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CommUnity programs are offered Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Walla Walla University Church and are open to the public. Some CommUnity programs which do not occur on Tuesday include: Week of Worship, MLK Jr. Day, The Weekend, and Awards Celebration. See the CommUnity schedule for more information about CommUnity programs. Listen to past CommUnity presentations on Walla Walla University's SoundCloud.

Upcoming Presenters

Past Presenters

Rocky Seto

May 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Rocky Seto is the former Seahawks assistant head coach for defense. Seto was also on the defensive coaching staff at USC from 2001-09 and in 2010 joined the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff alongside Pete Carroll. Seto became a Christian as a senior at USC and continually speaks about the importance his faith holds in his life. Seto recently left the Seahawks to go into full time ministry in Southern California.

Kathy Kleiman

May 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Kathy Kleiman was a young programmer in the mid-1980s when she discovered and was inspired by the ENIAC programmers. The ENIAC programmers were a group of six brilliant young women who, in 1946, programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer. The first of its kind, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled, the women were never introduced. When she learned that these six programmers were not invited to the ENIAC’s 50th Anniversary, she made it her mission to record the story of these women and seek recognition for their accomplishments. In 2013, she partnered with award winning producers Jon Palfreman and Kate McMahon to create, The Computers, a 20 minute documentary that shared the incredible story of the ENIAC Programmers.

She attended law school at Boston University and later joined a telecommunications firm. In 1996, she co-founded her firms Internet Law and Policy Group. The ENIAC Programmers were her mentors and continue to inspire all her work. Kathy said, "It is my great hope that the ENIAC Programmers story will throw open the doors of computing to all--for it was women and men who created this wonderful field and changed our world together!"

Adam Braun

April 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Adam Braun is the Co-Founder and CEO of MissionU and Founder and previously the CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built more than 380 schools around the world. His book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.

He began working summers at hedge funds when he was sixteen years old, and was on the path to a successful Wall Street Career. But while traveling abroad as a college student he met a young boy on the streets of India who when asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “a pencil”. This simple answer became Adam’s inspiration for Pencils of Promise, PoP. With his unique “for-purpose” approach, he led the organization through $30M of funds raised before focusing his efforts to reimagining the broken higher education system in the US through his new venture MissionU.

Braun graduated from Brown University and is now a speaker at conferences, colleges, and Fortune 500 companies. In 2015 he received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award. He has spoken at The White House, the United nations, and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

Sandy Roberts

Presented: "Entering Uncharted Territory" April 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Sandy Roberts is president of the Southeastern California Conference. Prior to her election as president, she served as the executive secretary at the conference for nine years.

Roberts completed a B.S. degree in Dietetics from Loma Linda University, and immediately began working for the church after completing her degree. She worked as an academy bible teacher, executive director of Pine Springs Ranch, summer camp director, campus chaplain, pastor, associate youth director, and as a conference administrator. She has also earned a master’s degree in Religious Education from Andrews University and a doctor of ministry degree from Claremont School of Theology.

She is most passionate about staying open to God’s will and promoting excellence in ministry. She is curious, adventurous, and committed to a lifetime of learning. She enjoys walking on the beach, kayaking, reading, cooking, spending quality time with family and close friends, traveling, and exploring the world. She is committed to expressing and modeling the joy that the journey of following and sharing Jesus can bring. 

Ethics Debate

March 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

The WWU ethics bowl team presented an argument and were judged by a faculty panel.

Photo by Zona Photo

Bea Johnson

February 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Bea Johnson is the author of Zero Waste Home, the story of how Bea simplified her life to reduce waste. Since 2008, Bea Johnson and her family have been dedicated to living a zero waste lifestyle; they generate a mere quart size jar of waste per year.

Through her blog and with her book (translated in 12 languages), Bea launched a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. She addresses misconceptions about this lifestyle, demonstrating that zero waste can not only be "stylish", but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings.

Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards, Bea has appeared on numerous TV shows and in publications around the world, from The Today Show to BBC Breakfast. She is a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.

Carl Wilkens

January 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the Spring of 1990. When the genocide began in April of 1994, thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. However, Carl refused to leave even after he was urged to do so by close friends, family, and the United States government. He was the only American that remained in the capital city, Kigali. Every day, he risked his life to provide food, water, and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds, and now he travels to schools all over the world to share his experience and speak about how to build bridges with “the other”.

William Paul Young

November 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

William Paul Young is the author of number one New York Times best selling book, The Shack. His other work includes Cross Roads and Eve

A native of Canada, Young spent several years as a child of parents in the missionary field in what is now Papua New Guinea. He earned a BA in religion from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. and worked in a variety of industries before writing The Shack for his children.

Despite his international recognition as an author, he describes himself as "a rather simple guy." For Young, "everything is about Jesus and Father and Holy Spirit, about relationships, and to live is to participate in an adventure of faith which can only be experienced inside one day’s worth of grace at a time."

Young now lives in Oregon and is husband to his wife Kim, father to six children, and grandfather of eight.

Faculty Panel

November 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

The faculty panel at CommUnity featured four WWU faculty members from various academic disciplines. Moderated by Pastor Alex Bryan, the panel will discuss the Christian college Experience and making the most of your time at WWU. Panelists include: Greg Dodds (History), Debbie Muthersbaugh (Education), Neria Sebastain (Education), and Ben Jackson (Math).

Mark Charles

October 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. 

Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog "Reflections from the Hogan." He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and is a former Board of Trustee member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), has served as the pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver CO and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Fry bread?” (CRU, IVCF and CICW)

He will be presenting at CommUnity on the Discovery doctrine established by the US Supreme Court and its influence on American culture, concepts of race, and religion.

Elise Blaha Cripe

Presented: "So, What Do You Do?" May 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Elise Blaha Cripe is a professional blogger and small business owner. She started selling crafts in high school and created her first DIY blog in December 2005 during her junior year of college at the University of Southern California.

Now her website, which houses her blog about goal-setting and DIY projects, also serves as an online store for her handmade projects including letterpress prints, posters, stationary, journals, stamps, and more. She also hosts a weekly podcast, Elise Gets Crafty about running a blog and small business.

Elise is an advocate for tackling big projects through a can-do attitude and sets annual project goals. Her recent project, MAKE29, involved producing one item each month 29 or 290 times and selling the products online. In 2015 she created the GET TO WORK BOOK, which facilitates daily planning and goal setting.

Elise enjoys gardening, sewing, and photography. She, her husband Paul, and their two girls, Ellerie and Piper live in San Diego, California.

Dan Jackson

Presented: "The Church: Do I fit in?" May 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Daniel R. Jackson, the president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was elected June 28, 2010, by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, Ga., and reelected to this position on July 5, 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session held in San Antonio, Texas. The General Conference Session is the highest governing body in the Church.

Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in the North American Division. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Burman University) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology. 

During his career, Jackson has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. Jackson and his wife, Donna, enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them. But foremost, Dan Jackson is a fellow traveler on the same path as every Christian headed toward the Kingdom.

Gregg Treinish

Presented "Adventure with a Purpose": April 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Gregg Treinish is an explorer, conservationist, and National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year”. Gregg has hiked the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail and was the first man ever to trek the Andes Mountains. But after these long treks Gregg felt unfulfilled, questioning if all of this adventure was self-indulgent. He decided to pursue a biology degree, which led him into fieldwork, eventually founding Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC).

Many outdoor enthusiasts live to explore far-flung regions, meanwhile, scientists desperately need samples, photographs, data and observations from places too difficult to reach on their shrinking budgets. ASC builds bridges between the scientific and outdoor communities by matching adventure athletes, with researchers who need help getting expensive, time-consuming, hard-to-reach information. However, their work extends beyond pairing scientists and extreme athletes. Treinish notes “We’ve worked with school kids, teachers, military veterans and families on vacation.” He also leads his own research expeditions to remote corners of the world. Treinish is working to grow the adventure culture and change its priorities. “Adventurers tell me these chances give back have changed their whole perspective. Now, being the strongest or summiting the coolest peak isn’t what’s important. Trying to contribute and make difference is what matters. And there’s so much more we can do.”

Jonathan Duffy

April 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Jonathan Duffy, was elected president of ADRA International, the global humanitarian service of the Adventist Church, in 2012, after serving as CEO of ADRA Australia. Before joining ADRA Australia in 2008, Duffy served as director of Adventist Health for the South Pacific Division, where he had extensive experience in health promotion and community health development. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Terry Johnsson

April 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Terry Johnsson serves as Executive Director for Mission Integration at the Portland Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Before moving back to Portland, OR where he grew up, Terry worked as a hospital chaplain, senior pastor, and youth and young adult pastor in Oregon, California, and Washington DC.

Terry served three U.S. presidents as part of U.S. Air Force White House Honor Guard. He went on to serve as senior radio chaplain and operational manager for WGTS 91.9, a major market contemporary Christian music station in Washington, DC and the second most listened to, non-commercial Christian radio station in America.

WWU Ethics Bowl Team

Ethics Debate

March 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

The WWU ethics bowl team debated the Whitman College ethics bowl team on current issues. WWU team members (pictured right) included: Matthew Hagele, Brennan Stanyer, Brennan Hoenes, Daniel Villarreal, Montgomery Buell (coach), Hannah Thiel, Karen Clausen-Brown (coach) Brandan Patchett, Linda Emmerson (coach), Acacia Chan, Sara Bumgardner, Angelica Chan, Sarah Peterson, and Eryn Hopps.

Gillian Seton

Presented "Inglorious Survival: Ebola and Its Aftermath": March 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Gillian Seton graduated from Walla Walla University in 2004, with a degree in Humanities. During college, she spent one year studying abroad at Newbold College, and another year as a student missionary in Belize, working in La Loma Luz Hospital. Gillian attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where she studied general surgery and joined the Deferred Missions Appointee program, with the intention of working in global medicine abroad after her residency. She completed her surgical residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, providing more opportunities to make connections within the Global Surgery community. 

After finishing residency in June of 2013, Dr. Seton spent 6 months on the U of U faculty, working with experienced mentors and shadowing specialties in preparation for the medical and surgical demands of a low-resource country. During that time, Liberia became the clear choice for her DMA placement. She arrived in February of 2014, just before the staggering Ebola outbreak reached the small country in West Africa. Here, the medical needs before and during the outbreak overwhelmed SDA Cooper Hospital which struggled to remain open for non-Ebola medical emergencies.

Even a year later, with periodic outbreaks of the virus, the hospital is slowly emerging from the devastation of the outbreak. Dr. Seton plans to remain in Liberia for at least another 3 years.

Lance Rhoades

Presented "American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene": February 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Lance Rhoades is a Seattle-based scholar who completed his graduate studies in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, where he has taught several courses on American Indians in Cinema. He has also been a researcher and instructor in the University of Washington American Indian Studies Department and was a recipient of the UW’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Rhoades has presented talks in the Middle East, Asia and Europe on cultural history in film, and each year he teaches a course in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is director of film studies at the Seattle Film Institute, a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and a program director for the Mercer Island Library and Arts Council.

Rhoades currently lives in Seattle.

Bob Goff

Presented "Love Does": January 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does (now available in the University Bookstore), as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Bob inspires current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life.

Choosing to live audaciously, Bob has pioneered the vision of Restore International to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Restore has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India and Somalia. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates over 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development.

Bob has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law.

Martin Doblmeier

Presenting "Through the Lens of Faith": January 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Martin Doblmeier is the founder and president of Journey Films, a film and television production company in Alexandria, Virginia that for more than 30 years has produced award-winning documentary films on topics of religion, faith and spirituality.

He holds degrees in Religious Studies, Broadcast Journalism and two honorary degrees. He is a six-time winner of the prestigious Gabriel Award for the best film on a topic of religion, and has won top honors at numerous film festivals including Sun Valley Film Festival and the US/International Film Festival.

Martin's work has taken him to more than 40 countries to profile religious and spiritual leaders as he explores the role of religion and faith in our world today. Martin's films have aired on PBS, NBC, ABC, the BBC and have been translated and broadcast in more than 20 countries.

His films include the highly acclaimed "Bonhoeffer," the story of the German theologian and Nazi resister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "The Power of Forgiveness," a dramatic look at the most challenging notion we all face, and three films about Seventh-day Adventists that became Amazon best sellers. His latest film, "Chaplains," is now airing on PBS stations.

Ken Aso

Presented "Christianity and the Fast Track Corporate Career": November 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Ken Aso is a Walla Walla University alumnus, graduating with a degree in business administration. During his time in College Place, Ken enjoyed working as a resident assistant in Sittner Hall, served as a Christian Service Volunteer in Australia, and graduated as president of the Class of 1997.

Since WWU, and after obtaining an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Ken has embarked on a career in international business. He has worked on a variety of strategy development and commercial growth-related projects, spanning 30 countries across 5 continents, and is an expert in the commercial aviation and aerospace industry. Ken has served as a partner in management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, a senior vice president of corporate strategy for StandardAero, and currently manages a spare parts business line of over one billion dollars for The Boeing Company.  

Ken and his wife Kimberley currently reside in Auburn, Washington.  They have three children - Winston, Wyatt, and Colgin.

Chris Bashinelli

Presented "Global Citizenship": November 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Chris Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Italian and Lebanese parents. After a successful acting career, including an appearance on The Sopranos, Chris decided to follow his passion. At 20 years old, Chris moved to Tanzania to experience life in the developing world firsthand. Since then Chris Bashinelli has devoted his life to understanding the life and plight of others.

As host and executive producer of Bridge the Gap, a show appearing on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Chris traverses the globe, from Tanzania to Thailand, to experience life in someone else's shoes. He is also a guest author for publications like the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet, where he shares stories of creating positive change in developing regions worldwide, personal stories of self-discovery and growth, and travel guides for the adventurer.

Chris is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

Frances Cairncross

Presented "Five Trends That Will Shape the 21st Century": October 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Dame Frances Cairncross is a journalist, author, and former head of an Oxford University college. 

As a journalist for 20 years on the staff of The Economist, most recently serving as management editor, Cairncross has built a career around two strengths: The first is an understanding of economics and how it pervades many of our decisions and much of our lives; and the second is an ability to explain clearly and amusingly complex ideas.

Her book on the communications revolution, The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution Will Change our Lives, was the first to explore how the change in the cost structure and in technical possibilities of digital technology might alter politics, society, and economics.

In Cairncross's second career as the head of Oxford University's Exeter College, her teaching focus explored the broad consequences of demographic change, of the communications revolution, and of big data.

Jason Wells

Presenting: May 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Jason Wells graduated from Walla Walla College in 1996 after a three-year adventure which included editing the Mountain Ash, leading as captain of the men’s FCA flag football team, and serving as President of Adventist Intercollegiate Association. After graduating from Walla Walla College in 1996, Jason Wells moved to Hillsboro, Oregon to teach at Tualatin Valley Junior Academy where he formed the internationally acclaimed handbell group, Ring of Fire. They performed at events in 18 states and seven countries, including two presidential inaugurations and on stage in Symphony Hall in a nationally televised performance with the Boston Pops. After eight years of teaching, Jason transitioned to health care, moving to Florida where he served as director of marketing for Florida Hospital.

Jason and his wife Heather (who he met at WWC) now live in North Carolina where he serves as vice president of physician services at Park Ridge Health. His responsibilities include executive oversight of employing 141 providers, 42 physician practices operating in 31 different specialties. Jason and Heather have three children, Sidney (9), Landon (5), and Hayden (3). 

Shoshon Tama-Sweet

Presenting: "Gihembe 2015: The Last Chapter of the Rwandan Genocide" May 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Shoshon Tama-Sweet is the director for global impact at These Numbers Have Faces, an organization committed to investing in Africa’s brightest students to lead and empower their countries. In this role he oversees programs to support leadership, entrepreneurship, and education in Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa. 

Previously, he was the executive director of The Oregon Center for Christian Voices, a public policy and advocacy organization located in Portland, Oregon. In this role he successfully spearheaded efforts to create the Oregon Anti-Human trafficking day and pass six new laws in Oregon fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children. For his work fighting human trafficking he was featured on the cover of Christianity Today and was the subject of a short documentary called "This is Our City." He lives with his family in Hood River, Oregon, where he enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, and surfing. 

Jason Satterlund

Presented: April 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Jason Satterlund is the award winning producer/director and owner of Big Puddle Films, a full service film production company established in 2001. Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years, filming underwater sea life in the tropics, high end political candidates in the United States and Russia, street children in third world countries, and top country music artists in Nashville, TN. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera.

Satterlund has done extensive work for clients such as Warner Brothers, Bon Jovi, CNN, ABC, the country of Jordan, and more. He is creator and director of the award winning feature film, The Record Keeper, which was accepted into the Raindance Film Festival in London. His short film Splinter Cell Extraction was nominated for a 2014 Geekie Award and won the Spirit of Comicon Award. Satterlund currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he produces commercials, documentaries, music videos, and feature films. 

Presidential Panel

Presented: March 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

The presidential panel at CommUnity will feature the three college and university presidents from the Walla Walla valley: Whitman College President George Bridges, Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle, and Walla Walla University President John McVay. Moderated by Walla Walla University University Church Senior Pastor Alex Bryan, the panel will discuss higher education in the valley.

Aisha Fukushima

Presented: February 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Aisha Fukushima is a singer, public speaker, educator & self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist).  As leader of the ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project, Aisha raises social awareness through connections between global hip hop & social justice. Since 2007 she has engaged in hip hop communities from France to Morocco, Kazakhstan, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark & beyond. 

Aisha's ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured by Oprah MagazineTEDx, KQED, The Seattle Times, and more. Aisha holds an honors degree in Rhetoric & Film Studies from Whitman College (2009) and currently lives in the California Bay Area where, in addition to performing, she works with youth everyday as Youth Coordinator at BAVC. Learn more about Aisha and RAPtivism by visiting   

Alex Alben

Presented: "Privacy and Personality in the Digital Age" February 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Alex Alben has played a leadership role in the field of digital media and has shared his expertise in both teaching and journalism. He helped launch and, and served for six years in senior management at RealNetworks. Alben worked as a researcher for CBS News in 1980 and went on to work for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports. In the 1990s, Alben worked as an entertainment lawyer for Orion Pictures and Warner Bros. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from Washington State's 8th Congressional District in 2004.

A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Alben writes for The Seattle Times and other publications on the intersection of media, technology, and politics. He is the author of both fiction, Our Man in Mongoa, a novel, and Analog Days—How Technology Rewrote Our Future. Alben currently lives in Seattle. 

Jessica Cox

Presented: "Think Outside the Shoe" January 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church

Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all, she earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association and the Guinness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet. Yet, her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.

Brooke Vick

Presented: January 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church

Brooke Vick is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Whitman College. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied the causes and consequences of perceiving prejudice from both the perpetrator’s and target’s perspectives. Trained broadly on the psychology of prejudice and social stigma, Dr. Vick has examined the effects of experiencing prejudice and having a marginalized social identity on academic performance, motivation, physiological reactivity, and social perception. Her research has also investigated strategies that can help reduce the negative effects of prejudice, including self-acceptance, confrontation, and allyship. Her work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science.

Joe Castillo

Presented: "God's Love Story" January 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. | University Church

Joe Castillo is the premier sand story-teller in the world today. Using "Sand Story" Joe forms and reforms sand on a light box into ever changing shapes and images that tell visually powerful stories. Choreographed to music these images inspire, challenge and motivate in a captivating way.

A native of Mexico City, Joe grew up surrounded by art and the cosmopolitan culture of an international city. In his teenage years he moved to Florida, attended Ringling School of Art, and graduated from Florida Bible College. Starting his career as a Christian businessman, he founded The Advertising Library, an agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. After 21 years in advertising, he returned to school and received a M.A. in Biblical Studies and M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He pastored a church for five years. Now with his wife Cindy, Joe travels speaking and performing full time. 

Dale Partridge

Presented: November 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Dale Partridge is an entrepreneur and founder of, a socially conscious e-­commerce company based in Los Angeles, California that partners with one qualified nonprofit each week, donating $7 from every product sold to support the charity's cause. Sevenly was named “The Most Social Media Driven Company in America” by Mashable and one of the fastest growing social good start-­ups in the country by Forbes. 

Dale started his first company while still a teenager and has partnered and launched a number of successful multi-million dollar organizations since. His personal mission is to lead a generation toward generosity and empower business leaders through the teaching philosophy that people matter. Dale is best known for his expertise in consumer trends, branding, marketing, and social media. He has presented at Facebook, Adobe, Panasonic, Invisible Children, and many more, and has been featured by Forbes, Christianity Today, INC Magazine, FOX News, NBC and other media. Dale is author of the upcoming book People Over Profit.

Learn more about Dale by visiting his life and business blog, The Daily Positive

Chris Bailey

Presented: November 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

In May of 2013, Chris Bailey graduated from university with two full-time job offers, but he decided to decline them both to dedicate a full year of his life to following his passion: productivity. For a full year he did anything and everything to become more productive. That included conducting productivity experiments on himself, like living in total isolation for 10 days, only using his smartphone for an hour a day, waking up at 5:30am every morning, and working 90-hour weeks.

His work has received national and international media attention from outlets like Fox Business, The Street, Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, foundr magazine, CBC, CTV, TED, and many others. A Year of Productivity has been read over one million times by hundreds of thousands of people from almost every country around the world, and in a recent interview, the prestigious TED organization said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet".

You can read Chris's work at A Year of Productivity and A Life of Productivity. Chris has also put together a PDF for WWU of the highlights from his CommUnity presentation with some practical, tactical ways to get more done every day.

Paula Allen

Presented: October 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the University Church

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for three decades. She has concentrated on photographing women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. From a village in Kosovo in which only the women and children survived the war; to the streets of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where women march to demand investigations of the murders of young female factory workers, Allen has documented women's determination in the pursuit of freedom, truth and justice. What makes Allen especially unique is her long-term approach to her subject matter, documenting many of her subjects for more than two decades.

Allen presently teaches a course at the International Center of Photography in New York City called, Why Am I Photojournalist? Her photographs have been widely published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Oprah Magazine, among others. Visit for more information on her photographs and books.

Last update on March 20, 2018