Archives for September 2011

Alumna to Co-Lead Westmont in Istanbul

Dr. Heather Keaney

Alumna Heather Keaney ’93 is back in Santa Barbara as assistant professor of history at Westmont, but in January she and husband, Jim Wright, venture back to the Middle East to co-lead Westmont in Istanbul. Keaney has spent the past 11 years living and teaching in Cairo at the American University in Cairo and at… [Continue Reading]

Business is Looking Up for New Professor

Dr. David L. Anderson

David L. Anderson, associate professor of economics and business, says he is joining Westmont at an exciting time in the college’s history. “You want to join an organization that’s moving up, not one that’s slipping,” he says. “The important news of moving to 76 in the Forbes’ listing and 90 in the U.S. News and… [Continue Reading]

Libyan Hisham Matar to Talk at Westmont

Hisham Matar (Photo by Diana Matar)

Libyan novelist Hisham Matar will read from his latest book, “Anatomy of a Disappearance,” Friday, Oct. 7, at noon in Founders Room in Westmont’s Kerr Student Center. The talk, sponsored by the English and history departments and student life and provost’s offices, is free and open to the public. Matar wrote “In the Country of… [Continue Reading]

Moore Rejoins Kinesiology Department

Dr. Alex Moore

Alex Moore, who joins the Westmont faculty this fall as assistant professor of kinesiology, is no stranger to the college. Moore, a Wheaton College alumnus, was an adjunct instructor at Westmont for both the kinesiology and biology departments from 2004-06. He taught a wide range of classes, including anatomy, tennis, physiology, biochemistry lab and Fit… [Continue Reading]

Lazar Returns, Hopes to Inspire Students

Dr. Kristi Lazar

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. “Being a part of this community is special,” she says. “I felt blessed to have four years here to devote my time to learning and growing as a person. My professors encouraged me every day.” Ten years… [Continue Reading]

Everest to Express Wonder of Chemistry

Dr. Michael Everest

Michael Everest, who joins Westmont as professor of chemistry this fall, says he is passionate about offering students a high-quality, undergraduate, liberal arts education. “It’s in my DNA,” he says. In fact his parents, Dan and Sherry (Sonneveldt) Everest, both graduated with degrees in psychology from Westmont in 1967, Sherry with a double major in… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Reverses National Loan Default Trend

Residence Hall Room

While the number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, Westmont is bucking the trend. The national two-year cohort default rate rose to 8.8 percent last year, from 7 percent in fiscal 2008, according to the Department of Education, which released the figures Sept. 12. During the same period, Westmont’s default rate… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Reflect Global Christianity, Mission

Dr. Robert A. Hunt of Southern Methodist University speaks at Westmont on Sept. 21

Robert A. Hunt, director of global theological education at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will speak about “Multiple Modernities: How Global Christianity is Challenging Concepts of Christian Mission” Monday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge inside Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Charles Farhadian, associate… [Continue Reading]

Faculty to Perform at Fall Recital

Philip Ficsor, assistant professor of violin, performs Sept. 16

Westmont professors offer a musically diverse program that includes Joahannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak at the Fall Faculty Recital in Deane Chapel Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. The program features vocal and instrumental pieces. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights include faculty performances by Grey Brothers, tenor, Philip Ficsor, violin,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Soars in U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report selects Westmont as 90th best in nation

Westmont leaped nine spots in this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2012 Edition.” Of the nation’s 252 liberal arts colleges, Westmont finished tied for 90th, its highest ranking as a national liberal arts college. It’s also the third straight year Westmont has… [Continue Reading]