New Westmont Students Arrive for Orientation

Orientation team members move students into Page Hall

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 28, for the 379 first-year students representing the class of 2018, and classes start Monday, Sept. 1. The incoming class, which includes two National Merit Scholars, represents 29 states and eight foreign countries. The eight international students come from Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. [Continue Reading]

Blondell Picks Alums for ‘Cherry Orchard’

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Several recent Westmont graduates return to Porter Theater to stage a new production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” under the direction of John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, Sept. 4-6, all at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Lit Moon Theatre production are $20 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase,… [Continue Reading]

Unique Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

One of last year's Inoculum groups at Barney Lake outside Bridgeport, Calif.

Fifteen new Westmont students are traveling to the Eastern Sierra (Aug. 14-26) for a unique, 12-day backcountry adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. One of its goals is helping participants get to know… [Continue Reading]

Museum Goes Big with 300 Small Works

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The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five Years,” from Aug. 28-Sept.11. The exhibition features more than 300 small-scale pieces of art that will be available for purchase through an online auction (www.westmontmuseum.org/5X5) that ends Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. An artists’ reception with live… [Continue Reading]

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]

Memorial Monday for Alumna Kenon Neal

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A memorial service will be held for Kenon (Ramsey) Neal ’88 on Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd. Neal, who died July 16 after battling cancer for 27 years, made numerous contributions to Westmont over the years. “She had a warm and gracious spirit and lived her… [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

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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]

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]