EL Major Rowanne Fairchild (’14) On Whitworth’s Noche de Alabanza


by Rowanne Fairchild (’14)

Every Tuesday night we have Hosanna, a student-led worship service and time of prayer in English.  The chapel is packed with students every week, and the Spirit is there, moving among the voices that shout out praises.

And once a year, the Spanish for Christian Ministry class puts on a Noche de Alabanza, to worship and pray and read scripture in Spanish, and to demonstrate the continuity of fellowship and praise in a different language.  To show that God is present and moving no matter which language is spoken.

This year, the Noche de Alabanza focused on the fruits of the Spirit.  This event is planned and led by students from the Spanish for Christian Ministry class, a 400-level course taught by Kim Hernandez.  Every student from the class participated, whether they were leading worship, reading scripture, speaking, or leading corporate prayer.  This teamwork demonstrated the body as made of different units, each equipped with different gifts and designed for different types of service.  Over one hundred and thirty Whitworth students showed up to worship and listen to the talks and scripture the class had prepared.

As a student in the Spanish for Christian Ministry course, I had a different perspective than the students in the audience.  I had seen the many hours of preparation to make that night happen, and I was watching it unfold as the students in the audience joined us in the worship service.  It was a great joy to see my peers serving the Lord and serving each other in ways they had been designed to do.  For some, their role that night was beyond their comfort zone.  But as they spoke about a fruit of the spirit, or sang in front of everyone, they realized they could fulfill this task that was placed before them.

Participating in the leadership of the Noche de Alabanza was such a rich experience.  It was a challenge and a joy to read scripture to a listening audience, while I spoke in a language that was not my own, but yet was.  As a class, we did more than discuss God’s transcendence of language and culture. We experienced it.  And we brought that experience to other students in a way that united the church body.  That night was a time when the Spanish language was more than just a class or a homework assignment.  It was an opportunity to learn and to worship and to unify as a body of Christ.

Rowanne Fairchild is majoring in English writing. She believes stories are valuable expressions of people and the world around them, and is fascinated by the motivation behind the stories people write.

Tea Time For Brontes & Gaskell Seminar Students

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by Ana Quiring (’14)

Last month, our Brontes and Gaskell seminar, led by the illustrious Pam Parker, had the chance to get back to our Victorian roots with a tea party as Taste and See Tea in North Spokane. We were treated to a delightful and never-ending parade of tea with names both titillating and sublime (Cabana Boy and Creme d’Earl come to mind), as well as a delicious tasting menu of dainty sandwiches and scones. The outing fit perfectly with our discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, which features more than one tea party, always rife with careful propriety, class tension, and witty repartee. Although we can’t boast the first two nearly as well, I’d like to think we had the last in spades.

Ana Quiring is an English major, a Brontes and Gaskell enthusiast, on a good day, and a teacher’s assistant for whomever will have her, mostly Pam Parker.

EL Faculty Rack Up Awards


It’s a season of congratulations here in the ol’ house of English. In addition to sending our warmest wishes to the class of 2013, we’re celebrating recent awards to EL faculty.

Laura Bloxham and Vic Bobb were recognized for their work as co-chairs of the English department!

Casey Andrews won the Innovative Teaching Award!

Please high-five these folks next time you see them. And cue the cartwheels!

Diana Cater (’13) On Science, Magic, and the Wonders of NUCL


Diana Cater (’13, above) and Blaine Eldredge (’13) recently presented at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature at the University of Portland. This annual conference is highly selective, so we’re especially proud that they were both able to represent Whitworth. Diana also presented her paper at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference last month.

Diana on Diana: “Diana cater is majoring in Biology and English. She thinks science and literature have fascinating things to say about doubt and our ability to understand the world around us, and wrote a paper to that effect. Lately, she’s been hanging out with tortoises, reading comic books, and co-parenting a pot of tulips with Michael Schmidt.”

Diana on NUCL: “Whenever I write a research paper, I have nagging doubts that anyone will be interested in my ideas other than me. Literature conferences always prove me wrong. At NUCL, I was so impressed by the audience’s ability to engage in topics that were perhaps previously unfamiliar—to ask questions, make connections, and expand ideas and concepts. My panel had papers about science and magic (basically the same things), and it was amazing to see how the audience found themes and connections among our topics. We ended up having a wonderful conversation about faith, doubt, and the ethics of living in a world where nothing is certain. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming either, but it was truly fascinating discussion. If we weren’t kicked out of the classroom, we probably could have kept talking for another hour. To me, that’s really encouraging. There are curious people out there, unafraid of engaging in new ideas.”

Diana recently sent us this dispatch about the experience

Get Your Red-Hot Copy of Script 2013!

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On Friday, May 10, here’s what to do:

Get cash.

Attend the annual Hot Dog & Book Sale from 11:30-1:00 in the Courtyard Garden.

Perform your afternoon duties.

Arrive at the campanile by 4pm for a rousing reading from this year’s Script staff.

Get your paws on a copy of Script 2013. (It’s supercool. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.)

Take home your copy of Script 2013.

Read it.

Love it.


Congratulations To Recent Contest Winners!


It’s a season of celebration here in the English department.

We had two winners in the recent campus-wide essay contest about the value of the liberal arts. Biology major and EL minor Alicia Peebles (’13) and EL major Ana Quiring (’14) tied for second place. They each win $50, and their essays will go on to the state-wide competition along with entries by 1st place winner Rebecca Kopf and honorable mention Hailey Smith.

Just this afternoon, Dr. John Pell emceed the 2012-13 writing awards, where our majors took home many prizes:

Mary Schmick (’14) won an award for writing in Political Science.

Josie Camarillo (’14) won for Psychology.

Winners of the EL department awards include Maggie Montague (’15) in the Narrative category, Addison Koneval for Lower Division Research, Jessica Weber for Poetry, Lauren NuDelman for Lower Division Research, Matt Comi (’14) for Essay, and Adriana Siefe for Writing I.

John announced the renaming of the Upper Division Research award to the Laura Bloxham Award for Writing Excellence. Taylor Countryman is our first winner of this honor.

Congratulations to all of our winners! You’ve done us proud.

The kitteh art, above, is from here.

A Peek at Jane Austen Panels from SIRC 2013


On April 27, Dr. Laura Bloxham moderated two sessions about Jane Austen at the 2013 Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference. Her Jan term Jane Austen course has generated a cult following. Laura sent the photos. Congrats to her and to her students!

Above: Kirsten Bleeker (’14) presents “Prose or Film: The Battle of Aesthetics Concerning Jane Austen’s Emma.” Below, Joanna Szabo (’15) discusses “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Web Series: Why Jane Austen is best told in ‘vlog’ form.”


Below, Hannah Crawford (’14), on “Film Misnomers: How Culture Rewrote Mansfield Park.”


In the “Jane Austen: Gender and Money” session, Sarah Jaymes Kenney (’14) presents “‘Having Formed her Mind and Gained her Affections’: The Male-Female Relationship as Destructive in Mansfield Park.”


Willa Schober-Hockman (’14) delivers “Proposals and Power Plays in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.”


Mikayla Ludiker (’14) discusses “Entailment Entanglement: Inheritance Schemes in Sense and Sensibility.”

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