March 2013 Archive:

Corot: The Man Behind the Masterpiece

Corot: The Man Behind the Masterpiece

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D., President Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, the most important landscape painter in France in the late 19th century, inspired a new generation of French landscape artists. Although he never officially lived in Barbizon, a small town in... Read More

Westmont Finds a New Home in Jerusalem

Westmont Finds a New Home in Jerusalem

Published: March 2013 in College News

Westmont in Jerusalem debuts this semester and immerses students in significant study and exploration of the Middle East They use public transportation whenever possible. Walking tours and short hikes—with map and compass—help them explore the storied land. A multi-day... Read More

STEM Students Benefit from New Scholarship

STEM Students Benefit from New Scholarship

Published: March 2013 in College News

Southern California Edison has awarded Westmont $25,000 toward scholarships for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Patricia Bartoli-Wible, SCE public affairs region manager, presented the check to President Gayle D. Beebe and Reed Sheard, vice president for... Read More

Westmont Parents Join the Board of Trustees

Westmont Parents Join the Board of Trustees

Published: March 2013 in College News

Two new trustees, Mitch Vance and Richard Danson, both have children attending Westmont Two new members have joined the Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college: Mitch Vance, a founding partner of a private equity... Read More

A Midsummer Journey to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

A Midsummer Journey to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

English professor Paul Willis will lead a merry band of alumni, parents and friends to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Aug. 1-3, 2013. The theater-goers will enjoy three plays, choosing from works by Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”... Read More

A Conversation about War and Peace

A Conversation about War and Peace

Published: March 2013 in College News

The Gaede Institute’s annual conversation on the liberal arts tackles challenging issues related to war and peace Can a liberal arts education equip students to address critical social issues such as peace and conflict? Scholars and academic leaders from... Read More

One Big Idea About Off-Campus Programs

One Big Idea About Off-Campus Programs

Published: March 2013 in College News

Students who return from off-campus semesters sometimes struggle to connect their experiences with their life and learning at Westmont. Professors leading these programs not only prepare students for their time away and work with them throughout the semester, but... Read More

Launching Seniors Into the World

Launching Seniors Into the World

Published: March 2013 in College News

The senior class president and the alumni office organize programs to help graduating seniors prepare for the future In May, 308 Westmont seniors earn their degrees and graduate into life after college. To smooth their way, an enterprising student... Read More

Boosting the Immune System

Boosting the Immune System

Biologist Eileen McMahon McQuade conducts research into autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes Since her student days, biologist Eileen McMahon McQuade has studied the immune system. At Eckerd College in Florida, she devoted her undergraduate thesis to... Read More

Actor Finds a Fitting Role as Teacher

Actor Finds a Fitting Role as Teacher

Mitchell Thomas enjoys investing time in students and continues to pursue work as an actor Mitchell Thomas relished his erratic schedule as a full-time professional actor. “My agent would call, and the next day I’d end up somewhere I... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors The New York Society of Illustrators’ annual competition has accepted a cover illustration by Scott Anderson (art) for a fall edition of Seattle Weekly. The cover will be included in the annual... Read More

Being There: Westmont and International Education

Being There: Westmont and International Education

by Mark Sargent, Provost at Westmont Over soup a few years ago, some colleagues and I recounted the moments when we realized that the world is flat. I recalled a visit to the sweeping grassland of the Maasai Mara... Read More

An Introduction to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

An Introduction to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

by Judy L. Larson, Askew Professor of Art History and Director of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Since the end of the 19th century, Corot’s art has been enormously popular in America. Lord Paul and Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s... Read More

We Are Westmont

We Are Westmont

by Teri Bradford Rouse ’77, Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations I enrolled at Westmont because an alumna took me under her wing when I was a lost junior high kid. This 1962 graduate had a passion for... Read More

The Hardemans Field a Team of Teachers

The Hardemans Field a Team of Teachers

Tine ’55 and Jan Rice ’56 Hardeman have established a dynasty of committed teachers, successful coaches and global Christians that includes nine alumni. In January, the Westmont Education Department honored three generations of Hardemans with their 2012-13 Excellence in... Read More

Jay Pierson, Republican Leaders’ Floor Assistant, Prepares to Retire

Jay Pierson, Republican Leaders’ Floor Assistant, Prepares to Retire

by Emma Dumain, Roll Call Staff, Dec. 12, 2012 Jay Pierson got his start on Capitol Hill in the journal clerk’s office and is set to retire at the end of this month after 34 years. On Tuesday night,... Read More

A Surfer Turns Entrepreneur

A Surfer Turns Entrepreneur

Alec Avedissian ’08 has carved a life out of surfing. He chose Westmont for its Christian commitment and coastal location. An economics and business major with a minor in Spanish, he studied at an international business school in Bilbao, Spain,... Read More

A Novel Approach to History and Faith

A Novel Approach to History and Faith

Stacia Brown ’94 always knew she wanted to write, but it took time to find the right fit. She tried academic writing while completing a Master of Divinity at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and a doctorate in the... Read More

The Joy of Watching People Walk Again

The Joy of Watching People Walk Again

Summer Loughman San Lucas ’01 cried as she watched the young man limp across the room in a leg brace and walker. Since suffering a spinal cord injury months earlier, he hadn’t left his wheelchair. With physical therapy, Summer... Read More

The Westmont Fund Is All About Students

The Westmont Fund Is All About Students

Jonathan Puckett ’13 has served in a variety of ministries at Westmont. For three years, he has worked with high school students at Community Covenant Church in Santa Barbara. “The joy of my life is seeing them mature in... Read More

Cultivating a Culture of Global Citizens

Cultivating a Culture of Global Citizens

WCSA president experiences global education and encourages fellow students to be culturally sensitive Kristin Lo ’13 applied to Westmont only because her mother encouraged her to take an interest in the college. “It was the one school I didn’t... Read More

Honoring an Adventurous and Faithful Life

Honoring an Adventurous and Faithful Life

The Westmont community pays tribute to Nick Davis ’13, who died in a tragic motorcycle accident in January The start of spring semester brought sadness to campus. Nick Davis, a senior economics and business major from Pacific Grove, Calif., died... Read More

Learning to Savor the Westmont Community

Learning to Savor the Westmont Community

by Matt Thomson ’97 When I went to Westmont, I was completely unaware that what I had there was special. Growing up in Utah, I didn’t have a true church family, and going to public schools, I didn’t understand... Read More

Seasons of Sorrow at Westmont

Seasons of Sorrow at Westmont

The supportive and loving response of the Westmont community to the death of Nick Davis ’13 recalls two earlier tragedies in Westmont’s history. In the midst of mourning, students, faculty and staff have proclaimed their faith in God and... Read More

Faithful Friends of Westmont Leave a Legacy

Faithful Friends of Westmont Leave a Legacy

Published: March 2013 in Giving

As a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, Gil Ashor decided to spend a summer as an extern at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He met his wife, Carol, there; she was a Santa Barbara native and a... Read More