Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

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The Westmont Christmas Festival, one of the most popular holiday events in Santa Barbara, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with performances Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to “Behold I am Making All Things New,” which cost $15 apiece,… [Continue Reading]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. Beebe

David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. “David and Anna’s gift will make a huge impact on our diversity initiative and our music programs,” says President… [Continue Reading]

Leadership Talk Explored Jefferson, Jackson

President Gayle D. Beebe and Meacham

Jon Meacham, presidential historian, examined the political lives of two of the United States’ greatest presidents at a sold-out, outdoor luncheon with 280 people on Oct. 10 at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. The talk, “The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Jefferson and Jackson,” launched Westmont’s year-long series on Moral and… [Continue Reading]

Alumni Return for Homecoming Weekend

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Westmont will honor California State Assembly Member Kristin Olsen ’96 as Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2014 Oct. 17-19. Olsen, who takes over as the next Assembly Republican leader in November, joins Young Alumnus Award winner Daniel Zia ’06 and Global Service Award winners Byron ’82 and Lisa Repko ’84 Borden at the All-Alumni… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hits Top 100 in U.S. News Ranking

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For the sixth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (5th), Claremont McKenna… [Continue Reading]

Former Westmont VP Jane Hideko Higa Dies

President Gayle D. Beebe announced Saturday that Jane Hideko Higa, former vice president for student life and dean of students, died Friday evening, Sept. 5, of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 63. Jane retired a year ago after 24 years at Westmont, the longest serving vice president in college history. A memorial service… [Continue Reading]

New Westmont Students Arrive for Orientation

Orientation team members move students into Page Hall

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 28, for the 379 first-year students representing the class of 2018, and classes start Monday, Sept. 1. The incoming class, which includes two National Merit Scholars, represents 29 states and eight foreign countries. The eight international students come from Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. [Continue Reading]

Memorial Monday for Alumna Kenon Neal

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A memorial service will be held for Kenon (Ramsey) Neal ’88 on Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd. Neal, who died July 16 after battling cancer for 27 years, made numerous contributions to Westmont over the years. “She had a warm and gracious spirit and lived her… [Continue Reading]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]

Aldrich, Sigler Join Westmont Foundation

Dan Aldrich and Nathan Sigler

Santa Barbara residents Dan Aldrich and Nathan Sigler have joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between Westmont and the community. Aldrich is vice president of National Accounts and the Caribbean and Latin America Region for American Communications, an industry leader in telecommunications resale, repair and services. He’s been married to Kara,… [Continue Reading]