Westmont Polo Repeats as National Champions

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The Westmont Men’s Polo team has repeated as national champions, beating the University of Virginia, 16-13 on April 12 at ERG Arena at Brookshire, Texas. The Warriors beat Colorado State University in the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship last year for the college’s first polo title. Westmont made it to the championship game this year… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Opens for Total Lunar Eclipse

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The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years will be the focus of a free, public viewing on Monday, April 14, from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Westmont Observatory. The special viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes… [Continue Reading]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

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Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. “Pirates” earned Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Scenography for a… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Spring Break Serving Others

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About 225 Westmont students and local volunteers have traveled to Mexico as part of Potter’s Clay helping the under-served in Ensenada during spring break, March 7-14. A student-organized service trip that started in 1977, Potter’s Clay is one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions. About 30 students will also serve with Urban Initiative in Los Angeles, Santa… [Continue Reading]

Yunus Inspires at President’s Breakfast

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At the Westmont President’s Breakfast Feb. 28, Muhammad Yunus told inspiring stories about using microcredit to end poverty, captivating a packed room at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. Known as the banker to the poor and the father of microfinance, Yunus believes that credit is basic human right. “Banks won’t go anywhere near the… [Continue Reading]

Westlake Village Cellist Wins Scholarship

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Cellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Each of the other five finalists, violist Erik Fauss of Santa Rosa, violinist Melissa Wong of San Gabriel, harpist Alexandra Nieuwsma of Martinez, bassoonist… [Continue Reading]

New Networking Site Connects Alumni

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A powerful new online tool now connects Westmont alumni around the world. Westmont Connect  enables alumni to locate each other for personal and professional reasons, giving them access to jobs, mentors, special interests and opportunities. The Westmont alumni office and information technology department developed the program. “We intend this tool to be a dynamic resource… [Continue Reading]

Yunus to Speak at President’s Breakfast

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Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in using microcredit to end poverty, will speak at the ninth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, Feb. 28, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Yunus is the first person since Martin Luther King Jr. to achieve the trifecta of the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S…. [Continue Reading]

Popular Computer Science Professor Dies

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Kim Kihlstrom, Westmont professor of computer science, died Dec. 12 at home following a long battle with cancer. She was 56. A memorial service will be held at Montecito Covenant Church Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she met her husband,… [Continue Reading]

Art Classes Receive a High-Tech Upgrade

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Westmont is the first Christian liberal arts college in the country to have a fully-equipped Wacom Cintiq lab, giving art students access to professional-level equipment. The 22 Cintiq 22HDs, graphics tablets that allow users to draw directly on the LCD display surfaces, will be used in Westmont’s digital painting, design and graphic design courses. Scott… [Continue Reading]