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Jared Ingram Directing Short Film

Jared Ingram (Class of 2000)

Jared is a filmmaker and screenwriter, most recently winning the Gold Prize for the best comedy feature in the 2010 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. His co-author, Brian Sharp, is also a communication studies alum. The above photo is a shot of Jared directing Sam Huntington and Jlynn Johnson on the set of his short film Looking Up Dresses.

Jared Ingram is a filmmaker whose work has an emphasis on personal stories told with heart, humor, and depth.

Jared recently wrote and directed a 35mm short film called "Looking Up Dresses." It was awarded "Best Short Comedy" as well as the "Audience Award" at the First Glance Film Festival Hollywood. Jared was one of five directors to be nominated for "Best Director" at the Malibu Film Festival. The short was awarded Best Short Comedy and the Audience Award at the First Glance Film Festival in Hollywood, was a finalist at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, and was an official selection at both the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Vail Film Festival.

The short was made with the help of co-producer Todd Spence (Comm. major '00) and musician Jim Roach (Comm. major '00) who wrote the original score.

Jared shot his first short film ("Broken Hallelujah") during his senior year at Westmont.

"I came into Westmont wanting to be a doctor. But it wasn't until I switched to Communication Studies that I began to find a passion for learning. The beauty of Communication Studies is that it's all-encompassing. Becoming a better speaker, a better writer, a better critical thinker... These things impact your life everyday no matter what job you have. Unless you're the President. Or a pirate..."

See Jared's website for more details: Special thanks to photographer Andrew Hugh Purcell for these images.


Jim Roach (Class of 2000)

The original score for Looking Up Dresses was composed by another Westmont alum, Jim Roach. We always knew Jim had talent -- from his Spring Sing band to his downtown performances. Jim most recently finished Listen Up by gold-selling artist Hoku. He's also produced recording artists Brett Young and Grove Hill, and the web cartoon Hey Ladiez! (produced with fellow alum Mark Fiore) in addition to his guitar work with This World Fair, and The Rosewood Fall. You can check out his discography, blog and bio on

"I see my time spent at Westmont in the Communication Studies Department as indispensable to daily life in the music industry. My job as a producer means that I am the glue between the artist, the management, the label, the hired musicians, and of course the music. The ability to communicate ideas clearly, and with civility, is vital to maintaining a project's sanity! Most of the people that I deal with on a daily basis are generally less educated or have that famous artistic temperament (and all that comes with it). They can be difficult to deal with at times! I always say that making a record is really 50% baby-sitting, 40% arbitration or negotiation, and 10% music...if you're lucky. Without the set of skills and the life application tools that I got from my time at Westmont with Dr. Dunn and Dr. Spencer I'd be sinking in a sea of Top 40 drama."

Jim Roach Mixing Grove Hill at Orange Whip Studios SB


Anita Perez Ferguson, Class of 1971

Anita Perez FergusonAnita Perez Ferguson, Westmont alumna of 1971 and winner of the Monroe Award, is a speaker, author, international consultant, and trainer in the areas of program planning, evaluation and leadership development.

From 1991 to 1995 she served as the president of the National Women's Political Caucus in Washington DC. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Chair of the Inter American Foundation and the White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has served as a Director on various national and community boards and as a Visiting Fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1999, Anita translated her experience and enthusiasm into her first book, A Passion for Politics, followed in 2004 by Women Seen & Heard: Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers.

In addition to her Westmont B.A. in Communication, Anita also holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara, and an M.A. in Management from the University of Redlands. Soon she will hold her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation, From the Basement to the Boardroom, charts the social networks of the 172 Hispanic Americans who sit on the boards of directors for the Fortune 500.

Ferguson Book Cover Passion for PoliticsWomen Seen & Heard Book CoverAnita and her husband Bill (1972) are involved in Santa Barbara's Trinity Episcopal Church. "We enjoy staying in touch with a few classmates whose children have now graduated from Westmont." Anita also finds time to mentor Westmont students.






These Numbers Have Faces

Westmont alumni, including communication studies majors Justin Zoradi and Trisha Balicanta, started a non-profit organization to foster educational equity in South Africa. The organization has thus far raised enough money to sponsor the JL Zwane Football Club in Guguletu, a township outside Cape Town, South Africa, and they've sent Anda Sozawe to college at Northlink, where he is studying sports management. Westmont com majors spent an afternoon with Anda in May 2008 on their conflict & reconciliation trip. Below find a video update link, plus a link to footage from Spring Sing 2008 - the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament -- won by a com major, Vicki Williams.

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Summer 2008 Video Update

Spring Sing 2008 Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament


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Joy Eggerichs

Joy is living in Portland, Oregon where she works for the marriage ministry Love and Respect. She conducts research to help understand and serve young people planning to marry. "When I began working for Love and Respect, I directed live conferences and my Communication Studies degree was far more beneficial than I could have imagined. With each church came new staff and new volunteers. Figuring out how to communicate and best energize each group was like figuring out a puzzle." Joy has used her knowledge and research skills to better understand young people (aged 18 to 35) and what they most need to be aware of both before and well into their marriages. After directing marriage conferences for 2 years, she heard many people remark that they wished they knew THEN what they know NOW (especially after a Love and Respect seminar). "I don't want us to be a generation that has to say that. Let's do the best we can to figure it out NOW."

Four major themes emerge in her work: 1) young people today have little or no time for introspection, and an unhealthy manifestation of this is narcissim; 2) because young people move, change jobs, and generally live transient lives, there is not much accountability to or authority from older, wiser counsel; 3) many young people have developed either overly indulgent or overly suppressive responses to their sexuality, and this will have a big impact on a marriage; and 4) from social networking to video games to a lack of media literacy, young people today live in a state of constant distraction, often mistaking an overload of information with learning, knowledge, and wisdom.

As part of her effort to encourage dialogue on these topics, Joy started a blog (

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