Summer 2006 Archive:

Can We Make a Difference?

by David K. Winter Chancellor and Interim President You must be struck, as I am, with the turmoil and suffering present throughout the world. The needs are huge. They are overwhelming. It seems that in many ways the world... Read More

Class of 2010 Ranks High

Grades and Test Scores Among the Best Ever The 333 members of the class of 2010 represent one of the strongest and most selective classes in Westmont’s history. Their overall academic GPA of 3.8, up from 3.74 last year,... Read More

Revised Plan Wins Praise

New Concept for the Updated Master Plan Gains Support County officials and college neighbors have enthusiastically supported a revision of the campus Master Plan. After receiving feedback and recommendations from decision makers in May, Westmont asked for a break... Read More

Presidential Search Continues

After bringing one presidential candidate to campus in September, the board of trustees has voted to continue the search for Westmont’s next president. For updates on the process, visit the Westmont Web site,, and click on the link... Read More

Surviving the Wilderness Helps Students Succeed at Westmont

A handful of new Westmont students experienced a unique orientation program in August backpacking through the North Yosemite wilderness. Inoculum offers academic and physical education units with students doing assigned readings, leading discussions and writing a paper. Dave Willis... Read More

More than 100 Pitch in for Day of Caring

Once again,Westmont sent the largest team of volunteers to the United Way’s 15th annual Day of Caring in Santa Barbara in September. About 115 students,faculty and staff spent a Saturday morning volunteering at two schools and cleaning up a... Read More

Making Room to Train

Westmont Athletes Benefit from a Bigger Training Room A $1 million gift from an anonymous family jump started efforts to improve athletic facilities at Westmont. A portion of the gift has also created an endowed soccer scholarship. Most of... Read More

Westmont Ranks in Top Tier

Published: Summer 2006 in

Once again, Westmont secured a spot among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2007.” For the second straight year, Westmont joined six other schools with a ranking... Read More

Westmont Goes Wi-Fi

Published: Summer 2006 in

Westmont has taken a major step toward keeping its campus up to date technologically by going wireless. The $100,000 upgrade includes the installation of wireless access points at most of the campus residence halls as well as Voskuyl Library... Read More

Alumna Joins Board of Advisors

Published: Summer 2006 in

Janet Lamkin ’81, president and chief executive officer of the California Bankers Association, has joined the Westmont Board of Advisors. The 16-member board provides a criticial link between the college curriculum and post-graduate experiences. Its principal purpose is to... Read More

A Season for the Arts

Westmont Offers Innovative Arts Events Westmont brings new energy to the Santa Barbara art scene with a stellar fall season of music, theatre and art exhibits. Thanks to the vision and efforts of theater arts professor John Blondell, the... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Steve Butler (music) won another annual award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the category Concert Music. His newest piece, “Canticle of Mary,” will debut at the Westmont Christmas Concert in December. A large... Read More

New Kids on the Block

Meet some of the newest professors to join the stellar Westmont faculty Accomplished illustrator and graphic designer SCOTT ANDERSON joined the Westmont art faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor after serving as an adjunct instructor since 1999. He... Read More

Decorating 101: Students Open Door to Remodeled Dorm

Everyone seems to have a favorite lounge. For some it’s the study space at the front of Van Kampen Hall. Others prefer the downstairs game room with a 52-inch plasma TV, pool table and 12-foot championship shuffleboard table. Students... Read More

The Life and Sounds of John Lundberg

Westmont lost its longtime maestro when John Lundberg died Sept. 13, 2006, at the age of 90. A tenor, choral conductor, college professor and businessman, he left an impressive musical legacy at the college he served for 32 years.... Read More

Another Road Less Traveled

By Dawn Elliott ’93 Never again will the Fourth of July be the same. Yes, there will be picnics and fireworks. I will delight in a chance to sleep late and spend time with friends. But, rather than the... Read More

Chad Has a Championship Season

After a grueling season scouting 20 or more basketball games a month, Chad Kammerer ’90 sat behind the Miami Heat bench during the NBA finals in June. He had no more opponents to analyze; his work for the year... Read More

Potter’s Clay Participants Span the Generations

“You want adventure?” says Cliff King ’74. “Then join the crew of Potter’s Clay next year. I had plenty of excitement avoiding heavy hail, being followed by police and playing soccer with the mayor of Ensenada. I’ll never forget... Read More

Following a Call to Public Service

Eric Stark ’90 quit his job at AT&T to work for the Bush administration even before the president secured a second term. “My boss advised me to stay until the election to make sure my guy won,” Eric says.... Read More

Aviation Ministry Takes Flight

Brock Barrett ’89 exults in the electric experience of flying a helicopter close to the ground. In Honduras, the 100 percent humidity soaks his skin as he skims above the congested trees searching for the small soccer field where... Read More

A Federal Case for Immigration

As a guide for blind skiers, Melanie Shender ’97 has led many sightless children down slick slopes. The avid skier developed a passion for such volunteer work after sharing her favorite sport with her mother, who is legally blind.... Read More

Learning to Expect Success

The coach of the UC Santa Barbara club rugby teams, Kevin Battle ’00 pushes players to perform. “Demanding more than they think they can give doesn’t always go over well,” he says. “But after they graduate, some of them... Read More

Making It Up as She Goes Along

Alexis Horlick ’04 loves to explore the mountains and rocky rivers of her Northern California home. She plays soccer every other day to speak Spanish, meet people and exercise. Once a week she flies trapeze with a Hollywood stunt... Read More

Marathon Woman

Jessica goulder ’06 set Westmont and NAIA records in May Jessica Goulder ’06 ran the first marathon of her career at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Fresno last May with spectacular results. Not only did... Read More

Out of Africa

Student body president hopes to return one day to his native Africa As a political refugee from tumultuous Sierra Leone, Mark “Jay” Ofori has had a difficult, painful life. The student body president lost his mother when he was... Read More

Student Speaks Up for Stutterers

Madison Garcia ’09 refused to admit she had a stuttering problem. The speech disorder came and went. She finally went to see a speech therapist as a junior in high school. “I only have difficulty in certain situations,” she... Read More

How Students Spent Their Summer Vacation

Fourteen students shared their summer activities in September at A Celebration of Student Research. Projects included determining the physical structures responsible for working memory and investigating the angular mapping of cosmic muon flux over the sky. The students shared... Read More

At Home Away from Home

Published: Summer 2006 in Parents

Randy and Diane Weeda Say Their Children Have Found Community at Westmont Ryan Weeda ’06 had never heard of Westmont when a postcard from the college arrived in his Missouri mailbox. Checking out the Web site, he liked what... Read More

The Hall that Westmont Built

Enrollment at Westmont grew steadily in the 1950s, creating crowded conditions on campus. Building Page Hall in 1959 eased the housing situation, but only temporarily. By 1960, college officials started planning for another residence hall. Too many students lived... Read More

The Value of Christian Education

Lifelong Colorado residents, Brad and Georgi Pelsue live in Denver in sight of the scenic, soaring Rocky Mountains. They love the local landscape, but they also appreciate the culture of the capital city. Brad plays jazz saxophone, woodwinds and... Read More