Star Party to Feature Wild Duck Cluster

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will take advantage of a late rising waning moon to zoom in on several distant globular clusters at this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, Oct. 21, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The moon won’t rise until after 11 p.m., allowing Thomas… [Continue Reading]

Homecoming to Honor Outstanding Alumni


Westmont will honor the late William S. “Bill” Klug ’98 and Angie Hill ’90 as Alumnus and Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2016 Oct. 14-16. Jeff Dykstra ’92, co-founder and CEO of Partners in Food Solutions, will receive the Global Service Award, and Matt Blickendorf ’08, an emergency physician in Indianapolis, has earned the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Alumni Earn Top Salaries

Adams Center at Westmont

PayScale has released its 2016-2017 College Salary Report, which lists Westmont graduates’ salary potential in four distinct categories: No. 16 among national liberal arts colleges, No. 14 among all California colleges, No. 17 nationally for business majors and No. 74 for all U.S. universities and colleges. At No. 16 in its Best Liberal Art Colleges… [Continue Reading]

Research Symposium Offers Live Lab Demos

Student researchers Danielle Costa, Tyler Salinas and Sarah McGough work with Dr. Tim Van Haitsma to evaluate student Jae Ferrin

More than 30 student researchers who worked on 13 projects during the summer with professors in the fields of biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics and psychology will explain their findings on Friday, Sept. 30, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda. The Celebration of Summer Research, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is free… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year


Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 99 out of the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-4th),… [Continue Reading]

Mars, Saturn, Full Moon at Public Viewing

Westmont Observatory overlooking Carr Field

Saturn and Mars, hanging low on the southern sky, will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, Sept. 16, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom… [Continue Reading]

Staged Reading Explores Immigration

Mitchell Thomas Directed "Good Day" in 2015

Westmont College Festival Theatre launches the first of three staged readings by international playwrights to explore diverse global issues on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Nocturnal,” written by Juan Mayorga and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont professor of theater, is free and open to the public. “Westmont is taking a college-wide… [Continue Reading]

Faculty Recital Features Sonos Winds

Sonos Winds: Andrea Di Maggio, Trey Farrell, Steven Gross, Andy Radford and Joanne Kim

The fall 2016 Westmont Faculty Recital, featuring the Stravinsky Trio and the four-member Sonos Winds, is Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The trio includes Han Soo Kim (violin), Joanne Kim (clarinet) and… [Continue Reading]

Founder of Westmont Foundation Dies at 93

Larry Crandell with the Westmont Medal at Commencement 2005 with Foundation members Gary Harris, Marguerite Berti, Tim Tremblay, Gerd Jordano, Stewart Abercrombie, Sharon Clenet, David Yager, Pier Gherini, President David K. Winter

Larry Crandell, a founder of the Friends of Westmont and the college’s first Westmont Medal recipient, has died. He was 93. Affectionately known as Mr. Santa Barbara, Crandell co-founded the Friends of Westmont in 1990 to provide support for the college during the approval process for Las Barrancas, the faculty homes adjacent to campus. Crandell… [Continue Reading]

Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty

Dr. Serah Shani

Four distinguished tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Elizabeth Gardner (communication studies), Carmen McCain (English), Jonathan Mitchell (physics) and Serah Shani (anthropology). Gardner, a graduate of Houghton College, earned a master’s degree and is finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland, where she has also taught several classes in public speaking, rhetorical criticism,… [Continue Reading]