Archives for September 2012

MI Hosts Sold-Out Christian Leadership Conference

The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture at Westmont

The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation (MI/DWC) at Westmont College is hosting a sold-out conference to help Christian leaders embrace their role as teachers of the knowledge of God in Christ. The Knowing Christ Conference, Feb. 21-23, is the inaugural conference for the institute, which was founded… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Probe Religion in the 2012 Election

Drs. Jesse Covington and Telford Work

Two Westmont professors discuss how religious factors are influencing the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Jesse Covington, assistant professor of political science, and Telford Work, associate professor of religious studies, will talk about “Religion in the 2012 Election: What Difference Is It Making?” Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Sargent to be Installed as Provost, Dean

Dr. Mark Sargent

Westmont officially installs Mark L. Sargent as provost and dean of faculty at a special convocation Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. Speakers will include Eileen McMahon McQuade, vice chair of the faculty and chair of the biology department; Jane Higa, dean of students and vice president for student life; former Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, UCSB to Host Annual Lecture in New Testament

Dr. Steven Friesen

Steven Friesen, professor of religious studies at the University of Texas Austin, speaks about “Violence and the Book of Revelation: Žižek and John, Together at Last” at the UCSB-Westmont Annual Lecture in New Testament on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in UCSB’s McCune Conference Room, Humanities and Social Science Building room 6020. The lecture… [Continue Reading]

Entrepreneur, Alumnus to Lead New Program

Entrepreneur Rick Ifland

Rick Ifland ’83, a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor, will direct Westmont’s Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation beginning Nov. 1. He will also teach business courses as associate professor of economics and business, a non-tenure-track position. During his interim appointment, Ifland will take a leave of absence from the Westmont Board of Trustees… [Continue Reading]

Viewing of the Stars to Feature Ring Nebula

The Ring Nebula, M57, will be the star attraction at a free, public viewing with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope Friday, Sept. 21. The monthly viewing, held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, begins after 7:45 p.m. and lasts several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement… [Continue Reading]

Philosophy Professor Probes Faith, Reason

Dr. Jerry Gill '56

Westmont alumnus Jerry H. Gill ’56, adjunct professor of philosophy, religious studies and humanities at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., explores the relationship between faith and reason in a free, public lecture, “Faith and/or Reason,” Friday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Adams Center 216. Gill, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at… [Continue Reading]

Professor Examines Psychology of Culture

Dr. Carmel Saad

Carmel Gabriel Saad, who joins Westmont this fall as an assistant professor of psychology, is an Egyptian-American whose research focuses on bicultural identities and is interested in studying dual non-cultural identities and creativity. Saad’s parents are both Egyptians who immigrated to the United States about 30 years ago. “I was raised in a traditional Egyptian… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Remains High in College Rankings

Westmont is ranked in the top 100 for the fourth straight year in this year’s listings of the best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2013 Edition.” Of the nation’s 251 liberal arts colleges, Westmont finished tied for 90th, the same ranking it held last year and its… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Faculty Perform in Fall Recital

Dr. Philip Ficsor

Members of the music faculty at Westmont present a recital featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Bach and Stephen Sondheim on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Performers include John Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Nichole Dechaine, soprano; Andrea Di Maggio, flute; Neil Di Maggio, piano; Paula… [Continue Reading]