Fall 2006 Archive:

Where Do We Go From Here?

David K. Winter Chancellor and Interim President These months back in the president’s office have given me a unique perspective. Of course, I fondly recall my 25 years on campus and have a sense of the development of the... Read More

A Unanimous Vote

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

The Montecito Planning Commission unanimously approved Westmont’s Campus Master Plan Nov. 20. The vote brings the college a step closer to alleviating crowded conditions for students while enhancing historic gardens and open space on campus. Despite an appeal to... Read More

$75 Million Gift Stuns Campus

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

It’s Among the Largest Donations Ever to a National Liberal Arts College Clad in colorful academic robes, faculty celebrated the installation of Mark Nelson in the Kenneth and Peggy Monroe Chair of Philosophy Oct. 27 in chapel. Provost Shirley... Read More

Making an Imprint on College History

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

Longtime trustee Peter Geddes died Oct. 5 in Menifee, Calif., one day before his 93rd birthday. He served on the Westmont board from 1960 to 1995 and chaired the development committee for many years. He owned a printing business... Read More

A Record of Balanced Budgets

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

Vice President for Finance Retires When Vice President for Finance Ron Cronk retired Oct. 31, he left a legacy of black ink: 22 straight years of balanced budgets. His principled stewardship helped the college develop a strong financial base... Read More

Interim Dean Appointed

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

Physics professor Warren Rogers will become interim academic dean in January after Provost Shirley Mullen leaves to become president of Houghton College. He has agreed to serve while the college searches for a president, who will hire the new... Read More

Dinner and a Study Session

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

The 26 students at the San Francisco Urban Program have always made their own breakfast and lunch. Now they’re making dinner too, thanks to a remodeled kitchen in the historic Clunie House, home for the semester-long study of urban... Read More

A Philosopher and a Professor

Published: Fall 2006 in College News

As the new Kenneth and Peggy Monroe professor of philosophy, Mark Nelson carries on an important legacy. He was installed Oct. 27 in the faculty chair created through a $3.5 million bequest from the late Professor Kenneth Monroe and... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Tony Askew (art) was invited to join the Print Arts Northwest as an artist member and is represented in their Portland, Ore., gallery. He had a print selected for the permanent collection of the special collections at the University... Read More

Professor to Provost to President

Published: Fall 2006 in Feature Story

Shirley Mullen Leaves After Nearly 23 Years to Become President of Houghton College “We have lost a teacher, scholar and administrator of the first order,” says Bob Wennberg, distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy. “Of that there can be no... Read More

All Y'All

Published: Fall 2006 in Feature Story

by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Professor of English A Southern friend of mine once explained to me a common misunderstanding of forms of address in the South. “Y’all,” she said, “is singular.” If you’re speaking to a group you say... Read More

A Movie Memorial

Paul Higa never got to watch the film based on his life’s work; he died in April, months before it premiered in September. His widow, Jane Hideko Higa ’73, vice president for student life at Westmont, walked down the... Read More

Opening Doors in Closed Countries

Norm Nelson ’61 sees the world as an open door and says no terrorist, repressive regime or major war can hinder his work. The president of Compassion Radio, he hosts a daily broadcast and travels to the planet’s most... Read More

A Heart for Helping People

Like many young boys, Kirk Robinson ’99 wanted to be a firefighter. Unlike most college students, he never abandoned his childhood goal. Within months of graduating with a degree in kinesiology, he became an auxiliary firefighter at Mercer Island... Read More

Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

When Bree Yaeger Noble ’94 sings “You Are My Vision,” she has more than spiritual insight in mind. A lifetime of glaucoma has left her legally blind, and she shares her struggles with sight — and with faith —... Read More

Letter to the Editor

In the spring 2006 issue of the Westmont magazine, David Batstone ’80 explored the national and local implications of illegal immigration and commented on some of the immigration bills Congress is considering. While we applaud the dialogue taking place... Read More

The Benefit of Brain-Based

Bruce Lewolt ’77 is still annoyed he didn’t find out how to study until his last year of college. “I took a class on learning theory and was upset that no one had ever explained there were strategies for... Read More

A Fertile Practice

The first time Michael Witt ’80 sees a patient, the meeting may be tense and emotionally painful. A specialist in male infertility, he represents the last hope for men who’ve been told they may never have a child. More... Read More

A Race to Faith

It’s quiet on a Sunday morning in a racetrack pit. In a few hours, the deafening drone of engines and the pungent smell of exhaust will return to the asphalt area. But in the calm, the racing community gathers... Read More

Supplying the Needs of Inner-city Students

Some days, Erica Sells ’05 comes back from recess and finds a new student waiting at the door of her third-grade classroom. At the end of the afternoon, another child, who was just learning to read, may say goodbye... Read More

Poetry and Art to Chew On

A new literary art magazine fills a void its founders see in Christian publications. Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art is the creation of Brianna McCabe Van Dyke ’04, editor-in-chief, who met her husband, Jonathan Van Dyke ’03, consulting... Read More

Book is Best in Show

Westmont Yearbook Wins Top Award The Citadel, Westmont’s yearbook, won the Associated Collegiate Press Best in Show award at the National College Media Convention in October. The 2005-2006 volume bested yearbooks from 15 other colleges and universities in the... Read More

They're in the Army Now

Two Westmont Students Earn Prestigious Four-year ROTC Scholarships Two Westmont freshmen have received rare four-year scholarships through the Army ROTC at UC Santa Barbara. Jared Madrazo of Seattle, Wash., and Jesse Cornett of Central Point, Ore., are juggling their... Read More

Students Prepare for a Summer of Service

The fall semester hadn’t finished, but the six students leading Emmaus Road were thinking a lot about summer. What service projects should they sponsor in 2007? Which students should participate? After prayer and consideration, the core team decided to... Read More

The Rewards of a Second Career

Published: Fall 2006 in Giving

After Working in Washington, an Alumna Finds Fulfillment Advising Charities Kristen Schultz ’98 wanted to do something to change the world and thought she’d make the biggest impact through politics. That’s why she chose the law school track at... Read More

Westmont History in the Interim

As Westmont enters its 70th year, the college is recruiting a new president, a new provost and a new vice president for finance. It’s not a new situation. In 1971, after President John Snyder resigned, Westmont also lacked a... Read More

Helping Students Find Their Way

During her 25 years in the Westmont admissions office, Joyce Luy has recruited thousands of students. Sometimes she starts working with them as high school sophomores, guiding them through the complex college application process. She builds strong bonds with... Read More