Alumni Profiles Archive:

Managing Change to Health Systems

Published: Summer 2015

In high school, Betsie Frei ’06 exchanged her tiny hometown in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a city in Venezuela and found a type of poverty foreign to the United States. She began tackling the issue of poverty as a double major in sociology and Spanish at... Read More

Data that Fights Domestic Violence

Published: Summer 2015

Amanda Mathisen Stylianou  ’06 left Westmont for a semester to work full time at a domestic violence shelter. “It’s one thing to study poverty and another to meet people who can’t feed their children,” she says. “Seeing the barriers victims face in... Read More

Advertising in a Visual Age

Published: Summer 2015

Geoff Akins ’97 grew up in Laguna Beach surfing, skim- boarding, and spending time at Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp. That’s where he heard about Westmont, a small college on the coast where he could surf between classes. It sounded... Read More

Portraits Reveal Inner-City Stories

Published: Summer 2015

With the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal, Joel Daniel Phillips ’11 tells stories about people. His monumental drawings depict inhabitants of a blighted San Francisco neighborhood, shedding light on the overlooked and unidentified. For three years, he walked outside his studio and home in a former factory... Read More

Taking Young Life to the Inner City

Published: Summer 2015

Pablo Otaola ’06 had just left the Air Force and was praying at a church retreat when he heard God’s voice. “It was so clear,” he says. “‘You are going to Westmont.’ But I’d never heard of it—my father... Read More

Learning Economics and Helping Kids

Published: Summer 2015

As a young teacher, Jamie DeVries ’95 faced an unwelcome challenge: teach AP Economics at San Marcos High School. “I wondered how I could engage students in a dry, one-dimensional subject,” he says. “I knew I had to make... Read More

Homecoming Oct. 2-3, 2015

Published: Summer 2015

2015 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Nivaldo Tro ’85, Westmont professor of chemistry since 1990, was born and raised in Culver City, Calif., after his parents emigrated from Havana, Cuba, in 1959. He earned a doctorate in chemistry at Stanford, where he researched optical... Read More

A Positive Approach to Ecology

Published: Summer 2015

Ray Callaway ’78 considers Montana an ideal place to study ecology, but his research takes him t hroughout t he world. In his Callaway Lab and greenhouse at the University of Montana (UM), he explores how organisms interact with... Read More

Missionaries for Life

Published: Fall 2014
Missionaries for Life

Jim ’70 and Sue Bergman ’71 DeVries have shared a lifetime of marriage and ministry. They raised three daughters overseas as missionaries with One Challenge International (OCI), and all three now serve on the mission field them-selves with the 10... Read More

A Majority of Westmont Alums Leads a Minority of Legislators

Published: Fall 2014
A Majority of Westmont Alums Leads a Minority of Legislators

Bob Huff ’75 and Kristin Olsen ’96 have joined forces on a daunting task: increase Republican voters and legislators in California, one of the nation’s bluest states. The two Westmont graduates serve as minority leaders in the California legislature,... Read More