Current Issue: Summer 2015

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare in Other Languages

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare in Other Languages

In the past decade, my professional activities have centered on presenting, producing, curating and directing plays by William Shakespeare in languages other than the early modern English he spoke. Eleven years ago, Lit Moon Theatre Company, the locally based company I co-founded…

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A Deep, Deep Breath: The Practice of Sabbath

A Deep, Deep Breath: The Practice of Sabbath

Early one autumn morning I set out for a run in Vancouver. Although it is Saturday I have an extraordinary amount of work to push through today, the result of chronic over-commitment mingled dangerously with mismanaged expectations. But before I start slogging through…

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The Moral Leadership of American Presidents

The Moral Leadership of American Presidents

I find that again and again, no matter what the subject is, we return to the question of leadership. Moral leadership is in fact the central task of our presidents when it’s done correctly,” said Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who has…

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Learning to Welcome Adversity in Life

Learning to Welcome Adversity in Life

Our chapel program focused on the theme Gratitude and Grit last spring, and I spent some time thinking about what it takes to develop grit, or the capacity to overcome obstacles and setbacks in life. How does God use obstacles to reform…

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Westmont Goes Downtown

Westmont Goes Downtown

  New Downtown Center Offers a Westmont Academic Semester on Social and Capital Entrepreneurship and Hosts a Pepperdine MBA Program Westmont Downtown, a new, semester long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, welcomes its first students this fall. Based on the third floor of…

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Generous Grotenhuis Gift Supports Students

Generous Grotenhuis Gift Supports Students

A Planned Estate Gift Will Provide Transformative Scholarships for First-Generation Students and Musicians David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and…

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More College News

Westmont Mourns President Emeritus David K. Winter

Westmont received this sad news just as the magazine was going to press. The next issue will feature a lengthy tribute. David K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He served as president…

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Leadership Center Gains Crucial Approval

Leadership Center Gains Crucial Approval

The New Faculty, Included in Westmont’s Campus Master Plan, Features Two Residential Buildings and a Multipurpose Center The Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved the college’s design for a new residential facility and leadership center, finding it consistent with Westmont’s Master Plan….

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Fletcher Jones Grant Transforms Whittier Hall

Fletcher Jones Grant Transforms Whittier Hall

The Fletcher Jones Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Hall, which opened in 1985. “Westmont has built a strong science program…

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Lead Where You Stand

Lead Where You Stand

    Westmont Blends Practical Principles with Inspiration from Great Leaders in the Montecito Institute’s First Leadership Conference Westmont’s first leadership conference, Lead Where You Stand: Lessons for Leaders from Lincoln, Drucker and Bill Gates, attracted a range of attendees: college students,…

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Westmont CIO Receives Recognition

Westmont CIO Receives Recognition

Westmont CIO Reed Sheard accepted a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader award for 2 015 in March with top IT professionals from the business, education, government, service, technology and non-profit sectors. Other recipients include CIOs from MasterCard, Intel, NBC, PayPal, Harvard Graduate…

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David Brooks Inspires at Commencement

David Brooks Inspires at Commencement

Westmont Sends 310 New Alumni into the World and Honors the Golden Warriors from the Class of 1965 Commencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love and taking chances in…

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What’s Good About the Liberal Arts?

What’s Good About the Liberal Arts?

Annual Gaede Institute Conversation Examined Ways the Liberal Arts Contribute to the Social Good The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts focused its 14th annual conference, The Liberal Arts and the Social Good, on the contributions of liberal arts education to contemporary…

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Special Olympics Athetes Visit Westmont

Special Olympics Athetes Visit Westmont

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrived in July for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The largest sporting event in Southern California since…

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A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

Chemistry Professor Stephen Contakes Embraces Integration of Faith and Learning and the Interdisciplinary Nature of the Liberal Arts During his post-doctoral research at Caltech in Pasadena, Stephen Contakes worked wit h undergraduates. “That experience led to my interest in combining teaching and…

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A Sociologist Studies Social Media

A Sociologist Studies Social Media

Felicia Song has Conducted Research on Mommy Bloggers and Considers the Way Social Media Shapes our Lives As a professor at Louisiana State University with large classes, Felicia looked for ways to connect with students. At Westmont, she seeks the time and…

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