Public Viewing Features Jupiter, Mars

The Westmont Observatory between the baseball field and track

Jupiter and Mars will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, June 17, beginning about 8:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom in on Jupiter, which will be… [Continue Reading]

Summer Students Get a Jump on College

Dr. Carmel Saad teaching Summer Scholars in 2014

Approximately 25 high school seniors and incoming first-year students from six different states will experience life at Westmont early while earning college credits from June 20 – July 8. In its sixth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while… [Continue Reading]

Alums Earn Top Awards at ‘Joie de Vivre’  

“Joie de Vivre” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Westmont alumnus Keaton Hudson ’14 won the Lorry Hubbard Best in Show prize for his instant film piece, “Room,” in the annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. “Working with the photograph, I’m interested in how we interact with and perceive mundane objects in everyday life,” Hudson says. “There’s something to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Mourns the Loss of Alum William Klug

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President Gayle D. Beebe expressed the shock and sorrow of the Westmont community at learning about the shooting death of alumnus William Klug at UCLA today. “We’re deeply saddened by this tragic news and send our condolences to his wife, Mary Elise, also a Westmont graduate, and their family,” Beebe says. “Professor Ken Kihlstrom remembers… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Earns Prestigious Fellowship

Westmont alumnus Nick Andersen '13

Westmont alumnus Nick Andersen ‘13, who earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University this year, has received a prestigious Lilly Graduate Fellowship. The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts provides $3,000 a year, while Andersen pursues a doctorate in religious studies at Brown University, focusing on political theory, American religious thought,… [Continue Reading]

Alumnae Earn Indy Theatre Awards

Paige Tautz and Heather Johnson in "Mad and a Goat" (Photo: Taylor Speer, Fort Collins Fringe Festival)

The Santa Barbara Independent awarded recent Westmont graduate Christine Nathanson ’16 for acting and directing at the annual Indy Theatre Awards presentation May 23. Also, alumna Paige Tautz ’14 won an award for her performance in “Mad and a Goat,” which was written by alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09. Nathanson won for her performance in… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Class of 2016

Under cloudy skies, 299 bright Westmont seniors celebrated their graduation May 7 at a lush Carr Field. About 5,000 family members and friends witnessed the pageantry as the college honored its top graduates and professors. Of the 299 students, 105 of them graduated with honors. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Features Local Artists

Marilyn McRae's "Candy Box" (Recycled Magazine Paper, 2013)

Jennifer Frias, associate curator of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside ARTSblock, juries Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-County artists May 19-June 18 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, opening reception for “Joie de Vivre,” which translates to exuberant enjoyment of life, features 18 local artists on Thursday, May 19, from… [Continue Reading]

Ground Broken on Global Leadership Center

Groundbreakers: Mary Docter, Reed Sheard, Doug Jones, Andy Grubbs, Edee Schulze, Roy and D’Aun Goble, Bill and Linda Hughes, Carol and David Eaton, Sue and Ed Birch, Peter Thorrington, Gayle Beebe, Cynthia Toms, Mark Sargent and Steve Julio

Westmont launched construction of its new $30 million Global Leadership Center at a groundbreaking ceremony May 5. Earlier in the day, the college announced completion of its campaign, Strength for Today, to fund initiatives and facilities advancing leadership, affordability and innovation. Originally set at $75 million, the campaign raised more than $153 million. The Global… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Completes $153 Million Campaign

President Gayle D. Beebe

Westmont joyfully announces completion of Strength for Today, a comprehensive drive that funds initiatives and facilities advancing leadership, affordability and innovation. Originally set at $75 million, the campaign has raised more than $153 million. President Gayle D. Beebe led the drive, the largest in college history. As he begins his 10th year at Westmont, Beebe… [Continue Reading]