Yearly Archives: 2016

The Cultural Value of a Christian Higher Education

Whenever I’m at events, especially in a Christian community, I think about how odd it is that I got here. I grew up in Greenwich Village in the 1960s in a somewhat left-wing household. When I was 5, my paretns took me to a “be-in” in Central Park, which was where hippies would go just to be. One of the things they did was they set the garbage can on fire and threw their wallets into it to demonstrate their liberation from money and material things. I was 5, and I saw a $5 bill in the fire, so I broke from the crowd, reached into it, grabbed the money and ran away, which was my first step over to the right. …Since the book has come out, I’ve gone on a Christian college tour in the last couple of months. I went to chapel at Hope College, I met students at Calvin college, Union University, Whiteworth University; a beautiful dinner at Gordon college; a choir performance by Nyack College students at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; commencemtn at Westmont College; a retreat with Wheaton faculty members; and many others. I’ve come to love and appreciate the world of Christian colleges. more

LA Coroner’s office confirms identity of UCLA professor killed in attack

A UCLA engineering professor is one of two people who died in Wednesday morning’s shooting on the school’s campus.

Late Wednesday night, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirmed that William Klug, 39, was shot in the attack on campus. Klug taught in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Klug earned his bachelor’s degree from Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara in 1998. He went on to earn a master’s degree from UCLA in 1999 and a doctorate from Caltech in 2003. more

UCLA professor killed in murder-suicide identified

The UCLA professor who was gunned down Wednesday was identified in published reports and by students as 39-year-old William S. Klug, an El Segundo resident.

Klug earned degrees from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, UCLA in 1999 and from Caltech in Pasadena in 2003, according to a brief biography on the UCLA website. more

Victim of UCLA Shooting a Westmont Alum

New reports have emerged stating the victim of today’s shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus is William S. Klug, a 1997* graduate of Westmont College.

The entire campus was placed on lockdown after a shooting Wednesday morning that left two people dead. more

A Few More Cheers (and Prayers) for Sadiq Khan, Please

When Barack Obama won his first presidential election, I told my students they should rejoice regardless of their politics. It was a wonderful moment when a country scarred by slavery and racism elected a black man to the nation’s highest office. It was yet more wonderful because Obama’s victory inspired people of colour far beyond American shores. …Alister Chapman Professor of History, Westmont College more

Professor killed in UCLA murder-suicide was brilliant, kind and caring, colleagues say

UCLA students went to school Wednesday expecting to take on routine end-of-school-year tasks: final exams and presentations. But those concerns were forgotten around 10 a.m., when cellphones buzzed to life across campus, announcing that a shooting had taken place. …He earned his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Westmont College in 1997, his master’s degree in civil engineering at UCLA in 1999 and his PhD in mechanical engineering from Caltech in 2003. more


Professor William S. Klug, the victim in the murder-suicide at UCLA, was well-known in the Little League community, where he coached his 10-year-old son’s team. …He earned his undergraduate degree in engineering physics in 1997 from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and remained connected with the school as an alumnus. more

Lauren Stratman, Ines Costamagna Earn All-American Honors

Senior Lauren Stratman and junior Ines Costamagna of the Westmont Women’s Tennis team (10-8, 8-1) were each named as All-Americans (first team) at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Stratman and Costamagna led the Warriors to both a GSAC regular season championship as well as a GSAC Tournament Championship. Each of their solid performances all season contributed to the Warriors making it to the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament. more

CATCH THE CATS: New-look Auburn Wildcats open collegiate summer baseball season today

Baseball never ends.

Three days before the Sac-Joaquin Section wraps up the 2016 season, next-level ballplayers get a head start on 2017 campaigns with the Auburn Wildcats collegiate summer baseball club. …Taylor Garcia, Westmont College, Davis Rodigo, Westmont College more

Carl Lindqvist Named Men’s Tennis All-American

Senior Carl Lindqvist of the Westmont Men’s Tennis team (10-9, 7-2) was named as an All-American (first team) at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Lindqvist led the Warriors to a GSAC regular season championship and to the championship game of the GSAC Tournament in which the Warriors were the runner up. His performances all season contributed to the Warriors making it to the second round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Tournament. more