Winter 2008 Archive:

The Legacy of the Liberal Arts

The Legacy of the Liberal Arts

As my first year unfolds, I continue to enjoy the opportunity to meet so many of our alumni at various gatherings and official events around the country. Thank you for the warmth and kindness you have shown to Pam... Read More

Master Plan Notches Another Approval

Master Plan Notches Another Approval

Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle reaffirmed the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ 5-0 vote in February 2007 approving Westmont’s Master Plan. After a hearing in December, the Santa Barbara County judge denied a petition by opponents who filed... Read More

A Global Thinker: Fareed Zakaria appears at three Westmont events

A Global Thinker: Fareed Zakaria appears at three Westmont events

He spoke with eloquence and passion. He answered questions with honesty and depth. He commanded the attention of 769 business and community leaders at an early hour — and proved just as compelling in front of students. Fareed Zakaria,... Read More

Coming to a Location Near You: opportunities abound for alumni, parents and friends

Coming to a Location Near You: opportunities abound for alumni, parents and friends

Do you wish you lived closer to Santa Barbara so you could attend some of the events held on campus? If so, you may be interested in learning about upcoming activities the Alumni & Parents Relations office has scheduled.... Read More

The Historical Relationship Between Sports and Race

The Historical Relationship Between Sports and Race

Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier more than 60 years ago, blacks were only allowed to play in the Negro Baseball League. Author Byron Motley talked about this fascinating era in American sports history at a lecture, “The... Read More

The Art of Teaching

The Art of Teaching

“What struck me first was the variety in forms, colors and moods,” says junior Christina Farris as she looks around Reynolds Gallery. Eight art professors have gathered the best of their recent work for the Art Faculty Show, an... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Scott Anderson (art) won four ADDY awards in the category Advertising for the Arts from the coastal California region of the American Advertising Federation. He created all the pieces for Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. In the invitation subcategory, he won... Read More

Starry, Starry Night

Starry, Starry Night

Michael Sommermann has a job that keeps him up nights. The physics professor not only teaches classes during the day, but he spends moonless evenings operating Westmont’s Keck Telescope. In the past few months, he has confirmed the discovery... Read More

Reversing Culture Shock

Reversing Culture Shock

Growing up close to the California-Mexico border gave Laura Montgomery an early interest in other cultures. During college, she spent nine months in Guatemala researching the nutritional habits and status of a Mayan village. “That opportunity to study abroad... Read More

Authenticity 101

Authenticity 101

by Greg Spencer Professor of Communication Studies For about 15 years, my parents were alcoholics, drinking to drunkenness every night. My mother eventually succumbed to cirrhosis. Over the years, I have had to contend with many consequences of my... Read More

Following Christ to China

Following Christ to China

Xu Hong smiles as we wrestle through the front door of his tiny apartment. Jonathan and I are both hunched over from the weight of our backpacks. I’m trying to act like my suitcase isn’t as heavy as it... Read More

Enchanted by Ethiopia

Enchanted by Ethiopia

Harry Atkins ’47 intended to spend his life in Ethiopia, but the Communists forced him out in 1978 after 30 years as a missionary, teacher and school adminis-trator. With his wife, Blanche, he returned to California, bought the Monterey... Read More

A Free Spirit Finds a Voice

A Free Spirit Finds a Voice

As Horizon editor in 1971-1972, Jerry Jamison ’73 became well acquainted with Westmont administrators. “They called me into their offices all the time when we put in articles that got us into trouble,” he says. Under his leadership, the... Read More

Learning Lessons from Life

Learning Lessons from Life

As a Westmont student, Jenise Steverding ’97 began a practice she has continued to this day: putting herself in one uncomfortable situation after another. Some of these challenges, such as working in the inner city amidst poverty and violence,... Read More

Refined by Fire

Refined by Fire

by David Osborn ’83 You know those intermodal metal shipping containers that are so handy for temporary storage? They aren’t fireproof. When we moved to Guatemala in 2003 to do the Lord’s work in the mission field, we packed... Read More

Drawing Up Plans for the Future

Drawing Up Plans for the Future

Tyler Charlton ’02 put pencil to paper at an early age, adopting drawing as a youthful hobby. But he never thought about making it a career. Art classes were one of the few things he liked in high school;... Read More

Inside the Life of a Correspondent

Inside the Life of a Correspondent

Megan Shrader Alexander ’02 wanted to be a broadcast journalist, so she started out as a communications studies major at Westmont. “I thrived on delivering speeches and winning over my audience,” she says. Deciding she needed to understand the... Read More

Investing in Human Capital

Investing in Human Capital

Jason Jenkins ’97 makes a living by helping clients manage their money. He makes a difference by investing in human capital. Speci-fically, he has helped establish the Human Factor Leadership Academy in Ghana to educate a generation of Africans... Read More

The Exuberant Writer

The Exuberant Writer

An exuberant extrovert, Shauna Hybels Niequist ’98 finds it challenging to channel her thoughts into ordered paragraphs. She gets too easily distracted by the e-mails that pop up in her inbox, the concern that surfaces for a hurting friend... Read More

First Medical School, then the Mission Field

First Medical School, then the Mission Field

Born and raised in the Midwest, Matt Blickendorf, WCSA president, had his heart set on attending UCLA. But a missions trip to Nicaragua with his Indianapolis church changed those plans. “I felt a strong call to medical missions down... Read More

A Matter for Debate

Amanda Wigno, a communications studies major, won $1,000 at Westmont’s Tournament of Expressions: Finals in Debate, Great Speeches, Persuasive Speeches and Biblical Recitation in February. She captured both the great speeches and scripture recitation portions of the tournament. Nearly... Read More

A Fairytale Ending Is Just the Beginning

A Fairytale Ending Is Just the Beginning

Seniors Mary Posluch and Kelsey White began talking a year ago about producing a student-led musical to raise money for the College Choir’s tour this summer. In years past, choir students presented CC’s Café, a variety show of short... Read More

Students Spring into Action over Break

About 250 Westmont students and community volunteers spent spring break constructing homes, operating medical and dental clinics, leading a vacation Bible school, running haircutting clinics and competing in sports events in Ensenada, Mexico. More than 5,000 students have participated... Read More

Winds of Change

Winds of Change

Published: Winter 2008 in Parents

When Amir Mikhail enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, energy had emerged as an important political and economic issue. Oil prices rose precipitously after the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, and the Iranian Revolution in 1979 created... Read More

Helping Westmont Help Students

Helping Westmont Help Students

Greg Dixon ’66 enrolled at Westmont hoping to sing with the Westmont Quartet, a group he admired as a youngster growing up in Southern California. Happily, he succeeded in joining the ensemble as a sophomore and a junior. The... Read More

An Achievement for the Archives

An Achievement for the Archives

The best photograph of Ruth Kerr in the Westmont archives was preserved accidentally. Archivist Corey Thomas ’97 enjoys telling the story. Custodian Maria Ortega found the print in the trash in Clark A when she opened a bag to... Read More