In the summer of 1995, while the college was being wired for the Internet, Whitworth launched its first homepage, www.whitworth.edu, on the Internet’s World Wide Web. The original site was basic: It featured the Whitworth logo, a description of the college, and its mission. But that was only a starting point.
“Creating a space on the Web opens up a new world of possibilities for promoting the college,” said Pat Sturko, Whitworth’s then-director of publications and communications and chair of Whitworth’s campus-wide Information Systems Committee. “Prospective students can visit the campus electronically, alumni can connect online with former classmates and professors, and college news and events can be provided instantly to the media. We can promote the college to a worldwide audience.”
Today, after eight redesigns, traffic to the Whitworth website tops two million unique page views per year.