Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 Years

The 2015-16 Westmont College Orchestra

The Westmont Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season performing brilliantly colorful music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Glazunov and Aaron Copland. The Fall Orchestra Concert, which includes a piece by alumnus Daniel Gee, adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont, is Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room, and Sunday, Oct…. [Continue Reading]

Alum Stages Two New Plays at Westmont


Westmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09, who graduated from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, has written two plays being produced Oct. 16-24 at Westmont. “Good Day,” directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont associate professor of theater, is Oct. 16-24 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Mad &… [Continue Reading]

Homecoming to Honor Niva Tro

Dr. Nivaldo Tro

Westmont will honor chemistry professor Nivaldo Tro ’85 as Alumnus of the Year during Homecoming 2015 Oct. 2-4. Tro, who has taught at Westmont since 1990, was born and raised in Culver City, Calif., after his parents emigrated from Havana, Cuba, in 1959. The Westmont alumnus earned a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford for researching… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Rare Supermoon Eclipse

Photo by Johannes Schedler at the Panther Observatory

The Westmont Observatory will host an informal gathering to view the lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. However, the blood moon will be too low in the evening sky to use Westmont’s telescopes. Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor, says he and several members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) will… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Power of Early Attachment

Dr. Andrea Gurney

Andrea Gurney, associate professor of psychology at Westmont, examines early relational experiences and their importance to human development in a talk Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment,” is free and open to the public. No tickets… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings


Three new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. For the third straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. Westmont, listed No. 64, is one of only three Christian colleges nationally and just one of nine schools… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Mourns David Winter

David Winter

Click here to view David Winter’s memorial service. David K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Northern Europe Breaks Walls


The husband-and-wife teaching team Chris Hoeckley and Cheri Larsen Hoeckley travel this month to co-direct Westmont in Northern Europe (WNE), a semester-abroad program they launched last year to explore conflict and peacemaking. Westmont in Northern Europe is different from Westmont’s Europe Semester, which began in 1969. Chris, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the… [Continue Reading]

New Students Head into Great Outdoors

Inoculum 2013 at Barney Lake outside Bridgeport, Calif.

More than 30 new Westmont students will take in part in one of three pre-Orientation adventure programs, including two new programs that include canoeing in Colorado and exploring the Channel Islands. More than a dozen students will trek through the Eastern Sierra as part of Inoculum, a unique trip for incoming students to earn academic… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial Colleges

Westmont Entrepreneurship Forbes Top 10

Westmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). This year… [Continue Reading]