Alumna Thankful for Friends, Deep Faith

Alumna Shauna Niequist in chapel

Alumna Shauna Niequist ’98, Alumna of the Year at Homecoming, spoke in chapel Oct. 12 about the three greatest things Westmont gave her: friends, vocation and a deeper faith. Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of “Cold Tangerines,” “Bittersweet,” “Bread & Wine, Savor,” and “Present Over Perfect,” did an interview with Oprah Winfrey in a… [Continue Reading]

Patterson Explains Cryptojacking in WSJ

The work of Dr. Don Patterson (left) was recently published in the Wall Street Journal

Don Patterson, Westmont professor of computer science, explained cryptojacking step by step in a recent article in the The Wall Street Journal. Cryptojacking, taking over the processing power of hijacked computers and using it to earn cryptocurrency, is becoming a favorite among cybercriminals. Patterson, who taught at UC Irvine before joining Westmont’s faculty in 2015, earned… [Continue Reading]

Think Fast, Slow with Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and bestselling author “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” speaks at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 2, at noon in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Tickets to the event, which is sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, cost $100 per person… [Continue Reading]

Summer Research Aims to Help End Alzheimer’s

Westmont researchers are using a new high-tech tool to understand human neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. As part of a summer research project, Yi-Fan Lu, Westmont assistant professor of biology, and senior Heidi Pullmann used the new microelectrode array, purchased through the Westmont Provost’s Office, to detect and record the response of neurons to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Ranks Among Top National Colleges

The recently released 2019 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities confirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation. PayScale’s “Best Colleges in California by Salary Potential” lists Westmont as No. 19, nearly 40 spots above its closest California competitor in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and fourth among… [Continue Reading]

New, Talented Professors Join Faculty

Three new accomplished tenure-track professors have joined the Westmont faculty:  Kya Mangrum (English), Brandon Haines (chemistry) and Yi-Fan Lu (biology). Mangrum, who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, before earning a master’s and doctorate from the University of Michigan, is completing a manuscript that examines how photography transformed U.S. slave narratives. “My research focuses… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2022 Arrives for Orientation

The Westmont class of 2022, which arrives for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 23, is among the most diverse in college history. Around 420 first-year and transfer students represent eight countries and 31 states, and 37 percent of them identify as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed-race. Nearly 18 percent identify… [Continue Reading]

College Explores Work, Rest in ‘An Unhurried Life’

Edee Schulze, vice president for student life

Westmont has chosen “An Unhurried Life” by Alan Fadling as a book to read this summer and throughout the upcoming school year. The author will speak in chapel Friday, Sept. 28, and share major themes from the book with students. Recent studies at Penn State and Boston University document the growing mental health crisis on… [Continue Reading]

New Center to Examine U.S. Democracy

Drs. Jesse Covington and Tom Knecht

Westmont’s new Center for American Democracy will help students understand the unique ideas, ideals, institutions and practices of democracy in the United States. The center begins launching programs in fall 2018 thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous couple with new ties to the college. “We often read about fledgling democracies where entrenched tyrants… [Continue Reading]

Grants Launch New Sports at Westmont

The family celebrated the graduation of Megan Shagren in May.

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Washington, has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of… [Continue Reading]