16, eighth place.  In addition, Blankenship, Williams, Roiko and Elisabeth Spencer, 14, earned NCAA DIII All-West Region honors.

Women's Volleyball

  • Kati Bodecker entered her first season as volleyball head coach in 2013, leading the Pirates to a third-place finish in the Northwest Conference standings. The Pirates finished 15-13 in 2013, with Jalana White, '14, earning First Team All-NWC recognition.

  • In 2011 and 2010, the Pirates won back-to-back NWC championships and advanced to the NCAA DIII Tournament. Kaimi Rocha, '12, was named an NCAA DIII Second Team All-American, and Bree Riddle, '12, earned honorable mention.

Men's and Women's Tennis

  • Men's Head Coach Mike Shanks is entering his 16th season at Whitworth; he was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2005. He is a former board member of the Spokane Junior Tennis Development Association and a former national verifier for the United States Tennis Association's USA League Tennis Program.

  • In 2014, the men's team finished 8-10, just missing the four-team NWC tournament. Drew Brigham, '16, was selected to the NWC All-Conference Second Team.

  • Women's Head Coach Jo Wagstaff is entering her 31st season at Whitworth. During her career with the Pirates, she has amassed more than 325 dual-match victories and has led the Pirates to five NWC titles. She was named the NCAA DIII Regional Coach of the Year and the NWC Coach of the Year in 2009. 

  • The women's team won three consecutive NWC titles, from 2009-2011, and competed in NCAA DIII tournaments in 2010 and 2009. The Pirates finished the 2014 season 12-6 overall and 10-2 in the NWC and advanced to the NWC semifinals.

  • Saryn Mooney, '15, was a First Team All-NWC honoree for the second straight season, and was joined in 2014 by teammate Taylor Peña, '16.


  • Head Coach Dan Ramsay, '08, is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Whitworth baseball team. He was named the 2012 NWC Coach of the Year and the D3baseball.com West Region Coach of the Year. In 20914, six Pirate players received honorable mention for the All-NWC squad.

  • The 2012 team won the NWC championship and the NCAA West Region championship, earning the first NCAA DIII World Series appearance in Whitworth's history. The Bucs finished the season with a 31-16-1 overall record and ranked eighth in the final D3baseball.com/NCBWA top-25 poll.

  • During his tenure, Ramsay has coached a First Team All-American, 11 All-NWC selections, five ABCA All-West Region selections, two Academic All-District selections, one conference batting champion, one West Region Gold Glove Award winner, and one Rawlings Gold Glove National Award winner; one of his players also signed a professional contract.


  • Cristal Brown, a former small-college All-America player and a successful high school coach from Kingsburg, Calif., completed her third season leading the Pirates in 2014. She has an overall record of 69-57, and she led Whitworth to back-to-back appearances in the NWC tournament in 2014 and 2013.

  • Whitworth went 27-16 overall in 2014 and finished third in the NWC with a regular-season mark of 18-10. Julia Johnson and Taylor Gilbert, both '14, Peyton McMahon, '15, and Madi Perez, '17, earned First Team All-NWC recognition. Johnson concluded her Pirate career as Whitworth's all-time leader in home runs and runs-batted-in.

Men's and Women's Golf

  • Warren Friedrichs is in his 12th season as head coach of the men's and women's golf teams. The multi-talented Friedrichs, who also was one of the most successful basketball coaches in Whitworth history, restarted the golf program in 2003 and has been named NWC Men's Coach of the Year five times since then.

  • The men have won five NWC championships since 2005, and they have competed in the NCAA DIII tournament three times, in 2013, 2010 and 2007. The men's team finished as NWC runners-up in 2014 with Jesse Salzwedel, '14, earning Conference Player of the Year honors. The Pirates won the 2013 NWC championship by sweeping all three "major" conference tournaments. Oliver Rudnicki, '16, was named to the 2013 DIII PING All-America Second Team.

  • The 2014 women's team finished third in the conference standings. The women won NWC co-championships in 2010 and 2009, and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA DIII Championships in 2010.

  • In 2013, Emily Guthrie, '13, received a second straight at-large invitation to compete in the NCAA DIII Women's Golf Championships. Guthrie finished 12th overall and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

Selected Recent Graduate School Placements

  • Arizona State University
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Duke University
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University – Peabody Institute
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Colorado Anschultz Medical Campus
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • University of Oregon Law School
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington State University
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Yeshiva University – Cardozo School of Law


Total Whitworth Alumni: 25,364

Recent Alumni Highlights:

  • Adrian Kitimbo, '12, is attending the University of Oxford, where he is conducting graduate work on international development and conflicts. Kitimbo, who is from Uganda, was also accepted to three other esteemed universities in Great Britain: the London School of Economics, King's College, and University College. Long-term, he plans to work for a development organization or to work within the Ugandan government on development and humanitarian emergencies, especially those resulting from civil conflicts.

  • Aaron Korthuis, '12, is a political advocacy assistant at the Association for a More Just Society, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. AJS is a Christian nonprofit organization that works on issues of violence, corruption and land rights in Honduras.

  • Angela Hartley, '11, works with the policy and advocacy team for the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership, in Africa. Previously, she was a resettlement case manager at World Relief, a refugee-resettlement agency in Spokane.

  • Emily (Miller) Gerhard, '11, is a research assistant for RADARS System (Colo.), where she collects and analyzes nationwide drug- and poison-exposure cases for major pharmaceutical companies.

  • Amanda Peiffer, '10, is a scientific engineering technician at the Hanford Site in Tri-Cities, Wash. Her focus is in method development for analytical instrumentation at the Hanford Site's laboratory.

  • Mike Nahl, '10, is the head offensive-line coach at Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, Fla. He is also the team's strength and conditioning coach and assistant recruiting director.

  • Sean McGuire, '10, received a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend to conduct research in the Lasers and Applied Physics Doctorate Program at Princeton University. The award amounts to $65,000-70,000 per year for up to six years.

  • Chung-On Leung, '10, is a software engineer with The Boeing Company, working on the airborne early warning and control aircraft.

  • Kristin Nilsson, '10, is a youth group assistant working in southeastern Montana at a group home for youth from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes. The home is an alternative to the foster-care system for children from the reservations.

  • Diana Stapp, '08, a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, accepted a fellowship through the Attorney General Honors Program to work for the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, in Miami, Fla. Stapp is working as an attorney advisor at the Krome Detention Center's immigration court, assisting judges with researching and writing opinions.

  • Travis Hartanov, '08, is founder and CFO of Krochet Kids International, a nonprofit that empowers women in developing countries to create locally sustainable jobs by making goods that are sold at retailers such as Nordstrom.

  • Ben Spaun, '08, co-authored a study published in the Dec. 13, 2013, issue of Science, one of his discipline's most prestigious scholarly journals; the study was also featured on the issue's cover. Spaun is a member of a large team of researchers at Harvard and Yale who are investigating the shape of an electron. His senior year at Whitworth, where he double majored in math and physics, Spaun landed a full scholarship for a six-year doctoral research program at Harvard (and turned down another such offer from Yale). He graduated from Harvard in May 2014 with a Ph.D. in physics.

  • Ashley (Gibbs) Bischof, '07, who won a Goldwater Scholarship in 2005, is a postdoctoral fellow at ChemoCentryx and a Ph.D. candidate in biophysics at Harvard University (on a full fellowship) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

  • Angela Nesse, '07, is a bilingual registered nurse on the new Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, in Portland, Ore. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and was named a 2008 Nurse of the Year by Oregon Health & Science University. She volunteered as a surgeon's assistant at a hospital in Bangladesh in summer 2007.

  • Jena (Lee) Nardella, '04, is co-founder and executive director of Blood:Water Mission, a ministry of the Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay that provides clean blood and water in Africa.

  • Caleb Hug, '04, won a Goldwater Scholarship in 2003; he received a fellowship from the National Library of Medicine to earn a doctorate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is now a senior software development engineer with the Microsoft Bing Experimentation Team.

  • Jonelyn Langenstein, '03, earned a master's degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She went on to perform with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Virtuosi Orchestra, the Intermezzo Opera, and the Connecticut Lyric Opera Company. While continuing her performance career, she graduated from San Francisco State University in 2013 with a master's in communicative disorders. She became a speech-language pathology clinical fellow at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta, Ga., and in fall 2014 she began working as a speech-language pathologist at the University of California San Francisco Voice & Swallowing Center, in the department of otolaryngology. 

  • Jessica Shawley, '03, was named the 2012 National Teacher of the Year for Middle School Physical Education.

  • Matt Lockard, '00, was the sole 2000 recipient of highly competitive fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Pew Foundation. The fellowships supported Lockard through his master's-degree and Ph.D. studies in philosophy at UCLA. He is now an assistant professor of philosophy at Southern Methodist University.


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