Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Hicks in Westmont's 2003 "The Mariner"

Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. His areas of expertise include lighting, installation… [Continue Reading]

Farmer Waldrop Pursues Master’s Degree

Anthony Waldrop and Natasha Tsaconas plant trees in 2012

Alumnus Anthony Waldrop ’11, who spearheaded the effort creating two new Westmont gardens spanning 13,000 square feet, will begin a master’s program this fall at the University of Maryland. Waldrop, who worked for Sodexo, which provides dining services to Westmont’s Dining Commons, has been accepted to the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. “I gravitated… [Continue Reading]

New Grad Earns Fellowship in Philadelphia

David Dry '14

David Dry ’14, former Westmont College Student Association (WCSA) president, earned a fellowship from the John Jay Institute and will study over the fall in Philadelphia. The highly competitive Fellows Program, which accepts just 12 students a term, is a post-undergraduate educational and professional experience for men and women aspiring to public positions in public… [Continue Reading]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars Get a Jump on College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley address Summer Scholar graduates in 2013

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with professors Carmel Saad and Christian Hoeckley as part of Westmont Summer Scholars. In its fourth year, the program offers students an opportunity to experience a Christian liberal arts education at Westmont before they start college. The students, from eight different states, including Iowa,… [Continue Reading]

New Alumnus Earns Teaching Fellowship

Riley Hall (far left) and members of the 2012 Westmont rugby team

Riley Hall, who is expected to graduate from Westmont this summer with a double major in philosophy and mathematics, is a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awarded Hall a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at Valparaiso University. The special education will prepare him to teach… [Continue Reading]

Beebe Returns from Inspiring Papal Visit

President Gayle D. Beebe

President Gayle D. Beebe has returned from his historic meeting with Pope Francis inspired and motivated. “I have a renewed sense of the necessity and importance of my work at Westmont and with the broader Christian community and the opportunity to carry it out with so many wonderful people,” he says. Beebe and 14 North… [Continue Reading]

Warriors Win Back-to-Back All-Sports Awards

The women's soccer team finished as national runner-up

Westmont retains the coveted Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award, narrowly beating Concordia by 0.02 points. The conference honors the school with the highest average finish in the conference standings in all its sponsored sports. Last year, Westmont won the award for the first time in two decades. “The award is especially pleasing because it’s… [Continue Reading]

Beebe Visits the Vatican, Meets with Pope

Vatican City

Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe and 14 North American Protestant leaders will meet privately with Pope Francis on Thursday, June 5, at the Vatican. Beebe, representing Christian higher education in the ecumenical conversation, will be joined by politicians, theologians and pastors. Beebe will be the only college president in the group. The pope invited the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Revises Seal, Unifies Identity

The Westmont seal

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]