Summer 2005 Archive:

Being Obedient to the Call

By President Stan D. Gaede ’69 “Does Westmont want to be an elite liberal arts college?” That’s a question I have been asked more than once in the last few months, and that usually means it deserves an answer.... Read More

President Gaede Steps Down

Westmont’s Seventh President Will Refocus His Work as a Christian Scholar Westmont President Stan D. Gaede will end his presidency at the end of the academic year in June. He assumed the position in July 2001 after serving as... Read More

Ranked in the Top Tier

In its annual ranking, U.S. News & World Report has once again listed Westmont among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. The college ranked 104th, placing it in the top tier. Criteria such as student selectivity, graduation and retention... Read More

Updating the Plan

Five years and nearly $2 million after Westmont completed an application to update its campus master plan, Santa Barbara county will finally release a draft Environmental Impact Report on the project and hold public hearings. Westmont was not required... Read More

A Hurricane of Emotion

Baseball Coach Brings Relief to the Gulf Coast “It’s hard to let go.” Westmont Baseball Coach Rob Crawford has been back in Santa Barbara for several weeks since his last trip to the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, but he... Read More

Making a Difference Every Day at Westmont

The Westmont community responded to Hurricane Katrina in a variety of ways. First, faculty, staff and students prayed for survivors in chapel and in numerous small groups. Students set up a table in the dining commons to collect money... Read More

Warrior Watch

Women to Coach Women Westmont has recruited two new coaches. Rebecca Mouw, instructor of kinesiology and head coach for women’s soccer, graduated from Wheaton College, where she was captain of the soccer team for two years. “Rebecca has a... Read More

Gifts Support Students and the Liberal Arts

Estate Gifts Add to the College’s Growing Endowment Two separate estate gifts totaling $3.3 million will help endow student scholarships and the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont. In its sixth year, the institute explores and promotes liberal... Read More

Celebrating Unseen California Art

Westmont Gallery Hosts Works by Richard Diebenkorn One of the most acclaimed American artists of the 20th century, Richard Diebenkorn lived in California most of his life. The Golden State inspired two well-known series of his paintings: Ocean Park,... Read More

Books in Print

Recent Works by Westmont Faculty Include Both Scholarly and Popular Volumes “A Guide To New Religious Movements” Edited by Ronald Enroth (InterVarsity Press, 2005) This revision of “A Guide to Cults and New Religions,” first published in 1973, has... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Scott Anderson (art) was a guest lecturer at the 2005 Illustration Academy at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. Stan Anderson (chemistry) has collaborated with chemists at UC Santa Barbara and Edwards Air Force Base and... Read More

On Being and Becoming a Mountaineer

by Paul Willis, Professor of English “From garden to garden, ridge to ridge, I drifted enchanted, . . . gazing afar over domes and peaks, lakes and woods, and the billowy glaciated fields. . . . In the midst... Read More

Serving Those in Service

Mark Baird ’77 and Craig Johnson ’79 have a lot in common even though they don’t know each other. Both attended Westmont in the 1970s. Both played soccer for the Warriors for a season. And both men have started... Read More

Westmont Beautiful

A volunteer group dedicated to beautifying the Santa Barbara area has honored Westmont with a coveted award. Santa Barbara Beautiful named the college as the winner of its 2005 annual Historic Restoration Award. Previously, Las Barrancas, the Westmont faculty... Read More

It's a Big Job, Even in Texas

Like most things in Texas, the State Fair is big. Its 52-foot mascot, Big Tex, grins under a 75-gallon hat. He points toward the Texas Star, the biggest Ferris wheel in North America. Behind him is the Cotton Bowl,... Read More

An American in Brazil

When he arrived in Brazil at the age of 2, Tim Mulholland ’71 was an outsider, the son of missionaries. But as he grew up, the foreign country became his land, the place of his heart. He learned the... Read More

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

In the quiet cool of the morning, Tricia Clodius McGuigan ’77 goes rowing. She plants her feet firmly in the slender boat and pulls the oars through the ocean swells. The dim light of the dawn grows brighter as... Read More

Giving Cities a Second Chance

Closing coal mines and cutting steel production creates economic challenges for cities like Pittsburgh. Once the center of California’s steel industry, this East Bay community seeks new opportunities for its citizens. Randy Starbuck ’80 leads this effort as redevelopment... Read More

The Creative Christian

Sitting through movie previews or channel surfing during prime time can be discouraging activities for Christians. Explicit promiscuity, mindless violence and gossipy innuendo are much too common. What should Christians do? Joel ’92 and Michelle Klukow ’92 Pelsue have... Read More

From Field Work to Fraud

Heidi Wong ’91 gets calls when gasoline prices soar. Irate customers want to make sure that pumps are fully inspected and working properly. Anytime Homeland Security raises its alert level, she takes note; protecting food safety is also her... Read More

Designing Fashions in Florence

Each day, Kelsey Giusta ’03 wanders through the shady, sheltered streets of Florence and crosses its sunny plazas. Blissfully settled in a city that celebrates art, she greets friends in her youthful Italian. “The textures of the walls, the... Read More

A Professional Experience with the Pops

A Westmont Student Gains a Coveted Internship with the Pasadena Pops Outside in the dusty summer air, Callan Kaut ’08 sets up chairs for a concert. The college student is supervising helpful volunteers, many much older than she is.... Read More

In Brief

New Students Get High Marks In August, Westmont welcomed 340 new students to campus. The incoming class of 2009 is one of the strongest in college history: Their honors grade-point average is 3.95, up from 3.86 last year, their... Read More

A Wave of Relief

Students Serve in Sri Lanka When Professor Thomas Jayawardene and his wife, Jasmine, founded the Children of Joy orphanage in Sri Lanka six years ago, their goal was to help children orphaned by the nation’s 18-year civil war. They... Read More

Teaching for America

Lessita Lorin ’05 had a lot of competition when she applied for her first job: 17,000 other brand new college graduates wanted one of the 2,900 prestigious positions. Such immense interest meant only 16 percent of the applicants —... Read More

Family-Friendly Ministry

Published: Summer 2005 in Parents

The Rehfelds Disciple Youth in Their Church As Well As Their Own Three Sons Like many parents, Joe and Judy Rehfeld are involved in their sons’ lives. They drive the boys to sports practices and church events and show... Read More

The Catherwood Choir

Music has played a significant role at Westmont from its earliest days. Helen Catherwood, the daughter of Trustee W.W. Catherwood, joined the faculty of Western Bible College part time in the fall of 1939. She took over the choir,... Read More

Taking Action that Makes a Difference

A past principal in San Diego schools, Paul Preddy ’56 encourages Christians to get involved in public education. It’s challenging, but they can make a difference, he says. Working with the poor and homeless isn’t easy, either. When Paul... Read More