This April marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and baptism, so I am borrowing some of his words to make a few sections of this report more lustrous. Or perhaps more foolish. The word “lustrous,” after all, first appears in a speech by the fool of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. There's plenty of luster in the work of our colleagues and students, including the 367 graduates in the Class of 2014. Thinking of the stage, I am delighted to congratulate Elizabeth Pazaski for winning second place in the Kennedy Center's national collegiate competition for theatre criticism; she received the honor for an essay on an Italian production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Congratulations as well to alum Stephen Lee, who has just been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for research in Korea. In this report I have highlighted several other achievements by our students, and I hope you take time to commend them.
As usual, there are also a few updates from our halls of academe (yes, also coined by Shakespeare, in Love’s Labour Lost). With the semester winding down, let me say "thank you" to Russ Howell, who has completed two fine years as chair of the Academic Senate, and who always approached his work with Westmont's curriculum as a labor of love.