Fall 2011 Archive:

How Do We Live a Christian Life That Counts?

How Do We Live a Christian Life That Counts?

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President I love George Herbert, who ranks as one of our greatest poets. He touched me with his rich poetry as I entered into my own Christian life. I appreciate Herbert’s understanding of the... Read More

Museum Named for Lady Ridley-Tree

Museum Named for Lady Ridley-Tree

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Honors the Philanthropist’s Generous Contributions to the College’s Visual Arts Program Westmont has named its stunning new museum in Adams Center for the Visual Arts the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in honor... Read More

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Names Westmont a Best Value

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Names Westmont a Best Value

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its Best Values in Private Colleges list. The report, which named Westmont No. 88, ranked the schools based on outstanding academics and great economic value.... Read More

Accomplished Leader Becomes Provost

Accomplished Leader Becomes Provost

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

Longtime Gordon College Provost Brings Experience and Close Family Connections to His Task as Westmont’s Chief Academic Officer Mark L. Sargent, who has worked in higher education for 30 years, becomes Westmont’s new provost and dean of faculty in... Read More

Westmont in San Francisco

Westmont in San Francisco

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

A year before its 40th anniversary, the San Francisco Urban program has adopted a new name: Westmont in San Francisco. “The change reflects a new era, new commitments and a new vision,” says Director Brad Berky.“We wanted to acknowledge... Read More

Four Alumnae Join the Board of Trustees

Four Alumnae Join the Board of Trustees

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

These Women Appreciate Their Westmont Education and Look Forward to Supporting the College’s Mission The Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college, has welcomed four new members. Denise Jackson ’78, a director of human resources... Read More

Alumni Celebrate Westmont at Homecoming

Alumni Celebrate Westmont at Homecoming

Published: Fall 2011 in College News

From Individual Class Reunions to Large Events Welcoming All, Alumni Relive their College Days and Discover Westmont Anew Alums of all ages, from classes in the 1950s to the most recent graduates, gathered on campus for Homecoming Oct. 14-15.... Read More

Helping Students Live Happily Ever After

Helping Students Live Happily Ever After

A Westmont Professor is Writing a Book on Wedding Plots that Encourages Students to Ask Serious Questions About Marriage Cheri Larsen Hoeckley admits she isn’t a marriage counselor, but the English professor senses a responsibility to guide her students... Read More

Seeing Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith

Seeing Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith

Professor Russ Howell has Co-edited a New Book Examining Connections Between Mathematics and Faith Russ Howell always thought the HarperOne series Through the Eyes of Faith should include a volume on mathematics. The initial set featured seven disciplines: biology,... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Stan Anderson (chemistry, retired) collaborates on materials research at UC Santa Barbara with funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. His research group contributed to a paper, “Structures of Metallosupramolecular Coordination Assemblies Can Be Obtained by Ion... Read More

The Necessity of Character: The Foundation of Effective Leadership

The Necessity of Character: The Foundation of Effective Leadership

Published: Fall 2011 in Feature Story

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. An edited excerpt from “The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership” ‘It all comes down to ethics,” replied the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar investment company. We were golfing,... Read More

Low Swing and Sweet Cherries

Low Swing and Sweet Cherries

Published: Fall 2011 in Feature Story

by Jamie Wells ’12 We often smelled like leaves and mud and sweat, then—we even showed up at church carrying the trees on our faces and elbows. And you’d sing in that voice I’ll always remember as more of... Read More

IT Executive Translates Technology for Senior Management

IT Executive Translates Technology for Senior Management

Dennis Perry ’64 earned a doctorate in nuclear chemistry but never worked as a chemist. “Graduate school led me straight to computer science and a 40-year career as an executive in information technology,” he says. His resume includes positions... Read More

Investing in Food Security — and Jobs — for Africa

Investing in Food Security — and Jobs — for Africa

Ten years ago, Jeff Dykstra’s wife and two of his friends told him the same thing on the same day: Quit your job and figure out what you want to do with your life. “So I stepped back and... Read More

Excellent Educators Win Awards for Their Work

Excellent Educators Win Awards for Their Work

As a Westmont student, Krista Beard ’94 got involved with Sidewalk Sunday School on the Eastside and developed a vision of living, serving and working in a community. Today she carries out this vision daily, and the Westmont Education... Read More

Seeking Success for American Soccer

Seeking Success for American Soccer

George Kuntz ’84 played soccer at Westmont for two seasons before a knee injury hobbled him. “I made a lot of long-term friends there,” he says. “It was one of the best things that happened in my life.” With... Read More

The Westmont Fund IS ALL ABOUT STUDENTS

The Westmont Fund IS ALL ABOUT STUDENTS

Published: Fall 2011 in Westmont Fund

Sarah Chhum ’12 never thought seriously about attending Westmont until she sensed God calling her to enroll. Initially, her father opposed the idea because of the cost. But the former pastor changed his mind when he learned her reason.... Read More

Inspiring and Educating Entrepreneurs

Inspiring and Educating Entrepreneurs

Chrissy Deferville ’02 wants to inspire entrepreneurs and executives to invest in their local communities by creating jobs, contributing financially and volunteering. “Everyone can do something to make the world better,” she says. Chrissy herself has established Catalyst, a... Read More

Connecting Church and Community

Connecting Church and Community

When Pastor Carley Friesen ’76 helped Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church create a coffee house in an unused fellowship hall, she didn’t write a business plan. “Instead, we decided to open an amazing space and see what the community wanted... Read More

A Storyteller Finds Her Voice and Her Faith

A Storyteller Finds Her Voice and Her Faith

A Westmont Senior Wins a Writing Contest with the First Short Story She’s Ever Written English professor Paul Willis led Jamie Wells ’12 and his Creative Writing class on a hike along the creek-side trail that meanders through campus.... Read More

Breaking in a New Ministry

Breaking in a New Ministry

Breakaway, A New Outreach in San Francisco During Fall Break, Joins Spring Break in the City Under the Newly Formed Urban Initiative For the first time, Westmont students organized a service trip to San Francisco for the fall holiday,... Read More

Welcoming People with Disabilities

Welcoming People with Disabilities

By Christine Milner Associate Professor of Kinesiology “I’m thinking,” Barbara muses. “I’m thinking.” “What are you thinking about, Barbara?” “I’m thinking that I want to live with Stacy forever!” This scene played out between friends during dinner at L’Arche,... Read More

How Westmont Got Its Name

How Westmont Got Its Name

The celebration of Westmont’s 75th anniversary in 2012 offers a timely opportunity to consider the college’s history and the origin of its name. Who coined “Westmont” and why? The vision for the institution began with Ruth Kerr, an unusual... Read More

Couple Made a Lasting Imprint on Westmont

Couple Made a Lasting Imprint on Westmont

During 69 years of marriage, Peter and Chris Geddes shared passions for missions, Christian education and travel. They worked together, kept close to their family, and left an impressive legacy at Westmont, where Peter served as a college trustee... Read More