Winter 2009 Archive:

We’re Making Progress on Many Fronts

We’re Making Progress on Many Fronts

by gayle d. beebe, ph.d. president Spring is in the air. Despite the damage caused by the fire, the raw beauty of the campus is springing back to life. The buds on the trees and flowers, the birds chirping... Read More

A Rare Research Opportunity

A Rare Research Opportunity

professors and students to study rare isotopes at future department of energy facility Westmont students and faculty will be able to conduct cutting-edge research on rare nuclear isotopes when the Department of Energy builds a $550 million Facility for... Read More

T.B. Walker Chair Created

position will honor science faculty The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and other friends have committed $1.5 million to Westmont toward the creation of the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker... Read More

Merging Creativity and Moral Will

Merging Creativity and Moral Will

biographer walter isaacson ponders the challenge of holding strong beliefs while being open to new ideas and tolerant of others Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of Time magazine,... Read More

A Christmas Rose Amidst the Ashes

A Christmas Rose Amidst the Ashes

despite losing valuable rehearsal time when the tea fire closed campus, student musicians performed beautifully in december Just three weeks after the Tea Fire destroyed several of their dorm rooms, instruments and choir uniforms, more than 160 students joyfully... Read More

Kammerer Court Celebrates Former Coach

Kammerer Court Celebrates Former Coach

westmont names newly renovated basketball court for hall of fame coach chet kammerer In December, Westmont honored former men’s basketball coach Chet Kammerer by naming the hardwood court in the renovated Murchison Gymnasium for him. Kammerer coached the Warriors... Read More

The Newest Recruit

The Newest Recruit

Dave Odell ’89 has raced down the court as a Warrior athlete and cheered from the bleachers as a faithful fan. In January he took on yet another role as Westmont’s athletic director. His experience as a basketball player,... Read More

Faculty Footnotes

Scott Anderson (art) won The Arts Fund 2008 Individual Artist Award (IAA) for print design for the second year in a row. He and other winners participate in a group exhibition March 13 through April 24 at The Arts... Read More

Kindling an Enthusiasm for the Arts

Kindling an Enthusiasm for the Arts

in january, westmont inaugurated the r. anthony askew chair in art and joyfully installed judy l. larson as the first recipient At the inauguration of an endowed chair named for him, Tony Askew put the focus on others: Judy... Read More

Endowed Chair Makes History

Endowed Chair Makes History

westmont honored historian rick pointer by installing him in the newly created fletcher jones foundation chair in the social sciences A special convocation service March 4 inaugurated the Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences and installed Richard... Read More

A Time to Build, and a Time to Plant

A Time to Build, and a Time to Plant

Evidence of recovery and construction appears everywhere at Westmont. Fencing sets off sites of new buildings and areas destroyed in November’s Tea Fire. The beeping of backing trucks and rattling drone of excavators echo throughout campus. The rhythmic pounding... Read More

Better Minds Through Music

Better Minds Through Music

by Michael Shasberger, Adams Professor of Music and Worship In 2007, one of our violin students nearly died in a car accident and lay in a coma for several weeks. Doctors told the family there was little hope of... Read More

Christ as Creator

Christ as Creator

A homily for the memorial service of Lyle Hillegas by Robert H. Gundry, Scholar in Residence at Westmont For a number of years Lyle Hillegas and I taught together in the same department at Westmont College. So in memory... Read More

Seizing an International Opportunity

Seizing an International Opportunity

Sonja Egeland ’08 spent hundreds of hours on a major honors project last year seeking ways to improve the economic status of Pakistani women. Although she earned eight units, the research was more than just an academic exercise. Through... Read More

The Life of the Cowboy

The Life of the Cowboy

A career as a cowboy and a country musician seemed an unlikely future for Dan Roberts ’76. He grew up in Oregon, majored in history at Westmont and played college baseball. His first job was working with a sports... Read More

Tracking Day-to-Day Costs of Dailies

Tracking Day-to-Day Costs of Dailies

Terri Miller Nelson ’89 has a knack for choosing industries with financial challenges. She started in real estate, moved to aerospace and finally settled in newspapers, where she has spent the last 18 years. Her duties as vice president... Read More

Healthy Products, Healthy Patients

Healthy Products, Healthy Patients

Rubber gloves pointed Curt Hamann ’83 in an unexpected direction early in his career. Demand for gloves had increased with the spread of AIDS, and his father-in-law asked for help in meeting the need. Through family friends, Curt located... Read More

Exploring the World Within Walking Distance

Exploring the World Within Walking Distance

Stretching 2,400 miles from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail takes hikers from hot, barren deserts to majestic mountain passes mired in snow. This obstacle course of downed trees, rushing creeks, steep switchbacks and rocky paths presents living... Read More

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not

It’s cold and dark at 4 a.m. when Craig Boyce ’92 begins one of his 20-hour days. He hops into his shiny 1,500-gallon vacuum truck, turns on the lights and drives through the silent Santa Barbara streets. Pulling into... Read More

Preparing to Help the Whole Person

Preparing to Help the Whole Person

Poverty became personal for Jake Johnson ’03 when he volunteered with the Agros Foundation in Guatemala. “I met individuals living in dire circumstances,” he says. “The poor were no longer abstract and distant — they had names and became... Read More

Reaching Out to the World

Reaching Out to the World

this spring and summer, students will conduct service projects in two states and five countries in africa, asia and latin america This year, students will travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mississippi, China, El Salvador, Malawi, Russia and Uganda.... Read More

Sophomore Wins Two Speech Contests

Sophomore Wins Two Speech Contests

The 2009 Tournament of Expressions: Finals in Debate, Great Speeches and Persuasive Speeches concluded in February with two students winning top honors. Established in 1996 through the generosity of Robert and Jean Svoboda, the competition encourages the study and... Read More

Marine Finds New Challenges at Westmont

Marine Finds New Challenges at Westmont

after leaving the marine corps, charles hampton ’09 faces the rigors of academic life and westmont’s liberal arts curriculum Charles Hampton ’09 willingly embraced the tough commitment of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Longing for the intimacy of... Read More

She Excels on the Court and the Canvas

She Excels on the Court and the Canvas

scholarships and the westmont annual fund help senior annie johnson develop as a scholar, athlete, artist and believer On the basketball court, Annie Johnson ’09 plays with intensity and drive. Skilled and competitive, she’s been a starter the last... Read More

‘Temporary’ Huts Take Root in History

‘Temporary’ Huts Take Root in History

Just weeks before their planned demolition, the last two Quonset huts on campus perished in the Tea Fire. Their absence is bittersweet. They make way for much finer facilities and a new road, but their long history on campus... Read More

Their Support Survives a Trial by Fire

Their Support Survives a Trial by Fire

Marian Lorenz Groff ’59 lost her home of 46 years in the Tea Fire last fall. “It exploded like a volcano on the hillside behind our house,” she says. “We had less than an hour to evacuate.” She and... Read More