Spring 2004 Archive:

Seeds of Christian Scholarship

Every once in a while, life smacks you across the face and teaches you something you should have known all along. That happened to me (again) at Commencement this year, as I listened to Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff give the... Read More

Monroes Add to Their Legacy

Westmont has received a $3 million gift from the estate of a former professor and his wife. Dr. Kenneth Monroe, who died in 1987, and his wife, Peggy, who died in February 2004, left the college more than $3... Read More

A Gift of Music

A $2.5 million gift from the Adams Family Foundation will establish an endowed chair in music at Westmont. The gift supports a new faculty position, the Adams Chair of Music and Worship, and a $500,000 endowed fund for music... Read More

Commencement 2004

On May 8, a sunny Santa Barbara Saturday, 347 seniors graduated from Westmont. Christian philosopher and Yale Professor Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff explored the difference between looking for an occupation and looking for a calling in his address, “Called or Occupied?”... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Three faculty won awards as Professor of the Year in May at Commencement: Bruce Fisk, associate professor of New Testament (humanities); Kim Kihlstrom, assistant professor of computer science (natural and behavioral sciences) and Susan Penksa, associate professor of political... Read More

Publications, Presentations and Participation

Bruce Fisk (Associate Professor of New Testament), “Three Takes on ‘The Passion of the Christ,’” published online by Beliefnet, www.beliefnet.com/story/139/ story_13978_1.html. Robert Gundry (Scholar in Residence), “Richard A. Horsley’s ‘Hearing the Whole Story,’ a Critical Review of its Postcolonial... Read More

A Quantum Leap for Science Education at Westmont

At a time when younger Americans are losing interest in the sciences, Westmont’s flourishing science program is attracting an increasing number of students. Over the past two years, Westmont has received $1,150,000 in grants to acquire new science equipment,... Read More

Research Leads to Relationships

While the growth of the European Union has received little attention in the United States, Professor Susan Penksa has followed it closely. The political scientist focuses her research and writing on the E.U.’s common foreign, security and defense policy... Read More

Seeking Refuge

Throughout most of her childhood in Zimbabwe, Kirsten Holshausen had experiences similar to many American youngsters. She went to school and participated in activities such as swimming, music and dance. Like other white children in southern Africa, she attended... Read More

Artistic Inspiration

Stephanie Smith ’06 uses her exceptional artistic gifts to praise God and to minister to the communities that surround her. Last summer she felt inspired to create a series of eight powerful watercolors that explore the beatitudes Jesus delivered... Read More

Giuliano Moves to the NCAA

Mike Giuliano, one of the most successful soccer coaches in NAIA history, has left Westmont to become the head women’s soccer coach at San Diego State University, an NCAA Division I team that plays in the Mountain West Conference. “The... Read More

A Scholarship for Remembrance

Published: Spring 2004 in Giving

For a parent, there is nothing worse than losing a child — except losing two. David and Bev Sweetman have survived the deaths of their only son and daughter. To honor their children, who both went to Westmont, the... Read More

A Singular Story

Published: Spring 2004 in Parents

Katherine Massena learned the challenges of being a single mother the first time she took her sons fishing. Skilled in a sport she had practiced as a child, she hooked a fish and hit it on the head quickly... Read More

Through Persecuted Eyes

Several years ago I became engrossed in a book about Marie Antoinette of French Revolution fame. What I discovered was a much different person than I expected. If she ever said, “Let them eat cake,” which is doubtful, it... Read More

Rediscover Westmont

Rediscover Westmont and reconnect with friends at Homecoming 2004, September 24-25. The alumni office works with a committee of volunteers to plan an unforgettable experience. “The many activities serve as excellent opportunities to reunite with classmates and network with... Read More

Alumni Celebrate Commencement

At Commencement in May, 24 members of the class of 1954 marched in the procession with the class of 2004 as Golden Warriors (top left). They celebrated their 50th reunion during the weekend. A growing number of Westmont students... Read More

Solving Problems Profitably

Rick Ifland ’83 always aspired to be a businessman, and he got an early start. An economics and business major at Westmont, he owned and operated a Santa Barbara bed and breakfast inn during his college years. But he... Read More

In Memory of Nancy Blount

Nancy S. Blount, 77, of Phoenix, Ore., died Dec. 23, 2003, at her home surrounded by her family. Born April 9, 1926, in Hutchenson, Kan., she married former Westmont Professor George Blount in 1947. Nancy graduated from UC Los... Read More

Adopting a New Position

Kathy White Baer ’65 has demoted herself. She left a prestigious position directing domestic infant programs for the state of Georgia to become a senior adoption specialist for Bethany Christian. She helps couples who want to adopt. “I worked... Read More

Learning How Children Learn

Lee Swanson ’69 wants to know why some children have difficulty learning. Is the instruction poor, does the school lack resources, or do students have disabilities? “We make assumptions about good teaching, but there is no hard science behind... Read More

The Truth about Teenagers

If you think you know where your kids are and what they’re doing, you could be wrong. That’s the premise of “Promise You Won’t Freak Out: A Teenager Tells Her Mother the Truth about Boys, Booze, Body Piercing and... Read More

A Man with a Mission

Rather than heading straight to college after graduating from high school, Blake Lawson ’98 did something that changed his life forever. He enrolled in Youth with a Mission’s (YWAM) Discipleship Training School and graduated with an emphasis in evangelism.... Read More

A Call to Duty

When Mike Friel ’99 got a call from a Marine recruiter the summer after he graduated from high school, he started thinking about a military career. “It was exactly what I thought I wanted and needed for my life:... Read More

Surf Girl

Josephine Tournier Ingram ’00 is an artist who loves to surf and skateboard. That makes her ideal for her job as the lead designer for Surf One, a line of skateboards and clothing. After graduating from Westmont with a... Read More

Sending Space Signals

When the Mars Rover signaled its safe descent and landing, Kris Buckmaster ’02 and his co-workers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., were the first people to get the news. “We saw the signal spike on the... Read More

Producing a Future in Film

by Darshana Chetti ’04 Iris Ichishita ’02 recently produced a short film, “Heaven Cent,” for the 168 Hour Film Festival sponsored by Bel Air Presbyterian Church in California. This comedic film, based on Proverbs 13:1, is about an unlikely... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

No one knows the value of planned giving better than Glen and Eleanor Adams. As vice president for college advancement for more than 20 years, Glen directed fundraising programs on campus and encouraged alumni, parents and friends to remember... Read More