Archives for August 2010

New Professor Enjoys a Change of Scenery

Robert Hamel, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of theatre arts this fall, was a Lutheran pastor for 25 years, but says theater has always been in his family. His wife, Susan, is a theater professional, and together they staged theatrical events in churches. Most recently, Robert organized summer theater shows in Iowa City,… [Continue Reading]

New Professor Teaches Medieval Literature

Jamie Friedman, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of English this fall, became fascinated by medieval studies when an English professor visited her history class to discuss Beowulf, the Old English epic poem. “He had us beat on the desks while he chanted the verse,” Friedman says. “The content of the poem and the… [Continue Reading]

Construction Complete For Fall Classes

Workers put finishing touches on two new buildings, Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics before students arrived for the fall semester. Faculty in four departments moved into their new offices in mid-August. While dramatically improving the learning environment for students, the buildings also enhance the beauty of the… [Continue Reading]

Library Revamped Into Modern Learning Center

Westmont renovated all three floors of Voskuyl Library this summer, taking out shelves, walls and cubicles, while demolishing traditional ideas of library design and function. The theory of multiple intelligences has shaped new learning spaces throughout the building to better address the different ways people prefer to study. “These spaces will inspire students to learn,… [Continue Reading]

New Students Begin Moving Into Westmont

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 26, for the 384 first-year students representing the class of 2014 with the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 30. The incoming class includes seven National Merit Scholars, 65 students from the Tri Counties, 99 students of color, and six international students from China, Singapore, Philippines, Germany, Sweden and Kenya. There are… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Explore Moon Craters

The Moon in a photograph taken with Westmont's Keck Telescope

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will available for a free, public viewing Friday, Aug. 20, at the observatory near the soccer and baseball fields. People generally begin lining for the first glimpse through the 24-inch reflector telescope after sunset, around 8 p.m. Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor, says the 12-day-old Moon, located in Sagittarius, will dominate… [Continue Reading]

U.S. News Ranks Westmont in Top 100

For the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “American’s Best Colleges, 2011 Edition.” Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth… [Continue Reading]

New Students to Take a Hike Before Class

Students hike around the 9,882-foot-elevation Beartrap Lake in Toiyobe National Forest

Sixteen first-year Westmont students, representing states from Hawaii to Massachusetts, have registered for a unique orientation program that will take them trekking through the North Yosemite backcountry Aug. 12-24. Inoculum, an optional introduction to Westmont, offers students units of academic and physical education course credit. Students are assigned to read a book, this year “Serve… [Continue Reading]