Welcoming New Students, Class of 2019

Students take their First Walk, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement

Orientation begins for 339 first-year students and 52 new transfer students Thursday, Aug. 27. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 31. The new students represent four countries and 31 states. Thirty students come from Santa Barbara County and 12 are international, missionary or third-culture students. More than a third… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Zooms in on Moon, Pulsating Star

The Westmont Observatory, home of the Keck Telescope

A first-quarter moon and a pulsating variable star will be featured at this month’s free public viewing Friday, Aug. 21, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The moon will be about seven days old and there should be a number of craters to examine on its surface. The pulsating… [Continue Reading]

Goodman, Puccinelli’s ‘Tug’ Opens Art Season

The Boat . 2014-2015 . Duct tape, cellophane, plastic, wood, wire, lighting . 27 x 25 x 6 ft.

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features well-known local artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli in its season-opening exhibition Sept. 2-Oct. 17. The museum will host a reception for “tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli,” featuring the artists, Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 4:30-7 p.m. The artists will give a lecture about their work on Wednesday,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Launches New Music Academy

Director Han Soo Kim

The new Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive 10-day program for young musicians, offers two faculty concerts on Aug. 13 and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and two student concerts Aug. 14 and 21 at 3:30 p.m., all in Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. About 30 students from… [Continue Reading]

Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Westmonster Champion Nic Swider

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. Swider, an incoming sophomore at Westmont, graduated… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Zoom in on Rings of Saturn

The Westmont Observatory

Saturn will be the star of the show at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, July 17, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The gas giant will reach its highest point in the sky about 9 p.m. when the Cassini Division, the dark gap between the A and… [Continue Reading]

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

Joann Klonowski, Special Olympics World Games, Vice President of Host Town

Savannah Barclay, Special Olympics Southern California Global Messenger

Mayor Helene Schneider

President Gayle D. Beebe, President, Westmont College

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and… [Continue Reading]

Racers Seek to Tame the Westmonster 5K

Bobby Olivera jumped out to an early lead at the 2014 Westmonster

The sixth annual Westmonster, dubbed Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race, returns to the scenic Westmont campus Friday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m. The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. High school and… [Continue Reading]

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

John Moore with daughters Jacqueline and Jessie in 2007

Westmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Unique Program Offers Taste of College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley teaching Summer Scholars 2014

Twenty high school seniors and incoming first-year Westmont students will begin experiencing college life at Westmont June 22-July 10 while earning college credits. In its fifth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence… [Continue Reading]