Leadership Studies Professor Jack Burns teaches his students that the “T-shirt stage” is the highest stage of group development. This is when members feel so committed to their group that they create an identity symbol – such as a designed T-shirt – to show the world that they belong to the group.
Burns’ theory rings true in the development of Whitworth students’ residence-hall affinity. Through the years, students have donned T-shirts and sweatshirts as tokens of and tributes to their dorm experience. Many of the designs capture the essence of that particular year within the halls, or are a nod to pop-culture themes of the day. Pictured here is an array of these nostalgic garments, many still worn proudly by alumni.