Spring 2011 Archive:

Preparing Students to Invest their Talents Well

Preparing Students to Invest their Talents Well

By Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President A wise friend once said that leaders have a responsibility to honor the past, manage the present and map the future. So what does the future look like for Westmont? Our mission is... Read More

Westmont Strikes LEED Gold

Westmont Strikes LEED Gold

Four new buildings on campus earn gold certification for their sustainable construction and energy-saving systems. The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainable construction, has certified four new Westmont buildings as Leadership in Energy and... Read More

Campaign Helps College Achieve One of Its Best Fundraising Years Ever

Campaign Helps College Achieve One of Its Best Fundraising Years Ever

Published: Spring 2011 in Giving

Significant gifts to the Bright Hope for Tomorrow campaign have propelled Westmont to the second-best fundraising year in its history. To date, the college has received nearly $82 million for Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Winter Hall for... Read More

A New Moon on Campus

A New Moon on Campus

Gary W. Moon will be the first director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont. He comes from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, where he was executive vice president/provost and professor of... Read More

Join the Movement: Watch the Video

Join the Movement: Watch the Video

Westmont Impact’s innovative video wins a prestigious award from an organization serving higher education. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has honored Westmont with a Circle of Excellence Award for its video, “Join the Movement.” CASE,... Read More

Westmont Updates Its iPhone App

Westmont Updates Its iPhone App

Modifications and new features make Westmont’s iPhone app a faster and more valuable resource. Would you like to watch a video of a Westmont chapel service — or a recent campus lecture — on your iPhone? How about reading... Read More

Summer Scholars and Student Scholarships

Summer Scholars Study for Credit About a dozen college-bound high school juniors and seniors are participating in a new Westmont program this summer that offers a genuine, residential college experience. Summer Scholars, which runs from June 19 to July... Read More

Seniors Celebrate Commencement

Seniors Celebrate Commencement

The college’s 75th commencement ceremony is the first following the completion of major new buildings on campus. The first senior class to study in Westmont’s new buildings graduated May 7. On the ceremonial Last Walk from Kerrwood Lawn to... Read More

Healing the Wounds of Memory

Healing the Wounds of Memory

A Westmont history professor examines the complex story of French villagers who hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II When the horror of the Holocaust overran their region, the French people of Plateau Vivarais-Lignon took a stand.... Read More

Putting the Liberal Arts to Work

Putting the Liberal Arts to Work

Economics and business professor plans to combine the liberal arts curriculum with applied research to provide information for entrepreneurs. After a trip to the nation’s capital promoting his latest book and touting the benefits of less government regulation on... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Telford Work (theology), Allan Nishimura (chemistry) and Andrew Mullen (education) won the Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher awards, which recognize an outstanding professor from the humanities, the natural and behavioral sciences... Read More

Vazquez to Lead Westmont Admissions Office

Vazquez to Lead Westmont Admissions Office

Silvio Vazquez, a consultant in enrollment management and former Gordon College vice president for enrollment, is Westmont’s new dean of admission. Vazquez served at Gordon in Wenham, Mass., for two decades in various roles before consulting for Scannell &... Read More

Blessings on New Buildings

Blessings on New Buildings

On two joyous days in May, Westmont celebrated two new buildings, officially dedicating Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics and Adams Center for the Visual Arts. President Gayle D. Beebe presided at both events, and grateful guests included trustees,... Read More

A Return to Eden: Redeeming Sexuality

A Return to Eden: Redeeming Sexuality

by Tremper Longman III, Robert Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies. An edited excerpt from his presentation in the March 9, 2011, chapel service. Sexuality is a controversial topic; people disagree passionately about it, especially where to draw the line... Read More

Clinging to the Bedrock of Christ

Clinging to the Bedrock of Christ

by McKenna Mitchell ’11 2011 Baccalaureate Remarks Good evening Westmont parents and family, faculty and fellow students. It’s an absolute honor to be here tonight, and I’m proud to stand on the stage with the amazing group of people... Read More

A Sister Takes Heart and Gives a Kidney

A Sister Takes Heart and Gives a Kidney

Phil Palmquist ’76 was a hero to his sister Carol MacNeill during their childhood in Delano, Calif. The oldest of five children, he looked out for his baby sister, the youngest in the family. “We were close,” he says.... Read More

Offering Hopeful Faith and Helpful Hands in Japan

Offering Hopeful Faith and Helpful Hands in Japan

In the violent March 2011 earthquake, the island of Japan shifted eight feet to the east. Jonathan Wilson ’89 thinks it may have shifted theologically as well. “There is a new openness to the gospel here,” he says. “Everything... Read More

A Shocking Injury and a Miraculous Recovery

A Shocking Injury and a Miraculous Recovery

Todd Ridenour ’86 went to Mexico with Potter’s Clay as a student but didn’t return until 2008. The Santa Barbara contractor went again in 2009 and camped out at Rancho Agua Viva with everyone else. Wednesday evening, he felt... Read More

A Joint Vision for Youth Ministry

A Joint Vision for Youth Ministry

How can churches attract more teenagers? Three Methodist congregations in San Jose, Calif., succeeded by banding together and creating the Joint Youth Ministry (JYM). Each offers its own Sunday school and church service, but they unite on programs for... Read More

An Organic Approach to Family Farming

An Organic Approach to Family Farming

It’s raining in Montana, the fields are flooded and Casey Bailey ’03 is a month late planting his crops. He doesn’t know what to expect from the weather. “Farming is uncertain, especially organic farming,” he says. “It’s experimental, unpredictable... Read More

The Faith and Doubts of Emily Dickinson

The Faith and Doubts of Emily Dickinson

Literature can help readers think through issues in their lives, says Susan Van Zanten ’78, an English professor and literary scholar. “Fiction creates a world that allows you to explore ideas that affect your world,” she says. She encourages... Read More

Student Guides an Outing for the Birds

Student Guides an Outing for the Birds

Monroe Scholar Carrie Steingruber shares her enthusiasm for bird-watching with the local audubon society. Monroe Scholar Carrie Steingruber ’12 not only excels in academics, she’s one of the region’s top birders. The art and English double major led a... Read More

The Play’s the Thing

The Play’s the Thing

Jessica Drake ’11 hasn’t written the next act of her life yet, but she’s finding an audience for her work. The Northern California student earned an O’Neill National Critics Institute Fellowship during the American College Theatre Festival at the... Read More

Distant Parents Keep a Close Connection

Distant Parents Keep a Close Connection

Published: Spring 2011 in Parents

Parents Council members provide resources and encouragement to prospective and current parents who live far away. Relationships matter to Steve and Linda Engdahl; they’re passionate about people. When their son, David ’07, enrolled at Westmont, they wanted to be... Read More

Dedicated to Completing the Campus

Dedicated to Completing the Campus

This year Westmont dedicated two buildings in two consecutive days for the first time in its history. But earlier construction projects also included multiple facilities. To date, the development of Westmont’s campus has occurred in roughly four phases. In... Read More

A Pastor’s and Parent’s Perspective of Westmont

A Pastor’s and Parent’s Perspective of Westmont

Ben and Lauretta Patterson’s ties to Westmont go deeper than his 10 years as campus pastor. Two of their children and a daughter-in-law went to Westmont, and another son works on staff. As they’ve watched students graduate, embark on... Read More