Westmont Magazine A Year in the Life

Notable events between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2002

Changes on Campus

Stan Gaede, the college’s seventh president, took office after five years as provost.

Reverend Ken Fong, senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, joined the Westmont Board of Trustees.

History Professor Shirley Mullen was chosen to be provost after a year as interim academic dean.

Westmont began offering full-tuition scholarships to four top applicants each year.


Westmont concluded the largest capital campaign in college history, raising $57 million for buildings, endowment and programs.

The largest alumni bequest ever, $1.6 million, came from the estate of Carolyn DeYoung ’57.

Westmont and the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse received the first installment of a nearly $1.2 million bequest from the estate of Virginia Perle, which will be split evenly between the recipients.

The estate of California artist Clarence Hinkle donated $155,000 for art scholarships to Westmont students.

Carl Johnson, an internationally recognized architect and planner, donated 10 prints by British printmaker John Brunsdon.

Santa Barbara architect Barry A. Berkus donated five sculptures to Westmont from his personal collection.

Campus Doings

Reynolds Gallery hosted “Working from Life: The Figure in Drawing,” exhibiting art from nearly 20 internationally known artists.

The art of world-renowned potter Armin Muller was exhibited in Reynolds Gallery. Author Robert Kinsey spoke on the collection during the exhibit’s opening reception.

Scholars and educational leaders from around Southern California gathered at Westmont for the Institute for the Liberal Arts’ Second Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts.

The women’s soccer team won the 2001 NAIA National Championship. This is the second national championship for the program in three years.

College Honors

The class of 2005 was the strongest class to date, with 12 National Merit Finalists and increases in GPAs and SAT scores.

Westmont received five Citations of Excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America for publications produced during the 2000-2001 year.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named Westmont as a winner of the 2002 Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award, which honors superior fundraising programs across the country.

Westmont was recognized in Kaplan Publishing’s new book, “The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges” in the United States.

The National Science Foundation awarded Westmont two grants totaling more than $150,000 for scholarships and research.

The Grounds, Automotive and Shuttle Services divisions of Physical Plant celebrated seven years of accident-free work in August 2001.

Voices on Campus

Nationally acclaimed poet and critic Dana Gioia lectured on the role of poetry in America and read from his own work of narrative poetry.

Author Thomas Cahill, known for his recounting of formative moments in Western civilization, spoke on encountering people from the past and how that shaped current consciousness.

Hafsat Abiola, a 25-year-old Nigerian human rights activist, spoke to the campus about her experiences fighting for justice around the world.

Elisabeth Mention, associate conservator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, spoke about her work and informally assessed privately owned paintings.

“An Evening with Ivan Reitman,” featured an interview of the award-winning movie producer, director and Santa Barbara resident.

Poet and professor Jean Janzen read from her works.

Alumnus and filmmaker Ron Shelton ’67 spoke on “Ideas of Redemption in Popular Culture.”

Local authors Sue Grafton and Julia Child joined Fannie Flagg and many others as Westmont hosted the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference for the second year.

Faculty Honors

Music Professor Steve Butler composed “Grace,” a work for orchestra, children’s choir, adult choir and soloists, for President Gaede’s inauguration.

President Stan Gaede published a new book: “An Incomplete Guide to the Rest of Your Life.”

Women’s Soccer Coach and Communications Studies Professor Mike Giuliano was named NAIA “Coach of the Year.”

Political Science Professor Dave Lawrence serves as president of the California Center for Education in Public Affairs.

Religious Studies Professor Tremper Longman III released his most recent book, “Song of Songs.”

Athletic Director and Men’s Soccer Coach Dave Wolf was inducted into Wheaton College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.