College Building Faculty Condos in SB

Crews demolished the existing structures at the intersection of W. Los Olivos St. and Oak Park Lane.

Westmont has begun constructing its second employee housing project, creating 13, two- and three-bedroom condominiums designed for faculty near Oak Park in downtown Santa Barbara. Planned for more than a decade, the condos are being built at 505 and 509 W. Los Olivos St. and 2121 Oak Park Lane. The project, which was initially approved… [Continue Reading]

July Features Flash of Saturn’s Rings

The Westmont Observatory, home of the powerful Keck Telescope

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will focus on Saturn and several astronomical objects Friday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. This summer has featured some of the best views of Saturn’s rings in nearly 15 years. The rings, a collection… [Continue Reading]

Trailhead Students Explore God’s Call

Thirty high school students have arrived at Westmont to participate in Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, a new youth theology institute led by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, through July 8. Some have come from as far away as Alaska and the Dominican Republic to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions… [Continue Reading]

Academy Hits Right Notes for Young Musicians

The third annual Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive two-week program for local musicians ages 10-18, is Aug. 7-18 at Westmont.  Tuition costs $1575 with a $25 application fee. Scholarships are available at wayamusic.com. WAYA is designed to significantly improve students’ instrumental technique and musical artistry. “This training will help students prepare for… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Applauds Area’s Abstract Artists

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features the works of more than two dozen artists who have ties to the Santa Barbara community in “How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990” from July 6-Aug. 5. A free, public opening reception is Friday, July 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. These artists, many of whom… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Jumps into June Viewing

Jupiter rises into view during the monthly public viewing of the starts on Friday, June 16, beginning about 8 p.m. and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory. This may be the final chance to see the planet with the college’s eight-inch refracting telescope during this summer’s viewings in Montecito. “It should still be… [Continue Reading]

Future Shines Bright for Recent Grads

Nicole Marsh earned a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Several young Westmont alumni have earned awards for academic achievement, to conduct research, and to serve globally and explore new career opportunities. Aria Hamann ’16 has received a prestigious graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation to support her doctoral studies. In 2016, Hamann earned a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct hydrology research at the… [Continue Reading]

Math Students Offer Summer Research

Dr. Dave Hunter and Senior Emma Donelson

A Westmont student has won a national science research award and six students presented their research from last summer to a regional section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Westmont senior Samuel Muthiah, a mathematics and English double major from Altadena, Calif., won a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Award. His program,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Museum Awards “Out of Place” Artists

Cody Cammbell’s “A House Divided” (collage) won Second Honorable Mention

Santa Barbara sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent won Best of Show and the $1,000 Diane Dodds and David Reichert First Prize at the May 18 opening reception of Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-Country artists through June 24 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Ro Snell won First Honorable Mention, Cody Cammbell won Second Honorable Mention, Tom Pazderka… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Adds Data Analytics Major

Dr. Ray Rosentrater

Westmont students can now earn a bachelor’s degree in data analytics, a new and fast-growing way of understanding the world that is valued by employers. Professors in the Westmont mathematics, computer science, and economics and business departments collaborated in creating the new interdisciplinary major. Corporations and policy makers hire data analysts to study and accurately… [Continue Reading]