Archives for March 2010

Exploring the Ethics of Selling Organs

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson, Kenneth and Peggy Monroe professor of philosophy, explores the thorny ethical issues surrounding the idea of offering money for human organs in a free lecture, “The Morality of Organ Trafficking,” Thursday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The free, public lecture is part of Westmont Downtown:… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Opens Track and Field of Dreams

The new Westmont track

Westmont opens its new state-of-the-art track and field/soccer complex Saturday, March 27, with a 10 a.m. ceremonial first lap, following speeches by President Gayle D. Beebe and former track coach Jim Klein. The first competition on the synthetic, all-weather, 400-meter track will be a predict-your-time mile that’s open to the public. Westmont then hosts an… [Continue Reading]

Students Spring to Serve During Break

The construction team prays.  © Jessica Fairchild

Westmont students were all over the globe during spring break, serving the less fortunate in a variety of settings, and were even featured in a CNN story about tourism in Mexico. Paul Vercammen, former KEYT-TV reporter and news director, orchestrated the story that featured Westmont senior Hanna Walker of Goleta building one of the six… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Open for Public Viewing

The New Observatory at Westmont

The new Westmont observatory, which houses the powerful Keck Telescope, will be available for a free, public viewing Friday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m.. Viewers may catch a glimpse of Saturn and its rings after 9 p.m. After the sun goes down, the red surface of Mars may become visible as well. Star gazers… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Alumni Provide Job Survival Tips

Jennifer Taylor

Four Westmont alumni will share stories of their business lives in a free, public panel discussion, “Tips for Surviving in a Challenging Job Market after Graduation: Mistakes I’ve Made and Ideas for Making the Most of It,” Tuesday, March 23, at 3:15 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. The panel includes Laura Ortberg Turner ‘07, a political… [Continue Reading]

Students to Serve During Spring Break

Potters Clay 2009

About 340 Westmont students will spend spring break, March 15-19, volunteering for various service projects in Mississippi and Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. More than 60 students will stay in Santa Barbara during their week-long break from school, leading service projects and volunteering with A Rocha, a Christian environmental initiative…. [Continue Reading]

Cleveland Explores Religion, Self-Awareness

Christena Cleveland, assistant professor of psychology, presents a Phi Kappa Phi Paul C. Wilt Address, “Amazing Grace: Cultural Differences in Protestant Theology and Self-Awareness,” Tuesday, March 9, at 7p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Cleveland, who earned her Ph.D. in 2008 at UC Santa… [Continue Reading]

Penksa Awarded Follow-On Fulbright Grant

Susan Penksa

The U.S. Department of State has awarded Susan Penksa, Westmont professor of political science, a follow-on Fulbright grant, allowing her to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina to build on the work of her 2007 fellowship and further the Fulbright mission of worldwide mutual understanding. Penksa will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina March 14-28, presenting research… [Continue Reading]

Students Make Great Speeches, Debates

Daniel Wendler, Jean Svoboda and Chris Kyle

Several students earned cash prizes Feb. 25 at the conclusion of the month-long 14th annual Speech and Debate Tournament. Ninety students participated in the tournament dedicated to the memory of Bob Svoboda, who together with his wife, Jean Svoboda, envisioned a tournament devoted to critical thinking and oral communication and made that possible through generous… [Continue Reading]