Outstanding Graduates History
For his senior history thesis, Jordan Baldridge '18 used the UCLA Archives and other sources to study the papers of former mayor Tom Bradley to determine what forces shaped the public policy response to the 1992 Los Angeles uprising and riots. Participating in Westmont in Istanbul made a significant impact on him, and two years later he served as the program’s assistant director. “The four years I spent learning from Heather Keaney and her husband, Jim Wright (who co-direct the Istanbul and Cairo programs), have shaped much of my post-college outlook in transformative ways,” he says. Baldridge also studied with Westmont Downtown where Rachel Winslow became a valuable mentor. Next year he’ll work with her at Westmont Downtown to pursue a community project. He is considering different graduate programs in history, public administration and public policy and hopes to pursue a career in community development or local government.
John Detrich’s ('17) keen mind and personable manner have been on display inside and outside the classroom since the first day he arrived at Westmont. Whether conducting campus tours for the admissions office, serving in student government, providing youth ministry leadership at Christ Presbyterian Church, or working as a research assistant for history faculty, he has blessed others through his wit, wisdom, and winsomeness. John has fused his strong interests and capabilities in theology and philosophy with his historical studies and brought penetrating questions to his courses and his own historical research. His excellent thinking, writing, and organizational skills are already bearing fruit in the workplace, as he interns this spring with both ON Design Architecture and Planning firm and the Real Property Division of the County of Santa Barbara.
It has been a joy for her professors to travel with Madeleine Tappy '16 through her Westmont career. Madeleine quickly stood out during her first semester and she continued to gain their high opinion throughout her time at Westmont, again emphasized by her time on the Westmont in Istanbul program and finally by her outstanding senior thesis. Madeleine is a strikingly rounded person. In her photography she captures the essence of a place, such as Istanbul’s Aya Sophie framed by crumbly apartment blocks. She is highly empathetic, bringing the same high level of conscientiousness to the pastoral care of her residents as to her academic 8 studies. Madeleine is very much her own person. She will come up with her own vision for success. Whatever that vision is, we are deeply confident that she will achieve it.
Bethany Day '15 is an outstanding student, a history major with an emphasis on the Middle East, as well as two minors in Religious Studies and Anthropology. She has been an RA – twice – and in the year in between participated in the Westmont in Istanbul study abroad semester. She is returning to Turkey in the Fall to work for a year and plan her next move, most likely graduate school. Bethany is able to make the ambitious seem effortless. Her work, whether a major research paper or a small reading response paragraph, is always of the highest quality. She negotiates new cultures and assignments with the same smile of determination and anticipation. It has been a joy to walk alongside her in the classroom and on Istiklal Street.