Archives for July 2012

New Students Explore, Thrive in Wilderness

Twenty first-year Westmont students met on campus Aug. 9 before trekking through the Sierra backcountry north of Yosemite. Inoculum is a unique, 12-day orientation program that introduces students to Westmont and earns them two units of academic and physical education credit. Faculty co-leaders Savannah Kelly, instructional services librarian, and alumnus Eric Meyer ’03, a doctoral… [Continue Reading]

Grant to Raise $1M for Student Research

Westmont students conduct research in a chemistry lab.

The John Stauffer Charitable Trust has awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to endow the Westmont chemistry department’s Summer Science Research Program. The trust will match each dollar donated to the program through 2017 until the college is able to endow the program with $1 million. “Summer research at Westmont with Professor Allan Nishimura taught me… [Continue Reading]

Music Majors Focus on Worship Leadership

The Westmont Chapel Band and Gospel Choir perform

The National Association of Schools of Music and the Westmont Review Committee of the Academic Senate have approved a music major emphasis in worship leadership. This new program, which is open to students from any church background, will begin in fall 2013. Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, encourages students interested in a career in… [Continue Reading]

July Viewing Features Globular Clusters

The globular cluster M13, one of the brightest and best-known globular clusters in the northern sky. (Courtesy NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team)

The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, Messier 13, will dazzle viewers at a free, public stargazing event with the powerful Keck Telescope Friday, July 20. The sun will not set until after 8 p.m., making the best viewing after 9 p.m. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in… [Continue Reading]

Newton Becomes Provost of King’s College

Dr. David Newton

David Newton, who has taught entrepreneurial finance at Westmont for 22 years, has been appointed provost at King’s College in New York City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981. He begins the position Jan. 1, 2013. “We will miss Dave very much and congratulate him on this marvelous new opportunity,” says Westmont President… [Continue Reading]

Music Fest Brings World-Class Talent to Montecito

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

The Montecito International Music Festival returns to Westmont for its fifth season with a stellar lineup of visiting artists and talented faculty. About 140 students from around the world take part in a three-week, music-intensive program July 16-Aug. 3. “They are among the most talented young musicians in the world, coming together to learn from… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars Success

The 2012 Westmont Summer Scholars

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with Professors Alister Chapman, Christian Hoeckley and Telford Work as part of the Westmont Summer Scholars program. In its second year, the program nearly tripled in size, offering students the opportunity to experience life at Westmont while earning college credits. The students studied either… [Continue Reading]