Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars Get a Jump on College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley address Summer Scholar graduates in 2013

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with professors Carmel Saad and Christian Hoeckley as part of Westmont Summer Scholars. In its fourth year, the program offers students an opportunity to experience a Christian liberal arts education at Westmont before they start college. The students, from eight different states, including Iowa,… [Continue Reading]

Sports Skills to Start Summer Camps

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Westmont summer sports camps, a more than 25 year tradition, begin Monday, June 16, with Sports Skills, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. For the next six weeks, about 700 youngsters will develop in a sport in a safe and fun environment on the idyllic campus. Parents can register their children for… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Elementary School Track Championships

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About 200 fourth-to-sixth grade school children enjoyed a hot day at Westmont College May 15, competing in the Santa Barbara Elementary School Track and Field City Championships. The athletes from Washington, Adams, Cleveland, McKinley and Monroe Elementary schools battled temperatures in the mid-80s while competing in a dozen track-and-field events including long jump, high jump,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Survives ‘Amazing Quake’

Neil Di Maggio, director of research, and Provost Mark Sargent proudly display their tent

“Kerrwood Hall has a large crack on the side facing the President’s Patio and may not be safe.” “The roads from Westmont to 101 are blocked—a large tree has fallen near Cold Spring School and power lines are down on Coast Village Road.” These and many other radio messages were heard during Westmont’s “ReadyDay 2014:… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Be a Mission to Mars

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will zoom in on the planet Mars during a free, public viewing Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont website to see… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Top Grads, Professors

The class of 2014 tosses its mortarboards to the sky

Westmont honored top graduates and professors during a warm, sunny Commencement ceremony May 3 on Carr Field. A total of 367 students earned degrees this year, the largest graduating class in Westmont history. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” offered the Commencement… [Continue Reading]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson's "Sea Billows Roll"

Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. The winner of the James A. McIntyre… [Continue Reading]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle Jorgensen

Ten outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. This year the awards went to incoming seniors Paige… [Continue Reading]

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

Aleah Bond ’14 explains her research in chemistry

A record 50 students displayed their results from 35 research projects in Winter Hall on April 15. The 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates the noteworthy accomplishments of students and their work from the divisions of the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences. “One of the hallmarks of Westmont’s academic… [Continue Reading]