Alumni, Parents to Visit Querétaro, Mexico

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The Westmont Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts a unique venture to the Bajío region of Mexico for alumni and parents June 27-July 6. The trip, led by Mary Docter, Westmont professor of modern languages, includes stops at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites where Westmont in Mexico students live and learn. “We have many… [Continue Reading]

Westmont to Light Up the Pickle Tree

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Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 13th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as the Pickle Tree. The event is… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

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The Westmont Christmas Festival, one of the most popular holiday events in Santa Barbara, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with performances Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to “Behold I am Making All Things New,” which cost $15 apiece,… [Continue Reading]

Alumna Examines Pauline Epistles, Gender

Dr. Judith Gundry

Judith Gundry ’78, research scholar and associate professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School, examines the teachings of Saint Paul to determine the significance of gender and the role of the sexes in a talk Thursday, Nov. 20, from 3:30-­5 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The Gender… [Continue Reading]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in Madagascar

Taylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. Jashinsky will live in Burma/Myanmar and will travel to multiple countries, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos and Vietnam, documenting the… [Continue Reading]

Alumni Return for Homecoming Weekend

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Westmont will honor California State Assembly Member Kristin Olsen ’96 as Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2014 Oct. 17-19. Olsen, who takes over as the next Assembly Republican leader in November, joins Young Alumnus Award winner Daniel Zia ’06 and Global Service Award winners Byron ’82 and Lisa Repko ’84 Borden at the All-Alumni… [Continue Reading]

Downtown Talk Tackles Public Education

Dr. Michelle Hughes

Several local educators will examine the challenges facing public education and possible solutions for improving elementary and secondary education locally and nationwide on Thursday, Oct. 9, 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… [Continue Reading]

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]