July 2013 Archive:

A Charge to the Graduates of the Class of 2013

A Charge to the Graduates of the Class of 2013

Delivered at Commencement May 4, 2013 By President Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. Your class verse is from Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs is one of... Read More

A Final Celebration for Graduates

A Final Celebration for Graduates

Published: July 2013 in College News

The Class of 2013 Graduated from Westmont in May and the Golden Warriors of the Class of 1963 Joined the Procession Led by bagpipes, more than 300 Westmont graduates marched from Kerrwood Hall through the formal gardens to Russell... Read More

Students Serve as Ambassadors to Alumni

Students Serve as Ambassadors to Alumni

Published: July 2013 in College News

A New Program Connects Students and Alumni to Learn More About the Westmont Experience and How to Build Stronger Ties With Alumni How can Westmont better meet the needs of alumni? To answer this question, the alumni and parent... Read More

Westmont Wins the GSAC All-Sports Award

Westmont Wins the GSAC All-Sports Award

Published: July 2013 in College News

For the first time in two decades, Westmont has won the All-Sports Award for the Golden State Athletic Conference, given to the institution with the highest average finish in the conference standings in all its sports. Four Warrior teams... Read More

Polo Team Wins a National Championship

Polo Team Wins a National Championship

Published: July 2013 in College News

The Westmont Men’s Polo Team Wins their First National Championship in their Third Appearance in the Championship Game The Westmont men’s polo team won its first national title in April, beating Colorado State 19-16 in the U.S. Polo Association... Read More

New Scholarships Benefit Westmont Students

New Scholarships Benefit Westmont Students

Published: July 2013 in College News

Nick Davis Scholarship The Westmont administration and the family of Nick Davis have established the Nick Davis Memorial Scholarship to help deserving students meet educational expenses during their studies at Westmont. Nick, a senior economics and business major from... Read More

Westmont Named in Grateful Grads Ranking

Westmont Named in Grateful Grads Ranking

Published: July 2013 in College News

Forbes Magazine Identifies Westmont as One of the Top 100 Colleges in a New Ranking that Considers Return on Investment Forbes Magazine ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities of its new survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment.... Read More

Students Thrive in Europe Semester, Fringe Festival and Choir Tour

Published: July 2013 in College News

Europe Semester Goes High-Tech Sending students to Europe with their books and assignments all on the Apple iPad mini (see story here) represents another breakthrough in technology at Westmont. Reed Sheard, chief information officer and vice president for college... Read More

Helping Children by Strengthening Families

Helping Children by Strengthening Families

Psychology professor Andrea Gurney seeks to treat entire families in her private clinical psychology practice Treating a 4-year-old patient in a locked psychiatric unit led Andrea Gurney to broaden her specialty in child and adolescent psychology to include couples... Read More

Crafting Political Theory for Evangelicals

Crafting Political Theory for Evangelicals

Political science professor Jesse Covington works with other evangelical scholars to develop coherent, theologically rooted political theory American evangelicals have embraced political activism in recent years, achieving some success and creating occasional controversy. But Jesse Covington thinks they’ve failed... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Three professors won the 2013 Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher Award: Steve Contakes (chemistry, left), Omedi Ochieng (communication studies) and Michelle Hughes (education). Alister Chapman (history, not pictured) received the Faculty... Read More

Lessons on Leadership from Colin Powell

Lessons on Leadership from Colin Powell

Published: July 2013 in Feature Story

Retired Gen. Colin Powell used a combination of poignant stories and humorous anecdotes to keep more than 750 people wide awake during the 7 a.m. Westmont President’s Breakfast March 1 at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Read More

Outplaying Grief

Outplaying Grief

Published: July 2013 in Feature Story

Westmont College’s women’s basketball team rallied around their coach after her husband’s sudden death. Their final gift: a title. By Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times, Home Edition, Main News, Page A-1 Sports Desk Montecito — Her final pep talk... Read More

Making Westmont a Home for Students

Making Westmont a Home for Students

When Jane Hideko Higa arrived on campus in 1989 as a new dean, she set out to meet as many professors as possible. Once a Westmont student herself, she understood the key role faculty play in shaping students’ lives.... Read More

Abolitionist Mamas Seek to End Modern-Day Slavery

Abolitionist Mamas Seek to End Modern-Day Slavery

They loved their lives as wives and mothers, but God was nudging them to look beyond their families and familiar surroundings. Could they do something to fight injustice in the world? Kim McOwen Yim ’94 and Shayne Klopfenstein Moore... Read More

The Poetry and Prose of Publishing

The Poetry and Prose of Publishing

Kelly Gruver Davio ’04 grew up in churches with fringe views and highly unorthodox practices. “Conversation about Christianity at Westmont was mind-blowing,” she says. “I discovered there were other ways of thinking about Christianity and that people could discuss... Read More

Making an Impression in Zimbabwe

Making an Impression in Zimbabwe

The winding, dusty road to the camp ends unexpectedly with hills, woods and water. In the heart of Zimbabwe, Shelley Schar Croudace ’92 and her husband, Alistair, have created Lasting Impressions Wilderness Training Center (LIWTC) on 450 spectacular acres.... Read More

Turning Weakness into Strength

Turning Weakness into Strength

Daniel Wendler ’10 grew up a lonely, awkward child, shunned and bullied for his odd ways. Realizing he was different, his parents took him to a psychologist, who diagnosed him with Asperger’s syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum... Read More

Finding a Way to Fund a Free Press

Finding a Way to Fund a Free Press

At Google, David Gehring ’93 seeks to develop a viable economic framework to support the free press. “We’re living in a time of epic economic migration from a traditional to a digital media economy,” he says. “It’s disrupting how... Read More

The Westmont Fund Is All About Students

The Westmont Fund Is All About Students

Published: July 2013 in Westmont Fund

Ivy Chi ’14 says too many of her high school teachers lacked faith in her. But one took an interest in her even though she wasn’t enrolled in any of his classes. Concerned for her well-being, he made sure... Read More

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Mark Skovorodko

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Mark Skovorodko

Mark Skovorodko, 2013 graduate, talks about his challenges and blessings during his years at Westmont Trusting God’s Picture of Life Mark Skovorodko played trumpet, French horn and piano as a student at Westmont. A talented photographer, he took professional... Read More

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Robyn Bickerton

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Robyn Bickerton

Robyn Bickerton, 2013 graduate, talks about her challenges and blessings during her years at Westmont Embracing the Gift of Life She lost her room in the 2008 Tea Fire, her best friend at Westmont developed cancer, and she barely... Read More

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Nick Andersen

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Nick Andersen

Nick Andersen, 2013 graduate, talks about his challenges and blessings during his years at Westmont Exploring the wideness of the World When Nick Andersen visited Westmont with his mother, Carole Owens ’78, he noticed professors walking and talking to... Read More

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Wesley Zuidema

Outstanding Seniors Overcome Adversity: Wesley Zuidema

Wesley Zuidema, 2013 graduate, talks about his challenges and blessings during his years at Westmont Fearlessly Following God Wesley Zuidema grew up visiting Westmont with his parents, Kevin ’84 and Cynthia Watt ’87, but he fell in love with... Read More

Brad and Daniel Gee

Success is Faithfulness

Excerpt of a Talk by Daniel Gee ’13, First Senior, Kenneth Monroe Award Winner, and Monroe Scholar, at the Academic Awards Convocation in April At this time of year, when men and women dress in colorful robes and sport... Read More

The Faithful Life of Margaret Jacobsen Voskuyl

The Faithful Life of Margaret Jacobsen Voskuyl

One of Westmont’s first faculty members has died. Margaret Jacobsen Voskuyl passed away March 15 in Santa Barbara at the age of 94. Gracious, energetic, smart and articulate, she enthusiastically embraced the vision of Westmont’s founders. Margaret’s long history... Read More

Investing in Christian Education and Leadership

Investing in Christian Education and Leadership

Published: July 2013 in Giving

Duane ’63 and Pat Johnson met in 1964 on a Gordon College trip to Europe. They got engaged on a scenic Rotterdam bridge after just a few weeks, and they’ve been married 48 years. They both value Christian education... Read More