Archives for September 2007

Chemist Reacts Well With Students

Chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Contakes, who joined the Westmont faculty this fall, hopes to influence student’s lives inside and outside the classroom. The Lehigh University alumnus is a bioinorganic chemist who focuses on metals in biology. “The chemistry involved in activities such as thinking and moving contain metals which play a key role in the… [Continue Reading]

Professor Studies Biblical Family Violence

Religious studies professor Caryn Reeder, who joined the Westmont faculty this fall, is anxious to begin conducting research on a new topic. She has spent much of the past year writing “The Enemy Within: Biblical and Intertestamental Traditions of Family Violence,” a dissertation she hopes to publish focusing on domestic violence in the Bible and… [Continue Reading]

Private Equity Investor Heads Advisors

Mitch Vance, a general partner of a private equity investment firm, has agreed to chair Westmont’s Board of Advisors, President Gayle Beebe announced today. Vance joined the board in 2000 and previously served on the Westmont Foundation. The 17-member Westmont Board of Advisors, a group of business people who serve as consultants to the college,… [Continue Reading]

Computer Science Awarded $287,500 Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Westmont professors Kim P. Kihlstrom and Wayne Iba a $287,500 grant for their project Connection-Oriented Computer Science Education. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 each year to students majoring in computer science who demonstrate financial need and academic promise. The project aims to increase the number of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Alum Fights to End Slavery

Westmont alumnus David Batstone, a modern day abolitionist, will stop in the Tri Counties this week as part of a 60-city tour to end slavery and human trafficking. He will speak in chapel at Westmont Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. He will speak that evening at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 8180 Telephone Road in Ventura… [Continue Reading]

Talk Fleshes Out Skin-Tone Discrimination

The social issues and implications surrounding the skin tone of Asians will be the focus of a talk by author and scholar Paul Spickard, Friday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. The free, public lecture, “Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans,” will explain and interpret the issue and its implications… [Continue Reading]

Stern, Students to Research Communication

Lesa Stern, communication studies professor, joined the Westmont faculty this fall and looks forward to mentoring and conducting research with her students. She completed a study on students’ use of the popular social networking Web site Facebook while teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “It was the good, the bad and the ugly,” Stern says…. [Continue Reading]

Professor Begins New Chapter at Westmont

Kathryn Stelmach always knew she wanted to be a teacher. The new Westmont English professor and Carlsbad native says she was deeply influenced by her maternal grandparents, who both taught high school English. “Growing up, I would sit in my grandfather’s chair and read his dog-eared poetry. I really fell in love with it,” she… [Continue Reading]

Lecture Sheds Light on Visual Culture

William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, will present a lecture on “Georges Rouault, Jacques Maritain and Cultural Renewal in France,” Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. This free event is in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibit, “Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre.” Dyrness is an… [Continue Reading]

Faculty, Students Run Reading Marathon

English faculty and students will read aloud the entire text of Charlotte Brontë’s novel “Jane Eyre” between 9 a.m. and midnight Saturday, Sept. 29, in Reynolds Hall at Westmont. Community members are invited to come by, listen and enjoy light refreshments provided throughout the day. This event anticipates the college’s upcoming theatrical production of “Jane… [Continue Reading]