Fall 2014 Archive:

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... Read More

Commencement Launches the Class of 2014

Commencement Launches the Class of 2014

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

Meet the New Kids on Campus

Meet the New Kids on Campus

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

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

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

Published: Fall 2014 in College 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... Read More

Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes

Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

Students Report on Their Summer Research Projects

Students Report on Their Summer Research Projects

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

Lessons on Leadership from U.S. Presidents

Lessons on Leadership from U.S. Presidents

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

Museum Marks a Milestone

Museum Marks a Milestone

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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,... Read More

Westmont Ridley-Tree Collection Continues to Grow

Westmont Ridley-Tree Collection Continues to Grow

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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... Read More

Celebrating the Life of Jane Hideko Higa

Celebrating the Life of Jane Hideko Higa

Published: Fall 2014 in College News

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.... Read More

Serving as a Steward for Student Life

Serving as a Steward for Student Life

As a vice president, Edee Schulze seeks to steward her gifts, relationships, opportunities and vocation in a way that pleases God Rather than follow a grand plan for her life, Edee Schulze has looked for the next opportunity to... Read More

Five New Faculty Arrive on Campus

Five New Faculty Arrive on Campus

Four academic departments have hired five tenure-track professors to teach and do research at Westmont Timothy Van Haitsma (Kinesiology) B.A., Calvin College; M.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Utah “I was a biology major and also a runner,” Timothy... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Three Westmont professors received the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award: John Blondell (theater arts, right) in the humanities; Kristi Lazar Cantrell (chemistry) in the sciences; and Rick Pointer (history) in the... Read More

Staying Faithful to the Westmont Tradition Throughout the World

Staying Faithful to the Westmont Tradition Throughout the World

Published: Fall 2014 in Feature Story

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... Read More

Should We Read the Bible Systematically or Selectively?

Should We Read the Bible Systematically or Selectively?

Published: Fall 2014 in Feature Story

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... Read More

Why Christians Should Read More Fiction

Why Christians Should Read More Fiction

Published: Fall 2014 in Feature Story

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... Read More

Missionaries for Life

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

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

Bringing Hope and Help to People with Autism

Bringing Hope and Help to People with Autism

The mother of an autistic child changed Rob Ring’s life. A neuroscientist developing psychiatric medicine and studying oxytocin, he was invited to speak at a conference on autism research. A woman approached him immediately afterwards and said, “I have... Read More

Bringing Jesus Into the 21st Century

Bringing Jesus Into the 21st Century

Jamie McEwen Lisea ’88 often talked to teenagers at Young Life meetings and camps and wondered how to make Jesus less distant and more real. Would it help to put him in a contemporary setting? She began to write... Read More

Broker Works at Top Speed for Tenants

Broker Works at Top Speed for Tenants

A competitive cyclist, Dan Harvey ’84 knows he needs to stretch before a race and exercise to stay fit. He applies the same strategy to his work in commercial real estate, telling his team to stay nimble to keep... Read More

Love and Respect for the Younger Set

Love and Respect for the Younger Set

Joy Eggerichs ’04 thought she might work in conflict resolu-tion—or maybe fashion—but she never expected to join the family business. When her mother developed breast cancer, Joy postponed enroll-ment in fashion school and then realized her heart wasn’t in... Read More

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

Published: Fall 2014 in Westmont Fund

Zachary Erwin ’15 arrived at Westmont intending to study economics and business and to choose a practical and safe major. But when he took some courses, he realized he wanted to devote his life to something other than business.... Read More

The Political Life of Riley

The Political Life of Riley

Westmont’s new student body president contemplates a career in law and possibly politics Riley Svikhart ’15 has a passion for politics. While enrolled at Folsom Lake College, he became enthralled with the 2012 presidential election. His dreams of becoming... Read More

Sophomore Cager Scores Top Research Internship

Sophomore Cager Scores Top Research Internship

A double major in biochemistry and kinesiology who plays basketball spent the summer at Harvard Stem Cell Institute Natalie Florescu ’17, a guard on the Westmont women’s basketball team, demonstrates skill on the court and in the classroom as... Read More

For Mr. Sterling’s Apology, I Apologize

For Mr. Sterling’s Apology, I Apologize

By Greg Spencer, professor of communication studies I apologize for this column. If I hadn’t been duped, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t be typing these words. I’m not really like this. I’m Someone Much Better, a person you’d like... Read More

Finding Westmont’s History in Family Photos

Finding Westmont’s History in Family Photos

As the college archivist, Diane Ziliotto collects and organizes historical documents and artifacts. She studies Westmont history and seeks to know as much as she can about the college and the campus throughout the years. She’s always been interested... Read More

Supporting Their Values by Giving to Westmont

Supporting Their Values by Giving to Westmont

Published: Fall 2014 in Giving

For 43 years, Jim Fisher has advised businesses, organizations and individuals about financial planning through his firm, Trinity Financial Partners. “Apply-ing charitable tools through estate planning can be the most efficient and effective way to help people support what they... Read More