Westmont Opens Downtown Program

President Gayle D. Beebe and Rick Ifland teach Seminar in Executive Leadership

Westmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu Street in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above the Fund of Santa Barbara. The first class of students will enroll in the program in fall 2015, and… [Continue Reading]

Four Top Scholars Earn Full Tuition

The finalists at Monroe Scholars Weekend

The Westmont Office of Admission has offered four-year, full-tuition scholarships to four top high school seniors. The new Monroe Scholars are Noel Hilst of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Bethany Le of Carlsbad, Léal Makaroff of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Olivia Stowell of Fort Collins, Colo. They earned a combined average honors GPA of 4.5 and an… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Choir Tours San Joaquin Valley

Choir Singing

The Westmont College Choir tours Central California April 10-12 with performances in San Luis Obispo, Chowchilla, Visalia and Santa Barbara. The choir of 60 student singers will perform a selected repertoire from their entire concert season, especially works by emerging American composers. “We’re delighted to present a stunning new work by American composer Eric Whitacre,”… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Probe Whooping Cough Research

Dr. Steve Julio

Steve Julio, associate professor of biology at Westmont, examines current research aimed at improving the whooping cough vaccine, in a free, public lecture on Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first­served basis. For more information, please… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Polo Wins the West

• Mike Esparza, Carey Osimo, Tony Uretz and Coach John Westley (courtesy Santa Barbara Polo School)

The Westmont men’s polo team defeated Stanford University 18-10 on March 22 at the Central Coast Polo Club in San Luis Obispo to capture the USPA Intercollegiate Western Regionals. The victory earns the Warriors a spot at the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, however due to a lack of funding and experience, the… [Continue Reading]

Bethany Hamilton to Speak at Westmont

BHwalkingwithSurfboard

Bethany Hamilton, whose autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board,” inspired the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” speaks Friday, April 10, at 5:45 p.m. in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. Westmont hosts Night of Champions, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Fellowship of Christian Athletes (SBFCA), which includes special… [Continue Reading]

Stargazers to View Jupiter Ascending

Observatory Fisheye

The ringed, gas giant Juniper will be the star attraction at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, March 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-­6272 and check the Westmont website to see… [Continue Reading]

Filmmaker Explores Christianity, Ghana

Dr. James Ault

James Ault, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and sociologist, screens his most recent film and discusses Christianity’s explosive growth in Africa followed by Q&A on Thursday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Winter Hall, room 106. “African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana,” sponsored by the World Christianity and Global Encounters of the 21st Century Lecture… [Continue Reading]

Westmont CIO Wins Prestigious IT Award

Westmont CIO Read Sheard

Westmont CIO Reed Sheard has been named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader for 2015. He accepts this prestigious, lifetime award in March with other top IT professionals from the business, education, government, service, technology and non-profit sectors. Since he arrived at Westmont in 2008, Sheard has employed innovative and resourceful technology to advance the… [Continue Reading]

Goodwin Examines Leadership Lessons

Doris Kearns Goodwin at Westmont convocation

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, spoke about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” to more than 700 people at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on March 6 in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Following the breakfast, Goodwin answered questions from four Westmont students in front of about… [Continue Reading]