Warren to Speak to Record Number of Grads

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Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe will give the Westmont medal to long-time Montecito neighbor Annette Simmons and her late husband, Harold, who… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Spring Break Serving Others


About 225 Westmont students and local volunteers have traveled to Mexico as part of Potter’s Clay helping the under-served in Ensenada during spring break, March 7-14. A student-organized service trip that started in 1977, Potter’s Clay is one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions. About 30 students will also serve with Urban Initiative in Los Angeles, Santa… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Reads Focuses on ‘The Big Burn’

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Westmont hosts a panel discussion about wildfire as part of Westmont Reads Thursday, March 6, from 2-3 p.m. in Voskuyl Library. This year, the annual program focuses on the book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan. The program includes a series of events, including book discussions and… [Continue Reading]

New Networking Site Connects Alumni


A powerful new online tool now connects Westmont alumni around the world. Westmont Connect  enables alumni to locate each other for personal and professional reasons, giving them access to jobs, mentors, special interests and opportunities. The Westmont alumni office and information technology department developed the program. “We intend this tool to be a dynamic resource… [Continue Reading]

Popular Computer Science Professor Dies


Kim Kihlstrom, Westmont professor of computer science, died Dec. 12 at home following a long battle with cancer. She was 56. A memorial service will be held at Montecito Covenant Church Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she met her husband,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Lights Tree, Sings in the Season

Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 12th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn, Wednesday, Dec. 4. The lights on the 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as the Pickle Tree, will glow at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Hundreds of students, alumni, and neighbors will join the… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Directs Two Unique Productions of ‘Henry VI’

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Westmont hosts two performances of Shakespeare’s early history play, “Henry VI,” on the same day, in the same space, directed by the same director in two different languages. “Henry VI, Part 3 Times 2,” featuring the Lit Moon Theatre Company and the Bitola National Theatre, is Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 and 7 p.m. respectively;… [Continue Reading]

Kiplinger’s Ranks Westmont as a Top College

President Gayle D. Beebe teaches a course in executive leadership

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its annual list. The report, which named Westmont No. 83, features colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The rankings will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue and are available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college. Westmont is one of eight liberal… [Continue Reading]

Talk Aims to Show Value of Collegiate Sports

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Kirsten Moore, head coach of Westmont women’s basketball team, examines the role coaches play in educating students in a free, public lecture Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051…. [Continue Reading]

Howell to be Installed in Science Chair

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Russell Howell, who has taught mathematics at Westmont for 35 years, will be installed as the Kathleen Smith professor of natural and behavioral sciences Friday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. After the full-regalia ceremony, Howell will speak on “Does Mathematics Require Faith? Does Faith Require Mathematics?” at 3:30 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “It… [Continue Reading]