Scholar Shares Asian Missions Vision

Timothy Kiho Park, associate professor of Asian mission and director of Korean studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, will speak on “The Korean Church and World Mission,” Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. Refreshments will be available after the talk. Park, a graduate of Chongshin University, received master’s degrees from the Theological… [Continue Reading]

Sociology Professor Joins Faculty

Xuefeng Zhang joined the Westmont faculty this fall as an assistant professor of sociology. The native of China earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Harbin Normal University and his master’s degree in sociology at Nankai University before coming to study at the University of Minnesota in 1997. “After teaching at Westmont for the… [Continue Reading]

Why is the Sky Blue?

Chemist Explains the Importance of Science Surveys of Americans have revealed an ignorance of science. Educators, like Westmont chemistry professor Niva Tro, frequently call for more science instruction in the schools. Tro will speak on “The Importance of Science Literacy: Why Everyone Needs a Basic Understanding of Science,” Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at… [Continue Reading]

Erasmus Lecture Addresses Recent Racism

Professor Jorge L. A. Garcia will deliver the lecture “Racism as Vice: The Current Philosophical Debate,” Thursday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m., in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. Garcia, a professor of philosophy at Boston College, earned his doctorate in philosophy from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. Prior to joining the faculty at… [Continue Reading]

Chemist Reacts Well With Students

Chemistry professor Dr. Stephen Contakes, who joined the Westmont faculty this fall, hopes to influence student’s lives inside and outside the classroom. The Lehigh University alumnus is a bioinorganic chemist who focuses on metals in biology. “The chemistry involved in activities such as thinking and moving contain metals which play a key role in the… [Continue Reading]

Professor Studies Biblical Family Violence

Religious studies professor Caryn Reeder, who joined the Westmont faculty this fall, is anxious to begin conducting research on a new topic. She has spent much of the past year writing “The Enemy Within: Biblical and Intertestamental Traditions of Family Violence,” a dissertation she hopes to publish focusing on domestic violence in the Bible and… [Continue Reading]

Private Equity Investor Heads Advisors

Mitch Vance, a general partner of a private equity investment firm, has agreed to chair Westmont’s Board of Advisors, President Gayle Beebe announced today. Vance joined the board in 2000 and previously served on the Westmont Foundation. The 17-member Westmont Board of Advisors, a group of business people who serve as consultants to the college,… [Continue Reading]

Computer Science Awarded $287,500 Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Westmont professors Kim P. Kihlstrom and Wayne Iba a $287,500 grant for their project Connection-Oriented Computer Science Education. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 each year to students majoring in computer science who demonstrate financial need and academic promise. The project aims to increase the number of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Alum Fights to End Slavery

Westmont alumnus David Batstone, a modern day abolitionist, will stop in the Tri Counties this week as part of a 60-city tour to end slavery and human trafficking. He will speak in chapel at Westmont Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. He will speak that evening at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 8180 Telephone Road in Ventura… [Continue Reading]

Talk Fleshes Out Skin-Tone Discrimination

The social issues and implications surrounding the skin tone of Asians will be the focus of a talk by author and scholar Paul Spickard, Friday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. The free, public lecture, “Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans,” will explain and interpret the issue and its implications… [Continue Reading]