Current Issue: Fall 2014

Staying Faithful to the Westmont Tradition Throughout the World

Staying Faithful to the Westmont Tradition Throughout the World

By Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D., President of Westmont College During college, I awakened intellectually and spiritually to the realities of a global church and the great expansions and contractions of Christianity around the world. Amidst the usual praises and condemnations, I recognized…

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Should We Read the Bible Systematically or Selectively?

Should We Read the Bible Systematically or Selectively?

Alumni scholars answer Robert Gundry’s question about the relationship between New Testament studies and theology with a book of essays dedicated to the eminent New Testament professor The idea surfaced at lunch in Scotland. Ben Reynolds ’99 and Brian Lugioyo ’99 both…

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Why Christians Should Read More Fiction

Why Christians Should Read More Fiction

By Paul Anderson ’13 First off, I wouldn’t normally compare myself to a street preacher on a soapbox. But as an English major at a small Christian liberal arts college, I can’t think of a more fitting analogy to convey how I often feel…

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Balancing Active Engagement with Prayer and Contemplation

Balancing Active Engagement with Prayer and Contemplation

By President Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. I consider Gregory the Great (540-604) an intellectual and spiritual friend who helped me understand how to be a highly active person and also contemplative. During college, I became increasingly frustrated with my inability to abide…

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Commencement Launches the Class of 2014

Commencement Launches the Class of 2014

Westmont graduates one of its largest classes, honors outstanding students and welcomes the golden warriors of the class of 1964 Rick Warren (left), President Gayle D. Beebe and Annette Simmons Hats, fans and iced drinks kept guests cool at Commencement on a…

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Meet the New Kids on Campus

Meet the New Kids on Campus

The class of 2018 arrives at Westmont with impressive academic credentials and diverse backgrounds In August, 445 new students started their Westmont careers: 379 in the class of 2018 and 66 transfers from other schools. The first-year students represent 29 states and…

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Westmont Retains its Top-100 Ranking in U.S. News

Westmont Retains its Top-100 Ranking in U.S. News

For the sixth straight year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont among the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. “The ranking affirms Westmont’s rigorous…

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Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes

Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes

Before competing in the 2015 special olympics in Los Angeles, 100 athletes will visit Santa Barbara and stay on campus Westmont will house 100 Special Olympics athletes competing in the games next summer as part of the Host Town program. At a…

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Students Report on Their Summer Research Projects

Students Report on Their Summer Research Projects

Twenty student researchers, who worked during the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, presented their findings Sept. 11 at Westmont’s annual Summer Research Celebration, co-spon-sored by the Office of the Provost and the Gaede…

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Lessons on Leadership from U.S. Presidents

Lessons on Leadership from U.S. Presidents

Westmont launches a series with eminent historians discussing the moral and ethical leadership of the American presidency What can we learn from the leadership of American presidents? Westmont will explore that question in the coming year through the Moral and Ethical Leadership…

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Museum Marks a Milestone

Museum Marks a Milestone

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art observes its fifth anniversary with another year of outstanding exhibits The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art opens its fifth year of exhibits with an ambitious schedule. The festivities began with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five…

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Westmont Ridley-Tree Collection Continues to Grow

Westmont Ridley-Tree Collection Continues to Grow

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art exhibited recent acquisitions during the summer, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi and works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The work by Tisi, also known as Il Garofalo, is a promised gift to Westmont…

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Celebrating the Life of Jane Hideko Higa

Celebrating the Life of Jane Hideko Higa

Despite her death, the former vice president for student life continues to shape education at Westmont Before she died Sept. 5 of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Jane Hideko Higa shared the struggle of living with a merciless disease. “Life is hard,”…

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