Faculty and administrators from across Whitworth University joined with current and former students recently to celebrate Dr. Jim McPherson on the occasion of his upcoming retirement. The gathering featured remarks from colleagues and highlighted McPherson’s impressive collection of ties. McPherson joined the faculty of the Communication Studies department in 2000, after a previous teaching position and a previous career in journalism. He is the author of two books and many journal articles and book chapters. During his time at Whitworth, he has served as adviser to The Whitworthian student newspaper, and he is past president of the American Journalism Historians Association.