Diverse Class of 2020 Arrives at Westmont

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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]

Spontaneous Show Offers ‘Women Sculptors’

Alison Saar's "Inheritance"

Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art unveils a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening. “Women Sculptors,” which includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection, features a wide variety of sculpture and prints by 16 prominent… [Continue Reading]

Student’s Business Plan is the Bee’s Knees

Business is buzzing for Jakob Colombo, Mikaela Harn, Charlotte Cheek and Timmy Rizk

Four Westmont students are abuzz about the business project they hope will empower women and children in the developing world through sustainable beekeeping. Beecause Uganda, created by Jakob Colombo, Charlotte Cheek, Mikaela Harn and Timmy Rizk, won the Westmont’s 27th business plan competition. This annual event encourages entries that could solve some of the deepest… [Continue Reading]

New Students Earn Large Scholarships

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Westmont has awarded four-year Augustinian Scholarships to 30 students who arrive on campus for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 25. The Augustinian Scholars, who earn $140,000 toward tuition over four years, are the first to benefit from annual scholarships funded by an extraordinary gift from a generous donor. The college has also offered full-tuition Monroe Awards to… [Continue Reading]

Alums Earn Top Awards at ‘Joie de Vivre’  

“Joie de Vivre” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Westmont alumnus Keaton Hudson ’14 won the Lorry Hubbard Best in Show prize for his instant film piece, “Room,” in the annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. “Working with the photograph, I’m interested in how we interact with and perceive mundane objects in everyday life,” Hudson says. “There’s something to… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Class of 2016

Under cloudy skies, 299 bright Westmont seniors celebrated their graduation May 7 at a lush Carr Field. About 5,000 family members and friends witnessed the pageantry as the college honored its top graduates and professors. Of the 299 students, 105 of them graduated with honors. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical… [Continue Reading]

Mosher Center to Develop Ethical Leaders

Ed and Sue Birch

The Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, established by a gift from the Mosher Foundation, is part of Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center. Ed Birch, president and CEO of the Mosher Foundation, and his wife, Sue Birch, education program specialist with the foundation, helped develop the Mosher Center, which offers national conversations on the… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Features Local Artists

Marilyn McRae's "Candy Box" (Recycled Magazine Paper, 2013)

Jennifer Frias, associate curator of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside ARTSblock, juries Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-County artists May 19-June 18 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, opening reception for “Joie de Vivre,” which translates to exuberant enjoyment of life, features 18 local artists on Thursday, May 19, from… [Continue Reading]

Ground Broken on Global Leadership Center

Groundbreakers: Mary Docter, Reed Sheard, Doug Jones, Andy Grubbs, Edee Schulze, Roy and D’Aun Goble, Bill and Linda Hughes, Carol and David Eaton, Sue and Ed Birch, Peter Thorrington, Gayle Beebe, Cynthia Toms, Mark Sargent and Steve Julio

Westmont launched construction of its new $30 million Global Leadership Center at a groundbreaking ceremony May 5. Earlier in the day, the college announced completion of its campaign, Strength for Today, to fund initiatives and facilities advancing leadership, affordability and innovation. Originally set at $75 million, the campaign raised more than $153 million. The Global… [Continue Reading]