Summer 2015 Archive:

Managing Change to Health Systems

In high school, Betsie Frei ’06 exchanged her tiny hometown in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a city in Venezuela and found a type of poverty foreign to the United States. She began tackling the issue of poverty as a double major in sociology and Spanish at... Read More

Data that Fights Domestic Violence

Amanda Mathisen Stylianou  ’06 left Westmont for a semester to work full time at a domestic violence shelter. “It’s one thing to study poverty and another to meet people who can’t feed their children,” she says. “Seeing the barriers victims face in... Read More

Advertising in a Visual Age

Geoff Akins ’97 grew up in Laguna Beach surfing, skim- boarding, and spending time at Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp. That’s where he heard about Westmont, a small college on the coast where he could surf between classes. It sounded... Read More

Portraits Reveal Inner-City Stories

With the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal, Joel Daniel Phillips ’11 tells stories about people. His monumental drawings depict inhabitants of a blighted San Francisco neighborhood, shedding light on the overlooked and unidentified. For three years, he walked outside his studio and home in a former factory... Read More

Taking Young Life to the Inner City

Pablo Otaola ’06 had just left the Air Force and was praying at a church retreat when he heard God’s voice. “It was so clear,” he says. “‘You are going to Westmont.’ But I’d never heard of it—my father... Read More

Learning Economics and Helping Kids

As a young teacher, Jamie DeVries ’95 faced an unwelcome challenge: teach AP Economics at San Marcos High School. “I wondered how I could engage students in a dry, one-dimensional subject,” he says. “I knew I had to make... Read More

Homecoming Oct. 2-3, 2015

2015 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Nivaldo Tro ’85, Westmont professor of chemistry since 1990, was born and raised in Culver City, Calif., after his parents emigrated from Havana, Cuba, in 1959. He earned a doctorate in chemistry at Stanford, where he researched optical... Read More

A Positive Approach to Ecology

Ray Callaway ’78 considers Montana an ideal place to study ecology, but his research takes him t hroughout t he world. In his Callaway Lab and greenhouse at the University of Montana (UM), he explores how organisms interact with... Read More

Learning to Welcome Adversity in Life

Learning to Welcome Adversity in Life

Our chapel program focused on the theme Gratitude and Grit last spring, and I spent some time thinking about what it takes to develop grit, or the capacity to overcome obstacles and setbacks in life. How does God use... Read More

Westmont Goes Downtown

Westmont Goes Downtown

  New Downtown Center Offers a Westmont Academic Semester on Social and Capital Entrepreneurship and Hosts a Pepperdine MBA Program Westmont Downtown, a new, semester long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, welcomes its first students this fall. Based on the... Read More

Generous Grotenhuis Gift Supports Students

Generous Grotenhuis Gift Supports Students

A Planned Estate Gift Will Provide Transformative Scholarships for First-Generation Students and Musicians David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically... Read More

Westmont Mourns President Emeritus David K. Winter

Westmont received this sad news just as the magazine was going to press. The next issue will feature a lengthy tribute. David K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He... Read More

Leadership Center Gains Crucial Approval

Leadership Center Gains Crucial Approval

The New Faculty, Included in Westmont’s Campus Master Plan, Features Two Residential Buildings and a Multipurpose Center The Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved the college’s design for a new residential facility and leadership center, finding it consistent with... Read More

Fletcher Jones Grant Transforms Whittier Hall

Fletcher Jones Grant Transforms Whittier Hall

The Fletcher Jones Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Hall, which opened in 1985. “Westmont has built a... Read More

Lead Where You Stand

Lead Where You Stand

    Westmont Blends Practical Principles with Inspiration from Great Leaders in the Montecito Institute’s First Leadership Conference Westmont’s first leadership conference, Lead Where You Stand: Lessons for Leaders from Lincoln, Drucker and Bill Gates, attracted a range of... Read More

Westmont CIO Receives Recognition

Westmont CIO Receives Recognition

Westmont CIO Reed Sheard accepted a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader award for 2 015 in March with top IT professionals from the business, education, government, service, technology and non-profit sectors. Other recipients include CIOs from MasterCard, Intel, NBC,... Read More

David Brooks Inspires at Commencement

David Brooks Inspires at Commencement

Westmont Sends 310 New Alumni into the World and Honors the Golden Warriors from the Class of 1965 Commencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love and... Read More

What’s Good About the Liberal Arts?

What’s Good About the Liberal Arts?

Annual Gaede Institute Conversation Examined Ways the Liberal Arts Contribute to the Social Good The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts focused its 14th annual conference, The Liberal Arts and the Social Good, on the contributions of liberal arts... Read More

Special Olympics Athetes Visit Westmont

Special Olympics Athetes Visit Westmont

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrived in July for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The largest sporting event in... Read More

A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

A Chemist, Christian and Liberal Arts Advocate

Chemistry Professor Stephen Contakes Embraces Integration of Faith and Learning and the Interdisciplinary Nature of the Liberal Arts During his post-doctoral research at Caltech in Pasadena, Stephen Contakes worked wit h undergraduates. “That experience led to my interest in... Read More

A Sociologist Studies Social Media

A Sociologist Studies Social Media

Felicia Song has Conducted Research on Mommy Bloggers and Considers the Way Social Media Shapes our Lives As a professor at Louisiana State University with large classes, Felicia looked for ways to connect with students. At Westmont, she seeks... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Activities and Awards for Westmont’s Outstanding Professors GREGG AFMAN (kinesiology) presented “Effect of Carbohydrate or Sodium Bicarbonate Ingestion on Performance During a Validated Basketball Simulation Test,” at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. SCOTT ANDERSON (art) published a dual portrait of Amy... Read More

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare in Other Languages

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare in Other Languages

In the past decade, my professional activities have centered on presenting, producing, curating and directing plays by William Shakespeare in languages other than the early modern English he spoke. Eleven years ago, Lit Moon Theatre Company, the locally based... Read More

A Deep, Deep Breath: The Practice of Sabbath

A Deep, Deep Breath: The Practice of Sabbath

Early one autumn morning I set out for a run in Vancouver. Although it is Saturday I have an extraordinary amount of work to push through today, the result of chronic over-commitment mingled dangerously with mismanaged expectations. But before I... Read More

The Moral Leadership of American Presidents

The Moral Leadership of American Presidents

I find that again and again, no matter what the subject is, we return to the question of leadership. Moral leadership is in fact the central task of our presidents when it’s done correctly,” said Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning... Read More

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

The Westmont Fund is All About Students

TJ Hardeman ’18 grew up in the Philippines amidst a multitude of Westmont alumni. A graduate of Faith Academy, he followed family tradition and enrolled at Westmont. “I heard such great things about the college from my grandparents and... Read More

Six Seniors Tell Their Stories

Six Seniors Tell Their Stories

Six Graduates from the Class of 2015 Reflect on Their College Careers and Look Forward to the Future NIKKI DRESSLER, who majored in chemistry and biology, knew in high school she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Her... Read More

Glimpsing Greater Works at Potter’s Clay

Glimpsing Greater Works at Potter’s Clay

When I decided to participate in Potter’s Clay in March, I didn’t know I would see a complex organizational entity in process. I didn’t realize I would leave so proud of our students and the relationships they’ve developed with... Read More

A History of the Stack House

A History of the Stack House

        Could you identify the John Stack house on campus? A private residence built in 1958 and named for the original owner, the property caught the attention of college officials in 1966 because of its proximity... Read More

Serving the Lord By Serving Westmont

Serving the Lord By Serving Westmont

John Watts, who helped countless people plan their estates, died January 12, 2015, at the age of 85. Gracious, selfless and caring, he built strong support for Westmont through his heartfelt friendships. In partnership with his wife, Patty, John developed... Read More