Spring 2007 Archive:

Following a Leader in a Cynical Society

By David K. Winter, Chancellor and Interim President I am sure that at some time in our lives we have all heard the words, “Just follow the leader.” With Gayle Beebe, our wonderful new president and leader, coming to... Read More

Construction Scheduled for May 2008

Lawsuit not expected to delay groundbreaking for four buildings Westmont hopes to break ground on four buildings in May 2008, contingent on funding and final trustee approval. The updated master plan allows a limited time to construct up to... Read More

Close Neighbors Make Gift

$1 Million Donation for Scholarships, Arts Harold and Annette Simmons, Westmont’s close Montecito neighbors, surprised the college this spring with a $1 million gift. Half the donation has been designated for student scholarships. The remainder will go toward funding... Read More

An Astronomical Arrival

� New Telescope will Enable Scholarly Research and Community Viewings A huge crane lowered a new 24-inch reflector telescope into Westmont’s Carroll Observatory April 24. The high-tech instrument has getting a lot of attention in the local area. Physics... Read More

Another Champion Marathoner

Anna Stumbo won the women’s marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May, giving Westmont back-to-back national championships. In her first marathon ever, the junior finished more than four minutes ahead of the second-place runner. Junior... Read More

Class of 2007 Set Loose to Serve the World

For the second time in his life, Chancellor David Winter presided over his last graduation ceremony as president. With trustees seated behind him and graduates and their families spread out before him, he warmly and gratefully introduced President Designate... Read More

30 Years for Potter’s Clay

Ensenada Mayor César Mancillas and his wife, Beatriz, presented Westmont with the key to the city during the 30th annual student-led spring break service trip in March. The city-wide celebration of Potter’s Clay included flamenco dancers and a large... Read More

Passing the Baton

David Winter hands over the Presidency after a Momentous Year David Winter had settled easily into retirement by 2006, still involved with organizations that matter to him but enjoying a slower pace of life. His 25 years as Westmont’s... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

The 2006-2007 membership brochure Scott Anderson (art) designed for Reynolds Gallery received an Award of Merit from the American Association of Museums 2007 Publication Design contest. The 2005 brochure won first place in the same competition, and last year... Read More

The History of Christ and Culture

Professor Helen Rhee Draws on Personal Experience in Studying Christian Interactions with Culture For nearly 300 years, the first Christians lived in a culture hostile to their faith. Helen Rhee has focused her scholarly activity on this period, exploring... Read More

Molecule by Molecule

Chemistry Professor Explains the Molecular World in Three Successful Chemistry Texts Niva Tro loves teaching chemistry, but he wasn’t satisfied with the textbooks available for college courses. So he started writing his own. His first venture, “Chemistry in Focus:... Read More

Scaling the Gender Divide

Guiding Pakistani Women in Economic Endeavors Amy Meyer ’96 glances around the room in Islamabad where her meeting with Pakistani officials has just begun. An economic growth office director with U.S. Agency for International Development, she’s designing programs to... Read More

Lost and Found

How a Physician Gained a Medical Practice and Nearly Lost her Soul by Heather Marshall ’96, M.D. This is the story of how I lost and found a part of my soul in the years after I graduated from... Read More

A Public Response to a Family Crisis

A midnight call in December alerted Carolyn Custis James ’70 and her husband, Frank, to news that would soon travel around the world. Kelly James, Frank’s brother, and two other expert climbers were missing on Mt. Hood, stranded in... Read More

An Unexpected Life

Bob Lonac ’67 had no intention of attending college when he became a Christian his senior year in high school. “But my Young Life leader, Bob Runyon ’55, convinced me I needed a Christian education and helped me get... Read More

A Novel Approach to Writing

Riding the elevator to her Hong Kong apartment in a gleaming, 44-story structure, Suzanne Woods Fisher ’80 heard many languages spoken. Her husband, Stephen, worked for Clorox in the South China Sea country, and the family became immersed in... Read More

Golfing for Dollars

Jon Walker ’91 rarely plays golf — it takes too much time, he says — but he happily volunteers for the Warrior Sports golf tournament, co-chairing the event the past two years. It’s not the course that draws him,... Read More

A Hidden Haven to Heal Battered Women

Sarah Bauman McOwen ’97 was only 6 years old when she first witnessed the devastation of domestic violence. Her mother was helping a friend escape from an abusive husband and took Sarah along. The shock of seeing so much... Read More

Answering a Call to the Inner City

Digging trenches for a water system in the humid Honduran heat was hard for Heather Wyper Meeks ’98, but she values the summer she spent in a tiny Latin American village. Participating in this Westmont project — and in... Read More

Opening a Door to Opportunity

Michael Lastoria ’02 wanted to start a business but wasn’t sure what to do, so he moved to New York City to look for successful people and see what developed. “I figured it was a place of endless opportunity,”... Read More

Scholar, Athlete, Leader – and Bike Messenger

Monroe Scholar Graduates as First Senior with Highest GPA in his Class A serious environmentalist, Neil Bezdek ’07 gave up his parking permit as a senior, planning to carpool or bike to campus from Ocean View Apartments, where he... Read More

Riding to an Unexpected Finish

Westmont Club Team Upsets Traditional Polo Powers to Reach Collegiate Finals The Westmont Men’s Club Polo Team nearly succeeded in its unexpected quest for a national championship, losing 12-8 to Texas A&M in the finals in the U.S. Polo... Read More

Student Leaders Recognized

Twelve students received David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards this spring for exemplary service on campus and in the community. Junior winners are Greg Wright, Encinitas, Calif.; Timothy Knittel, Palmdale, Calif.; Geriece Jenkins, Maricopa, Ariz.; Jayne Gee, Temple City,... Read More

Yearbook Wins Second Award

The Citadel, Westmont’s yearbook, won a prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Award at the 29th annual College Media Convention in March for the 2005-2006 volume. Of the 1,860 CSPA members eligible to enter the Crown Awards, just... Read More

Assisting AIDS Orphans

Thirty marketing students applied what they learned spring semester to raise $5,000 to fund a school for AIDS orphans in South Africa. The second annual charity auction held by Professor Carter Crockett’s class benefited Bridges of Hope International, founded... Read More

Scholarship Honors Tuckers

Westmont has created a scholarship honoring husband and wife Drs. Gayle and Ruth Tucker who have taught in the education department for 31 years. Jenny Deetz, the first recipient of the Tucker Scholarship, graduated in May with her teaching... Read More

In Case of Emergency, See Trust

Published: Spring 2007 in Giving

Even Families with Young Children Benefit from the Exercise of Estate Planning With three young sons busy about the house, it’s no surprise to find children’s films on the shelves in the Frohling family’s living room. When Krista Frohling... Read More

A Pioneer Professor

Westmont began as the Bible Missionary Institute in 1937, so it’s not surprising the school recruited a solid Bible faculty. When the curriculum changed to a liberal arts college three years later, the professors stayed on. Wallace Emerson, the... Read More

A Local Connection to Westmont

For more than 50 years, Eleanor Van Cott has lived in Santa Barbara. Through her work for a local law firm and her support for charitable organizations, she has met many Santa Barbarans and absorbed the history of the... Read More