Spring 2003 Archive:

A Campus Conversation: The Westmont Community considers

Why I Support the Liberation of Iraq by Professor Bill Nelson First, we are enforcing U.N. resolutions. In response to those who claimed we were rushing to war, President Bush pointed out, “The world has engaged in 12 years... Read More

A Family Matter

Sometimes privilege is only appreciated in retrospect. At least that seems to be the case with me. I grew up in a church that came out of the peace tradition but was, at the same time, firmly rooted in... Read More

Mr. Chairman

Bob Ludwick ’74 is the new chairman of the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, accepting the gavel from Gerd Jordano. The foundation seeks to cultivate healthy ties between the community and Westmont. Ludwick is a partner with Paradise Management... Read More

Equipped for Research

The John Stauffer Charitable Trust, based in Pasadena, has awarded Westmont $400,000 to purchase much-needed chemistry equipment to enhance students’ ability to do first-rate research. Westmont has a long tradition of fostering under-graduate research in the sciences, which helps... Read More

Rainy Weather, Sunny Day

Heavy rain forced Commencement inside but didn’t dampen spirits as the college held two services May 3 to accommodate all guests. Lisa Beamer, wife of 9-11 victim Todd Beamer and author of “Let’s Roll,” the heroic story of United... Read More

A Winning Plan

Westmont’s student business venture team took first prize in the Sixth Annual Midwest Enterprise Creation Competition at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in March. Westmont’s entry, Solum Monitoring Systems, Inc., received a check for $7,500 in seed capital... Read More

From Trustee to EVP

J. Clifton Lundberg ’65, former chief operations and finance officer of PostX Corp., a Silicon Valley software company, is the college’s new executive vice president. He earned an M.B.A. at UCLA business school after graduating from Westmont. Before joining... Read More

Dreyfus Grant Supports Research

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has given Westmont a $30,000 matching grant to further enhance the capabilities of the college’s nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The equipment will help students creatively apply real-world, state-of-the-art NMR technology to their... Read More

A Good Place for Entrepreneurs

Westmont is listed among the “Best Colleges in America to Study Entrepreneurship” by Irvine-based Entrepreneur magazine. The feature story in the April edition featuring the top-ranked programs was co-written by David Newton, Westmont professor of entrepreneurial finance. Newton’s company,... Read More

A Patriotic Award

In March, Wayne Selleng from the California Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (far right) presented President Stan Gaede and Provost Shirley Mullen (center) with Patriotic Employer awards. Westmont supports employees such as Old Testament Professor... Read More

Teachers of the Year

Each year, Westmont recognizes three outstanding faculty, chosen by the students, with the Bruce and Adaline Bare Professor of the Year award. The recipients were honored at Commencement. A professor from each division receives the award. The 2003 recipients... Read More

Written for Writers

As lead writer of “The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching” (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), Randall VanderMey, professor of English, incorporated his own teaching techniques in the work, designed for college composition classes. The team of five... Read More

Prize Poetry

A small book of 24 poems has gained major attention as the winner of a national competition that the Small Poetry Press in Concord, Calif., sponsors each year. Chosen from 300 entries and 13 finalists, “The Deep and Secret... Read More

A Global Award

Westmont student Eric Knopf of Troutdale, Ore., won first prize for the southwest region in the 2003 Global Students Entrepreneur Awards Program. He received a plaque and $2,500 for his new business venture, Epic Life LLC, at the 15th... Read More

Earning an Education

Determined to finance his college education, Daniel Zia ’06 started his own business while he was still a high school student in Brookings, Ore. “I didn’t want to be a financial burden on my parents,” he explains. His company,... Read More

Spring Sports Success

Track and Field Amber Nixon topped off Westmont’s appearance at the NAIA Track and Field Championships May 22-24 by winning the high jump, giving her back-to-back outdoor titles and a school-record leap of 5′-9 1/4″. Nixon is a junior,... Read More

Defending the Lentils

Published: Spring 2003 in Parents

Cheryl and I have mixed emotions as our second (and last) child graduates from Westmont. We are saddened to leave the Parents Council after serving for six years, and I will miss my involvement as the parent representative on... Read More

Alums Return as Parents

Published: Spring 2003 in Parents

Convincing your daughter to attend your college can be a tough sell when she has graduated from your high school. Roy ’81 and D’Aun Wolford ’81 Goble laugh about their daughter, Rachel ’05, assuring them she would never choose... Read More

An Enduring Legacy

Published: Spring 2003 in Giving

After years of supporting scholarships at Westmont through the Myatt W. Volentine Foundation, Myatt and Mary Genevieve Volentine also made a significant provision for the college in their Volentine Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Myatt passed away in 2001 at the... Read More

The Art of Volunteering

For the past 10 years, Judy Van Horn Neunuebel ’69 has been a fixture at the Westmont Art Center. A longtime member of the Art Center Council executive committee, she served as co-president for four years and has also... Read More

A Passion for Theology

Recognized as a leading American theologian and the author of significant works of theology, Kevin Vanhoozer ’78 will accept the Alumnus of the Year award at Homecoming 2003. Christianity Today featured him in a 1999 cover story on six... Read More

A Family Affair

Add author to the list of professions Lyle Burchette ’71 has pursued during his life. He has recently self-published an historical novel, “Awake O North Wind,” through WinePress Publishing. Set during the Civil War, the book tells the story... Read More

A Birthday Reunion

John Rapson ’76 had no luck ignoring his 50th birthday in February; six Westmont friends showed up at his home in Iowa to surprise him and celebrate. They included Jon ’78 and Shelley Yuen ’78 Benson, Bill Hannah ’76,... Read More

California Bonds

Like many college students in the 1970s, Mark Stockwell ’78 wasn’t interested in taking business classes. Political science seemed like a more compelling and relevant major than financial management, which he thought materialistic. Interested in city planning, Mark enrolled... Read More

Giving as Opportunity, not Obligation

As senior program officer of the Maclellan Foundation, Daryl Heald ’87 helps distribute about $20 million each year to ministries worldwide involved in evangelism, church planting, pastoral training and Bible study. The foundation receives more requests for funding than... Read More

A Miracle in the Making

Dean ‘97 and Susan Rhea ’97 Wilson live on a Goleta cul-de-sac with other Westmont families who have become good friends. The neighbors tore down the fences in their back yards so their children can play together freely. The... Read More

Doctor on Duty

Shortly before Christmas, Lt. Cmdr. Julie Ohman Kellogg ’88 learned her unit faced deployment. A pediatrician and Navy officer based in Jacksonville, Fla., with the 2nd Force Service Support Group, she was one of many mothers, wives and daughters... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

A leader in the managed care industry since 1986, Leeba Lessin ’79 exemplifies the Christian leaders Westmont produces. After earning an M.B.A. at the University of Washington, she helped to establish Freedom Plan, a Santa Barbara HMO. She served... Read More