Summer 2004 Archive:

A Time to Pray

Ecclesiastes reminds us “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest … a time to... Read More

A Bridge to Understanding

In July, 11 Westmont faculty and staff members attended “Bridging the Divides: New Visions for Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding,” a conference at the San Francisco Urban house funded by the Irvine Diversity Initiative grant. Brad Berky, interim director of... Read More

Gaede Honored

The Santa Barbara Downtown Rotary Club has given President Stan D. Gaede a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his and the college’s contribution to international understanding and service. Gaede accepted the honor at a Rotary Club luncheon, where ... Read More

Gift Supports College Fund Raising

Westmont has received an anonymous $1 million commitment to support fund raising at the college and to hire additional staff. Jeff Sieck ’96 and Mona Motte Wilds are new regional directors of development. Previously operations manager at Los Olivos... Read More

As ye sow, so shall ye reap

Editorial by William M. Macfadyen Editor and Publisher, South Coast Beacon Westmont College has gone out of its way to be a solid citizen. Will it be enough? “A growing, huge ogre.” “Frontier expansionism.” A “horrific tragedy for one... Read More

Hearings Begin on Master Plan

Westmont’s Campus Master Plan Update goes before public officials again this fall through a process the college hopes will lead to final review and approval. A well-attended public hearing in July on the draft environmental impact report, while involving... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

David Newton, professor of entrepreneurial finance, is the technical consultant to CNNfn for “The Pitch,” a new feature of the show “Your Money,” in which three entrepreneurs give an elevator pitch of their ventures to a panel of angel... Read More

New Faculty

Alister Chapman, assistant professor of history, completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England. His field is modern European history, and his research focuses on 20th-century British religious history. Otilia Cortez, visiting scholar, has taught Spanish and... Read More

Publications, Presentations and Participation

Dana Alexander (director of career and life planning) “Recipe for Frustration: Mixing up Job Search with Career Exploration,” Career Convergence online magazine, September. “Taking ‘Career’ out of the Career Center,” Association for Christians in Student Development Conference, John Brown... Read More

A Lesson for the Teacher

By Amanda Braun ’04 The first time I walked into my classroom and saw 20 bodies bursting with energy, movement and spirit, the thought of being their teacher — their only teacher, wholly responsible for keeping them under control... Read More

A New Testament Journey

Bruce Fisk believes that traveling in the Middle East helps students in their journey through the Bible. For the past two years, the associate professor of New Testament has led trips to the historic region. He is also writing... Read More

Profitable Experience

By Garrett Fujiwara ’06 This summer, I knew I wanted a summer job that would be meaningful not only for my own personal work experience, but for the community as well. Being a part of the Community Service Intern... Read More

A Dream Internship

Meghan Daily ’04 began an internship at the Dream Foundation with more than just an interest in learning and serving. She brought a deep understanding of what it means to be seriously ill. During her sophomore year in college,... Read More

A Thai Travelogue

From exotic beaches to mountain villages, a group of 28 alumni and parents explored the beauty and uniqueness of Thailand. Alumnus Mike Leming ’69, who teaches sociology at St. Olaf College as well as at Chiang Mai University in... Read More

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Published: Summer 2004 in Giving

Although she left a traditional classroom 30 years ago, Sydwell Mouw Flynn ’56 never left teaching. Her career got an early start; her senior year at Westmont she taught English grammar to a small group of freshmen. After 17... Read More

Growth for Life

Published: Summer 2004 in Parents

Throughout their marriage, Andy and Janna Mori have worked together to make things grow. As gardeners, they helped to cultivate the family nursery and raised and canned their own vegetables. As parents, they encourage their children to develop in... Read More

Pop Goes the Bubble: Adventures in Christian Culture Crossing

The campus calendar says orientation this year is four days long. Don’t believe it! Orientation is neither that easy nor that quick. It takes at least a semester – often a painful one – for students to be truly... Read More

A Fixture in the House

Jay Pierson ’69 has worked on the floor of the House of Representatives for more than 25 years. His career began in the Office of the House Journal Clerk and the House Republican Cloak Room, but he soon moved... Read More

A Well-Orchestrated Life

Carleda Hutton ’54 got a job teaching music at Brethren Christian High School in Long Beach, Calif., a few months after graduating from Westmont. She never left. After 50 years of faithful service, she retired in June. In honor... Read More

The Right Chemistry

Christopher Aubuchon ’94 never expected to go to college. Adept at working with his hands, he spent his high school years playing sports, fixing his truck and doing construction. When a friend’s parents encouraged him to go college, he... Read More

A Heart for Homecoming

David MacCulloch ’84 makes an effort to fit volunteer work into his life and career. As vice president and senior trust officer for Wells Fargo Private Client Services in Santa Barbara, he helps clients craft a succession plan for... Read More

A Mature Ministry

As Donald Watson ’54 has matured as a minister, so have the people he serves. Twenty years ago, after a three-year stint as director of Youth for Christ in Spokane, Wash., and six different pastorates, Donald and his wife,... Read More

The Science of a New Start

The biggest challenge Dale Ritter ’64 faces is getting students interested in the sciences. Many are re-entering the education system after being laid off from the timber industry. Some have little expectation of graduating because they performed so poorly... Read More

Helping Women Find Their Voice

As a visiting fellow with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Anita Perez Ferguson ’71 speaks frequently at liberal arts colleges. Her topics include the changing face of U.S. politics, building leadership skills, and grassroots development and organization. She... Read More

Building a Bridge between Cultures

During seminary, Doug Moore ’72 accepted a casual invitation to visit a Spanish-speaking church, and the experience changed his life. He has been involved with Spanish congregations ever since. “It was the plan of God,” he says. “That one... Read More

A Heart for Little Children

Growing up in the Philippines, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries, deeply influenced Chris Elwood ’92. “I loved living overseas,” he says. “It was amazing to see my parents in action and to be a part of their work.”... Read More

The Business of Education

Returning to their home on the campus of Bethany College in Scotts Valley, Calif., reminds Eric and Rebekah Davis ’93 Stemm of their days at Westmont. College students playing with the Stemm’s children, eating in the dining commons and... Read More

The Artist Behind the Mask

Artist Carlos Mascherin ’96 always knew he wanted to paint. “Nothing makes me feel closer to the Creator than when I’m creating and doing what I was designed to do: dispensing beauty upon the Earth via fine art,” he... Read More

Wallace Emerson Society

Ardis Higgins has committed her life to music and to education. An accomplished organist, she chaired the music department at Santa Barbara City College and taught music education at Westmont until deteriorating eyesight forced her to retire early. Determined... Read More