Westmont Ranks Among Top National Colleges

The recently released 2019 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities confirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation. PayScale’s “Best Colleges in California by Salary Potential” lists Westmont as No. 19, nearly 40 spots above its closest California competitor in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and fourth among… [Continue Reading]

Faculty to Shine at Recital

Westmont’s talented music faculty hosts a free performance Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The Fall Faculty Recital, featuring 15 different faculty members, includes pieces by Max Bruch, Frédéric Chopin, Ottorino Respighi, Noro Morales, Victor Ewald and W.C. Handy. The faculty performer include singer Emil Dorian Cristescu (bass-baritone), Steve Hodson (piano),… [Continue Reading]

Theater Stages Ibsen, Shakespeare

Lit Moon's performance of "A Doll's House" stars Westmont alumna Paige Tautz '14

The highly visual and unconventional Lit Moon Theatre Company, led by Westmont Professor John Blondell, offers four sets of local performances at various venues, including a world premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” paired with a rock ‘n’ roll inspired “Julius Caesar.” “A Doll House” will be performed Aug. 24-25, 30, and Sept. 1… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2022 Arrives for Orientation

The Westmont class of 2022, which arrives for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 23, is among the most diverse in college history. Around 420 first-year and transfer students represent eight countries and 31 states, and 37 percent of them identify as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed-race. Nearly 18 percent identify… [Continue Reading]

College Explores Work, Rest in ‘An Unhurried Life’

Edee Schulze, vice president for student life

Westmont has chosen “An Unhurried Life” by Alan Fadling as a book to read this summer and throughout the upcoming school year. The author will speak in chapel Friday, Sept. 28, and share major themes from the book with students. Recent studies at Penn State and Boston University document the growing mental health crisis on… [Continue Reading]

Goggles, Golf Clubs Coming to Westmont

Westmont will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, bolstering an already successful collegiate athletic program. The college earned sixth place in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors Cup final standings, the best finish in its 80-year history. The cup measures overall success by awarding points to each sport… [Continue Reading]

Effective, Purposeful Leadership for Executives

Westmont’s fourth annual Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, 2018, helped executives and executive teams strengthen their leadership skills through three days of engaging, inspiring and practical sessions at the new Global Leadership Center. David Brooks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe delivered keynote talks on the theme “Transformational Leadership… [Continue Reading]

Superhero AD Conquers another 100-Miler

Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director, conquered the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, a race few could imagine doing or completing. “This is the World Series of 100-milers,” the 51-year old Odell says of the June 23 race that follows a trail from Squaw Valley, winds through rivers and reaches elevations of 8,700 feet to Auburn,… [Continue Reading]

Education Department Earns Accreditation, Praise

Education faculty and staff: Heather Bergthold, Andrew Mullen (back), Michelle Hughes and Jane Wilson (front)

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has given full accreditation to the Westmont College Department of Education. The site visit team report says through interviews with stakeholders and school partners, it is clear that the local school community benefits from graduates of Westmont’s education department. “Employers consistently spoke of their desire to hire Westmont program… [Continue Reading]

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]