Winter 2005 Archive:

Weather-Tested at Westmont

Weather-Tested at Westmont

The rain in Spain may stay mainly on the plain, but in Santa Barbara it knows no such restrictions. At least not this year. Like most of the West Coast, Santa Barbara has received a significant amount of rainfall,... Read More

Sharper Focus on Astronomy

Sharper Focus on Astronomy

After more than 50 years, Westmont will retire its 16-inch Newtonian telescope from Carroll Observatory and install a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain with Ritchey-Chrétien optics. The new instrument features more than twice the light-gathering power of the old one and... Read More

A Soggy Start

A Soggy Start

After the destructive January rainstorm subsided, roads reopened and students, faculty and staff stranded by the closure of the 101 freeway were able to return to campus. Students displaced by flooding moved back into their rooms after two weeks... Read More

What’s in a Name?

Kenneth and Peggy Monroe left a $3 million bequest to Westmont hoping the funds would “live on in the life of the college.” To honor the legacy of the former professor, trustee and interim president, Westmont has named full-tuition... Read More

A Wave of Response

Westmont students have joined the world-wide effort to assist victims of the vicious tsunami that devastated Indian Ocean nations in December. In addition to gathering to pray for victims, student leaders organized a benefit concert featuring student bands that... Read More

Invited to the Dance

Invited to the Dance

The Santa Barbara Dance Alliance invited the Westmont Windancers to open their New Works: Choreographers Concert, a juried show held in January at Center Stage Theatre. The Westmont performers joined choreographers from UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College... Read More

Is Science a Liberal Art?

What role do the sciences play in a liberal arts education? The Fifth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts tackled this issue in February when 30 scholars from colleges and universities across the country attended the conference sponsored by... Read More

A Literary Event

A Literary Event

More Than 100 Scholars from 30 Institutions Visit Westmont Poets, writers and scholars came to campus in January when Westmont hosted the Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. English Professor Cheri Larsen Hoeckley organized the... Read More

“God on the Quad”

“God on the Quad”

A New Book Dispels Myths About Religious Higher Education Enrollment at faith-related colleges has soared in recent years. To understand this phenomenon and explore what it means for American society, journalist Naomi Shaefer Riley wrote, “God on the Quad:... Read More

Scholars on the Move

Scholars on the Move

Kinesiology Professors Study the Science of Movement As scholars who conduct cutting-edge research, Westmont kinesiology professors offer important information to a society characterized by low levels of fitness, high obesity rates and a sedentary lifestyle. With the coaches of... Read More

A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

Student Kinesiology Project Helps Santa Barbara Seniors Regain Mobility College students and residents of retirement centers share a common experience: they spend most of their time with their peers. But last fall, they got together to improve the mobility... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Scott Anderson (art) designed a poster accepted for the 47th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators. The illustration, an original oil painting commissioned for Ensemble Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning play “The Goat,” will hang in the... Read More

A Meeting with Mormons

A Meeting with Mormons

Historic Event Brings Evangelicals and Mormons Together to Hear Evangelist Ravi Zacharias As a young boy, Greg Vettel Johnson ’89 sat in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, and looked down in awe as the prophet spoke... Read More

In the Wake of the Wave

In the Wake of the Wave

As she ate breakfast on a quiet Sunday morning, Rehana Wijesinghe ’00 was unaware of the wild wave about to wash over the Sri Lankan coast.  She first learned of the vicious tsunami when her father phoned from India... Read More

Paying Attention to Children

Paying Attention to Children

Grant Martin ’64 has a tough job. As a child psychologist and marriage and family therapist, he sees patients whose parents have abused them sexually or physically or subjected them to a brutal divorce. Other problems he treats include... Read More

Living in the Land of the “Enemy”

Living in the Land of the “Enemy”

Living in the Middle East has never been easy for Norita Sarian Erickson ’73 and her family. Anti-Christian propaganda is common in the Muslim country and few churches or ministries operate there. The challenge has been especially great for... Read More

A Public Presence

A Public Presence

Kasey Cronquist ’00 got his first business experience operating the Westmont College radio station. Starting as a DJ, he became the business manager and eventually rose to station manager. “I got to jump the ranks of the management ladder,”... Read More

Westmont Goes to Loma Linda

Westmont Goes to Loma Linda

A group of alumni has established a Westmont community at Loma Linda University, where 23 graduates attend dental and medical school and other graduate and professional programs. With spouses and other local alumni, more than 30 Warriors reside in and... Read More

New Lives and New Hope in Uganda

New Lives and New Hope in Uganda

The year is 1967. The Vietnam War is raging; the lottery for the draft lies in the future. Every man who graduates from Westmont makes a crucial decision: sign-up for one of the armed services or take his chances... Read More

One Woman’s Official Goal

One Woman’s Official Goal

Catherine Conti ’97 graduated from Westmont determined to become a film producer. But after nine months of 14-hour days at Paramount Pictures, she quit a job she had worked hard to get. Going home to Thousand Oaks, Calif., she... Read More

What Would Jesus Say?

What Would Jesus Say?

Instead of turning to marketing gurus and image consultants to hone their skills, communication experts Erik Lokkesmoe ‘95 and Jedd Medefind ‘97 have consulted the true master: Jesus. “Nothing has more impact on our lives, relationships and careers than... Read More

Fitness for Life

Fitness for Life

To compete in seven to eight triathlons a year, Heidi Smith Horton ’97 trains at least 12 hours a week. She relishes the challenge of keeping fit and competing in the difficult, three-part race. Heidi applies the same energy... Read More

A Scholar for the New Millennium

A Scholar for the New Millennium

Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship Enables Freshman to Attend Westmont When Dallas Lopez ’08 discovered the Westmont Web site, he knew the college was the right place for him. There was only one problem: he couldn’t afford it. Just a... Read More

Pastor in Training

Pastor in Training

Rory Graham ’08 Came to Westmont to Prepare for the Ministry Recruited as a football player for the Army and Navy Academy, a private high school in Carlsbad, Calif., Rory Graham ’08 expected to play college ball. But when... Read More

A Family Legacy

A Family Legacy

Published: Winter 2005 in Giving

Gift From Alumna’s Estate Will Benefit Westmont Endowment The first in her family to attend college, Maureen Erickson Reyes ’52 fulfilled her parents’ dreams when she graduated from Westmont with a degree in sociology. The Ericksons had become believers... Read More

The Campus that Roger Built

The Campus that Roger Built

In 1950, Roger Voskuyl left a prestigious, secure position as dean of the faculty at Wheaton for the uncertainties of the presidency of the young and deeply troubled Westmont. The Westmont trustees had just fired then-president James Forrester. Between... Read More

A Wider View of the World

A Wider View of the World

Jerry and Glenna Wilger raised their children to be independent and didn’t get involved in choosing colleges. Patti Wilger Hunter ’88 searched for a small school with excellent academics and came to Westmont for its Christian world view. Tom... Read More