Spring 1996 Archive:

More than Just a Little Learning

by David K. Winter President I am impressed again, as I am each year, with the very significant achievement of those we have honored this morning, and we fully realize that many others deserve recognition as well. I am... Read More

Degrees of Honor

Ramón Vidauri, the 1996 recipient of the Westmont Medal, is a physician from Ensenada, Mexico, who has worked closely with the students involved in Potter’s Clay, the annual outreach program. His encouragement, assistance, advice, and contacts with Mexican authorities... Read More

Strangers in a Strange Land

While they were born to American parents and speak English as their native language, “missionary kids” (“MKs”) at Westmont differ from their peers who grew up in the United States. Each year, the college enrolls seven to 10 students... Read More

An Engineering Wonder

Theodore “Tad” Finkler, an engineering physics major from South Lake Tahoe, California, has received a 1996 National Engineers Week scholarship award. A committee of engineers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties selected the winners. Tad, who is a sophomore,... Read More

Taking Home the Gold

<p.Thanks to the generosity of Peter and Gerd Jordano, Santa Barbara residents and Friends of Westmont, the Warrior sports program honored 11 scholar-athletes at the Golden Eagle awards banquet in April. To qualify for this covered annual award, they... Read More

Spring Sports Scores

Men’s tennis tied for first in the GSAC regular season and won the GSAC finals. They placed ninth as a team in the NAIA national tournament, and the doubles team of All-Americans Riva da Silva and Ashley Fickel competed... Read More

Farewell Faithful Servant

Amidst tears for their loss and joy for his life and resurrection, family and friends of David Allan Hubbard ’49 celebrated his 68 years at a memorial service six days after his death on June 7. Held at Montecito... Read More

A Westmont-Weingart Match

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

Thanks to a recent $1.3 million gift, Westmont has successfully matched a challenge grant from the Weingart Foundation of Los Angeles to create an interest-free loan fund benefitting graduates of California high schools. Begun in the late 1980s during... Read More

Aid for Annual Giving

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

After five years with the American Red Cross, Carolee Halopoff Peterson ’88 has joined Westmont’s development team as the new director of annual giving. She oversees The Westmont Fund and coordinates the President’s Associates program for donors who give... Read More

A Grasp on the Goal

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

At the end of April, with two months remaining in the fiscal year, The Westmont Fund reached 96 percent of its goal. This annual drive supports operating expenses such as student scholarships, faculty compensation, campus maintenance, and the acquisition... Read More

Getting to Work on a Westmont Job Network

Does a Westmont education prepare graduates for careers? Numerous studies establish the value of the liberal arts, which teach students to think critically and communicate effectively. The rapidly evolving workplace demands such skills—and the flexibility that comes from studying... Read More

An Intern in the Driver’s Seat

While his friends were trading baseball cards, Pete Stout ’97 was reading car magazines. The English/communication studies major began freelancing as an automotive journalist last year and is working as a summer intern for Ross Periodicals, owner of “Sports... Read More

Carving Out a Niche

How does a communication studies major with an interest in woodworking develop his talents? Jonathan Hansen ‘96 undertook an “entrepreneurial internship” to produce and market his wooden creations. He acquired his skill during four years as an apprentice to... Read More

Living in Light of Eternity

From a chapel talk by Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willowcreek Community Church, Willow, Illinois Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “God has set eternity in their hearts.” This means that all of us who are made in the image of God have... Read More

Fit for the Challenge

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

<p.Under the leadership of the Parents Council, Westmont parents have contributed most of the $129,000 needed to match a $100,000 challenge grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada. These funds will create the E. L. Wiegand... Read More

My Five Sons

The five Marcus brothers share more than just their parents, Harold and Karen. All their names begin with “T,” they have worked at some time for the family business, and each one has chosen to attend Westmont College. The... Read More

Life after Retirement

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

An interview with John Watts, assistant to the president, by Iva Hillegas Schatz, director of planned giving, prior to his retirement on June 30, 1996. Q: John, how did you get involved in the field of planned giving, and... Read More

It’s That Time of Year Again

Published: Spring 1996 in Giving

It’s summer and time for a well-deserved vacation and an opportunity to relax and unwind from all the pressures of work and everyday life—a season to “re-charge the batteries” of body, mind, and spirit. Getting away takes planning so... Read More

A Golden Graduation

Fifty years after their graduation from college, the class of 1946 marched once again in a Commencement ceremony. The “Golden War-riors” returning to campus for a weekend of 50th reunion events included Joseph W. Bruner, Mary F. Roberson Engle,... Read More

Hopeful Grief

A Reflection on the Death of His Son by David R. Carr ’72 As Barby and I were driving to the critical care hospital in Limoge, France, early this year, we learned via car phone that our 18-year-old son,... Read More

Retiring to the Mission Field

“We’re not interested in an easy retirement,” states Bonnie Graf Hyra ’62. In August, she and her husband, Ron, will travel to a large city in southwest China to teach for at least a year through Medical Services International.... Read More

ROCK Gets Rolling

Inspired by a vision to enrich the lives of San Francisco’s children, Michelle Desjarlais ‘90 founded ROCK, “Real Options for City Kids,” in 1994. She now serves as executive director of the non-profit organization, whose “mission…is to listen attentively... Read More

Heartbreaking Healings

Kurt ‘76 and Kristi Stranlund Fredrickson ‘75 and their two teenage children opened their Simi Valley, California, home to a three-year-old Honduran boy last December as part of the Healing the Children program. The non-profit organization helps children obtain... Read More

Remembering Noel Matthews

Noel Matthews ’91 died May 24, 1996, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on May 9 in Rodgau, Germany. He fell asleep while driving and ran into a truck. Although he was recovering quickly after a week in... Read More

Safe-T-Man Goes Hollywood

Christian LesStrang ‘92 has found a mother-son collaboration to be a profitable enterprise. He served as vice president of Safe-T- Man, a company spawned by his mother, Barbara’s, invention of a life-sized dummy as a “personal safety companion.” She... Read More

A Proven Provost

Stan Gaede ’69 returns to Westmont in July as the college’s new provost. He replaces vice president and academic dean George Blankenbaker, who is retiring. Previously the provost at Gordon College in Massachusetts, Stan will oversee both the academic... Read More

They’re Board Material

Westmont welcomes three new trustees: Renée Curtis, Dean Hirsch, (see page three), and Mark Zoradi. The parent of Westmont alumnus Ryan Curtis ’96, Renée has served as president of the Parent-Teacher Fellowship at Santa Barbara Christian School and was... Read More

Celebrating Soccer

To support Westmont’s outstanding men’s soccer program and keep former players connected to the college, a group of alumni and coaches have founded the Westmont Soccer Heritage Club. Members will receive timely information about games and enjoy opportunities to... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

When Mary Fern Roberson Engle ’46 celebrated her 50th reunion as a “Golden Warrior” this year, she also marked her 20th anniversary of making annual gifts to Westmont. Growing up in a family committed to supporting missions and ministries... Read More