April 2015

Teri Bradford Dear Alumni,

I write this as our students return from spring break with only four weeks left of classes and Spring Sing behind us. Classes, papers, exams and Parents Weekend have kept both students and staff busy. Spring Sing 2015, Communication Breakdown: That’s How Rumors Get Started, presented a clever, energetic show hosted by two amazing emcees who zoomed in on Segways. Staging Spring Sing in the stunningly remodeled Santa Barbara Bowl brings it to a whole new level. I hope you will plan to attend a future Spring Sing and relive this age-old tradition!

Every Blessing,

Teri Bradford Rouse
Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Contact Alumni & Parent Relations Staff

Homecoming 2015

President Beebe during parade Save the date to reunite with your friends and classmates October 2-4! We’ll celebrate class reunions for years ending in 5 and 0. This year, men’s soccer will celebrate their 50th anniversary, and they plan many great reunion events. I also hear rumors that the 1983 Kenyan Project will reunite.

Classmates who work together on a reunion always plan the most successful events. Please let us know if you or a group of your friends want to spearhead your class reunion. It won’t happen without you! Contact Lorinda Dry if you are interested at ldry@westmont.edu .

Please take a moment to nominate deserving alumni for the annual Alum of the Year, Young Alum of the Year and Global Service Awards. Submit your nominations by May 31 and tell us why you chose each alum


Summer Scholars

Westmont Summer Scholars If you or your friends have kids, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings or friends who are juniors or seniors in high school, please let them know about Westmont Summer Scholars. This three-week, residential summer experience will help them prepare for college. 

... Participants take one general-education course, earning four units of college credit while havinga fantastic time. They explore important and interesting subjects in rigorous classes. They grow close to one another in a supportive community. They discover the joy and challenge of integrating their Christian faith with top-level scholarship. Students live on campus with their classmates, and a Westmont resident director and current students serve as mentors. On the weekends, studentsenjoy enriching, extracurricular activities in this culturally and academically vibrant program. Click here to learn more about Westmont Summer Scholars. 

Westmont Circles Around with C.S. Lewis  

CS Lewis We’ve had the good fortune to follow the Fellowship of Performing Arts stage production of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce throughout the country. This professional Christian theatre group based in New York has produced a stellar stage adaptation of the time-honored book. We’ve gathered alumni and parents in Thousand Oaks, the Bay Area, Seattle and Portland, and we look forward to one more in Minneapolis. We’ve enjoyed rich and stimulating discussions with fun receptions and delicious food. A Westmont professor or alum who teaches at a Christian college has led a conversation on themes in the book.

... Thanks to Westmont professors Mark Nelson and Karen Andrews for leading the California discussions, Susan VanZanten ’78 for Seattle, Roger Newell ’74 for Portland, and Dan Taylor ’70 for Minneapolis. It’s been a blast, and I wish the production were playing in every city where we have alumni as I’m confident you would all enjoy it.

Dr. Ken Kihlstrom led a warm-hearted and thoughtful Easter reflection at the home of Ryan Killam ’07 and his parents (thank you Killams!) in Palos Verdes, Calif., for 35 alumni before everyone attended the amazing Pageant of Our Lord at Rolling Hills Covenant Church. We think we might make this a tradition!

AAA: Alumni Authors Abound 

Our prolific and accomplished alumni authors have produced interesting and worthwhile books. Enjoy!

Roger Thompson ‘94 "My Best Friend’s Funeral"
Michael YankoskiMy Best Friend's Funeral

“There’s a certain kind of lost a boy feels in this world without a father. Tim felt it. I felt it. And we realized our only way out would be together.”

In an openhearted memoir of faith on the fringe, Roger Thompson meditates on the life and premature death of his best friend and business partner, Tim Garrety, cofounder of Skate Street Ventura.

Roger and Tim’s 20-year friendship developed in the surf and on the streets of 1980s California.
Together they hazarded countless waves and every rite of passage—from guitars to girls to God—and influenced the lives of thousands of skateboarders, musicians, surfers and otherwise disconnected youth in the process. 

With unrestrained honesty and a punk-rock soundtrack, My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir of friendship, doubt, surfing and the complex relationships between fathers and sons. If life has ever left you feeling abandoned—or if you simply prefer a rock show to a sermon—My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir for you and a confirmation that you’re never alone.

About Roger:

Roger Thompson ’94 supports orphans in Haiti through job creation, orphan prevention and Voluntourism with the Hands and Feet Project and HaitiMade.com. He produces surf movies with Walking on Water Films. He and Tim (the best friend in his book) began in the surf and skate industry with a small surf clothing company and surf shop. They then opened the world-renowned skate park, Skate Street Ventura.

Since then, Roger has designed skate parks, retail stores, youth camps and entertainment venues throughout the country. He has produced surf and skate movies and collaborated in the entertainment, fashion and publishing industries. In addition, he has served on numerous non-profit and ministry boards.

When not working, Roger enjoys fly-fishing, building furniture and surfing with his sons near Ventura, where he lives with his wife, two young sons, one young pup and five productive chickens.

G. Walter Bush ‘88 "Unpacking Chuck"  

Unpacking ChuckThe 2014 self-published book Unpacking Chuck presents a collection of critical readings on the former NBC and current Netflix dramedy Chuck. Unpacking Chuck reached No. 1 in Amazon’s Kindle category of TV: Guides and Reviews.

Unpacking Chuck: The TV Series Interpreted is just what the Chuck enthusiast has been waiting for! The first and only book analyzing the former NBC and current Netflix series, it digs beneath the surface of the dramatic elements of the show, addressing elements of the plot, characters, themes and imagery from all five seasons.

... The author unpacks meanings embedded in the script, cinematography and musical lyrics of the audio-visual text while linking concepts throughout the series to aid interpretation. Not only does Unpacking Chuck clear up ambiguities regarding Chuck, Sarah and their relationship, but entire chapters are devoted to Bryce Larkin, Orion, Frost, Ellie, Morgan and three more on Casey. After reading Unpacking Chuck, you won’t view the series in quite the same way again. Unpacking Chuck has been featured in articles posted on Chucktv.net, Thenerdmachine.com and Thechuckmovie.com.

Michelle (Sullivan) Trescott ‘07 "The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook"

Margot Starbuck Autoimmune Paleo Michelle “Mickey” Trescott wrote a wildly successful cookbook last year, The Autoimmune Paleo, which is rated No. 531 on Amazon today. Mickey suffered a rapid decline in health after being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases. She lost her job, spent thousands of dollars on medical expenses, and endured months of being confined to bed. But then she found some healing through nutrition and food. Her book and website have helped countless thousands put their autoimmune conditions into remission. She also runs the blog Autoimmune-Paleo.com.

Mickey and her husband, Noah, believe it’s a blessing to share their story with the world and feel grateful for the time they spent at Westmont.

Noteable Mention:

Dr. James Schmook ‘59: The HD Generation: Shallow Roots, Deep Ties, (available on Amazon).  http://www.amazon.com/The-HD-Generation-Shallow-Roots/dp/1480148326

Dr. Stephen Palmquist ‘79: Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason. http://www.amazon.com/Religion-within-Bounds-Hackett-Classics/dp/0872209776

The author of nine books, Stephen recently submitted a manuscript for his 10th, a massive, 800-page commentary on Kant’s book,Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason. While most of his works address a scholarly audience, four targetgeneral readers. You can see a list of his books here:   http://hkbu.academia.edu/StephenPalmquist.

Westmont Downtown

Mexico A new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara in a building on Anapamu Street. The students who enroll in the fall will be involved in an internship 20 hours a week in Santa Barbara, take classes downtown and live off campus. The program will open direct partnerships with Santa Barbara-based businesses and social agencies and include training in capital and social entrepreneurship. We want to equip students with the skills and experiences they need to become social innovators, entrepreneurs and people who seek the global good. We’re grateful for the support of Tom Parker and the Hutton Parker Foundation in launching this program. Rachel Winslow, assistant professor of history, will direct the program, and Rick Ifland ’83, director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an associate professor of economics and business, will also be involved.

Both Basketball Teams Excel at Nationals

alumni For the first time in Westmont history and only the fifth time at the NAIA National Tournament, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams reached the semifinals, the Fab Four. The men went on to the finals and finished National Runner-up. With lots of upsets along the way, the games were exhilarating nail-biters to the end. The men’s team earned the James Naismith Sportsmanship Award, named for the founder of basketball. Warrior Britt Williams received Coach John Moore’s favorite recognition, the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award.

Westmont Rankings

Westmont Two new college rankings recognize the excellence of your alma mater. Business Insider named Westmont one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, , whose graduates make much higher salaries than their U.S. News rankings would suggest. Princeton Review lists Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.”

“Both these rankings recognize the tremendous success and achievements of our alumni as well as the excellence of our academic program,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “We prepare our graduates to not only thrive in all spheres of society but to become leaders in all spheres of society. We’re proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

Did You Know?

reflections Did you know you can view video meditations online? Westmont’s Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation offers these wonderful devotional videos, an easily accessible tool for daily inspiration. Westmont encourages the college community to listen and find spiritual refreshment. Start listening today!

Important Links

Job Spot - As an alum, you can both post and look for a job or internship for all Westmont alumni and students to see. What a great way to invest in Westmont and fill your employment needs.

Online Career Webinars - Remember our career series on the first Wednesday of every month September through June. Hear great speakers address a variety of career-related topics. Sign up for this free monthly series!

Join Westmont Connect - Westmont Connect, our new online tool, helps alums connect with each other. Have you moved lately? Update your contact information here as well.

Exciting Events in Your life? - Share your news with the Alumni Album section of the Westmont magazine.

Alumni Insurance Benefits - Westmont alums can take advantage of special rates and discounts for auto, homeowners, life and health insurance through Mercer Consumer and well-known providers such as Liberty Mutual Insurance.  If you are between 50-75 years of age, watch for a mailing about long-term care benefits in the near future.

Westmont Athletics – See Warrior Sports calendars and subscribe to the Warrior Update

Westmont Bookstore - Shop for gifts online. Don’t forget as an alum you get 10% off!

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art - Discover information about the museum and exhibits.

iTunes U - Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events at itunesu.westmont.edu.

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