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Dear Class of 1999,

I hope your Summer went very well. If you're going to be in Santa Barbara on October 14-15, I hope you'll drop by homecoming and look through some of the improvements that are (still) being made to campus...

After the completion of Westmont's new buildings for Art and Science last year, the Art Department vacated the old "Reynolds Gallery" (you remember the old building situated below Armington near Deane Chapel)...Crews spent the summer transforming the interior of Reynolds into a state-of-the-art Music building, complete with 12 soundproof practice rooms (up from just 4 in their previous home) and faculty offices...Check it out when you're on campus next...The improvement is stunning! And now that music has moved out of Porter Theatre, the Theatre Arts and Biology departments are getting new spaces for their students as well.

As always, I welcome and invite you to send me an article about what you've been up to recently. I'll collect your responses and include them in our next newsletter in December. For this newsletter, I interviewed Sean Howarter about his experiences in ministry. (By the way, I'm always so thankful for Westmont where I got to know amazing people like this...)

In His Grace,
Mike Friel, Class Agent for 1999


Sean Howarter

Photo of Sean and Family

Sean Howarter didn't dream up the idea of turning Westmont's Dining Commons into a fish pond senior year but he was definitely there that night. So if you still remember the damp, fishy smell while eating breakfast that Spring morning in 1999, you now know at least one of the culprits.

After graduation in May, Sean traveled to South Africa with Westmont's rugby team, which is where the Lord took hold of his life. After an extended stay in South Africa in order to serve in sports ministry and leadership school, he returned to the United States and plugged into Skyline Church in San Diego, where he met his wife, Tylene, and served in sports ministry.

Looking back, Sean expressed gratefulness for his college experience. "When I arrived at Westmont, I was quite new to the whole Christian life so it was quite an eye opener," said Sean. "God was able to establish some great foundations with the help of the various entities at Westmont from the people to the classes I experienced."

Sean's message to the Class of 1999 is this: "Don't ever forget where life has taken you! Your story and passion can help others in ways you could never imagine. We serve a mighty and faithful God!"

Although life experiences post college have helped him to grow as a person, he concludes, "if I ran into someone from Westmont, we could pick up in many areas of life as though we had seen each other yesterday."

Sean is currently the Global Missions Pastor at Skyline Church and the Director of the San Diego Mud Run at Skyline. The Howarters have three children, six year old Logan, four year old Peyton and Cole who is almost two. They live in Jamul, a suburb of San Diego.

So, if you're in town, don't forget to look Sean up, visit Skyline Church or even get a little muddy at the San Diego Mud Run. You can reach him via email at showarter@skylinechurch.org or via phone at (619) 889-1272.


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