Crunch time for research

libraryThe library gets busier this time of the semester as students come in to do research for papers and projects

Sometimes the enormous amount of information available on a topic can be overwhelming to grapple with. The library has a great tool to help students narrow their research topics to something more manageable.

At, students can follow a step-by-step process for research. On the first step, a worksheet is available to help students narrow their topic and turn it into a question that can be answered in a research paper or project. It doesn’t matter if extensive research has already been done! Research is an iterative process, and returning to narrow a concept after starting research is often a very productive exercise.

Please encourage your students to refer back to this page each time they have a paper to write. And, as always, also encourage them to get help from a librarian at any point in the process!

Visit the Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library website by clicking here.

Posted in Parenting College Students, Staying Connected, Student Development | Leave a comment

Did you know…

…you can receive emergency text messages from Whitworth?

Emergency text-messaging and electronic mailing in an emergency are conducted through a system called RAVE. All students and employees are encouraged to provide (via WhitNet) up to three cell-telephone numbers with text messaging enabled that will be used by campus security or leadership to send information and instructions during incidents. In the event of an emergency, RAVE will send both text messages and e-mail to everyone enrolled.

Families who wish to receive emergency text messages from Whitworth need to register their cell phone number via their student. Students can designate up to three cell phone numbers, including family members’ cell phone numbers, to receive emergency text messages.

Students can manage their emergency contact information through their WhitNet accounts (the student must go to User Account, Emergency Contact Information).

For more information about safety and security at Whitworth, click here.  

Posted in Campus Updates, Health and Wellness, Parenting College Students, Parents and Families, Staying Connected | Leave a comment

Work out at the U-Rec next time you’re on campus

Did you know…?

Whitworth URECParents and family members can purchase a U-Rec guest pass for $8 (cash or debit) if they want to work out with their Whitworth student when visiting campus.

Family members must be accompanied by their child and bring with them a picture ID.

The pass provides them with unlimited access for the date of purchase.

So, next time you’re on campus (perhaps for Family Weekend!) consider enjoying the U-Rec!

Posted in Health and Wellness, Parenting College Students, Parents and Families, Staying Connected | Leave a comment

Financial Aid Office and Student Accounting Services Highlights – September 2014

whitworth fallWe hope you enjoying the fall season and the new beginnings it brings.  We have been blessed with beautiful weather so far here on campus! A couple of reminders for you to keep in mind and possibly help your student out with this time of year:

  • By the end of September, most expected outside scholarships to be paid toward fall semester have been received and applied to student accounts.  If you notice when you receive your account statement that an outside scholarship has not been applied toward fall charges, it would be a good idea to have your student follow-up with the scholarship donor.  The donor may require proof of enrollment before they will send the scholarship to Whitworth.  If proof of enrollment is required, your student can log on to Pirate Port, click on the WhitNet icon, and under Academic Profile, click the Enrollment Verification link.
  • The Student Accounting Services office will be sending out account statements at the end of this month via email.  If you notice that a financial aid resource is not being applied toward the charges, then something is wrong and your student could be missing important documents or processes that need to be completed for that aid to transmit.  Please have your student contact the Financial Aid Office if he or she needs assistance in understanding what is missing.  It is important to address this, as late charges will be applied to accounts for outstanding charges not covered by anticipated financial aid.  These service charges will occur on the 20th of the month beginning in October.  If you have a payment plan in place to cover the balance through fall term, late charges will not be assessed.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your students!

Financial Aid Office  and Student Account Services

(Click on either link to get dept. contact information.)


Posted in Parenting College Students, Staying Connected | Leave a comment

How many different words are there for teenagers?

by Kathy Watts, Access Services Librarian

Whitworth library stepsMost college students aren’t teenagers anymore, but there are still many words to describe them:

  •  teen(s)
  • teenager(s)
  • adolescent
  • adolescence
  • juvenile

For many students, conducting research will be a necessary part of each semester. When students search for information on a topic, what words they choose to search make a big difference in how successful their search will be. Would they get better results using “teens” or “adolescents”? For students who are new to a discipline, it can be difficult to guess the appropriate “lingo.”

The good news for students is that the library has many resources that can help!

First and foremost, librarians are available to assist with research questions, searching databases, and finding suitable information sources. Students can check the library’s web page to see what hours librarians are available (

Secondly, Whitworth Library has an excellent reference collection of books: dictionaries, encyclopedias, and indices on many subjects. Each one of these books provides introductions to and overviews of a wide range of topics, and will include terminology specific to that topic. Students can use the terminology found in the reference book to guide their research.

Starting research can be intimidating, and maybe overwhelming, for new students. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the services provided by Whitworth Library!


Posted in Parenting College Students, Parents and Families, Staying Connected | Leave a comment