Westmont Grads Earn More in the Long Run

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The salaries of Westmont graduates fared well in two 2014 rankings that used data collected from the website PayScale. The Washington Post listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation for colleges and universities with the greatest salary growth between average starting and average mid-career salaries. A Forbes magazine story identified Westmont as No. 23… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hits Top 100 in U.S. News Ranking

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For the sixth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (5th), Claremont McKenna… [Continue Reading]

Former Westmont VP Jane Hideko Higa Dies

President Gayle D. Beebe announced Saturday that Jane Hideko Higa, former vice president for student life and dean of students, died Friday evening, Sept. 5, of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 63. Jane retired a year ago after 24 years at Westmont, the longest serving vice president in college history. A memorial service… [Continue Reading]

Student Researchers Offer Summer Findings

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Twenty student researchers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, will present their findings on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. The Summer Research Celebration, co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the… [Continue Reading]

New Westmont Students Arrive for Orientation

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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]