GAEDE INSTITUTE ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

Christen FoellAaron Sizer

. . . University, is focusing much of her energies on helping to strengthen our Summer Scholars Program. Enrollment for the program is already double last year's total. The program is geared for high-school students and incoming collegians who wish to take a summer course for college credit.

Christen will also work with the Liberal Arts Ambassadors program, which engages 12-15 Westmont students in serving students from low-income and underrepresented communities. The Westmont ambassadors, who are from underserved backgrounds themselves, visit Santa Barbara-area schools to help students discover how a liberal arts education can bolster their future. Christen is looking to increase Westmont's links with community-based organizations, including the public schools and the local non-profit agencies. She is currently involved in the Half the Sky reading group on campus.

Aaron completed an M.Div. degree and a doctorate in American religious history from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has maintained a scholarly interest in the history of mainline denominations. He has an article that will appear soon in the Journal of Presbyterian History, entitled "Becoming Mainline: The New Era Movement and Presbyterian Corporatization." The essay explores the origins of twentieth-century American mainline Protestantism, describing some of the tools that Presbyterian leaders used to build the kind of national, top-down denomination that would dominate the Protestant religious landscape by mid-century.

In his new role at Westmont, Aaron will assist with the planning for the annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, and will work with Student Life to coordinate the Reel Talk film series. He will also assume responsibilities for coordinating many of the academic lectures and symposia on campus. A good liberal arts education, he maintains, addresses "the big and basic questions" and "engages many levels of the institution." In assembling and promoting the various Gaede Institute lectures and activities, he hopes to help "reinforce for students that the life of mind extends beyond the classroom."