When Janel Henriksen Hastings, Ph.D. ’87 arrived at Webb as a sophomore, the VWS boarding program did not yet exist. “For my sister and me to be able to attend VWS, our parents purchased a small townhouse in Claremont,” Hastings explains. She remained a day student until graduation, staying at what she and her sister dubbed “The Condo.” Although Hastings says “Webb was academically challenging, to say the very least,” she was inspired to pursue a career in education, earning her B.A. from Scripps College, her M.A. in higher education from Stanford, and her Ph.D. in that discipline from UCLA. She is currently the director of admission at Foothill Country Day School.
Hastings joined Webb’s Alumni Council in 2006, and in 2009, became the first VWS alumna elected Alumni Council president. She is excited to begin her first term on the board of trustees. “The ability to work with such a talented, diverse, and engaged group of individuals, for whom Webb has meant so much in so many ways, is truly a gift,” she says.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”