November 2013 Archive:

More Millennials Arrive at Westmont

More Millennials Arrive at Westmont

New First-Year and Transfer Students Bring Impressive Academic Credentials and Digital Savvy to Campus Westmont welcomed 360 new students in August from 12 countries and 26 U.S. states. North American ethnic minorities make up 28 percent of first-year students,... Read More

A Harvest of High Rankings

A Harvest of High Rankings

In the Season of College Rankings, Westmont Continues to Earn National Recognition for the Quality of its Academic Program For the fifth straight year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont among the 100 best liberal arts colleges in... Read More

Alumnus Makes a Gift; Student Researchers Present Their Work

Alumnus Makes a Gift; Student Researchers Present Their Work

Alumnus Supports Westmont Demetri Argyropoulos ’99 presented President Gayle D. Beebe with a $25,000 gift toward projects at Westmont. Founder and CEO of Prima Worldwide, he helps negotiate and close business deals between international parties. He has originated, co-founded,... Read More

Westmont Connect Goes Live

Westmont Connect Goes Live

Alumni Can Sign Up for This Innovative Networking Site Beginning in January to Reconnect with Their Classmates and the College         After two years of creativity and hard work, the alumni office and the information technology... Read More

Art Students Learn Digital Drawing with New Equipment

Art Students Learn Digital Drawing with New Equipment

Westmont is the first Christian liberal arts college in the country to have a fully-equipped Wacom Cintiq lab, giving art students access to professional-level equipment. The 22 Cintiq 22HDs, graphics tablets that allow users to draw directly on the... Read More

Westmont Recognized for Excellent Service

Westmont Recognized for Excellent Service

South Coast Business and Technology Awards Honor Westmont for Excellence in Service in the Local Community Westmont received the Excellence in Service award at the annual South Coast Business and Technology Awards in Santa Barbara in June. An audience... Read More

Mathematician Installed as Smith Professor

Mathematician Installed as Smith Professor

Russell Howell, a Longtime Mathematics Professor, Now Holds the Kathleen Smith Chair of the Natural and Behavioral Sciences Russell Howell, who has taught mathematics at Westmont for 35 years, was installed as the Kathleen Smith professor of the natural... Read More

The President Blogs

The President Blogs

Inspired by the Westmont alumni and parent trip to Athens, Istanbul and Rome last summer, President Gayle D. Beebe created a blog. He chronicled his daily experiences and travels with about 40 alumni and parents and his family as... Read More

Four New Faculty Infuse Learning with Faith

Four New Faculty Infuse Learning with Faith

New Professors in Art, English, Music and Sociology Express a Passion for Teaching and an Appreciation for Westmont’s Community Eclectic Artist Invested in Teaching Nathan Huff, a multi-talented and eclectic artist, has joined the art department faculty, strengthening the... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and Awards for Westmont’s Outstanding Professors Kathryn Stelmach Artuso (English) edited “Critical Insights: William Faulkner” (Salem Press), which includes an essay by Karen Andrews (English), “‘The Past is Never Dead’: Faulkner’s Relationship to Southern Culture and History.” Artuso... Read More

A Conversation with Henry Kissinger

A Conversation with Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state and national security adviser, spoke with President Gayle D. Beebe before an audience of more than 100 guests at a Westmont luncheon in Montecito Oct. 9. For more than an hour, the 90-year-old... Read More

Reliving Westmont

Reliving Westmont

Hundreds of alumni arrived on campus Oct. 4-5 to reunite with their classmates and their college. They reconnected with friends and professors and remembered their days as students. Visiting classes on Friday helped them relive their learning. Attending chapel... Read More

Remarkable Alumni Honored at Homecoming 2013

Remarkable Alumni Honored at Homecoming 2013

Alumnus of the Year: Robin Wainwright ’64 I was shocked to hear about this award, and I can assure you that many of my classmates were also shocked. I didn’t grow up in the church. In the spring of... Read More

101 Secrets for Your Twenties

101 Secrets for Your Twenties

by Paul Angone; an excerpt from his book “101 Secrets for Your Twenties” An A- student in college. The editor in chief of the university newspaper. Peter had big plans as he crossed the graduation stage—to be a journalist,... Read More

A Lifetime of Promoting Peace and Building Up Others

A Lifetime of Promoting Peace and Building Up Others

Most entrepreneurs establish businesses. Robin Wainwright ’64 develops ministries. George Blount, the late Westmont physics professor, once gave him a word from the Lord. “You start things, that’s what you do,” Blount said. “As I have gone through life,... Read More

Testing Radiation Treatments for Cancer

Testing Radiation Treatments for Cancer

A specialist in the narrow field of radiation oncology, David Bush ’86 treats cancer patients from around the country. He works as a physician and professor at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., which has pioneered... Read More

Tracking Tornados with Technology

Tracking Tornados with Technology

Watching weather radar from afar, Paul Schlatter ’99 realized Moore, Okla., faced a devastating tornado last May. A severe weather expert with the National Weather Service (NWS), he lived near Moore for 12 years and witnessed the damage a... Read More

Photographing Brides and Ball Games

Photographing Brides and Ball Games

At a wedding, Chris Humphreys ’04 photographs a bride, capturing the rhinestones on her shoes, the lace in her veil and the blooms of her bouquet. The same week, he sets up on the sidelines of a Broncos game,... Read More

Taking Computers into Classrooms

Taking Computers into Classrooms

Annie Evans ’07 seeks ways to use technology and education to help people. After earning a degree in computer science, she taught high school for several years and then joined two education software companies. Through her work as an... Read More

Joining the Farm-to-Fork Movement

Joining the Farm-to-Fork Movement

Living and raising children in the country appealed to Rachel Kasa ’00. “But I was a little naive about what it took to be a farmer’s wife,” she says. Since 2009, when she started Casa Rosa Farms in Fresno... Read More

Education and Economic Help for Haiti

Education and Economic Help for Haiti

Expecting a career in conservation, Lindsey Connolly ’08 majored in biology and attended the Creation Care semester in New Zealand. After graduating, she volunteered for two months in Chile, restoring ranch land for a national park. She worked part... Read More

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

Attending the “brilliant, difficult, challenging and rewarding” 2012 Westmont in Istanbul semester has inspired Joe Bagdanov ’14 to work with the 2014 program after he graduates in December. A religious studies major, he expects to attend seminary. Unsure whether... Read More

Making Strides in Sports and Life

Making Strides in Sports and Life

A Westmont Athlete Seeks to Qualify for the 100 and 200 Meters in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil Sophomore Lexi Youngberg lost her left leg in a boating accident on Spring Lake, Mich., that took the life of... Read More

A Passion for Politics and Public Service

A Passion for Politics and Public Service

WCSA President Has Gained Political Experience Through Student Government and an Internship in a Congressional Office David Dry ’14 has been involved in student government since the third grade. In elementary school at Rancho Palos Verdes, he penned a... Read More

Staying the Course

Staying the Course

  by Brian Landis ’97 As a young adult I learned four things about the life God gives us. No matter how difficult your situation is, you were meant to be there; your true nature comes out in the most... Read More

A Family Sacrifices to Serve Westmont

A Family Sacrifices to Serve Westmont

Westmont’s first faculty taught faithfully even though they never knew when they’d get paid and rarely received their full salaries the first 10 years. Unlike most of his colleagues, Paton Yoder brought his wife, Hazel, and a child to... Read More

The Ripple Effects of a Westmont Education

The Ripple Effects of a Westmont Education

Looking back, Jan Thornton-Cheveres ’57 believes her time at Westmont set in motion important events in her life. “The high-quality academics, the deep friendships, the Christian values I formed, and the connections I made have created ripple effects throughout... Read More

A Feast of Fall Arts Events

A Feast of Fall Arts Events

The Visual Arts, Music and Theater Programs Produced Lively and Meaningful Events for the Westmont Community This Fall Art Exhibits Embrace Spiritual Themes Artists and musicians joined together to create works inspired by T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” for... Read More