Spring 2009 Archive:

Finding an Anchor for Our Life in God

Finding an Anchor for Our Life in God

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D., president Santa Barbara is a joyous place to live and work. The world comes to our doorstep as we offer the varied and rich traditions of our wonderful city amidst one of the most... Read More

A Coastal Commencement

A Coastal Commencement

Planned construction and an unexpected wildfire relocate ceremonies to City College Despite being evacuated from campus the day before, 311 students celebrated their college graduation with exuberance and thankfulness May 9 at Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium.... Read More

Another Fire?

Another Fire?

Santa Barbara wildfire causes brief evacuation A fire-weary Westmont community watched unbelievingly as a wildfire took root in Mission Canyon May 5 and branched eastward toward campus during the next few days. The sight and smell of smoke awoke... Read More

HEDCO Foundation Grant Supports Research

HEDCO Foundation Grant Supports Research

Two biology professors and the students who assist them will benefit from new equipment to be used in research and in class The practice of engaging Westmont students in research with faculty has enthused, educated and mentored future scientists... Read More

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

Westmont staff member Lori Call makes her first trip with potter’s clay and discovers a different dimension of community For eight years, Lori Call has sensed something intangible about Westmont, something difficult to describe. As director of foundation and... Read More

The Shape of Things to Come on Campus

The Shape of Things to Come on Campus

While faculty homes in Las Barrancas and structures in Clark Halls rise from the ashes, three new buildings emerge on campus During spring semester, buildings began to emerge from excavated Westmont ground. A front loader dumps gravel that workers... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Karen Andrews (urban studies), Cheri Larsen Hoeckley (English) and Caryn Reeder (religious studies) presented papers at the Conference on Christianity and Literature at George Fox University. The theme was “Speaking Truth to Power: The Literature of Assent and Dissent.”... Read More

Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year

At Commencement, the college recognized Teachers of the Year in each division. A gift from the late trustee emeritus Bruce Bare and his wife, Adaline, funds the annual award. The 2009 recipients are: Lisa DeBoer (far right), associate professor... Read More

What’s on the Mind of Facebook Users?

What’s on the Mind of Facebook Users?

Social networking site proves to be a fruitful research subject for a Westmont communciation studies professor Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” and sends the answer to all your friends. Lesa Stern wondered what was on the mind of... Read More

Cultures Clash in 19th Century Court Case

Cultures Clash in 19th Century Court Case

Doing research on two continents, a westmont historian studies a contentious case set in a culturally complex society A white woman living in India under British rule marries a poor, local man from the lowest class. They share little... Read More

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

The Right Ordering of Body, Mind and Heart An Excerpt from “Longing for God: Seven Paths to Christian Devotion” by Gayle D. Beebe and Richard J. Foster The infinite distance between body and mind symbolizes the infinitely more infinite... Read More

Borrower Beware, Lender Beware:

Borrower Beware, Lender Beware:

The Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Moral Reflections on Usury in the Scholastic Tradition by Edd Noell, Professor of Economics and Business The contribution of subprime mortgage lending to the ongoing credit crisis has received much attention in recent months.... Read More

The Merits of Mountain Climbing

The Merits of Mountain Climbing

Dave Dolan ’78 has vaccinated Guatemalan children against polio, helped establish health clinics and orphanages on three continents, and built homes through Habitat for Humanity in Orange County, Calif. His passion for service and social justice began in high... Read More

A High-Charged Corporate Career

A High-Charged Corporate Career

Irene Hahn Blomgren ’73 remembers every second a Taser incapacitated her. The executive vice president of human capital for Taser International, she took the hit voluntarily to demonstrate its effectiveness and safety. Joining the company in July jolted her... Read More

Helping Hispanic Students Succeed

Helping Hispanic Students Succeed

The first person in his family to attend college, Bert Jara ’85 enrolled at Westmont because a high school counselor helped him fill out an application and a financial aid form. Today Bert seeks to provide the same kind... Read More

Making Cents of Money and Marriage

Making Cents of Money and Marriage

Have you ever lied to your spouse about something you bought or made a major purchase without discussing it in advance? Do you have your own secret credit card or bank account? If so, Bethany Bruinsma Palmer ’88 and... Read More

Being Open to Ministry Worldwide

Being Open to Ministry Worldwide

Are you looking for a way to get involved in ministry locally or globally? Do you have information or expertise to share? Are you interested in learning what makes outreach projects in other cities or countries effective? Christians can... Read More

Inspiring Youth with a Vision for Volunteering

Inspiring Youth with a Vision for Volunteering

As a junior in college, Josh Collins ’07 tested his conviction that high school students make great volunteers: He enlisted 20 of them to assist at a Special Olympics competition. But he didn’t realize the full extent of his... Read More

Golden Warriors and Multigenerational Westmont Families attend Commencement

Golden Warriors and Multigenerational Westmont Families attend Commencement

The class of 1959 (above) returned for their 50th reunion but never made it to campus because fire officials evacuated the college. They met instead at a local church to share memories and life stories. Proudly wearing their Golden... Read More

Designing a Course Project

Designing a Course Project

Students in Professor Scott Anderson’s publication design course created the 2008 annual report for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. “I always cover the importance of doing pro-bono work, of using your talents to serve your community,” says Anderson,... Read More

A Moving Theatrical Experience

A Moving Theatrical Experience

Westmont presents a bilingual play by senior theater major diana small to audiences on campus and in the community Families gather at La Casa de la Raza, a community center on the east side of Santa Barbara, eating churros... Read More

Show and Tell Time for Student Researchers

Show and Tell Time for Student Researchers

Students in the behavioral and natural sciences and the humanities share recent work Jay Howard and two friends lived on the street for a week to study how the homeless interact with each other and with passersby. Chris Sullivan... Read More

Letting Children Become Grown-ups

Letting Children Become Grown-ups

Published: Spring 2009 in Parents

New parents council members see westmont as a place where their son and daughter can grow up and own their faith J.C. MacRae helps new medical device companies get out of the garage and into the stock listings. His... Read More

Burning Bauder Hall into Memory

Burning Bauder Hall into Memory

For nearly 80 years, Bauder Hall brought a bit of Normandy to La Paz Road. Built in 1929 in a medieval style reminiscent of the French countryside, it served as a carriage house for the 17-acre La Paz estate.... Read More

Collecting with an Open Hand

Collecting with an Open Hand

He’s a software engineer who earned a doctorate in computer science after majoring in music and philosophy. She’s a former social worker who studied psychology and plays the organ. Neither took a single art class at Westmont, but Dewayne... Read More