Grant to Complete Science Renovations

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont for the second phase of renovation of Whittier Science Building, including classroom, laboratory and storage spaces. The next phase of work will take place during the summer, so Whittier will be completely renovated by fall 2018. In 2014, the Fletcher Jones Foundation awarded a… [Continue Reading]

Violinist Awarded Guild Scholarship

The 2018 Music Guild winners

Violinist Bryan Kaleta, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, earned top honors at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition March 3, where seven high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. He received the $10,000 Music Guild scholarship (up to $40,000 over four years) plus awards for private music instruction and chamber… [Continue Reading]

Flood Risk is Minimal at Westmont

Brett Gracely ’90, a water resource engineer with Matrix Design Group, assessed the potential for flooding on Westmont’s campus and reassured emergency officials that expected rainfall will not severely impact campus. Campus officials consulted with Gracely and county officials carefully considering all options before deciding to implement Westmont’s SAFE plan (Shelter Activated for Flood Emergencies)…. [Continue Reading]

Examining Liberal Arts in a Post-Truth Age

William Deresiewicz

The Westmont Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts hosts the 17th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “Knowledge in Crisis: Liberal Learning in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age,” March 22-24 at Westmont. Top scholars, administrators, students and practitioners consider how the tools of a liberal arts education can help us navigate the changing landscape of knowledge. Speakers… [Continue Reading]

Operetta Features Waltzes and Romance

The Westmont music and theatre arts departments combine creative talents to produce “Die Fledermaus (The Bat),” an operetta composed by Johann Strauss, on March 2 and 4 at 7 p.m. in downtown Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre. Tickets cost $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at For… [Continue Reading]

Siegel Speaks at Economics, Business Event

Jeremy J. Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, speaks about “Factors Impacting Returns on Stocks and Bonds” at the Eaton Center Lecture Series on Friday, March 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Westmont Global Leadership Center. Tickets to the event, which includes a reception,… [Continue Reading]

Gen. Hayden Examines Tumultuous Year, Future

The 13th annual Westmont President's Breakfast featured Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on domestic and foreign affairs and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, offered his personal lens to view our complex and dangerous world at the 13th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Feb. 9 at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. The sold-out crowd of about 625… [Continue Reading]

Volunteers Help Dig Out Montecito

The sanctuary at Casa de Maria (photo by Chris Hoeckley)

Dozens of Westmont students, faculty and staff, part of the Student Community Response Team (SCRT), supervised children’s activities at Cold Spring School, and cleaned up debris at Montecito Union School, the Montecito YMCA, several homes and Casa de Maria over the weekend Feb. 3-4. The student-led group was created in the wake of the deadly… [Continue Reading]

Westmont to Host Leadership Conference

Keynote speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe share insights on effective and purposeful leadership in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors at the 2018 Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, at Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center. The three-day event, “Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century: Pursuing the Greater… [Continue Reading]

Mallampalli Installed in Endowed Chair

Dr. Chandra Mallampalli

Chandra Mallampalli, Westmont professor of history, will be formally installed as the new Fletcher Jones Foundation professor in the social sciences on Monday, Feb. 5, during a full-regalia ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. “Chandra has become a significant scholar in the study of religion in India, and we are delighted to honor him… [Continue Reading]