Alumni Westmont Magazine

An Illustrated Life

Katie King Rumford ’06

Katie King Rumford ’06 grew up at Westmont, where her father Dave ’76 worked as a resident director before becoming the longtime housing director. “Attending a school so familiar ended up being good for me,” she says.

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Bringing Tribal Communities Online

Morgan Vigil Hayes ’12 decided to attend Westmont after talking to professors Kim Kihlstrom and Wayne Iba in a chat room. “I fell in love with their vision for computer science as a way to serve others,” she says.

The Healing Power of Community

Darrelle Good Fricke ’11 sees the most reluctant clients: people undergoing court-mandated therapy for domestic violence or substance abuse. She works with weekly groups for nine months, listening as individuals tell their stories and hold each other accountable. 

The Power of a Handwritten Note

Julie Rosemond Merrick ’91 learned a lifelong habit from her mother: writing thank-you notes. “She taught me to sit down and write to my grandparents in Iowa,” Julie says. “I have always sent handwritten notes; it’s just a part of my life.”