Family Weekend 2015

Please save the date!  We just confirmed that Family Weekend will take place on campus Oct. 16-18, 2015.

Details will follow early next summer.  For now, please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

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Order a fall semester Exam Survival Kit by Nov. 16

You should have received an email with this message earlier today! If not, it may mean that we don’t have your email address on file. Update your email here today. (For folks we know are without an email, a physical letter is in the mail.)

StudentsThe details:
We are offering two options for students this fall. We have the Finals Week Fresh Fruit Bag, which includes a generous and overflowing gift bag of fresh and healthy fruit and a few gluten-free snacks for $25. We also have Exam Energy Kits, filled with familiar favorites, including Act II Kettle Corn microwave popcorn, Chips Ahoy! cookies, M&Ms, animal crackers and other surprises – 20 items in all, packaged in a box, for $20.

Our office will notify all recipients via email and campus mail of their gift the week before pickup. Students may pick their gifts up on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the HUB, or at the campus post office any time after that and before Christmas Break. Please don’t delay: Finals Week (Dec. 9-12) is approaching fast! The firm deadline for ordering is Sunday, Nov. 16.

Order today! You may order either of these gifts online at This new form allows you to order for more than one student, as well. Profits from this project go to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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What’s with Whitworth’s break schedule?

We’ve heard questions from a handful of families, both on Facebook and in person, and thought it could be helpful to give you some scheduling context from the Office of the Registrar.

FALL BREAK: Whitworth schedules a faculty development day so that faculty as a whole have the chance to participate in a learning opportunity specially designed for them. The timing of mid-term exams is not related to the timing of fall break.  In the past, Whitworth has seen that both faculty and students benefit from having a short break, even if that break does not include travel home.

SPRING BREAK: The timing of spring break has to do with academics.  We schedule it so that if falls after the seventh week of the term.  Mid-term grades are due on Friday of that seventh week and 2nd half semester classes start on Monday following spring break.  While this sometimes fits well with the Good Friday holiday that Whitworth observes, sometimes it doesn’t align well.

To view Whitworth’s calendars, click here.

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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.

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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.  

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