Archives for May 2014

Condolences on Isla Vista Tragedy

Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe expressed condolences today to the families of the victims of the May 23 attacks and to members of the UC Santa Barbara and Isla Vista communities. “On behalf of the entire Westmont family, Pam and I extend our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and support to Dr. Henry and Dillie Yang and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Revises Seal, Unifies Identity

Westmont has adopted an updated seal and a new unified identity system to better communicate its mission and character and increase recognition of the college. The new graphic elements will create greater consistency across all materials. The seal will appear on official communications and be used for formal occasions. The revision makes the elements stronger… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

The Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to Westmont’s production of “Pirates of Penzance,” which has won three national… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Elementary School Track Championships

About 200 fourth-to-sixth grade school children enjoyed a hot day at Westmont College May 15, competing in the Santa Barbara Elementary School Track and Field City Championships. The athletes from Washington, Adams, Cleveland, McKinley and Monroe Elementary schools battled temperatures in the mid-80s while competing in a dozen track-and-field events including long jump, high jump,… [Continue Reading]

Students to Research Sports Science in Bath

Dr. Gregg Afman

Seven Westmont kinesiology majors will conduct international research focusing on exercise science in June at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The students on the Kinesiology Europe Mayterm program, led by Gregg Afman, professor of kinesiology, will assist the ongoing research of James Betts, senior lecturer in nutrition, metabolism and statistics at the… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating On and Off the Diamond

The nine graduating members of the 2014 baseball team with coach Rob Ruiz

Nine graduating members of the Westmont baseball team, who missed Baccaleaureate and Commencement while winning four straight games and capturing the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, received a different kind of walk-off celebration May 7. “Pomp and Circumstance” played in the background as the players, wearing their graduation caps and gowns, received diplomas in front… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Survives ‘Amazing Quake’

Neil Di Maggio, director of research, and Provost Mark Sargent proudly display their tent

“Kerrwood Hall has a large crack on the side facing the President’s Patio and may not be safe.” “The roads from Westmont to 101 are blocked—a large tree has fallen near Cold Spring School and power lines are down on Coast Village Road.” These and many other radio messages were heard during Westmont’s “ReadyDay 2014:… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Be a Mission to Mars

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will zoom in on the planet Mars during a free, public viewing Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. 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]

Commencement Honors Top Grads, Professors

Westmont honored top graduates and professors during a warm, sunny Commencement ceremony May 3 on Carr Field. A total of 367 students earned degrees this year, the largest graduating class in Westmont history. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” offered the Commencement… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Summer Serving Globally

This summer, 70 Westmont students in 15 teams will serve in 13 countries, including China, Nepal, Japan, Uganda, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bolivia, Madagascar, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea. The student-led, staff-directed Emmaus Road program is in its 16th year, sponsoring activities that serve to increase awareness of global concerns, broadening the worldview of… [Continue Reading]