Spring 2008 Archive:

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Excerpts from President Gayle D. Beebe’s inaugural address delivered April 11 In 1937 Ruth Kerr had a burning desire to start a school that combined a deep love for God with rigorous academics. Being a woman of remarkable tenacity,... Read More

Graduating from Westmont into the World

Graduating from Westmont into the World

The class of 2008 completes their college education amid celebration, pageantry and words of wisdom. Gayle Beebe presided over his first Westmont Commencement as president of the college May 3, handing diplomas to 310 graduating students, 109 receiving honors.... Read More

Beebe Inaugurated as Eighth Westmont President

Beebe Inaugurated as Eighth Westmont President

Steve Forbes and Steve Sample join Beebe in speaking at inauguration events. More than 530 people heard Steve Forbes, chief executive officer of Forbes, speak at a breakfast celebrating the inauguration of Westmont’s eighth president, Gayle Beebe. In “America’s... Read More

Gym Undergoes Renovation

Gym Undergoes Renovation

Summertime project will install new, state-of-the-art floor, seating and scoreboard After nearly 40 years and more than 1,000 athletic events, Murchison Gym is getting a complete overhaul. As soon as the semester ended, workers gutted the facility and are... Read More

Longtime Trustee Roy Johnston Dies

Longtime Trustee Roy Johnston Dies

Roy G. Johnston, a structural engineer whose work contri-buted to the shape of the Los Angeles skyline and the development of seismic requirements for building codes, died March 13. A founding partner of the structural and civil engi-neering firm,... Read More

Two Teams Compete at Nationals

Two Teams Compete at Nationals

Eight men and six women represented Westmont at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Edwardsville, Ill., in May. Senior Robbie Cherry (right, center) earned All-American honors by taking second place in the men’s marathon. His time... Read More

Polo Team Repeats Regional Title

Polo Team Repeats Regional Title

The Westmont men’s club polo team repeated as champions of the U.S. Polo Association Western Regionals at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in March. They advanced to the USPA National Intercollegiate Championships in Lexington, Ky., where they lost in... Read More

Westmont Loans Wardrobe to Narnia Exhibit

Westmont Loans Wardrobe to Narnia Exhibit

Wardrobe once owned by C.S. Lewis will travel with Disney exhibit during the next five years “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition” opened at a VIP event June 5 at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, kicking off... Read More

Professors Honored with Endowed Chairs

Professors Honored with Endowed Chairs

Faculty fill two new chairs, one in art and the other in the social sciences funded by the Fletcher Jones Foundation To recognize the many accomplishments of retiring art professor Tony Askew, who spent 26 productive years at the... Read More

Long-time Teachers End Their Tenure

Long-time Teachers End Their Tenure

Two faculty members, each with more than three decades of experience, have retired from teaching After teaching at Westmont for more than 30 years, John Sider, professor of English, and Dave Lawrence, professor of political science, both retired in... Read More

Four Portraits

Four Portraits

by John Blondell Professor of Theater and Founder of the Lit Moon Theatre Company Bob The morning after our final performance at the Young Open Theatre Festival in Skopje, Macedonia, in 2007, Lilia Abadjieva, the festival’s artistic director, caught... Read More

Overheard at the Inauguration

Overheard at the Inauguration

Edited excerpts from major addresses at Gayle Beebe’s inauguration April 11 Gayle Beebe: The Intellectual Awakening that Forever Changed My Life The theme of our inauguration, “The Global Imperative:Education and the Knowledge Society in the 21st Century,” is taken... Read More

An Officer and a Reverend

An Officer and a Reverend

As an Army chaplain for 25 years, Colonel Ken Sampson ’70 has notified families of soldiers killed in action. He has reached out to Muslim soldiers and leaders since 9-11. With his division, he deployed to Afghanistan for a... Read More

Have Choir, Will Travel

Have Choir, Will Travel

By the time he arrived at Westmont, Phil Robb ’74 was burned out on music. As a child, he sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Company. He played trumpet in junior high school,... Read More

Blending Age, Ethnicity and Music on Sunday Mornings

Blending Age, Ethnicity and Music on Sunday Mornings

The congregation that Rev. Lance Allen ’83 leads in Santa Ana, Calif., celebrated 125 years of ministry last fall. The lovely sanctuary, built in 1937, boasts hand-carved wood, stained-glass windows and a grand pipe organ. Some of the longtime... Read More

Helping People Help Themselves

Helping People Help Themselves

Visiting Moscow before the fall of the Soviet Union, teaching English in China at the time of the massacre in Tiananmen Square and working in the hectic environment of explosive Asian economic growth, Desiree Hodson ’88 has witnessed profound... Read More

Mixing Science and Public Policy

Mixing Science and Public Policy

Rebecca Slayton ’96 fell in love with chemistry as a child. “I like the certainty of science,” she says. “When you feel insecure, you can do a calculation, and there is the answer. I bought into the elevation of... Read More

Adding Value to Video Games

Adding Value to Video Games

Making his way down an airplane aisle last year, Brian Johnson ’94 noticed that many of the passengers were listening to iPods. “All those white earbuds would make a great iPod commercial,” he thought. Then he had another idea:... Read More

Student Research Runs the Gamut

Student Research Runs the Gamut

Students in a variety of disciplines display the results of their research projects during the past year More than 40 students explained the results of their year-long research projects by presenting 26 posters from varying disciplines at the 12th... Read More

Leaders Who Serve Others

Leaders Who Serve Others

Westmont’s student life office recognized 12 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The David K. Winter Character Through Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and... Read More

Telling the Living Story

Telling the Living Story

Monroe Scholar produces an ambitious senior theater project about the history of the church from Pentecost to the Apocalypse With more than 50 actors, musicians and crew members and the entire Gospel Choir — and an audience exceeding 800... Read More

When Giving Means Receiving

When Giving Means Receiving

Published: Spring 2008 in Giving

With a gift annuity, you can make a gift to Westmont to support students and receive a tax deduction and income for life Many alumni, parents and friends say they’d like to make a gift to Westmont, but their... Read More

The Remarkable Ruth McCreery

The Remarkable Ruth McCreery

Throughout her youth, Ruth McCreery felt called to the mission field in Africa. But in 1938, after she had earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Christian education at Wheaton College, family finances prevented her from going overseas. Her father,... Read More

The Annuity that Keeps on Giving

The Annuity that Keeps on Giving

Adaline Bare’s connection to Westmont extends more than 6o years. Her late husband, Bruce, was the longest-serving trustee in college history (1947-1996), and he chaired the board twice (1954-57 and 1964-1970). Her daughter, Barbara Bare Spaulding ’63, attended for... Read More