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Spring 2014 Archive:

Helping Students Develop Moral Vision

Helping Students Develop Moral Vision

By President Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. What gives a person moral vision? How does someone develop the capacity to look at a situation and suddenly see it differently? Reading two books by Muhammad Yunus, a recipient of the Nobel... Read More

Every Drop Counts on Campus

Every Drop Counts on Campus

Students compete to save water and Westmont cuts back irrigation to cope with the California drought. Two dry years have left California short of water, and Westmont has stepped up efforts to consume less. “We’re prepared to continue con-serving... Read More

Veteran Vice President to Lead Student Life

Veteran Vice President to Lead Student Life

Edee Schulze arrives with significant experience directing student life programs at Christian colleges. Edee Schulze arrives on campus in July as the new vice president for student life. The finalist in a year-long, national search, she served as vice... Read More

Celebrating the Arts on Campus, National Awards and an International Tour

Celebrating the Arts on Campus, National Awards and an International Tour

Sixteen graduating art majors displayed their capstone projects at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in April. Titled “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W,” the museum’s longitude and latitude coordinates, the senior show honored the facility that opened their first year at Westmont.... Read More

Westmont Ranks in Top 100 ROI Colleges

Westmont Ranks in Top 100 ROI Colleges

Forbes magazine attempts to gauge college value by listing donations per student. For the second straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, “The 100 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The... Read More

Westmont Revises the Seal and Unifies Its Identity

Westmont Revises the Seal and Unifies Its Identity

Westmont has adopted an updated seal and a new unified identity system to better communicate its mission and character and increase recognition of the college. The new graphic elements will create greater consistency across all materials.     The... Read More

Research Experience Helps Medical Student

Research Experience Helps Medical Student

Westmont alumnus discovers his year-long work with a chemistry professor made him a better thinker. When he enrolled at Dartmouth Medical School, Aaron Barnes ’12 wondered how he’d compare to classmates from Ivy League schools. “I soon realized I... Read More

Students Report Their Findings at Research Symposium

Students Report Their Findings at Research Symposium

A record 50 students displayed their results from 35 research projects at the 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium. Representing 16 different majors, they worked closely with professors on their projects. While many chemistry, biology, physics and computer... Read More

Polo Team Scores a Second Championship

Polo Team Scores a Second Championship

The Westmont polo team successfully defended their national title to claim back-to-back championships. The Westmont men’s polo team achieved consecutive national championships when they defeated the University of Virginia 16-13 on April 12 at ERG Arena in Brookshire, Texas.... Read More

Warrior Teams Advance to Nationals, Capture GSAC Championships

All five spring Warrior teams competed at their national tournaments this year. The baseball team (38-17) defeated No. 7 San Diego Christian (39-18) twice to win the GSAC Tournament and earn an automatic berth in the NAIA National Championship.... Read More

The Liberal Arts Online?

The Liberal Arts Online?

Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts sponsors a conference examining the role of MOOCs in liberal arts education. Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) the next big thing in higher education? Do their merits (access, connection, innovation, low... Read More

Finding the Right Equation for Teaching

Finding the Right Equation for Teaching

A Westmont professor uses guided inquiry, an innovative way of teaching, to help students master chemistry. Michael Everest went to a workshop on pedagogy and decided to try what the presenters suggested. The experience has transformed his teaching. Chemistry... Read More

Remembering Kim

Remembering Kim

Computer science professor Kim Kihlstrom lost her battle with cancer but leaves a legacy in the lives of her students and colleagues. Kim Kihlstrom loved baking chocolate chip cookies and wearing matching dresses with her two young daughters. An... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors Gregg Afman (kinesiology) is the lead author of an article in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism exploring the “effect of carbohydrate or sodium bicarbonate ingestion on performance during... Read More

A Desperate Man Launches a Movement

A Desperate Man Launches a Movement

Excerpts from talks by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, who spoke at the President’s Breakfast and interacted with a panel of students on campus in February. My work, whatever I have done, was not preplanned. It was a... Read More

How Can We Help the Bottom Billion?

How Can We Help the Bottom Billion?

By Rick Ifland ’83, Director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westmont To paraphrase Austrian economist Freidrich Hayek, acting on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power to shape the economy to our... Read More

Confessions of a Greedy Kid

Confessions of a Greedy Kid

By Shaun Kempston ’04 Illustrations by Annie Bratko ’14 Growing up, I was a greedy little kid. Not your average “whadya bring me?” type either. I was born in 1981 and family members called me Alex P. Keaton (after... Read More

Retirees Find a Second Career Supporting the Arts

Retirees Find a Second Career Supporting the Arts

Unacquainted at Westmont, Karen Swadell Jobe ’70 and Jerry Van Leeuwen ’72 have joined forces at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Calif. “We came together for a common cause, and it’s like we’ve known each other... Read More

Learning to Belong Everywhere

Learning to Belong Everywhere

A native of one country and a citizen of another, Allison White Zurfluh ’93 long felt she didn’t belong to either. “But then I learned I belong everywhere,” she says. After growing up in California, she has lived in... Read More

Building Public-Private Partnerships

Building Public-Private Partnerships

Lindsay Michiels ’10 believes in smart advocacy. “It’s much better than finger-pointing, which never helps anyone,” she says. She works in corporate engagement at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, joining with the private sector on humanitarian... Read More

Building a Business to Help Businesses

Building a Business to Help Businesses

The summer before his senior year, Tom Gazaway ’93 worked with an inner-city ministry in Camden, N.J. He returned there after graduating and lived in the community for 10 years. To support himself, he pursued a series of odd... Read More

Editor Enjoys Her Novel Experience

Editor Enjoys Her Novel Experience

Erin Healy ’92 entered her writing career through the back door. “Editing is my first love and my bread and butter,” she says. She had edited novels for Ted Dekker for years when he asked her to co-write two... Read More

Starting a Network of Good Samaritans

Starting a Network of Good Samaritans

Jason Friesen ’02 flew through Miami in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “I saw destruction everywhere,” he says. Viewing more devastation on CNN, he felt compelled to get out of a cubicle and get into the field. Growing up... Read More

The Westmont Fund is all about students

The Westmont Fund is all about students

Published: Spring 2014 in Giving

Marshall Pingle ’14 takes his education seriously. “Professor Chapman taught me that only a few people can attend Westmont, so we have a responsibility to go out into the world and behave intelligently,” he says. “I know I’m equipped... Read More

Service, Athletics and Research Shape Students

Service, Athletics and Research Shape Students

A Westmont education offers students many ways to learn, grow and develop their calling in life. Using H4O to Bring H20 to the World While in high school, Spencer Dusebout ’15 traveled to Belize with his Santa Barbara church... Read More

More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

An edited excerpt of a talk by Susan Savage, professor of Art A liberal arts education is a process of interdisciplinary integration. It’s a community that works together to celebrate and nurture relationships of knowledge, inviting a variety of... Read More

The Legacy of Ira and Sue Rapson

The Legacy of Ira and Sue Rapson

                A supply sergeant returned from World War II and studied economics at the University of Michigan. The son of a Detroit businessman, he felt called to teach. While still in school,... Read More

Investing in the Liberal Arts

Investing in the Liberal Arts

James ’63 and Ginny Van Lew ’63 Beck say their liberal arts education gave them a foundation for life, shaping their work, church life, parenting and community participation. “We wouldn’t trade our time at Westmont for anything,” Ginny says.... Read More