Students Hope to Serve Local Community

Hundreds of Westmont students returned to campus Jan. 16 after being evacuated following the deadly Montecito mudslides to resume the spring semester. Before classes began the following day, the community gathered in gym for a time of music, prayer and inspiration. The Westmont students, most of whom were evacuated from campus at the end of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Honors Heroes at Gratitude Chapel

President Beebe thanks Lt. Brian Olmstead and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department for their service during the Thomas Fire

Westmont began spring semester as scheduled on Jan. 8, while preparing campus for rain late that afternoon and the following day. The college was not in Santa Barbara County’s evacuation zone that included many areas below the Thomas Fire burn scar, but public safety officers kept a 24-hour watch for flooding. In the first chapel… [Continue Reading]

Museum Delays Reception for 5×5 Exhibit

Large crowds flocked to the 5x5 exhibition in 2014

Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The online auction will begin Thursday, Jan. 11, at westmontmuseum.org and last until Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. However, due to the destruction in the local community… [Continue Reading]

Gen. Hayden to Speak at Westmont Breakfast

Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on cybersecurity and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will speak at the 13th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday,… [Continue Reading]

Fire Brigade Activated for Thomas Fire

The Westmont Fire Brigade

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created following the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. Less… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Cancels Classes Due to Thomas Fire

President Gayle D. Beebe addresses the Westmont community about canceling classes

President Gayle D. Beebe announced at an open forum on Dec. 7 that Westmont has canceled classes through Friday due to poor air quality in Santa Barbara stemming from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The college expects final exams to take place as scheduled beginning Tuesday, Dec. 12. Professors may decide to reschedule their… [Continue Reading]

Kawasaki Offers Leadership Tips, Apple Insight

Renowned entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki explored leadership and innovation at a sold-out luncheon Nov. 3 in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Kawasaki’s speech, part of the Mosher Center’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, offered practical ways to influence and persuade people and change their minds in a moral and ethical way. Kawasaki said… [Continue Reading]

Dance Concert Canceled this Weekend

Weekend performances of “On the Edge,” Westmont’s Fall Dance Concert,  have been canceled. A free, one-time only showing has been tentatively rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. If you have already purchased a ticket for the weekend and would like a refund, please email bwhitcomb@westmont.edu.. Susan Alexander, adjunct dance professor and… [Continue Reading]

Augustinian Painting Unveiled for Beebes

Gayle and Pam Beebe pose with the painting after chapel

Westmont trustee Walter Hansen and Bruce Herman, Lothlorien distinguished professor in fine arts at Gordon College, presented President Gayle D. Beebe and his wife, Pam, with a commissioned portrait of Saint Augustine on Oct. 27 in Westmont chapel. The gift honors the couple’s 10 years of service at Westmont. In Beebe’s book “Longing for God,”… [Continue Reading]

Annual Christmas Fest To Spread Love

The Westmont Christmas Festival

Westmont hosts its 13th annual Christmas Festival, retelling the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir and Choral Union on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E…. [Continue Reading]