Spring 2006 Archive:

Unlocking the Code of Our Mysterious History

By President Stan D. Gaede ’69 As you know, we are now not only experiencing the Da Vinci Code in written form, but on the screen as well. It’s something of a phenomenon, this particular piece of fiction. And... Read More

Presidential Finalists Selected

Chancellor David Winter to Serve as Interim President Starting July 1 They started with more than 100 nominees and a daunting task: finding the best person to succeed Stan D. Gaede as president of Westmont. The trustees and faculty... Read More

President Gaede Gives His Parting Shot

It was a big day for the Gaede family. On May 6, Judy ’70 celebrated her birthday, Kirsten ’06 graduated from Westmont with 340 classmates, and Stan ’69 delivered the address, “Every Time I Think of You.” It was... Read More

It's Now the Gaede Institute

The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont Will Bear the Name of Its Founder When he realized that some people at liberal arts colleges didn’t fully understand the meaning of liberal arts education, President Stan D. Gaede decided... Read More

Students Fulfill Marketing Dreams

Auction Helps a Wish Come True for Two Young Cancer Patients More than 30 Westmont students tested their marketing strategy by raising enough capital to make at least two dreams come true. Professor Carter Crockett’s marketing class organized a... Read More

A Whole Lot of Golf

The 15th Annual Sports Banquet and Golf Outing netted more than $70,000 for athletic scholarships in June. The event had the largest turnout in history, and one couple committed to give $50,000 to establish a new endowed scholarship for... Read More

Provost to be Houghton President

Shirley Mullen leaves Westmont After 22 Years After saying, “No” twice, Westmont Provost Shirley Mullen finally said, “Yes.” She will leave Westmont at the end of December to become president of Houghton College. Mullen joined the Westmont faculty in... Read More

All Steinway All the Time

By buying 20 new Steinway pianos, Westmont has joined a select group: All-Steinway Schools. Only one other four-year liberal arts college in California — Pomona — has achieved this status. An anonymous gift of $350,000 provided the funding. “This... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Stan Anderson (chemistry) published a paper he co-authored, “Structural Characterization of POSS Siloxane Dimer and Trimer” in the March 2006 issue of Chemistry of Materials. The authors included researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Edwards Air Force Base. He... Read More

Goodbye, Gaedes

Remarks by Trustee Walter Hansen at a dinner honoring the Gaedes Stan and Judy, our Lord Jesus Christ promised you, “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit... Read More

The Christian Face of Immigration

By David Batstone ’80, Executive Editor of Sojourners Magazine Diana Villanueva-Hoeckley did not take the typical path to Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college in Montecito, California. The 19-year-old sophomore was born in Guatemala, and then smuggled into... Read More

History Matters: Musings on "The Da Vinci Code"

By Bruce Fisk, Associate Professor of New Testament Times are good for Jesus scholars. Not long ago, if I told a stranger on a plane that my doctorate is in religion and that I teach New Testament and early... Read More

A Golden Reunion

“There are no friends like old friends,” says Siddy Mouw Flynn ’56, and she ought to know. She has met with five of her closest Westmont friends every year for the past two decades, vacationing in locations from Canada... Read More

One Child at a Time

Dave Phillips ’84 wants churches to think differently about how they reach the poor. “What is their strategy for evangelizing the community and discipling believers?” he asks. “What can they do to lift people out of poverty?” Children’s Hunger... Read More

Helping Hospitals Be Healthy

Ken Bryan ’75 never took a business class at Westmont. But the pre-med biology major scored high in business as well as medicine in a career aptitude test. Intrigued, he interviewed some hospital CEOs to explore that profession —... Read More

Live from CNN

Kyra Phillips ’90 wondered why students were laughing during one of Greg Spencer’s communication studies exams. Then she read the last question: “Where is Kyra transferring to become a famous journalist?” The answer was USC, and the prediction came... Read More

The Business Is in the Bag

Karl Ozinga ’00 had no experience in the fashion industry, and his wife, Amber Sinsley Ozinga ’01, had never done sales. But that didn’t stop the enterprising couple from starting California Leash Company in 2002 to make and distribute... Read More

From Third Base to Center Stage

Jadon Lavik ’01 came to Westmont to play baseball, hoping to catch the eye of a major league scout. The third baseman made the all-conference team but struck out with the MLB draft. Instead, he’s achieved success in a... Read More

An Officer and a Doctor

Captain Chris Kurz ’97 logged 30 combat hours on C-130 flights during his 2004 deployment to Iraq. But the Air Force officer isn’t an aviator, he’s a flight surgeon. His task was making sure the airmen were well enough... Read More

Weekend Warrior

Patti Scofield Cook ’04 doesn’t expect to get rich as a professional volleyball player, but she does expect to get better. “I’m a very competitive person,” she says. “That’s what drives me. I want to use the gift God... Read More

First Monroe Scholars Graduate

Two Full-tuition Scholarship Recipients Complete Distinguished College Careers Four years after receiving the first full-tuition scholarships at Westmont, Kyle Watters and Luke Oliver graduated with honors in May. They competed with 30 other top applicants to the class of... Read More

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

With their projects displayed on colorful posters, 28 Westmont students explained the results of their research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus in April. Representing all three divisions (humanities, social sciences and behavioral and natural sciences)... Read More

A Teaching Experience

Katie Schick ’06 Shares Lessons Learned as a Student Teacher in Costa Rica One of the biggest challenges of living in Costa Rica is my inability to communicate. It’s frustrating to not speak the language and be incapable of... Read More

Taking the Next Step

Published: Spring 2006 in Giving

Longtime President’s Associates Have Become Members of the Wallace Emerson Society It’s been 30 years since Phil Palmquist ’76 graduated from Westmont, but his ties to his alma mater hold tight. That’s where he met his wife, Robyn Ragan... Read More

At Home in Santa Barbara

In 1945, Westmont faced the biggest crisis in its short history. After buying an Altadena golf course and clubhouse, the college sold its cramped Los Angeles campus and prepared to move. But county officials denied the zoning change required... Read More

Returning the Gift of Education

With years of experience in human resources, Denise Jackson ’78 looks for certain qualities when hiring: integrity, a desire to learn and grow, and previous success. She doesn’t seek people who put work at the center of their lives... Read More