Info from March 19 Call with President Beebe

Westmont will activate its Shelter Activated for Flood Emergencies (SAFE) plan beginning Tuesday evening, March 20. Classes and activities will continue as planned through noon on Tuesday. We have designated responders and trained emergency response members of our community available and scheduled to be on site through Thursday and as needed, as well as medical… [Continue Reading]

Chamber Orchestra Hosts Spring Concert

Bassoonist Maya Rouillard

The Westmont Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Winds will host their spring concert Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. The Westmont Chamber Woodwinds, featuring Sarah Hooker (flute), Elaina Hollister (oboe), and Maya Rouillard (bassoon), will perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Mozart. The Brass Ensemble will… [Continue Reading]

Grant to Complete Science Renovations

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont for the second phase of renovation of Whittier Science Building, including classroom, laboratory and storage spaces. The next phase of work will take place during the summer, so Whittier will be completely renovated by fall 2018. In 2014, the Fletcher Jones Foundation awarded a… [Continue Reading]

Theatre Opens ‘End to Avoid Damage’ Play

Troy Chimuma in "Blood Wedding"

Westmont has commissioned a new play that explores friendship and the laundry list of things to do as the end of the world nears. “End to Avoid Damage,” written by Diane Exavier, Westmont theatee arts department scholar-in-residence, will be performed in Porter Hall Black-Box Theatre at Westmont on Sunday, March 25, and Monday, March 26,… [Continue Reading]

Campus Pastor Plays a Key Role at Westmont

Westmont seeks to integrate faith and learning in all its programs, and the campus pastor plays a crucial role in carrying out this mission and cultivating the spiritual development of students. President Gayle D. Beebe and Vice President for Student Life Edee Schulze co-chair a search committee interviewing candidates to replace Campus Pastor Ben Patterson, who… [Continue Reading]

Violinist Awarded Guild Scholarship

The 2018 Music Guild winners

Violinist Bryan Kaleta, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, earned top honors at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition March 3, where seven high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. He received the $10,000 Music Guild scholarship (up to $40,000 over four years) plus awards for private music instruction and chamber… [Continue Reading]

Ruth Kerr: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Westmont Founder Ruth Kerr

March marks National Women’s History Month and we celebrate the life of Westmont’s founder, Ruth Kerr. Kerr conceived the vision for the college, and served as a trustee and the college’s chief benefactor for 30 years. This remarkable woman graduated from business school and worked as a secretary-bookkeeper for Alexander H. Kerr, who owned Kerr Glass… [Continue Reading]

Flood Risk is Minimal at Westmont

Brett Gracely ’90, a water resource engineer with Matrix Design Group, assessed the potential for flooding on Westmont’s campus and reassured emergency officials that expected rainfall will not severely impact campus. Campus officials consulted with Gracely and county officials carefully considering all options before deciding to implement Westmont’s SAFE plan (Shelter Activated for Flood Emergencies)…. [Continue Reading]

Musicians Perform for Guild Scholarships

The 2017 Guild Finalists

Seven high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship, who will be announced immediately following the event, will… [Continue Reading]

Examining Liberal Arts in a Post-Truth Age

William Deresiewicz

The Westmont Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts hosts the 17th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “Knowledge in Crisis: Liberal Learning in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age,” March 22-24 at Westmont. Top scholars, administrators, students and practitioners consider how the tools of a liberal arts education can help us navigate the changing landscape of knowledge. Speakers… [Continue Reading]