Summer 2002 Archive:

Wallace Emerson Society

Carl and Halie Williamson Dodrill, 1965 Westmont graduates, say the college has made a huge difference in their lives and their family. “We owe so much to Westmont,” Carl explains. “The college gave us excellent Bible training, set us... Read More

A Group Effort

“I wish that I could speak with eloquence once in a while, I wish I could sing like a Broadway star. I wish I could make an entrée like Angela can, I wish that I could reach the top... Read More

Caring for my Mother-in-Love

My husband, Arden, is an only child. When we married and went to Papua New Guinea as Wycliffe Bible translators, his parents gave up their only son and grandchildren for 22 years. We visited during furloughs, but the time... Read More

First-Year Footprints

When he chose to work with special-education students in elementary schools, Joshua Amstone ’00 knew he was embarking on an emotionally wearing, challenge-rich career. But, as he explains simply, “I love kids, and I saw such a need in... Read More

Keeping Life in Balance

A sign on the wall of his office reminds Doug Mathews ’84 of his priorities: “No amount of success at work will make up for failure at home.” As he and his wife, Sandy Heinrichs Mathews ’85, raise 13-year-old Ilissa... Read More

The Write Job for Julianna

Julianna Gustafson ’96 was a typical English major at Westmont: she spent hours reading and analyzing novel after novel. Some students leave all that reading behind when they graduate as gladly as they leave college food. But as an... Read More

Schooled in Dickens

Nancy Asper Hughes ’78 enjoyed traveling as a student. An English major, she studied in England with Westmont’s semester-long program, toured the East Coast for a class on the Bicentennial and went to Costa Rica on a short-term mission.... Read More

A Pastor by the Grace of God

Encouraged by his presbytery, the Rev. Jerry Tankersley ’59  agreed to stand for moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the 214th General Assembly in June. Noting that the church has “nurtured and enriched my life and my family,”... Read More

Bringing Health to the Community

Warren Kuipers ’74 grew up wanting to be a doctor, but he got sidetracked in college. Admitting he was a “full-blown Jesus freak” at first, he eventually realized he needed to study more than just the Bible. Turned off... Read More

The Kindness of Strangers

On Sept. 11, Peggy Gilbert ’64 and her husband, Leonard Kirschner, were five hours into their trip on Delta flight 11 when the captain made an announcement. He repeated his title and name twice, and Peggy and Len knew... Read More

An Old-Fashioned Revival

Fans of the Old-Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet will be pleased to hear that a new Golden Collection CD of the quartet’s music is now available. Westmont’s John Lundberg, professor emeritus of music and director of the Westmont Quartet for... Read More

Homecoming Preview

While Homecoming 2002 will feature traditional events such as class reunions, brunch with the president, two soccer games, a children’s carnival, a coffeehouse and a worship service, the alumni office has planned some special activities this year. On Friday... Read More

Gift Annuity Time

Published: Summer 2002 in Giving

During the past several weeks my phone has been ringing more frequently than usual. Callers are asking, “Does Westmont have a Gift Annuity Program?” I am pleased to answer, “Yes, Westmont has offered gift annuities for more than 50... Read More

Like Father, Like Daughter

Paul Hoffman ’77 readily admits that his classmates from Westmont may not remember him by name, and, after 25 years, probably won’t recognize him by face either. But he is pretty confident that they will remember him as the... Read More

Disciplined Action

An interview with Jane Higa, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life Q: What is Westmont’s approach to disciplining students? A: We desire students to grow in mind, heart and soul, and we see the discipline process... Read More

A Modernist in a Postmodern World

Last spring, my wife read me an announcement from the public events section of the Santa Barbara News-Press: “Lecture: ‘Spirit Possession: How Earthbound Spirits, Ghosts, Demons and Soul Fragments Can Affect Your Health and What You Can Do Now... Read More

A Timely Bequest

A $1.6 million bequest from a 1957 alumna will benefit both the Westmont endowment and the drive to raise funds for two new buildings on campus. This significant gift came just in time to be included in Westmont’s record-setting... Read More

A Foundation for Youth

The Kathryne Beynon Foundation has been supporting student scholarships at Westmont since 1970, but one of its trustees has even earlier ties to the college. During the 1960s, Robert D. Bannon, who helped set up the foundation in 1967,... Read More

Westmont Fund Close to Goal

The Westmont Fund came close to meeting its ambitious $1.8 million goal, raising $1.76 million or 98 percent of the target. This year’s total matched last year’s record giving for the college’s ministry. In a year when many charitable... Read More

An Officer and a Professor

From an early age, Bill Nelson felt called to the ministry. The son of an Air Force pilot and U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he wanted to become a military chaplain or a pastor. Attending the Air Force Academy interested... Read More

A Changed Life

During the long trip to Thailand last January, Professors Michael and Ann Leming warned us that our lives would be changed and we would return to our homes different people. After a semester-long educational adventure in the Southeast-Asian country,... Read More

A Call to Serve

Westmont has joined the Partnership for Public Service and will participate in “A Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service,” an initiative to educate students about opportunities in government service. The program began after the events... Read More

Class of 2006 Strongest Ever

With 10 National Merit Scholars enrolling this fall, the class of 2006 is the strongest academically in college history. The new National Merit Scholars bring to 30 the number on campus. In addition, 97 percent of all incoming students... Read More

A Planned Update

Santa Barbara County planning officials who are considering an updated campus master plan for Westmont have determined that it will not cause significant environmental impacts that can’t be mitigated. The county held the first public hearing on the plan... Read More

Two New Trustees

Walter Hansen of Santa Barbara and Robert E. Kates of Sunnyvale have joined Westmont’s board of trustees.,/p> Hansen, who has a doctorate in theology, is associate professor of New Testament and director of Global Research Institute at Fuller Theological... Read More

Campaign Exceeds Goal

The five-year drive to raise $47 million for buildings, programs and endowment has ended successfully. Bringing in more than $56 million, the Embracing the Past, Ensuring the Future capital campaign will make a significant difference for students and faculty.... Read More

The Adams Challenge

Recently, on a very long trip, I finished reading David McCullough’s book, “John Adams.” It’s a good read, and one worth taking seriously. And leisurely. Which I did. In fact, I started reading the thing months ago, only setting... Read More