In a few days we will be on the baseball field staring up at the slopes of the Santa Ynez as we celebrate Commencement. But now, a few paces short of our own year-end summit, we often get the best views of the work done by our students. Nearly 60 students displayed posters in the recent research symposium, and 31 students were inducted last Friday into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Some of those students are also members of the men's and women's track and field teams, which just swept the GSAC titles for the first time in Westmont's history. This report is full of stories and links about student achievements, and I encourage you to pause for a few steps, catch your breath, and enjoy the panorama.
I would like to echo here the words of appreciation that I shared at the last faculty meeting for Alister Chapman and his two years of astute leadership as vice chair of the faculty. He has worked conscientiously to keep his eyes on a wide range of themes and his ears alert to many voices. I would also like to thank Jim Taylor for his sound counsel and his work setting agendas this year as the vice chair of the Senate. Niva Tro has been elected to serve as the Senate’s vice chair next year.
This is my 25th Provost's Report since I started drafting these in May 2012—every one of them done with the technical assistance of Brittany Myles. With Brittany leaving us for a new post at Cottage Hospital next month, let me take this occasion to tip (or toss) my cap in appreciation for her partnership in this endeavor.