Fall 2009 Archive:

Living in Reciprocal and Reconciling Relationships

Living in Reciprocal and Reconciling Relationships

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President I love this time of the year when we gather for a special time to relax and reflect with family and friends. When I was growing up, my father would ask each one... Read More

One Year Later

One Year Later

Published: Fall 2009 in College News

Recovery from the Tea Fire continues on campus and in the lives of those most affected by the disastrous conflagration Scorched trees have sprouted new leaves. Plants have reclaimed once ashen under-growth. Hillsides above campus are turning green. Students... Read More

Westmont’s IT Innovation Wins Award

Westmont’s IT Innovation Wins Award

Published: Fall 2009 in College News

The annual info world 100 awards names Westmont to prestigious list of leaders in technology A prestigious information technology list has recognized Westmont for its leadership in cloud-based technology. The annual InfoWorld 100 Awards chose the college as one... Read More

Helping the Poor and the Enslaved

Helping the Poor and the Enslaved

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Art for Life In its first exhibition of the season, Reynolds Gallery used art to draw attention to the continuing problem of poverty by pairing 36 etchings by Rembrandt of the poor in 17th century Holland with eight oversize,... Read More

Advocates for the Liberal Arts

Advocates for the Liberal Arts

Published: Fall 2009 in College News

Student ambassadors support at-risk teens in their quest for college Now in its fifth year, the Liberal Arts Ambassador Program sends 22 Westmont students to junior and senior high schools to explain the unique opportunities available through a liberal... Read More

Expanding an International Presence at Westmont

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Last year, Westmont received 47 applications from prospective students living outside the United States in countries such as Korea, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Japan, China, Great Britain, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Kenya, Thailand, Nigeria and Singapore. Many of these young men... Read More

Construction Makes Measurable Progress

Construction Makes Measurable Progress

Published: Fall 2009 in College News

While faculty families move into rebuilt Las Barrancas homes, crews put down sod on athletic fields and install a new bridge A huge crane slowly lowered a new, 130-foot steel bridge behind Westmont’s Van Kampen Hall Nov. 20. The... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Scott Anderson (art) had a solo exhibition, “Illustrative: Graphic Arts by Scott Anderson,” at the Arts Fund Gallery of Santa Barbara, part of the Individual Artist Award in Print Design he won in 2008. The show featured original illustrations,... Read More

Exploring U.S.-E.U. Ties

Exploring U.S.-E.U. Ties

Susan Penksa, professor of political science, spoke at “Building a Strategic U.S.-EU Partnership on Defense and Security Aspects,” a workshop hosted by the British Embassy, Washington, D.C., Oct. 21. Penksa, a Fulbright Scholar to Bosnia Herzegovina in 2007, addressed... Read More

Paul Willis

Finding Resurrection in the Midst of Loss

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Writing poetry for his new book and hiking the backcountry help Professor Paul Willis transcend the loss of his home and work English professor Paul Willis was scheduled to read his poetry at Santa Barbara City College the evening... Read More

Nearly a Year After the Tea Fire, Westmont Faculty Families Return Home

Nearly a Year After the Tea Fire, Westmont Faculty Families Return Home

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

by Melissa Marsted Twelve Westmont College faculty families who lost their homes in the Tea Fire almost a year ago have been given keys to their newly rebuilt homes in Las Barrancas, the faculty housing complex west of campus.... Read More

The Wait – and Weight – of History

The Wait – and Weight – of History

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

by Acting Provost Richard Pointer, Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor in the Social Sciences In January 2009, the Consultative Group on the Past issued its much anticipated report. Established in 2007 by the British government’s representative in Northern Ireland, this... Read More

Uganda

The Life-long Impact of Short-term Missions

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Students, a parent, and an alumna reflect on their experiences with service during the past year Uganda ‘Welcome to Uganda.” This large rectangular sign, with navy blue lettering on top of a white background, is located in Entebbe, Uganda,... Read More

Jim Bowman '61

Broadcasting Good News to the World

Jim Bowman ’61 started collecting butterflies as a missionary kid in the Philippines, a passion he still pursues. Samples of his countless specimens illustrate talks he gives at schools and retirement homes. “The transformation of a butterfly is a... Read More

Lt. Col. Kathleen Jones '89

A High-Flying Medical Career

Lt. Col. Kathleen Jones ’89 became an Air Force flight surgeon and joined a special operations command a month before 9-11, and her career took off. “I had 30 days of normal duty followed by two years of constant... Read More

Tim Burke '91

Making Mysteries into Video Games

Tim Burke ’91 didn’t read many Nancy Drew books when he was growing up but he’s become well acquainted with the heroine in the last 12 years. As creative director for Her Interactive, he oversees the aesthetics of the... Read More

Amy Meyer '96

Leading Efforts to Spur the Economy in a Volatile Region

Amy Meyer ’96 received the prestigious National Security and International Affairs Medal from the Partnership for Public Service Sept.23, 2009. The following article appeared on the Washington Post’s Web site Sept. 21. Amy Meyer of the U.S. Agency for... Read More

Bringing Technology to Women in the Middle East

Bringing Technology to Women in the Middle East

Kiley Pearson Lucan ’09 signed up for the San Francisco Urban Program to pursue an interest in broadcast journalism and be an intern at Fox News for a Westmont graduate. But when the alumna accepted a job outside the... Read More

Dave Odell

Westmont Honors Dave Odell as Alumnus of the Year

At the Alumni Reunion Luncheon at Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 17, President Gayle D. Beebe presented the 2009 Alumnus of the Year award to Dave Odell ’89. The former basketball player, successful businessman and adjunct professor in the economics and... Read More

Homecoming 2009

Highlights of Homecoming

Alumni returning for Homecoming 2009 Oct. 16-17 found a multitude of changes on campus. They witnessed what the Tea Fire had taken — and discovered what construction has added. A tour of campus opened new vistas at Westmont, and... Read More

A Day in the Inner City

A Day in the Inner-City

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Two sociology professors take students to Los Angeles for a day so they can put their learning and their faith into action Ten Westmont students left the classroom behind in October and traveled to Los Angeles for a day... Read More

Student Entrepreneurs Unveil Business Plans

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

A dozen students in Westmont’s entrepreneur class presented their start-up business plans to a panel of outside reviewers at the 20th annual Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition in December. The event, which included ventures about pricing and securing... Read More

Kinesiology Research at Santa Barbara Retirement Center

Testing the Ropes to Help Seniors

Published: Fall 2009 in Feature Story

Kinesiology students continue their research at a Santa Barbara retirement center to help seniors increase their level of fitness Kinesiology professor Gregg Afman has put a new spin on an old class. Students enrolled in Fitness for Older Populations,... Read More

Nakamoto family

Aloha, Westmont

Published: Fall 2009 in Parents

Parents council members Sean and Lori Nakamoto want to see more students from Hawaii at Westmont “You don’t just go to Westmont — you have to be called,” says Sean Nakamoto. He and his wife, Lori, believe their daughter,... Read More

ribbon cutting

A Scientific Breakthrough at Westmont

For nearly 50 years, the natural science departments at Westmont suffered the most from inadequate facilities. The chemistry department used a remodeled garage, and the biology department took over a lathe garden house, later enlarged with more lab space.... Read More

Angela and Jim Degrado

Comforting Others with the Comfort They Received

Angela Hanson DeGrado ’64 has faced significant pain and loss in her life. Since her teenage years, she has suffered from the crippling affliction of arthritis. Then in 2001, her husband of 33 years died suddenly. Her strong faith,... Read More