955 News: December 2015

The Christmas season has finally arrived! Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’ve decorated the campus for Christmas. You may recall the feeling of heading into the homestretch, working hard on papers and research projects, squeezing in fun times with friends, registering for the next semester, and anticipating a visit home for Christmas.

We’re excited at Westmont because we find more to celebrate with each new season. I firmly believe we just keep getting stronger as a leader in higher education and as a place where our deeply personal faith continues to inform our thinking, goals, activities and friendships. That’s why I continue to invest my life here, and I hope you’ll do the same in whatever ways you find appropriate.

In recent weeks, we’ve rejoiced in the great news of an incredibly generous gift that will make Westmont more affordable for hundreds of students. We’ve launched an exciting campaign to complete funding for the Institute for Global Leadership and Learning. We’ve also hosted Andy Chan, a leading voice in higher education on preparing students for their careers and lives. And we celebrated another wonderful Homecoming.

We continue to covet your prayers for our daily work, our influence in the world and our deepening commitment to Christ.

Blessings and thanks,









Teri Bradford Rouse

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Contact Alumni & Parent Relations Staff


Homecoming 2015


More than 550 alumni gathered to celebrate memories and make new connections at Homecoming in October. Classes ending in 5 and 0 celebrated reunions, and the class of 1990 enjoyed their 25-year reunion dinner with more than 100 guests. Activities throughout the weekend included chapel, visiting classes, a family style barbecue, men’s and women’s soccer games with a wonderful tribute to 50 years of men’s soccer at halftime, a fun-filled carnival, and the Homecoming Brunch honoring recipients of the Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, and Global Service awards.

Alumnus of the Year


Nivaldo Tro ’85, a Westmont chemistry professor since 1990, was the first member of his family born in the United States; his parents emigrated from Cuba. He earned a doctorate in chemistry at Stanford, where he researched optical techniques to study the adsorption and desorption of molecules in an ultra-high vacuum. His postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley focused on ultrafast reaction dynamics in solution. He has published more than 20 journal articles and received grants from the American Chemical Society, the Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of various processes occurring in thin adlayer films adsorbed on dielectric surfaces. Niva has been named Outstanding Teacher of the Year three times and Outstanding Researcher of the Year. He is best known for his chemistry textbooks used at more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide and translated into five languages. A third of all college students taking chemistry today use one of his textbooks. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Ann, and their four children.

Young Alumnus Award


Ryan Wolfshorndl ’05, who grew up on an almond farm in Chowchilla, Calif., earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business while leading Westmont Student Ministries and traveling to Asia. During those years, he formed lifelong friendships, a love of learning and a foundation for his faith through encouragement from professors and the campus pastor’s office. Since graduating, he has lived in Santa Barbara and worked with fellow alumni at Anodos Advisors, where he is a CFA, CFP and partner. Anodos is a fiduciary consultancy firm that analyzes investment managers for trustees and individuals. Ryan and his wife, Courtney, are actively members at Santa Barbara Community Church. Since graduating, Ryan has led and volunteered at young alumni events and given faithfully to Westmont. His company has provided meaningful internships for our students. He attributes much of his love for God, his values and the trajectory of his life to Westmont and the college community.

Global Service Award


Sean ’95 and Paige Baird ’00 Whiting never attended Westmont together but met while living abroad and married in 2009. They soon left their jobs and moved to Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India to work with Covenant Children’s Homes (CCH). With backgrounds in education and religious studies, Sean and Paige help at-risk children in rural, developing areas. They direct a CCH program that puts orphaned children under the care of a local village pastor. Raised by pastors’ families and church members, these orphans attend the best available schools. Their ministry started with 90 children in 10 church-based homes and has grown to 575 children in 75 homes. The Whitings return to the United States each year to share this unique model of orphan care, where indigenous believers create an atmosphere of love and belonging for local children in crisis and involve the entire church community in nurturing them as they grow up.


Mark your calendars for next year’s Homecoming: October 14-16, 2016. If you graduated with a class ending in 1 or 6, start planning now for a fabulous and well-attended reunion. Put the date on your calendar and volunteer to help get your classmates together. If you’re interested in planning your reunion, please contact Mackenzie Young at myoung@westmont.edu.



Take Pride in Your Alma Mater

almaWestmont Consistently Ranks in the Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

For the seventh straight year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont among the 100 best liberal arts colleges in the nation and the top 10 in California.

Business Insider named Westmont one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, schools whose graduates make much higher salaries than their U.S. News rankings would suggest.

Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” Princeton Review also ranks Westmont among the Best Colleges in the West. They include only 25 percent of U.S. four-year colleges in four regions. Princeton notes Westmont’s excellent academic programs and positive reports by students about their campus experiences.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed Westmont as No. 83 in 2014 and features colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Westmont scored well in several attributes that parents and students seek: small class sizes, a good freshman-retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

In 2014, the Washington Post listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation for colleges and universities with the greatest salary growth between average starting and average mid-career salaries. A Forbes magazine story identified Westmont as No. 23 among the national liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the highest salaries.

Forbes Magazine ranked Westmont No. 74 among colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Westmont is one of three Christian colleges nationally and nine schools in California in the top 100. The ranking measures the amount of private gifts given to four-year colleges divided by the number of full-time students.

"Finding Your Signature Sauce" Coming to a City Near You

To continue addressing the important issues of career, calling and connection with Westmont alumni, we’ve invited Paul Angone ’05, a leading expert on millennials, to speak at six regional alumni events. He will inspire alums of all ages to think about the changing world of work and the mysteries of millennials and convince you that you can find your “signature sauce” whatever your stage in life.

Paul says, “You have a unique mix of ingredients that brings the world a flavor and substance that no one else can. How do you hone and own your Signature Sauce and leverage it into a life dripping with passion, purpose, and profit?”

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:tbradfordrouse:Desktop:unnamed.jpgDescription: Macintosh HD:Users:tbradfordrouse:Desktop:All-Groan-Up-Cover-For-Web.jpgPaul Angone '05 is a leading voice to and for the Millennial Generation. He has written two best-selling books: 101 Secrets For Your Twenties and All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job! A sought-after national speaker and organizational consultant, he earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and specializes in a cutting-edge process he created, Millennial Mapping. Paul has appeared in more than 100 radio and TV interviews and contributes to Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Relevant Magazine, among others. He created AllGroanUp.com, read by millions of people in 190 countries, and he is passionate about helping people find their Signature Sauce at SignatureSauce.com.

Look for more information about these events between January and May 2016 in San Diego, Orange County, Seattle, Denver and one yet-to-be-named city.

Paul and the alumni and parent relations team look forward to inspiring and bringing together Westmont alumni and helping them move further down the path of their career meeting their calling.


A More Affordable Westmont: Augustinian Scholarship Program

augustinianBeginning in fall 2016, Westmont will award $35,000 a year to 30 incoming first-year students and enroll them in the Augustinian Scholarship and Honors Program. During their four-year college career, these scholars will receive $140,000 in assistance they never need repay. By fall 2019, 120 students will benefit from this assistance each year thanks to an extraordinary gift from a generous donor.

“In the fifth century, Augustine made the finest defense ever for the enduring presence of thoughtful Christians in every society,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “We seek to educate a new generation of Augustinian Scholars to engage every sphere of society with skill, savvy and competence while making a winsome defense for their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Augustinian Scholars will benefit from Westmont’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum and Christ-centered education. They will take specially designed leadership classes, provide leadership for student activities and gain hands-on experience, study off campus for a semester, receive training in spiritual formation, and live with other Augustinian Scholars on campus during their senior year.

“We’re committed to making a Westmont education affordable for all students and families,” says President Beebe. “We deeply appreciate this incredible gift that will make a difference for so many students.”

Fun in the Summer


Summer Scholars

If you or your friends have children, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings or friends who are juniors or seniors in high school, please let them know about Westmont Summer Scholars. This three-week, residential summer experience is designed to help students prepare for college. Students who participate find it to be a tremendously enriching experience: they explore important and interesting subjects in rigorous classes earning four units of college credit; they grow close to one another in a supportive community; and they discover the joy and challenge of integrating their Christian faith with top-level scholarship.

The 2016 program takes place June 20 – July 8. Students select one course that satisfies a Westmont general education requirement. This summer, we offer General Psychology and International Politics. The small class size and seminar-style learning give students close interaction with professors and peers. Students stay in one of our residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and enjoy our great recreational facilities. A team of Westmont staff and current students serve as residential and academic mentors and support summer scholars throughout the program. Learn more about Westmont Summer Scholars on our website.

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:tbradfordrouse:Desktop:unnamed.pngVacation Specials for Alumni Family and Friends!

May 14–June 11, 2016

Get the gang together for a week of play or a long weekend. Enjoy a shared family vacation, a retreat or a big reunion. Alumni may also host church retreats and take advantage of this special offer. New clients only.


Camp Westmont
Pricing per suite: $200 per night + bed tax (sleeps 6–8)
No meals, bring your own linens
Basic: Stay and Play
$70 per person, per night
Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes

Vacation: Four or more nights
$65 per person, per night*
Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes
Party: 30 or more people (Three-night minimum)
$60 per person, per night*
Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes
Discounted rates for children under 11

*Upgrade to deluxe bedding/amenities for $5 more per night

Contact Melinda Harriman at mharriman@westmont.edu for more information.

Strength for Today Campaign Launch


Building on momentum, Strength for Today carries Westmont’s mission forward for future generations with funding in three crucial areas: leadership, affordability and innovation.

While the college has always fostered leadership skills, the need for effective leaders with both character and competence has never been greater. Strength for Today supports enhanced leadership programs that will prepare graduates to lead effectively wherever God calls them to serve.

Westmont has long assisted students with financial aid but seeks to ensure that every qualified student receives an affordable and world-class education.

Our liberal arts program inspires creativity and discovery, but the challenges of our complex, global and technological world require ongoing innovation and entrepreneurship.

The day has come for Westmont to strengthen these three essential areas to continue the college’s heritage and mission. Tremendous progress in leadership development, affordability and innovation has put the campaign at a tipping point.

We invite you to learn more and help strengthen Westmont. Join the momentum.

Warrior Women Win GSAC Championship

Written by Kaci Mexico

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:tbradfordrouse:Desktop:GSACCHAMPS-400x267.jpgThe No. 8 Westmont women’s soccer team (14-3-2, 7-1-2) claimed the title of Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) champions for the second year in a row when they defeated No. 13 Biola (14-3-3, 7-1-2) in a decisive win of 3-0.

This is an overwhelming feeling just because of how hard they have worked all season,” said head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “To see the fruit of their hard work tonight was beautiful, and I think it was a testament to what kind of team this is and their ability to do something very difficult. Biola is not an easy team to play against, so for us to be able to capitalize on our set pieces and finish our chances on their turf was incredible. I am very elated for the women, and they should welcome the feeling of the victory tonight.”

The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes, until sophomore Jackie Lopez scored back-to-back goals a minute and a half apart. Both goals came off of two masterful set pieces taken by senior Angela Brown.

At the national tournament, the Warriors defeated No. 9 Grace (Ind.) 2-0 in the first round but lost in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Lindsey Wilson 4-2.


Westmont Alumni and Parent Trip Planned for Israel in June 2017


Once again, the Alumni and Parent Relations Office will work with Footsteps Ministries to offer a life-changing trip to Israel. We’re still planning the details, but we wanted to share the date for those of you interested in joining us. Our previous trips to Eastern Europe for the Oberammergau Passion play and to Rome, Athens and Istanbul have been fun, fascinating and full of sweet moments of fellowship. President Beebe and his wife, Pam, will travel with us once again. If you’re interested, feel free to email me at tbradfordrouse@westmont.edu and let me know you’d like more information when it becomes available.


Meet Mackenzie!

mackenzieMeet Mackenzie Young, our new alumni and parent relations assistant. She joined us at the beginning of August and has been a tremendous addition to our staff.

A Westmont alumna, Mackenzie graduated in 2015 with a major in English and minors in art and Spanish. She has proven to be a quick learner who is ready to take on new tasks and contribute to our team. We look forward to her excellent editing skills, her artistic eye and her experience with social media. Most importantly, Mackenzie greets everyone with calm and grace and makes a wonderful first impression on all our visitors. When you call our office, Mackenzie will likely answer the phone, so please give her a warm hello.

Alumni Career Speaker Series

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Take advantage of numerous upcoming Career Webinars, brought to you by our partner organization, Talent Marks. Hear from experts about timely topics designed to help you discover your strengths and be prepared for your career search in all stages of life. See the sampling of upcoming seminars below. Register today for these free, helpful webinars.

Dec 16: Michael Gelb “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”

Dec 23: John E. Nelson “What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement”

Jan 6: Jezra Kaye “Interview Like Yourself… No, Really! Follow Your Strengths and Skills”


Important Links

Job Spot - As an alum, you can both post and look for a job or internship for all Westmont alumni and students to see. What a great way to invest in Westmont and fill your employment needs.

Online Career Webinars - Remember our career series on the first Wednesday of every month September through June. Hear great speakers address a variety of career-related topics. Sign up for this free monthly series!

Join Westmont Connect - Westmont Connect, our new online tool, helps alums connect with each other. Have you moved lately? Update your contact information here as well.

Exciting Events in Your life? - Share your news with the Alumni Album section of the Westmont magazine.

Alumni Insurance Benefits - Westmont alums can take advantage of special rates and discounts for auto, homeowners, life and health insurance through Mercer Consumer and well-known providers such as Liberty Mutual Insurance.  If you are between 50-75 years of age, watch for a mailing about long-term care benefits in the near future.

Westmont Athletics - See Warrior Sports calendars and subscribe to the Warrior Update

Westmont Bookstore - Shop for CHRISTMAS gifts online. Don’t forget as an alum you get 10% off!

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art - Discover information about the museum and exhibits.

Chapel Online - Find archived chapel talks online. You can listen to talks from years past or tune in to hear last week’s chapel speaker.

Daily meditations - Did you know you can view video meditations online? Westmont’s Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation offers these wonderful devotional videos, an easily accessible tool for daily inspiration. Westmont encourages the college community to listen and find spiritual refreshment. Start listening today.

iTunes U - Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events at itunesu.westmont.edu.

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