Summer 2011 Archive:

The Rich Academic Legacy of the Christian Church

The Rich Academic Legacy of the Christian Church

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Why do students choose to attend Westmont? Our Christian identity is one of the top three reasons they cite for their decision. But their backgrounds vary greatly. Some possess a deep faith, and... Read More

Westmont Graduates Don't Default on Loans

Westmont Graduates Don’t Default on Loans

With more borrowers nationwide defaulting on students loans, the default rate for Westmont graduates drops significantly While the number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, Westmont is bucking the trend. The national two-year cohort default... Read More

Selective Class of Students Enrolls at Westmont

Selective Class of Students Enrolls at Westmont

An impressive group of new students arrived on campus in August, 335 first-year students representing the class of 2015 and 65 transfer students. The incoming class includes four National Merit Scholars and 275 students who’ve earned an academic merit... Read More

Westmont Moves Up in National Rankings

Westmont Moves Up in National Rankings

Westmont rises higher in both the U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine national rankings of colleges and univerisities Westmont leaped nine spots in this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News &... Read More

Luy Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Luy Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Joyce Luy, who retired in August as dean of admission at Westmont, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) at its national conference in June. She is the first woman to... Read More

Access This Article on Your iPad

Access This Article on Your iPad

An interactive version of the Westmont Magazine is now available for iPad owners If you’ve become accustomed to reading newspapers, magazines and books on your iPad, you now have the option of adding the Westmont magazine to your digital... Read More

News of Note Around Campus

News of Note Around Campus

Susan Jackson, a long-time volunteer in Santa Barbara, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between the college and the community. “Westmont is a special place because it attracts young adults who exemplify Christian principles... Read More

New Music Building Debuts on Campus

New Music Building Debuts on Campus

Once a dormitory for Deane School boys and Westmont women, the historic building continues housing the arts on campus Music has replaced the sounds of construction at the historic Art Center and former Deane School for Boys building. Extensive... Read More

Five New Faculty Arrive at Westmont

David L. Anderson Economics and Business Anderson’s background includes both business and academic experience. He has worked in strategic planning and technology for BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois, Hewitt Associates, IBM and Andersen Consulting. He has taught full time at Trinity... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and awards for Westmont’s outstanding professors The Santa Barbara Independent honored John Blondell (theater arts) and James Connolly (music) with Independent Theatre Awards in June for their work in Lit Moon Theatre’s “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.” Blondell... Read More

Women in the Midst of War

Women in the Midst of War

by 1st Lt. Christina Prejean ’08 ‘What are you doing, Christina?” I asked myself. Strapped into the netting seats of a C-130 Air Force cargo plane, I wore my 30-pound, bulletproof vest, helmet, gloves, earplugs and eye protection in... Read More

Making the Bible Accessible in Botswana

Making the Bible Accessible in Botswana

by Rob Veith ’91 Last Sunday after church, I went on a riverboat cruise along the Thamalakane River. That’s what people do here in Maun, Botswana. It was liking being on the jungle ride at Disneyland, only real. When... Read More

Planning a Part-time Retirement

Planning a Part-time Retirement

After 41 years of teaching sociology, Mike Leming ’70 retires in December as a professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. But he won’t quit working. Each spring he’ll continue directing Spring Semester in Thailand, a program he and... Read More

Starting a New Career at an Old Firm

Starting a New Career at an Old Firm

In 2004, Sharon McGee Rose ’89 stepped down as a partner of Trinity Financial Partners to go to law school. She’d already earned a master’s degree in business administration from Claremont Graduate University and spent 15 years in the... Read More

Opening Educational Opportunities for Students from All Backgrounds

Opening Educational Opportunities for Students from All Backgrounds

Reggie Williams ’95 played basketball in college and formed his identity as an African-American athlete. He came to Westmont to study Greek, Hebrew and theology but didn’t see himself in an academic career; that was something white people did.... Read More

A Missionary Daughter's Memoir

A Missionary Daughter’s Memoir

Apricot Anderson Irving ’97, memoirist and oral history writer, traveled to New York in September to accept the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Each year, six women writers demonstrating excellence and promise in the early stages of their... Read More

The Practice of Painting Daily

The Practice of Painting Daily

In the golden early morning light, Sharon Williams Schock ’06 sets out with a camera. She explores streets and shores, parks and landmarks, seeking inspiration and appealing locations. When she finds one, she sketches and snaps photos. Returning to... Read More

Westmont Fund: Dean LaBarba '13

Westmont Fund: Dean LaBarba ’13

The Westmont Fund is all about the students. At the age of 5, Dean LaBarba ’13 sensed God calling him to be a neurosurgeon. He has faithfully followed this leading, choosing the pre-med track at Westmont and majoring in... Read More

Excelling as a Writer, Proofreader and Lifeguard

Excelling as a Writer, Proofreader and Lifeguard

Westmont junior wins a scholarship for proofreading and earns a commendation as lifeguard of the year. Tammy Lang ’13 is making a name for herself both in and out of the water. The English major has earned the 2011... Read More

New President Leads Students Quietly

New President Leads Students Quietly

T.J. Breshears draws on his involvement in a wide variety of campus activities to encourage students to use their time wisely. Becoming student body president took a leap of faith for T.J. Breshears ’12. Felix Huang ’11, who led... Read More

FDNY

FDNY

By Paul Willis, Professor of English and Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And did they climb those stairs? They did. Oh yes, they did. Oh yes, they did.... Read More

A New Life for an Old Building

A New Life for an Old Building

Originally built in 1912-1914 to house students, Westmont’s music building served as the Junior Dormitory of the Deane School for Boys until the school closed in 1934. Headmaster Hewitt Reynolds owned the campus and later leased the Junior Dormitory... Read More

Committed to the Glory of God Alone

Committed to the Glory of God Alone

Carl LaBarbera ’76 grew up in a business-oriented family, and Westmont gave him a good grounding in combining faith and work. After earning a degree in economics and business, he considered youth ministry as a career but joined the... Read More