Summer 2010 Archive:

President Beebe

Learning How to Redeem Our Suffering

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Several shattering experiences with grief led me to wrestle with the problem of evil and suffering early in my career. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but developing a uniquely Christian... Read More

Brace Yourself for Westmont Impact

Brace Yourself for Westmont Impact

Published: Summer 2010 in Giving

What kind of impact does a Westmont education make in the lives of its graduates — and what kind of impact do these graduates make in the world? A new website, Westmont Impact, will answer this question. Using social... Read More

It’s Not Your Mother’s Library Anymore

It’s Not Your Mother’s Library Anymore

Renovating all three floors of Voskuyl Library this summer did more than take out shelves, walls and cubicles: It demolished traditional ideas of library design and function. The theory of multiple intelligences has shaped new learning spaces throughout the... Read More

Campaign Gains Momentum

Campaign Gains Momentum

Published: Summer 2010 in Giving

Momentum continues to build for the Bright Hope for Tomorrow campaign, which Westmont launched in April with an inspiring evening in Santa Barbara and the exciting announcement of a $5 million pledge from Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. Three more regional... Read More

Two Magazines Rank Westmont in the Top 100

Two Magazines Rank Westmont in the Top 100

For the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2011 Edition.” Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges that... Read More

New Facilities Finished for Fall Classes

New Facilities Finished for Fall Classes

Workers put finishing touches on two new buildings, Adams Center for the Visual Arts (large photo, above) and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics (below), before students arrived for the fall semester. Faculty in four departments moved into their... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

In July, Jamie Friedman (English) presented a paper on the first of the Canterbury Tales, “Remembering Emelye,” at the International Congress of the New Chaucer Society in Siena, Italy. Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, contributed... Read More

New Dean Will Assess Student Learning

New Dean Will Assess Student Learning

Tatiana Nazarenko, former dean of instruction and assessment liaison at Centralia College (Wash.), is Westmont’s new dean of curriculum and educational effectiveness. Nazarenko’s predecessor, Professor Ray Rosentrater, will return to full-time teaching in the mathematics department. “Dr. Nazarenko is... Read More

Battling the Bordetella Bacteria

Battling the Bordetella Bacteria

Research by biology professor Steve Julio ’92 could contribute to a new vaccine for whooping cough A resurgence of whooping cough, once nearly extinct, has created headlines in recent years. The disease poses the greatest danger to infants, but... Read More

New Faculty Eager to Blend Faith and Learning

New Faculty Eager to Blend Faith and Learning

The humanities division welcomes new professors in the English and Theater Arts departments Jamie Friedman, assistant professor of English, became fascinated by medieval studies when an English professor visited her history class to discuss Beowulf, the Old English epic... Read More

The Humiliation of the Word in Our Day

The Humiliation of the Word in Our Day

2010 Commencement Address by Richard J. Foster Author and Founder of Renovaré At the beginning of time the debar Yahweh, the Word of the Lord, brought the universe crashing into existence. God said, “Let there be light,” and the... Read More

Finding Hope Amid the Horrors of Human Trafficking

Finding Hope Amid the Horrors of Human Trafficking

Reflections by Megan Moore ’13 on a 2010 Westmont Mayterm Trip Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get... Read More

A Question for Westmont Alumni

A Question for Westmont Alumni

Instead of asking what alumni can give to Westmont, the new Westmont Alumni Advisory Council asks how Westmont can make the experience of being an alum more engaging. Building on the heartfelt gratitude many alumni express for their college... Read More

The Risky Business of Banking

The Risky Business of Banking

Taking some risk is a necessary part of life, but how can we determine the right amount? Helga Houston ’83 lived with that question at Bank of America, where she became a risk executive after years in real estate... Read More

Taming Technology to Tell Stories About Life

Taming Technology to Tell Stories About Life

Dane Howard ’94 likes to make technology easy to use. On a visit to Westmont, he takes a quick photo with his iPhone, uploads it to posterous.com, types a short caption, and readers of his blog, his friends on... Read More

An Animated Career

An Animated Career

When he became a computer animator, Matt Baer ’93 was surprised to use sines and cosines to make a tornado. “I bought back all the physics and calculus books I used in school,” he says. “I never thought I’d... Read More

The Westmont Annual Fund is All About Students

The Westmont Annual Fund is All About Students

Published: Summer 2010 in Giving

To earn money this summer, Roxanne Love ’11 is working in construction. Breaking up concrete with a pounding jackhammer doesn’t faze her. A co-captain of the women’s soccer team, a goalie and a drummer for the chapel band, she’s... Read More

Designing Shirts and a Life of Ministry

Designing Shirts and a Life of Ministry

Can junior high school students grasp theology? Cesar Castillejos ’03 believes they can. While studying systematic theology and biblical Greek at Bethel Seminary, he also worked with Young Life. Juggling seminary and youth ministry turned out well. “It forced... Read More

Learning to Live with Imperfection

Learning to Live with Imperfection

When Kristin Rushforth Ritzau ’04 leads retreats for women she includes an art project as an exercise. “A lot of people crumple up and throw away their first efforts,” she says. “Most of them think they can’t be creative... Read More

New Students Take a Hike Before Class

New Students Take a Hike Before Class

For 36 years Inoculum has challenged incoming students to push themselves physically, intellectually and spiritually. This year, 16 first-year students, representing states from Hawaii to Massachusetts, enrolled in Inoculum, a unique orientation program at Westmont. For 12 days in... Read More

The Class of 2014 Brings Stellar Qualifications and Diversity to Westmont

The Class of 2014 Brings Stellar Qualifications and Diversity to Westmont

The class of 2014 arrived Aug. 26 for a four-day orientation before classes began Aug. 30. The incoming 384 students include seven National Merit Scholars, 65 students from the Tri Counties and six international students from China, Singapore, Philippines,... Read More

Playing Soccer Opens Doors in Uganda

Playing Soccer Opens Doors in Uganda

For the second time in four years, the Westmont women’s soccer team travels to Uganda to combine soccer and ministry During a two-week trip to Uganda in May, 19 members of the women’s soccer team, two coaches and five... Read More

Celebrating the Life of Bob Wennberg

Celebrating the Life of Bob Wennberg

The Westmont community has lost a much-loved professor. Robert N. Wennberg, who taught philosophy for 37 years, died July 18 at the age of 75 from pancreatic cancer. In addition to being a memorable teacher, he was an accomplished... Read More

Their Lifelong Ministry Began at Westmont

Their Lifelong Ministry Began at Westmont

Leo ’59 and Molly Moellering ’60 Tautfest began a lifelong partnership in ministry at Westmont. For two summers, they participated in Lei O’Limas, a 10-week outreach program assisting churches in Hawaii. Leo describes it as a forerunner of Potter’s... Read More