Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington, United States, that offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. Formerly Whitworth College, the board of trustees voted to change the institution's name to Whitworth University in 2006, which became effective July 1, 2007. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 3, 2017
Grant Associates, a nationally acclaimed workforce development company, announced today that one of the most respected leaders in the field, Marléna Sessions, will be joining on July 5th as Vice President of Public and Private Partnerships. In her new role, Ms. Sessions will engage with national leaders around some of the most pressing issues facing local economies today, with the intent of creating new solutions to strengthen our communities. Doug Cotter, President, said, “We are thrilled to have Marléna joining our team, after having admired and respected the work she has done for many years. As Grant Associates continues to grow and learn as an organization, Marléna’s breadth of experience and passion for this work will be an invaluable asset in shaping solutions that effect positive change in the lives of the customers we serve.” Ms. Sessions said, “Grant Associates has an amazing story to tell, with over two decades of experience trailblazing innovative solutions, and successfully running and growing large workforce programs. I’ve long been a fan, and I’m excited to be coming aboard at such a critical time in our industry.” As CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County since 2009, Marléna Sessions has guided Seattle-King County to national prominence as an innovative leader in job training initiatives. The Working for America Institute named the organization one of the top four workforce boards in the U.S. The Council was also one of the inaugural winners of the National Association of Workforce Board's 2016 WIOA trailblazer award. Marléna is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), and a member of the Washington Workforce Association, serving on its Executive committee for several years. She also served on the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education (OCE&E) Policy Committee. She was the 2013 president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, and continues to serve on its board of trustees. Marléna also founded the National Advisory Group for Connecting Homeless Jobseekers to the workforce system, and has offered expert testimony to Congress. Marléna holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitworth University.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges and universities in the state of Washington for 2017. Of the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University were the top five institutions. Of the 21 two-year schools that were also included, Edmonds Community College, Shorelines Community College, Renton Technical College, Bates Technical College and Clark College took the top five. A list of all the winning schools is included below. “Washington state’s unemployment rate recently hit a nine-year low, which is great news for people interested in pursuing a college degree,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Our analysis shows schools going the extra mile for students in terms of career preparation, by providing high-quality programs and resources that are translating into student success in the job market.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Washington” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career services offered, availability of financial aid and such additional metrics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Washington” list, visit: Washington’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bastyr University Central Washington University City University of Seattle Eastern Washington University Gonzaga University Heritage University Northwest University Pacific Lutheran University Saint Martin's University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Trinity Lutheran College University of Puget Sound University of Washington-Seattle Campus Walla Walla University Washington State University Western Washington University Whitman College Whitworth University Washington’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bates Technical College Bellingham Technical College Big Bend Community College Cascadia Community College Clark College Edmonds Community College Everett Community College Grays Harbor College Lower Columbia College Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Pierce College at Puyallup Renton Technical College Seattle Vocational Institute Shoreline Community College South Puget Sound Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College Tacoma Community College Walla Walla Community College Wenatchee Valley College Whatcom Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Balboa Capital, a leading provider of business loans and equipment financing programs in the United States, has opened a new office location in Spokane, Washington to better serve its existing and future customers in the Pacific Northwest. The Spokane office opened its doors on May 1st, 2017 as Balboa Capital’s fourth office location; the company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California and has additional offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Ramon, California. The new office is located in Kendall Yards, a new “urban by nature” concept in downtown Spokane. The office will be led by Michael Bivins, Director of Enterprise and Commercial Sales. “The decision to expand our presence in the Pacific Northwest is part of our company’s growth strategy,” said Phil Silva, President of Balboa Capital. “Our Spokane location will prove useful in anchoring our presence in this region and enable us to support area businesses with the same flexible financing solutions and outstanding customer service we are known for nationwide.” Mr. Silva also sees Balboa Capital’s new Spokane office as an opportunity to leverage the area’s talent pool. “This area is rich with talent from leading colleges and universities, and this presents us with the opportunity to hire highly skilled and qualified account managers and support staff members.” Balboa Capital implemented a well-defined strategy to recruit employees for its new Spokane office. Digital marketing and social media efforts helped attract potential candidates for the company’s executive recruiting team to evaluate. In addition, Balboa Capital was a featured exhibitor at the Spring 2017 FUSE Career Fair, which attracted students from Gonzaga University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University. Members of Balboa Capital’s Spokane office met with current students and alumni to discuss the many career opportunities that are available at the new office location. “Our new employees are ready to kick-start their sales careers in a fast-paced, technology-driven work environment,” said Mr. Silva, adding, “We are really looking forward to welcoming our new team members to the Balboa Capital family.” Balboa Capital will continue its recruiting efforts for its Spokane office in the months to come. Interested candidates can visit the Balboa Capital careers page to apply online. Kendall Yards, the location of Balboa Capital’s new office, is a brand new, coveted community in the heart of Spokane, Washington. When evaluating potential office locations, Balboa Capital found Spokane to be a good fit for its employees based on its affordability index. The office is within walking distance of downtown Spokane, a city known for all it has to offer outdoor enthusiasts. With close to 200 nearby lakes and plenty of areas for outdoor recreational activities, Spokane is truly paradise for people who enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, golfing, skiing, and more. “To attract workers in today’s competitive job market, we needed an appealing, amenity-filled office in a vibrant location, and Kendall Yards has it all,” said Mr. Silva. About Balboa Capital Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit http://www.balboacapital.com.
News Article | November 2, 2016
New Partners John Perkins and Christy Carter Are Latest Additions to Firm's Fast-Growing PIPE Practice NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 2, 2016) - The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) announced today that John Perkins and Christy Carter have joined the firm as partners and managing directors in its Principal Investors & Private Equity (PIPE) practice. Their appointments add a combined 30 years of industry experience to the practice. Perkins, who is based in Los Angeles, has more than two decades of experience working with financial sponsors. Prior to joining BCG, he was a managing director and head of the financial-sponsors practice at Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank. Before that, he was a partner and director at Bain & Company, a management consultancy, where he worked for 25 years. He served in a number of roles, including as head of the firm's North America debt practice and its Los Angeles private equity practice. He also was a leader in Bain's health care and industrial goods practices. Carter, who is based in New York, joins BCG from CCMP Capital Advisors, a $3.6 billion private equity firm, where she worked for five years evaluating and executing transactions and overseeing portfolio companies in the consumer, retail, and business service sectors. Her investment focus there was on high-growth companies with the potential for further acceleration. Prior to working at CCMP Capital, Carter spent seven years at Bain & Company, where she advised many private equity clients on potential investments across a wide variety of sectors as well as internal fund strategy. She also counseled industrial and consumer companies, including some of this country's largest retailers, on growth strategy. As senior members of BCG's PIPE practice, Perkins and Carter will advise global investment firms on due diligence and post-close transformation across sectors and asset classes. BCG's clients include some of the world's largest private equity investors, hedge funds, pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and real estate and infrastructure funds. Perkins said, "It is my singular privilege to contribute to serving clients of the fast-growing PIPE practice, and it is my pleasure to be doing so in the company of many dedicated and collaborative colleagues." Added Carter, "I am thrilled to join BCG and am looking forward to lending my experience and expertise to a suite of world-class clients." Tawfik Hammoud, the global leader of the PIPE practice, said, "John and Christy -- with their track records in advising senior business leaders, coupled with their deep industry knowledge -- are terrific additions not only to our PIPE practice but also to BCG as a whole." Perkins is a trustee and board member of Echo Parenting & Education. He earned a master's degree in international policy from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in political science from Whitworth University. Carter earned a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, where she graduated with highest honors. To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Dave Fondiller at +1 212 446 3257 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Boston Consulting Group The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
With overnight basketball camps located at Whitworth University in North Spokane, day camp options for younger athletes at the Spokane Warehouse and the Liberty Lake HUB Sports Center, NBC leadership is expecting to have a strong camper showing for summer 2017. NBC Basketball Camps hosts a number of specialty basketball camps based on age and ability. Their most advanced camp, the College Basketball Prep Camp, which runs the first week of August attracts campers from around the world. “We’ve had campers from Egypt, Australia, Europe, Asia, South Africa, all over,” says College Basketball Prep Camp founder Fred Crowell. Other camps include a Girls High School Team Camp, Pure Shooting and Offensive Skills Camp, Complete Player Camps, Position Training Camp, All-Star Camps and Junior or Rookie camps. “We have plenty of basketball training happening in Spokane this summer,” says NBC Director John Fazio. “We basically have camps running every week starting end of June until the end of August, if you love basketball, we have a training program for you.” Notable Spokane alumni who have attended NBC Camps as campers are former professional players Angie Bjorklund and Heather Bowman, as well as NBA players Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison, Luke Ridnour and countless Division 1 players. NBC Basketball Camps is a much different experience from other local and regional camp programs. “It’s great to have one of the top teams in the country in your hometown,” says NBC Senior Vice President Danny Beard, “but the NBC Camp experience is significantly different from other camp experiences. If you want to sign autographs, go to the college camps, if you want to be pushed hard to hopefully be a college player, come to NBC.” “If you love basketball enough to work hard, we want you at NBC Camps,” says NBC Chief Operations Officer, Jennifer Ferch. “NBC Camps was built on the tradition of no-nonsense, high intensity, competitive basketball along with the mission to be a leader who makes everyone on your team and in your family better people. That’s our driving purpose. To create a week of camp that is super challenging, super fun, and life changing.” For more information about the Spokane NBC Basketball Camps, visit their website at http://www.nbccamps.com/basketball or call 509-466-4690 locally or 1-800-406-3926. NBC Basketball Camps began in 1971 as Northwest Basketball Camps. NBC Camps has now grown outside the northwest with locations in 7 countries. NBC Basketball Camps’ Spokane market is one of the largest camp operations in the world running over 25 different basketball training opportunities and programs in the Spokane region.
Casady G.M.,Whitworth University |
Van Leeuwen W.J.D.,University of Arizona |
Reed B.C.,U.S. Geological Survey
Remote Sensing | Year: 2013
Winter annual plants in southwestern North America influence fire regimes, provide forage, and help prevent erosion. Exotic annuals may also threaten native species. Monitoring winter annuals is difficult because of their ephemeral nature, making the development of a satellite monitoring tool valuable. We mapped winter annual aboveground biomass in the Desert Southwest from satellite observations, evaluating 18 algorithms using time-series vegetation indices (VI). Field-based biomass estimates were used to calibrate and evaluate each algorithm. Winter annual biomass was best estimated by calculating a base VI across the period of record and subtracting it from the peak VI for each winter season (R2 = 0.92). The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) derived from 8-day reflectance data provided the best estimate of winter annual biomass. It is important to account for the timing of peak vegetation when relating field-based estimates to satellite VI data, since post-peak field estimates may indicate senescent biomass which is inaccurately represented by VI-based estimates. Images generated from the best-performing algorithm show both spatial and temporal variation in winter annual biomass. Efforts to manage this variable resource would be enhanced by a tool that allows the monitoring of changes in winter annual resources over time. © 2013 by the authors.
Casady G.M.,Whitworth University
American Biology Teacher | Year: 2015
Undergraduate biology labs often explore the techniques of data collection but neglect the statistical framework necessary to express findings. Students can be confused about how to use their statistical knowledge to address specific biological questions. Growth in the area of observational ecology requires that students gain experience in sampling design and the scope of inference relevant to observational studies. I developed a laboratory-based guided inquiry that illustrates these concepts by comparing ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) trees in northeastern Washington State. This approach presents a hands-on experience whereby students apply the statistics they learn in the classroom to a field-based investigation, giving students an appreciation of the design and interpretation of observational studies in ecology. ©2015 by National Association of Biology Teachers. All rights reserved.
Ferris D.G.,South Dakota State University |
Cole-Dai J.,South Dakota State University |
Reyes A.R.,South Dakota State University |
Budner D.M.,Whitworth University
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres | Year: 2011
A record of explosive eruptions over the last 1830 years reconstructed from a South Pole, Antarctica, ice core extends the coverage of volcanic history to the start of the first millennium A.D. The ice core dating by annual layer counting carries an uncertainty of 2% of the number of years from time markers, with the largest dating error of 20 years at the bottom of the 182 m core. Several aspects of the methodology of detecting and quantifying volcanic sulfate signals in ice cores are examined in developing this record. The new record is remarkably consistent with previous South Pole records. A comparison with records from several Antarctica locations suggests that the South Pole location is among the best for ice core reconstruction of volcanic records, owing to the excellent preservation of volcanic signals at the South Pole, the relatively low and uniform sulfate background, and the moderately high snow accumulation rates which allow for dating by annual layer counting. A prominent volcanic event dated at 531(15) A.D., along with evidence from other records, indicates that an unusually large eruption took place in the tropics and was probably responsible for the "mystery cloud" climate episode of 536-537 A.D. The date of 536 is suggested for a prominent volcanic signal that appears in the first half of the sixth century A.D. in ice cores, which can in turn be used as a time stratigraphic marker in dating ice cores by annual layer counting or by computing average accumulation rates or layer thicknesses with such markers. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Leon J.R.R.,University of Arizona |
van Leeuwen W.J.D.,University of Arizona |
Casady G.M.,Whitworth University
Remote Sensing | Year: 2012
Post-fire vegetation response is influenced by the interaction of natural and anthropogenic factors such as topography, climate, vegetation type and restoration practices. Previous research has analyzed the relationship of some of these factors to vegetation response, but few have taken into account the effects of pre-fire restoration practices. We selected three wildfires that occurred in Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico, USA) between 1999 and 2007 and three adjacent unburned control areas. We used interannual trends in the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series data derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) to assess vegetation response, which we define as the average potential photosynthetic activity through the summer monsoon. Topography, fire severity and restoration treatment were obtained and used to explain post-fire vegetation response. We applied parametric (Multiple Linear Regressions-MLR) and non-parametric tests (Classification and Regression Trees-CART) to analyze effects of fire severity, terrain and pre-fire restoration treatments (variable used in CART) on post-fire vegetation response. MLR results showed strong relationships between vegetation response and environmental factors (p < 0.1), however the explanatory factors changed among treatments. CART results showed that beside fire severity and topography, pre-fire treatments strongly impact post-fire vegetation response. Results for these three fires show that pre-fire restoration conditions along with local environmental factors constitute key processes that modify post-fire vegetation response. © 2012 by the authors.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 161.44K | Year: 2013
Preparing Todays Scientists to be Tomorrows Teachers proposes to build capacity by developing a large-scale sustainable partnership with seven high-need school districts, three STEM focused high school programs, the Mobius Science Center, non-profit programs for youth, and local STEM industries. The outcomes expected through this partnership are: (1) development of new curricula for both a STEM track in the awardee institutions existing Master in Teaching and Evening Teacher Certification programs and also new courses (called Step-Up) at the undergraduate level to ease the way into graduate level work, (2) development and implementation of informal science opportunities during the academic year and summer to encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider teaching, and (3) design of the infrastructure needed for recruitment, selection, data base tracking and induction activities necessary to support an application for a Track 1, Phase 1 Noyce project.
Intellectual Merit: The intellectual merit of the development of a STEM track in the graduate teacher preparation program lies in a research-based curriculum that spans multiple effective pedagogies from both formal to informal. Developing skill in multiple pedagogies provides teachers with the ability to teach well in differing environments.
Broader Impacts : The broader impact of multiple pedagogical experiences, being designed by this capacity building project, will be highly qualified teachers capable of teaching in a variety of educational environments and inspiring a new generation of students to pursue STEM.