Research Symposium Offers Live Lab Demos

Student researchers Danielle Costa, Tyler Salinas and Sarah McGough work with Dr. Tim Van Haitsma to evaluate student Jae Ferrin

More than 30 student researchers who worked on 13 projects during the summer with professors in the fields of biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics and psychology will explain their findings on Friday, Sept. 30, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda. The Celebration of Summer Research, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is free… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year

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Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 99 out of the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-4th),… [Continue Reading]

Staged Reading Explores Immigration

Mitchell Thomas Directed "Good Day" in 2015

Westmont College Festival Theatre launches the first of three staged readings by international playwrights to explore diverse global issues on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Nocturnal,” written by Juan Mayorga and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont professor of theater, is free and open to the public. “Westmont is taking a college-wide… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Comb ‘Sustainable Beekeeping’

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Paul Cronshaw, president of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, explores the critical ecological importance of bees in agriculture at a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Founders Dining Room. “Sustainable Beekeeping 101,” the first lecture in Westmont’s Sustainability Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. The Santa Barbara Beekeepers help… [Continue Reading]

Lit Moon Turns 25 with ‘Glass Menagerie’

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John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Santa Barbara-based Lit Moon Theatre Company by presenting Tennessee Williams’ American masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie” Sept. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $20 general admission and $15 for students, seniors and children, are… [Continue Reading]

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]

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]

Alumna’s Play to Make NYC Premiere

Diana Lynn Small, who was here last October, takes her play to NYC

“Mad & a Goat,” a two-woman play by Westmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ‘09, makes its New York City premiere July 22-30 at Brooklyn Yard. Small, who received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, wrote and directs “Mad & a Goat.” Westmont alumnae Heather Ostberg Johnson ‘10 and Paige Tautz… [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]