DeBoer Earns National Prize for Book

Dr. Lisa DeBoer

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts presented Lisa DeBoer, professor of art history at Westmont, the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-Fiction for her book, “The Visual Arts and the Worshiping Church,” at its 26th annual National Conference on Oct. 14 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. DeBoer’s book explores a neglected… [Continue Reading]

Duhigg to Speak at Leadership Luncheon

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and bestselling author speaks about “The Habitual Pursuit of Excellence” Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at noon in the Coral Casino at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Tickets to the luncheon, part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, cost… [Continue Reading]

99 Cents Only CMO Joins Trustees

Westmont Trustee Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair, chief merchandising officer of 99 Cents Only Stores, has joined the Westmont Board of Trustees. Sinclair, whose daughter Kirsty is a junior at Westmont, is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Strathclyde. The 32-member board of trustees oversees the operations of the college…. [Continue Reading]

The Bard’s Complete Walk Arrives in SB

Merckx Dascomb in "As You Like It"

Santa Barbara celebrates the remarkable life and work of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death by hosting a series of performances, including three plays, by an international coalition of theaters and arts organizations Nov. 17-20. “Shakespeare@400.SantaBarbara” includes the Complete Walk, 37 specially made short films commissioned and created by Shakespeare’s Globe London, originally… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Alumni Earn Top Salaries

Adams Center at Westmont

PayScale has released its 2016-2017 College Salary Report, which lists Westmont graduates’ salary potential in four distinct categories: No. 16 among national liberal arts colleges, No. 14 among all California colleges, No. 17 nationally for business majors and No. 74 for all U.S. universities and colleges. At No. 16 in its Best Liberal Art Colleges… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year

Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 99 out of the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-4th),… [Continue Reading]

Founder of Westmont Foundation Dies at 93

Larry Crandell with the Westmont Medal at Commencement 2005 with Foundation members Gary Harris, Marguerite Berti, Tim Tremblay, Gerd Jordano, Stewart Abercrombie, Sharon Clenet, David Yager, Pier Gherini, President David K. Winter

Larry Crandell, a founder of the Friends of Westmont and the college’s first Westmont Medal recipient, has died. He was 93. Affectionately known as Mr. Santa Barbara, Crandell co-founded the Friends of Westmont in 1990 to provide support for the college during the approval process for Las Barrancas, the faculty homes adjacent to campus. Crandell… [Continue Reading]

Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty

Dr. Serah Shani

Four distinguished tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Elizabeth Gardner (communication studies), Carmen McCain (English), Jonathan Mitchell (physics) and Serah Shani (anthropology). Gardner, a graduate of Houghton College, earned a master’s degree and is finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland, where she has also taught several classes in public speaking, rhetorical criticism,… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2020 Arrives at Westmont

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for 348 first-year students and 54 new transfer students representing 17 countries outside of the United States. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 29. New students, including 24 international, missionary or third-culture students, come from Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Italy,… [Continue Reading]

Donors Fund $1M Chemistry Research Grant

Chris Riba and Han Chung freeze molecules and then move the m around to make a rough surface as reflective as a mirror

Westmont raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing the chemistry department’s summer research program. Income from the $1 million endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members doing full-time research during the summer. Since… [Continue Reading]