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]

Ruth Kerr: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Westmont Founder Ruth Kerr

March marks National Women’s History Month and we celebrate the life of Westmont’s founder, Ruth Kerr. Kerr conceived the vision for the college, and served as a trustee and the college’s chief benefactor for 30 years. This remarkable woman graduated from business school and worked as a secretary-bookkeeper for Alexander H. Kerr, who owned Kerr Glass… [Continue Reading]

Musicians Perform for Guild Scholarships

The 2017 Guild Finalists

Seven high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship, who will be announced immediately following the event, will… [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]

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]

Author Wins Dallas Willard Center Award

The Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation honored James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, with its annual book award for “You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” during chapel Jan. 26 in Murchison Gym. Smith, the Gary and Henrietta Byker professor in applied reformed theology and worldview, has… [Continue Reading]