Monthly Archives: September 2011

Westmont Students Good at Paying Back Loans

With college graduates defaulting on their student loans at higher rates nationally, the two-year cohort default rate — essentially the percentage of students who default on their loans within two years of graduation — at Westmont College has fallen from 1.3 to 0.9 percent. more

Hisham Matar

Matar wrote “In the Country of Men,” which was published in 2006 and has been translated into 26 languages. “He tells vivid and compelling stories with a lyrically economical style that conveys a sense of the bittersweet,” says Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, Westmont professor of English. more

OUT & ABOUT: Tews joins Channel City board

Herbert A. Tews has been elected to the Channel City Club board of directors. Mr. Tews is vice chair of the Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and serves on the foundation’s investment and marketing committees. He is also a volunteer in the aquatic therapy program at the hospital. He is vice president of programs for the Cottage Health Systems Volunteer Auxiliary and a board member of Westmont College Foundation. more

Westmont Venture to Istanbul

Alumna Heather Keaney ’93 is back in Santa Barbara as assistant professor of history at Westmont, but in January she and husband, Jim Wright, venture back to the Middle East to co-lead Westmont in Istanbul. Keaney has spent the past 11 years living and teaching in Cairo at the American University in Cairo and at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ (CCCU’s) Middle East Studies Program (MESP). more

Editorials : Guest Opinion: Top marks for UCSB, City College and Westmont

According to this year’s U.S. News & World Report, UCSB is the 10th-leading public, as distinct from private, college or university in the United States. Increasingly, on a national and international basis, Santa Barbara is identified with the University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara City College recently was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 leading community colleges in America. Acting City College President Jack Friedlander was invited to the White House to share his ideas on innovation in America’s community colleges, together with other community college presidents, with President Obama. Forbes magazine ranked Westmont 76th among all colleges and universities in the United States. Among specifically Christian liberal arts colleges, Westmont usually is considered among the top handful in the nation. more

Lazar Returns, Hopes to Inspire Students

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. Ten years later, Lazar, assistant professor of chemistry, returns to Westmont, seeking to impart a joy for learning. more

Fall Arts Preview 2011: Indy Editors Pick the Best in Theater, Music, Film, Art, and Dance

With summer coming to a close, it’s time for the arts to move back inside — and crank up the heat.Westmont College’s Fall Dance Concert. more

Alex Moore Joins Westmont Faculty

Alex Moore, who joins the Westmont faculty this fall as assistant professor of kinesiology, is no stranger to the college. Moore, a Wheaton College alumnus, was an adjunct instructor at Westmont for both the kinesiology and biology departments from 2004-06. He taught a wide range of classes, including anatomy, tennis, physiology, biochemistry lab and Fit for Life, a freshman wellness class. more

New chemistry professor at Westmont

Michael Everest will join Westmont College as a professor of chemistry in the fall. A Wheaton College alumnus, Dr. Everest earned his doctorate from Stanford University. For the last decade, he taught chemistry at George Fox University, a Westmont news release said. Dr. Everest’s research leans toward the intersection of physics and chemistry. He took a one-year sabbatical at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, where he researched the interaction of polarized light with matter, the news release said. more

Kristi Lazar Returns to Westmont

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. “Being a part of this community is special,” she says. “I felt blessed to have four years here to devote my time to learning and growing as a person. My professors encouraged me every day.” more