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]

My Mom’s Strength: By Rianne Banuelos

Four years ago, Westmont College was a lofty, far-off dream.  I loved Westmont from the first day I set foot on it and hoped that somehow I could come to this school and be a part of the wonderful Christian community.  However, I knew that without significant sacrifices I could not come, no matter how… [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]

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]

Cellist Beccue Earns Top PASF Honors

Tim Beccue

Westmont student musician Tim Beccue ’18 (cello) won first place ($5,000) in the instrumental honors April 29 at the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) finals. Westmont student pianist Zelin Luan received honorable mention. Beccue, who graduates May 5 as the Outstanding Senior in Physics, played Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor by Camille Saint-Saëns…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Magazine to Arrive in Mailboxes

Look for the spring 2018 Westmont magazine, which has been printed and is being mailed out in the coming days. Our magazine cover and feature story “Stronger Together” reflect the campaign of the same name for recovery efforts by Santa Barbara and Montecito after the devastating debris flow in January. In April, NBC’s “Dateline” segment… [Continue Reading]

Concert Highlights Music of Ireland, UK

Conductor Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship

The Westmont Orchestra performs its final concert of the academic year, celebrating the music of Ireland and Britain on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission (students are free), may be purchased at the door. For more information at the Spring Orchestra Concert, please contact… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Sheriff, KEYT-TV

Tom Nguyen, Westmont trustee and managing director of U.S. sales for China International Capital Corp. (CICC), speaks at Westmont Commencement on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Russell Carr Field at Westmont. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and the KEYT NewsChannel 3 team for… [Continue Reading]

Music Fills the Air at April Concerts

John Butler offers his work at the Composer's Concert and plays drums at the Jazz Concert

Westmont student musicians and composers present a multitude of concerts this month, all of which are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert, premiering several original compositions and pieces by Westmont students, is Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel…. [Continue Reading]

Fringe Takes Over Westmont, Downtown

The Fringe Festival Hub outside Porter Theatre

The annual Westmont Fringe Festival, featuring 11 original student plays being performed in 10 different venues at two different sites, including the downtown Alhecama Theatre and around Westmont’s Porter Theatre, is Thursday, April 19, from 7:20-10:30 p.m.; Friday, April 20, from 7-11:15 p.m. (9:30-11:15 p.m. downtown); Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m., with Phoenix Night, which… [Continue Reading]