Think Fast, Slow with Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and bestselling author “Thinking Fast and Slow,” speaks at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 2, at noon in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Tickets to the event, which is sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, cost $100 per person… [Continue Reading]

Homecoming Lauds Kootstra, Niequist

Westmont will honor Howard Kootstra ’76, CEO and founder of Golden Empire Mortgage, and Shauna Niequist ’98, New York Times best-selling author, as Alumnus and Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2018, Oct. 12-14. Dave Dettoni ’88, director of operations for Sudan Relief Fund, will receive the Global Service Award, and Alana Woodin ’10, educator… [Continue Reading]

Summer Research Aims to Help End Alzheimer’s

Westmont researchers are using a new high-tech tool to understand human neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. As part of a summer research project, Yi-Fan Lu, Westmont assistant professor of biology, and senior Heidi Pullmann used the new microelectrode array, purchased through the Westmont Provost’s Office, to detect and record the response of neurons to… [Continue Reading]

U.S Open Champ Tees Off for New Teams

Professional golfer Steve Jones, winner of the 1996 U.S. Open, and president Gayle D. Beebe

Steve Jones, winner of eight PGA Tour events, including the 1996 U.S. Open, spoke as the special guest Sept. 4 at the home of a Westmont alumnus and friend of the college. The event, which followed a round of golf with Jones at the Valley Club, benefited Westmont’s new men’s and women’s golf teams that… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Ranks Among Top National Colleges

The recently released 2019 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities confirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation. PayScale’s “Best Colleges in California by Salary Potential” lists Westmont as No. 19, nearly 40 spots above its closest California competitor in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and fourth among… [Continue Reading]

New, Talented Professors Join Faculty

Three new accomplished tenure-track professors have joined the Westmont faculty:  Kya Mangrum (English), Brandon Haines (chemistry) and Yi-Fan Lu (biology). Mangrum, who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, before earning a master’s and doctorate from the University of Michigan, is completing a manuscript that examines how photography transformed U.S. slave narratives. “My research focuses… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2022 Arrives for Orientation

The Westmont class of 2022, which arrives for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 23, is among the most diverse in college history. Around 420 first-year and transfer students represent eight countries and 31 states, and 37 percent of them identify as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed-race. Nearly 18 percent identify… [Continue Reading]

Retrospective Honors SB Artist Askew

Beloved Santa Barbara artist Tony Askew, Westmont professor emeritus, offers a retrospective of new and old creations in an exhibition Aug. 30-Nov. 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening exhibition for “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew” is Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. Askew, who teaches… [Continue Reading]

New Center to Examine U.S. Democracy

Drs. Jesse Covington and Tom Knecht

Westmont’s new Center for American Democracy will help students understand the unique ideas, ideals, institutions and practices of democracy in the United States. The center begins launching programs in fall 2018 thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous couple with new ties to the college. “We often read about fledgling democracies where entrenched tyrants… [Continue Reading]

Grants Launch New Sports at Westmont

The family celebrated the graduation of Megan Shagren in May.

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Washington, has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of… [Continue Reading]