Fall 2016 Archive:

Trailhead Helps High Schoolers Find a Calling

Trailhead Helps High Schoolers Find a Calling

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

A two-week summer program and ongoing mentorship encourage students to discover how faith can guide their future.  Westmont has received a $590,400 grant to establish Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, part of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology... Read More

Campaign Raises $155 Million, Doubling Goal

Campaign Raises $155 Million, Doubling Goal

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

Strength for Today raises funds to support some of Westmont’s priorities: leadership, affordability and innovation  Thanks to generous alumni, parents and friends, Westmont successfully completed its Strength for Today campaign, raising $155.1 million, more than double the $75 million... Read More

The Great Journey: A Quest to Find the Way of Life

The Great Journey: A Quest to Find the Way of Life

One of my favorite writers, the great American novelist Walker Percy, talks about dreams and ambitions that get derailed by personal choices, and the long, slow road we must follow to recover. His books reflect themes such as longing... Read More

Global Leadership Center Opens in Fall 2017

Global Leadership Center Opens in Fall 2017

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

  The new facility includes two residential buildings and a multipurpose leadership center.  With construction well underway, the new Global Leadership Center opens to student residents in fall 2017. Westmont broke ground for the facility, which celebrates the college’s... Read More

Stauffer Challenge Grant Funds Student Research in Chemistry

Stauffer Challenge Grant Funds Student Research in Chemistry

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

Westmont raised $500,000 in matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing the chemistry department’s summer research program. Income from the $1 million endowment provides a stipend each year for eight to 10... Read More

Significant Scholarships Support Students

Significant Scholarships Support Students

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

The Augustinian scholarship and honors program and the Michaelhouse scholarships both provide four-year awards.  Two new scholarships provide significant support to incoming Westmont students each year. The Augustinian Scholarship and Honors Program, funded by a generous, anonymous donor, provides... Read More

Homecoming Honors Accomplished Alumni

Homecoming Honors Accomplished Alumni

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

Four Westmont graduates received awards at Homecoming 2016 in October. The late William S. “Bill” Klug ’98 (see story on page 29) and Angie Hill ’90 were named Alumnus and Alumna of the Year. Jeff Dykstra ’92, co-founder and... Read More

Where Does Westmont Stand in the Rankings?

Where Does Westmont Stand in the Rankings?

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

U.S. News & World Report lists Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges, and pay scale and Forbes also rank Westmont highly.  Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges for the eighth straight year according... Read More

Music, Theater and Art Showcase Great Works

Music, Theater and Art Showcase Great Works

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

The Westmont orchestra, Westmont College Festival Theatre and Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art present acclaimed work.  The Westmont Orchestra celebrates President’s Day by performing at the fourth annual 2017 Capital Orchestra Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for... Read More

A Winning Season for the Warriors

A Winning Season for the Warriors

Published: Fall 2016 in College News

Four Warrior teams qualified for national competition in fall 2016: women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country. The five fall teams posted a combined record of 61-11-3 for a .833 winning percentage. This success boosted Westmont... Read More

Meet Westmont’s Newest Professors

Meet Westmont’s Newest Professors

Nine scholars have joined the Westmont faculty since the fall of 2015.  MARTIN ASHER(economics and business), former director of Research and Scholars Programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has joined the Westmont Economics and Business... Read More

Helping Kids Get to College

Helping Kids Get to College

Terri Furton ’93 grew up with an alcoholic mother and found refuge at school. Three of her siblings dropped out as teenagers but she made it to Westmont despite struggling academically. She worked hard to earn a degree in... Read More

A Brilliant Mind and Humble Heart

A Brilliant Mind and Humble Heart

Westmont honored the late Bill Klug ’98 as Alumnus of the Year at Homecoming in October. He died tragically on June 1, 2016, at 39. Westmont Professor Ken Kihlstrom remembers Bill as a gentle, kind person without a trace... Read More

A Musical, Multimedia Ministry

A Musical, Multimedia Ministry

Dave LeMieux ’93 describes himself as a musicianary: a missionary who ministers through music. The executive director of More than Music, he takes musical groups into places closed to Christian witness. He has toured with a gospel jazz and... Read More

Withstanding the Winds of Fortune

Withstanding the Winds of Fortune

Despite the recession, which left many college graduates struggling to find work, Eric Jen ’09 got a job soon after graduating. He saw a sign in a Santa Barbara window of a company with additional offices in London and... Read More

Building Character on the Court

Building Character on the Court

Steve Baik ’00 coached a dream team. His 35-0 Chino Hills boys basketball players captured the 2015 California State Championship and a No. 1 national ranking. As a result, Steve received the Naismith Coach of the Year award from... Read More

A Lifelong Pull Toward Mission

A Lifelong Pull Toward Mission

Sharon Koh ’00 arrived at Westmont intending to go to medical school. She graduated with a call to professional ministry. The double major in biology and religious studies (with a minor in chemistry) says, “I was a good enough... Read More

Singer Finds Success in Cyber Security

Singer Finds Success in Cyber Security

David Britton ’94 puts on his hacker hat to think like cyber criminals and learn how they might defraud companies and customers. An expert in online security, he works to prevent digital pirates from stealing money and data. “The... Read More

A Gasoline Station on Wheels

A Gasoline Station on Wheels

One day while driving, Scott and Kylie Hempy noticed they were nearly out of gasoline, and they joked about getting a roadside fuel delivery. Tanker aircraft refuel Air Force One and fighter jets in mid-air, they reasoned. Could tanker... Read More

Helping Students Find What's Next

Helping Students Find What’s Next

Paul Bradford ’84 keeps getting more connected to Westmont. “I’ve seen the college through so many different lenses: student, alumnus, consultant, adjunct professor, small-time donor and parent,” he says. In July 2016, he added to the list when he... Read More

Four Seniors Tie for Top Academic Award

Four Seniors Tie for Top Academic Award

Four 2016 graduates earned perfect grade point averages and received the faculty scholarship award at commencement.  Computer Scientist Immersed Himself in Theater Arts Dillon Montag, a mathematics and computer science double major, is the Kim P. Kihlstrom Outstanding Graduate... Read More

Alumna Pursues Many Interests and Gives Back

Alumna Pursues Many Interests and Gives Back

Judie Christensen ’69 grew up close to Wheaton, Ill., and hadn’t traveled west of the Mississippi River when she transferred to Westmont as a junior. She made the journey because she could major in both Christian education and business,... Read More

Charles Ryrie Recalls His Days at Westmont

Charles Ryrie Recalls His Days at Westmont

Charles Ryrie, longtime professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, prolific author and editor of the popular Ryrie Study Bible, died in 2016 at age 90. He began his teaching career at Westmont, where he worked from 1948-1951. John Sider, professor... Read More

A Shining College on a Hill

A Shining College on a Hill

By Ana Bulger ’19 Before applying to a Christian college, I had a certain premonition about religious education. I had spent the last seven years in a Christian private school in Massachusetts, and I believed I was ready to... Read More

La Caminata

La Caminata

Soon after 9 p.m., about 12 hours after we entered Mexico, we walked into the immigration checkpoint that separates Nogales in Arizona from Nogales in Sonora. One passport scanner didn’t work, but at that hour the foot traffic was light... Read More

The Enduring Servant Leadership of David Winter

The Enduring Servant Leadership of David Winter

Published: Fall 2016 in Feature Story

  Although David K. Winter died in 2015, his legacy lives on at Westmont. He served as president for 25 years (1976-2001)—longer than any other president—and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-2007. Under his leadership, Westmont became... Read More

A Political Scientist Talks Politics

A Political Scientist Talks Politics

Published: Fall 2016 in Feature Story

  Editor’s Note: The 2016 presidential election has confounded many, including pundits, political scientists and people who don’t like either of the major party candidates. In the aftermath of the vote, Westmont political science professor Tom Knecht shares some personal observations... Read More