Summer 1997 Archive:

Crucial Communication

by David K. Winter, President Recently I received yet another notice from a school that is changing its name from “College” to “University.” The trend of adding a few graduate programs and offering more technical majors continues to attract... Read More

Founding a Foundation

Ten Santa Barbara community leaders have become founding members of the newly established Westmont Foundation. Larry Crandell chairs the group, and the others include : Stewart Abercrombie, Marguerite Berti, Sharon Clenet, Pier A. Gherini, Jr., Gerd Jordano, Robert Kallman,... Read More

Ending and Beginning

Lloyd J. Ogilvie, chaplain of the United States Senate, addressed the 340 graduates of the class of 1997 at Commencement in May, and President David K. Winter awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree. Dr. Ogilvie served as... Read More

A Capital Venture

Venture capitalists heard presentations by 12 entrepreneurs and companies seeking funding for their projects and ideas at the first annual Westmont Venture Forum in May. Another 23 firms displayed information at the event. Alfred Checchi, co-chairman of Northwest Airlines,... Read More

An Historical Award

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

During his 36 years as a history professor at Westmont, Dr. Paul Wilt worked with students on their writing and research skills. In his American history courses as well as the senior seminar for majors, he held students to... Read More

Past Parent Turns Trustee

Edward Miller, a partner in Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, a law firm specializing in probate and estate planning, has joined Westmont’s board of trustees. He and his wife, Mollie, live in Whittier, California. Two of their daughters attended Westmont:... Read More

Armstrong and the Arts

For 10 years, Richard Reed Armstrong served on the Westmont Art Center Steering Committee. One of the earliest members of this group, he worked to raise the funds needed to establish a home on campus for the art department.... Read More

From A to Zebrafish

How does literature get “translated” into film? What makes a zebrafish retina grow? How do music and videos affect creative problem solving? Student researchers posted answers to these and other questions at Westmont’s first annual Student Research Symposium in... Read More

Helping the Hurting

Jason Jenkins ’97 directed a student production of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and raised $31,000 in cash and in-kind donations to help battered women and their children at Shelter Services for Women in Santa Barbara. Local celebrities,... Read More

Excellent Engineers

Three Westmont students received 1997 National Engineers Week scholarship awards this year. A committee of engineers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties selected the winners. Andrew Brown, a freshman from Dinuba, California, also won the George Bate Freshman Scholarship... Read More

A National Champion

Before the final match even began, Westmont claimed an NAIA national singles champion. Two Warrior tennis players, Riva DaSilva ’97 and Ashley Fickel ’97, faced each other in the finals. Riva won the title and returns to campus next... Read More

Academic Achievers Earn Awards

Each year, seniors receive awards at Commencement. Matt Thomson and Miriam Niednagel won the Dean’s Award as outstanding scholar-athletes. A Park City, Utah, native and English major, Thomson was captain of the cross-country team. Niednagel, who comes from Ventura,... Read More

Communicating Stewardship

How can Christians advance to higher positions of leadership in society? By increasing their knowledge of truth, passionately defending their beliefs, and civilly persuading others, say Bob and Jean Svoboda. To encourage students to acquire these characteristics, they sponsored... Read More

An Annual Success

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

After only 11 months, The Westmont Fund had already exceeded the target of $1,050,000 for the 1996-97 fiscal year. A variety of campaigns contributed to this exciting success. Expanding the direct mail program paid off as alumni, parents, and... Read More

Help for Honduras

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

A gift of $19,125 from Occidental Petroleum is supporting a student project to build clean-water systems for rural villages in Honduras this summer. George Buxton, corporate director of safety and process risk, and Richard Swan, vice president for health... Read More

A Matter of Debate

Convinced that competition in writing and debating encourages students to actively develop essential communication skills, Bob and Jean Svoboda proposed and funded the first annual intramural debate tournament and essay contest at Westmont this year (see related story on... Read More

Communicating Well in Substance and Style

As we enter a new millennium, methods of communication continue to change. The influence of the media, the rise of the Internet, and the emergence of new technology make exchanging information faster, easier, and more visual. Has the medium... Read More

Wings of the Morning

From a Baccalaureate address by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Associate Professor of English When my father was dying just two months ago I had a chance to sit by his bedside and read him the Psalms. As I began Psalm... Read More

Keeping the Campus in Shape

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

Thanks to the leadership of the Westmont Parents Council and the generosity of current and former parents, students can keep in shape by working out in the new Wiegand Fitness Center. The E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada,... Read More

Jobs on Display

For the first time ever, businesses and corporations recruited Westmont students at a Job Fair on campus in February. The Career and Life Planning Office sponsored the event which brought 35 companies together with 250 students. Prospective employers looked... Read More

Bruce and Cheryl’s Guide to College

Published: Summer 1997 in Parents

After their daughter, Lindsey’s, first year at Westmont, Bruce and Cheryl Bickel say she is better off on campus than at home. “As part of their development, teen-agers need to get out of the house and start making decisions... Read More

Say It with Roses

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

Believing “there is more to a rose than a cabbage on a stick,” Ralph Moore has devoted nearly all his 90 years to raising roses. The “Father of the American Miniature Rose” and a highly decorated rosarian, he has... Read More

A Shirley Scholarship

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

In loving memory of his wife of 58 years, Perry Shirley has created the Perry and Margaret Shirley Endowed Scholarship Fund to help sophomores, juniors, and seniors who otherwise couldn’t afford to continue attending Westmont. Students will begin benefiting... Read More

Pooling Resources

Published: Summer 1997 in Giving

Iva Hillegas Schatz, Director of Planned Giving interviews Ronald W. Cronk, Vice President of Administration and Finance, about Westmont’s Pooled Income Fund. Ron, when did Westmont establish a Pooled Income Fund, and who manages it? The college created this... Read More

Homecoming Countdown

The long-awaited date of Homecoming 1997 is getting closer. Soon this summer you will receive detailed information about the many activities planned during the weekend of September 26–28. The Alumni Board decided to change the date for Homecoming from... Read More

An Exclusive Capitol Tour

The Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Westmont College Alumni Association sponsored a tour of the nation’s capitol with Jay Pierson ’69, floor assistant to the speaker, in April. Dr. David Lawrence, professor of political science, also led an informal... Read More

A Golden Day

Amid a thundrous ovation, the class of 1947 marched in the 1997 Commencement procession in May. The “Golden Warriors” celebrating their 50th reunion during the weekend included: Harry Atkins, Richard Bohrer, Bernita True Cain, Stanley Cain, Dickalon Davison, Jaqulyn... Read More

Beyond the Borders of Bosnia

By Amy Beard ’93 Five years ago while traveling in Europe with Westmont’s Mayterm program, Professor Shirley Mullen and I sat on an Italian seashore near Venice chatting about geography and current events. “You know,” she said, “we’re only... Read More

The Best of the L.A. Blues

Brian Bixler ’92 is proud to dress in blue these days–he graduated number one in his class from the Los Angeles Police Academy. The All-American and number two all time performer in the pole vault at Westmont says he’s... Read More

Helping the Hungry

Dave Phillips ’84 and his wife, Lynn, founded Children’s Hunger Fund in 1991 to help churches reach low-income families with the gospel by distributing food and aiding children in orphanages, homes for the handicapped, and pediatric hospitals worldwide. Unlike... Read More

Planting Churches in Europe

As Southern Europe Regional Director for Christian Associates International, Marty Uhler ’81 makes frequent trips to the English-speaking churches planted by CAI in major cities throughout Europe. He acts as a resource person, encourages five such churches, and researches... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

Dennis ’69 and Sue Savage both have close connections to Westmont. A gifted runner, Dennis came to campus to compete on the track team. He set records that still stand today and won a spot in the Warrior Hall... Read More