Spring 1998 Archive:

A Legacy of Faithful Lives

by David K. Winter, President My desk faces the beautiful President’s Patio with the graceful, authentic Italian fountain that dates from the 19th century. From this wonderful vantage place I see so much of the everyday life of the... Read More

A Change for Commencement

Record-setting rain washed out plans for graduation in May. For only the second time in 61 years, Westmont held Commencement off campus. Fields too wet to support either chairs or parked cars for the 5,000 guests forced the move... Read More

A Second Venture

Wireless communications devices for the hearing impaired. A scrumptious mango sorbet. A “body-contouring system” that shrinks fat with microwaves. Companies offering these products and services were just a part of the scene in May at the second annual Westmont... Read More

Published: Spring 1998 in Giving

President David Winter’s push to complete the campus by 2010 received a boost in April when a Santa Barbara family foundation announced it was giving $5 million to support the construction of two facilities on campus: an art center... Read More

Westmont in the City

Like Potter’s Clay and other campus ministries, “Spring Break in the City” began with a student vision. Julie Jesson ’98 and Matt Sather ’99 desired to serve God by helping people in the inner city. As co-leaders of “Urban... Read More

A Warrior Wrap-Up

Despite 17 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, the baseball team finished 20-18 and won 11 of their last 15 games. Highlights included a 12-8 victory over cross-town rival UC Santa Barbara and a come-from-behind triumph over Pt. Loma.... Read More

Building Up the Faculty

Ten years ago, Westmont was committed to two major initiatives: raising $16 million for a capital campaign and seeking permission from Santa Barbara County to average enrollment at 1,200. As a trustee who chaired the building and grounds committee,... Read More

It’s Not Fair

An excerpt from a Chapel address by Madeleine L’Engle, Author of “A Wrinkle in Time” and many other books There is no justice, Isaiah said (Isaiah 59:15-21). In other words, it’s not fair. One of my daughters used to... Read More

The Builders of Westmont

Over 61 years, Christians have come together to build Westmont. Their roles have varied—teacher, administrator, trustee, donor—but their vision and purpose have been the same. With books and bricks they have created a curriculum, campus, and community that all... Read More

Parents Help Close the Gap

Published: Spring 1998 in Giving

Current parents have given $19,379 to the latest Parents Council project: providing resources for Voskuyl Library. This fund-raising effort directly benefits students by expanding reference materials available in the library. The need to provide both electronic and print materials... Read More

Everyone Wins with Internships

While the liberal arts curriculum emphasizes theoretical study, students at Westmont enjoy many opportunities to acquire real-world experience. By participating in faculty research projects and internships with local organizations and industry, they can put classroom learning into practice. Several... Read More

My Mother the Student

Published: Spring 1998 in Parents

One member of the Westmont Parents Council clearly understands the concerns of college students. Tanya Hoover spent the last year as a full-time college student herself, completing a B.A. in sociology at the University of Idaho. She is also... Read More

Let Your Values Be Your Guide

Published: Spring 1998 in Giving

By Iva Hillegas SchatzDirector of Planned Giving An estimated $10 trillion dollars will be transferred from one generation to the next during the next 45 years, according to estate planning forecasters. Even if the figure is off by a... Read More

A Plan to Build Up Giving

Published: Spring 1998 in Giving

During his 18 years as president of Westmont, Roger Voskuyl achieved many “firsts”: first accreditation, first new building, first regular payment of salaries, first million-dollar gift—and the first planned-giving program. “A retired attorney introduced me to the concept of... Read More

Song of Success

Sarah Elizabeth George ’01 from Rocklin, Calif., has received the first $2,000 Dorothy Westra Scholarship for exceptional ability in music and composition. The award recognizes women who are President’s Scholars and demonstrate talent in the creative and performing arts.... Read More

An Alumna for President

In addition to monitoring health care issues, Sondi Kuper Davies ’65 has added alumni activities to her busy schedule. The executive director of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society, she has just begun a three-year term as president of... Read More

Golden Days

The class of 1948, the last to study on the Los Angeles campus, celebrated their 50th reunion in May. These “Golden Warriors” marched in the Commencement ceremony with the class of 1998 and spent two days meeting with fellow... Read More

An Educated Painter

As the oldest of nine children, Mark Harris ’85 didn’t have much money for college. To put himself through school, he held a variety of jobs: waiting on tables, working in factories, groundskeeping at a Montecito estate, and painting... Read More

Alumni Arrive in Arizona

When John and Carole Weller ’62 Hafer moved to Prescott, Ariz., five years ago, they liked it so much they told all their friends, including Ron and Bonnie Graf ’62 Hyra. A year later, the Hyras arrived for a visit,... Read More

Working with Words

The Honolulu Star Bulletin honored David Loveless ’67 as one of Hawaii’s “Top Teachers” in an April 25, 1998, profile that recognized his success in building vocabulary. An eighth grade language arts teacher at Moanalua Intermediate School for nearly... Read More

A Change of Pulpit

Last summer Rev. Bill Anderson ’78 found himself preaching to a group of utter strangers. And his congregation, Palmdale Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Fla., welcomed an unknown pastor to their pulpit. For four weeks in 1997, Bill exchanged churches,... Read More

Partners in Prayer

When Ken ’87 and Jill Hanson ’88 Thomas became Prayer Partners with two Westmont students two years ago, they didn’t know how much the experience would touch their lives. “It has been a great thing for both Jill and... Read More

The Christmas Children

They went as part of a church delegation to help a humanitarian organization check out Russian orphanages. But by the end of the year, Bruceand Patti Nygren ’74 Bunje had adopted two orphans and brought them home to Colorado... Read More

What’s Up on the Westmont Web Site?

If you are connected to the Internet, you can visit the Westmont Web site at http://www.westmont.edu. Click on the icon labeled “People,” and you will discover several options for alumni information, including a directory of alumni e-mail addresses. Be... Read More

Not for Students Only

Published: Spring 1998 in Parents

While their students were learning about life at Westmont, parents underwent their own orientation in August before classes began. Whether their sons and daughters were enrolling as new first-year students or transferring from another school, parents had the opportunity... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

Roger and Margaret Voskuyl continue their significant service to Westmont as members of the Wallace Emerson Society. The legacy from Roger’s 18-year tenure as president is impressive: accreditation, financial stability, qualified faculty, 13 buildings, and a four-fold increase in... Read More