Westmont Tops New College Rankings

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Three new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. For the third straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Westmont, listed No. 64, is one of only three Christian colleges nationally and just one of nine schools… [Continue Reading]

Welcoming New Students, Class of 2019

Students take their First Walk, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement

Orientation begins for 339 first-year students and 52 new transfer students Thursday, Aug. 27. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 31. The new students represent four countries and 31 states. Thirty students come from Santa Barbara County and 12 are international, missionary or third-culture students. More than a third… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Zooms in on Moon, Pulsating Star

The Westmont Observatory, home of the Keck Telescope

A first-quarter moon and a pulsating variable star will be featured at this month’s free public viewing Friday, Aug. 21, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The moon will be about seven days old and there should be a number of craters to examine on its surface. The pulsating… [Continue Reading]

Goodman, Puccinelli’s ‘Tug’ Opens Art Season

The Boat . 2014-2015 . Duct tape, cellophane, plastic, wood, wire, lighting . 27 x 25 x 6 ft.

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features well-known local artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli in its season-opening exhibition Sept. 2-Oct. 17. The museum will host a reception for “tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli,” featuring the artists, Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 4:30-7 p.m. The artists will give a lecture about their work on Wednesday,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Mourns David Winter

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David K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal arts college. He helped strengthen the quality of the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Northern Europe Breaks Walls

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The husband-and-wife teaching team Chris Hoeckley and Cheri Larsen Hoeckley travel this month to co-direct Westmont in Northern Europe (WNE), a semester-abroad program they launched last year to explore conflict and peacemaking. Westmont in Northern Europe is different from Westmont’s Europe Semester, which began in 1969. Chris, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the… [Continue Reading]

New Students Head into Great Outdoors

Inoculum 2013 at Barney Lake outside Bridgeport, Calif.

More than 30 new Westmont students will take in part in one of three pre-Orientation adventure programs, including two new programs that include canoeing in Colorado and exploring the Channel Islands. More than a dozen students will trek through the Eastern Sierra as part of Inoculum, a unique trip for incoming students to earn academic… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial Colleges

Westmont Entrepreneurship Forbes Top 10

Westmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). This year… [Continue Reading]

Planning Commission OKs Leadership Center

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The Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved Westmont College’s designs for a new residential facility and determined that the design is consistent with the college’s Master Plan on July 15. Part of the new Westmont Institute for Global Learning and Leadership, the Leadership Center will house students participating in leadership programs and some of the… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Zoom in on Rings of Saturn

The Westmont Observatory

Saturn will be the star of the show at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, July 17, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The gas giant will reach its highest point in the sky about 9 p.m. when the Cassini Division, the dark gap between the A and… [Continue Reading]