Philosophy Professor Probes Faith, Reason

Dr. Jerry Gill '56

Westmont alumnus Jerry H. Gill ’56, adjunct professor of philosophy, religious studies and humanities at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., explores the relationship between faith and reason in a free, public lecture, “Faith and/or Reason,” Friday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Adams Center 216. Gill, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at… [Continue Reading]

Professor Examines Psychology of Culture

Dr. Carmel Saad

Carmel Gabriel Saad, who joins Westmont this fall as an assistant professor of psychology, is an Egyptian-American whose research focuses on bicultural identities and is interested in studying dual non-cultural identities and creativity. Saad’s parents are both Egyptians who immigrated to the United States about 30 years ago. “I was raised in a traditional Egyptian… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Remains High in College Rankings

Voskuyl Library and the Channel Islands

Westmont is ranked in the top 100 for the fourth straight year in this year’s listings of the best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2013 Edition.” Of the nation’s 251 liberal arts colleges, Westmont finished tied for 90th, the same ranking it held last year and its… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Faculty Perform in Fall Recital

Dr. Philip Ficsor

Members of the music faculty at Westmont present a recital featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Bach and Stephen Sondheim on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Performers include John Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Nichole Dechaine, soprano; Andrea Di Maggio, flute; Neil Di Maggio, piano; Paula… [Continue Reading]

Lecture to Explore Hume, ‘True Religion’

Dr. Lee Hardy (photo courtesy Calvin College)

Lee Hardy, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, lectures about “Hume’s Defense of True Religion” Thursday, Sept. 6, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The talk, based on an essay in a forthcoming anthology from Notre Dame University Press, is free and open to the public. Jim Taylor,… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Perform at Santa Ynez Church

The Westmont Orchestra performs at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, last May

The Westmont Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, Adams professor or music and worship, will perform during two worship services Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. at Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road. The worship service is free and open to the public. The orchestra will perform “All… [Continue Reading]

Students to Show Off Summer Research

Garrett Johnson '12 explains his chemistry research at a symposium last spring

Twenty-five students will exhibit their summer research projects Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4-6 p.m. in Winter Hall. “A Celebration of Summer Research at Westmont” is free and open to the public. Students will present their findings on poster boards and be available to answer questions during the reception in the rotunda. The event includes a… [Continue Reading]

Popular French Professor is Knighted

Professor Mary Collier and President Gayle Beebe

Mary Blackwood Collier, who has taught French at Westmont for 31 years, was knighted by David Martinon, consul general of France, Los Angeles, as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques on Aug. 26 at a private reception at Birnam Wood, attended by about 100 colleagues and friends. “Your love for France is absolute, and… [Continue Reading]

Renovated DC to Offer Greater Variety

Dining Commons Renovation

Westmont and Sodexo, the college’s dining service, open the doors to an enhanced Dining Commons as students arrive for the fall semester Monday, Aug. 27. Administration, staff, students and Sodexo representatives worked together to plan the renovation, which occurred in two phases over two summers. Several concepts emerged as the team consulted with local design… [Continue Reading]

Globally-Minded Class of 2016 Arrives

New students check into their rooms at Clark Hall

The 339 first-year students representing Westmont’s Class of 2016 arrive for Orientation beginning Thursday, Aug. 23. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 27. During Orientation, students will move into their residence halls, tour the campus, enjoy dinner in the remodeled Dining Commons and attend a lecture by English professor… [Continue Reading]