Act Six scholars are succeeding and thriving on campus and in
their communities at home. Nearly 90% of scholars who began the program are still
or graduated, and scholar surveys show high levels of satisfaction with
personal, academic and overall Act Six experience.
Even more, Act Six scholars are engaging and demonstrating
leadership all across the campus and in their home communities. The following provide just a
- Holy Chea,
Whitworth Cadre One Graduate (B.A. Communication), served
for three years as program assistant at Northwest Leadership
Foundation’s ProTeen Evening Center, providing positive
alternatives to detention for court-involved youth in Tacoma.
Holy was recently recruited by the Greater Tacoma Community
Foundation, where he now directs the Youth Against Violence
Initiative and provides leadership to the Foundation’s Youth
- Delia Orosco,
Whitworth Cadre One Graduate (B.A. Elementary Education,
magna cum laude, M.Ed. University of Arizona),
taught for two years in high poverty schools in Phoenix through
Teach for America while earning her Master’s in Education. She
has now returned to Tacoma, where she provides college
advocacy for students at Lincoln and Henry Foss high schools
through Upward Bound.
- Daniel Bacon,
Whitworth Cadre One Graduate (B.A. International Studies),
served for three years as an AmeriCorps and VISTA member at the
Peace Community Center in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, where
he tutors and provides advocacy for neighborhood high school
students. He now works full time at the Community Center
as director of alumni support. He is one of seven alumni
to have given a year of service through AmeriCorps.
- Sarah Mabini,
Whitworth Cadre One Graduate (B.S. Biology,
magna cum laude), graduated
magna cum laude and coordinated a diabetes research laboratory
at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York for two years before
completing a Physician Assistant Master's Degree program at
Methodist University in North Carolina.
- Nissana Nov,
Whitworth Cadre Two Graduate (B.A. Cross-Cultural Studies, cum laude,
M.A. Columbia University), served as the president of Whitworth’s
International Club and was named a Weyerhaeuser Scholar in the
Sociology and Political Science departments. After a year
of service on the Act Six staff as an AmeriCorps member, she
recently completed a Master’s in Social Work at Columbia
- Denice Randle,
Whitworth Cadre Two Graduate (B.A. English, M.A.T.
Pacific Lutheran University), became
the first Act Six alumna to earn a master’s degree and is now
teaching at Tacoma’s Henry Foss High School as a College Bound
instructor for Metropolitan Development Council.
- Luan Ly,
Whitworth Cadre Two Graduate (B.A.
International Business), after studying business in Chongqing, China and
completing internships at World Vision and the Port of Tacoma
started a small business that brings Chinese
families to the United States for cultural
- Obe Quarless,
Whitworth Cadre Three Graduate (B.A. Music), was the second Act
Six scholar to be elected president of the Associated Students
of Whitworth University (ASWU) in the last three years. He
currently works as an admissions counselor at
Pacific Lutheran University.
- Emmanuel Bofa,
Whitworth Cadre Four Graduate (B.A. Communication), won the 2008
and 2009 NCAA Division III national championships in the 800
meter dash. He is currently pursuing Masters in
Theology at Whitworth while serving as a campus ministry intern.
- Kyle Kim,
Whitworth Cadre Five Graduate (B.A. Journalism), served for two
years as a reporter and editor for Whitworth’s award-winning
campus newspaper, completed a summer internship at the Los
Angeles Daily News, and spent a year studying journalism in
Australia. He now works in Boston as a journalist for the
Quarless, Whitworth Cadre Four Graduate (B.S. Bioinformatics,
Computational Biology and Mathematics), was awarded a McDonald’s
Biological Research Scholarship and won a coveted fellowship at
the University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Research
Experience for Undergraduate Students, earning perfect scores
from all judges in the culminating Medical Poster Competition.
His currently pursuing a fully-funded Ph.D. in Biomedical
Sciences at U.C. San Diego, the nation’s leading research
institution in his field.
- Benjameen Quarless,
Whitworth Cadre Five Graduate (B.A. Philosophy), was
selected from more than 1,000 applicants to participate in the
2011 Freedom Ride, a 10-day bus journey that retraced the route
taken by the original freedom riders of 1961. The ride was
organized by PBS’ American Experience to mark the 50th
anniversary of the original rides and to coincide with the debut
the Freedom Riders documentary film. He now works as a
teacher in Las Vegas through Teach For America.