Fall 2008 Archive:

God in the Ashes

God in the Ashes

Published: Fall 2008 in Feature Story

by Telford Work, Associate Professor of Theology As I look out the window of my office in Porter Center, to my left is the same verdant vinca that covered the ground Nov. 13. But the mulch and wood chips... Read More

Helping Students Get the Most Out of College

Helping Students Get the Most Out of College

Bert Brown ’58 played the trumpet in the Westmont pep band, but he didn’t have time to sing in the choir. The need to work and pay for his education interfered with such activities. He has always loved music... Read More

Faithfulness in the Midst of Fires

Published: Fall 2008 in College News

Learning from the past helped Westmont be well prepared for the Tea Fire. Three earlier blazes threatened the campus, and two did serious damage. A common theme runs through all four fire stories: each one could have been much... Read More

Scholarship Adds Up for Athletes

Scholarship Adds Up for Athletes

Published: Fall 2008 in College News

Charles Burns ’67 served as a pastor for 17 years before he transferee to Westmont. Although he enjoyed counseling parishioners at Goleta Foursquare Church, he began to believe his gifts lay in teaching. His wife, Barbara, encouraged him to... Read More

Ready, Willing and Eager to Help

Ready, Willing and Eager to Help

As soon as students reached the safe shelter in Murchison during the Tea Fire, they experienced a variety of emotions, including frustration at their inactivity. “Some students were distressed because they could do very little to help themselves and... Read More

Shakespeare's Global Theater

Shakespeare's Global Theater

Theater students and faculty worked with artists from across the globe this fall in the second biannual Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival held in Santa Barbara. Westmont professor and Lit Moon Theatre Company director John Blondell founded and organizes... Read More

Homecoming Happenings

Homecoming Happenings

Published: Fall 2008 in College News

Students from all eras — past, present and future — participated in Homecoming 2008 festivities Oct. 3-4. Alumni mingled with students when they attended classes on Friday, heard Rev. Greg Hughes ’85, pastor of Malibu Presbyterian Church, speak in... Read More

Students on the Front Lines

Students on the Front Lines

Published: Fall 2008 in Feature Story

God was with me that Thursday night Every Tuesday and Thursday evening I babysit from 5-8 p.m. for a woman who lives on Mountain Drive above Page Hall. But Nov. 13, she called and said she didn’t need me... Read More

Finding Peace in Israel

Finding Peace in Israel

By Kim P. Kihlstrom, Professor of Computer Science On Nov. 14, Ken and I were traveling in Israel with Westmont’s Europe Semester. We’d had an amazing time as co-leaders with English Professor Randy VanderMey and his wife, Dana, especially... Read More

Our Only True Refuge

Our Only True Refuge

Published: Fall 2008 in Feature Story

Although my home in Las Barrancas did not burn, many others around the neighborhood did. This morning, as I returned to a book I am writing, “Living the Quieter Virtues in a Noisy World,” I began the introduction to... Read More

Meet Westmont's Newest Faculty

Meet Westmont's Newest Faculty

She majored in Spanish education at Calvin College in Michigan, received a master’s degree in foreign language education and Spanish from the University of Florida at Tampa, and earned a doctor-ate in 20th century Latin American narrative and women... Read More

Ruling Favors Westmont

Ruling Favors Westmont

Published: Fall 2008 in College News

In a decision released Dec. 3, California’s Second District Court of Appeal unanimously supported Westmont’s plan to update its campus facilities, reaffirming a December 2007 Santa Barbara County Superior Court ruling that upheld unanimous approvals by the Santa Barbara... Read More

A Masterful Plan at Work

A Masterful Plan at Work

Published: Fall 2008 in College News

Westmont officials broke ground on two new buildings Oct. 23, the first significant construction on the campus in 24 years. Trustees and other college dignitaries wielded gold shovels to turn dirt at the sites for the Adams Center for... Read More

Heroes in Action

Published: Fall 2008 in Feature Story

There were many heroes the night of the Tea Fire: all the students who immediately evacuated to the gym and patiently waited there throughout the night; the resident assistants and resident directors who worked quickly to account for students;... Read More

In the Midst of the Fiery Inferno

In the Midst of the Fiery Inferno

Published: Fall 2008 in Feature Story

The sharp smell of smoke arrived ahead of the fire. Students began to notice it after 5:45 p.m. Nov. 13. Within minutes, flames appeared at the Tea Gardens, the abandoned arches on a hillside above campus. The night before,... Read More

How Do You Redeem Suffering?

How Do You Redeem Suffering?

Suffering is an incredibly challenging but necessary part of our journey of faith. One of the great hurdles to my own belief in Christ involved coming to terms with the problem of evil and suffering. For five years I... Read More