Father’s Day: President Beebe Reflects on His Dad

Gayle poses with his father before leaving for Westmont

The following is a Father’s Day reflection by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe about his father, Richard Beebe. My father died in 1989 just as I was beginning my professional career. A public-school superintendent, he loved education and possessed the unusual capacity to be emotionally present to others. He derived enormous joy from investing in the… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope to Miss Friday Star Party

The Westmont Observatory

The powerful Keck Telescope remains under repair, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, June 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors to the public… [Continue Reading]

Young Alums Earn Fulbrights, Fellowship

Hugh Grant-Chapman

Two recent Westmont graduates have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach overseas for nearly a year, and another young alumna has earned a foreign affairs fellowship. Hugh Grant-Chapman ’18, a political science graduate, will teach in Taiwan, while biology graduate Alexa Mogck ’18 will work in Malaysia. Both are part of programs that place grantees… [Continue Reading]

Westmont’s Outstanding Graduates of 2018

Art Janna Jensen, a distance runner for the women’s cross country and track and field team, earned the award in art. She enjoyed a three-year internship at Slingshot, a cooperative of artists with developmental disabilities. For her senior art project, she painted classical oil portraits of five of the artists who have inspired her. “Through… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope Goes Dark at Public Viewing

The powerful Keck Telescope continues to under repair and non-functioning, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, May 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating a Mother, Grandmother, Student

Roslyn Smith, mother, grandmother and Westmont student

Westmont senior Roslyn Smith ’19 took an unconventional road to college. She enrolled at North Carolina Central University in Durham, her hometown. “But the desire to travel would not go away,” she says. She enlisted in the Air Force during the Cold War and planned to attend college at the same time. However, her duties… [Continue Reading]

Local Artists Featured in ‘Night and Day’

Bob Alderette, associate professor of painting and drawing in the Roski School of Art and Design at USC, juries Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-County artists May 17-June 23 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum. A free, opening reception for “Night and Day: Tri-County Juried Exhibition 2018,” which features works by 41 local artists, is Thursday, May… [Continue Reading]

Disc/Stick Golf Tourney Celebrates 10th Year

Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the 10th annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Courageous Class of 2018

About 328 students received diplomas at Westmont Commencement on May 5, but none with more courage than Connor McManigal, who was seriously injured, but survived the Jan. 9 mudslide in Montecito. “He was literally swept out of his home and swept more than a mile downstream and ended up on the 101,” President Gayle D…. [Continue Reading]

Patterson Offers Joy in Final Sermon

Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson, in his final sermon as Westmont campus pastor, urged students to be happy, joyful and grateful in their lives. “If our gratitude could match the grace and forgiveness that’s been extended to us, then no amount of rejoicing could ever possibly be too much,” he said. “So, I am going to go out… [Continue Reading]