Columnist Brooks Speaks at Commencement

Commencement 2014

David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and political analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal in honor of all the local organizations that serve our community by assisting individuals and families facing enormous… [Continue Reading]

‘Soul Surfer’ Inspires at Westmont Chapel

Adam Dirks, Bethany Hamilton, Carly Holly and Tyler Lisea

Bethany Hamilton, whose autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board,” inspired the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” spoke to more than 1,200 people in a special chapel service April 10 in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. Later that evening, Westmont hosted a sold-out Night of Champions, sponsored by… [Continue Reading]

Senior Art Show Features a ‘Maker’s Dozen’

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Thirteen graduating art majors will display their capstone art projects April 9-May 9 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public reception opens “Maker’s Dozen: Westmont Senior Art Exhibition 2015” on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. The students will exhibit works ranging in media from printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and video…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Presents Theater on the Fringe

Lindsey Twigg and Connor Bush performed in the 2014 Fringe

A record number of students have collaborated to produce 28 different pieces of original theater, dance, performance art and film in Westmont’s largest Fringe Festival April 16-17, 19 at 7 p.m. and April 18 at 3 p.m., all beginning at Porter Theatre. Festival passes ($15 general admission, $10 students/seniors) or daily tickets ($10 general admission,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Opens Downtown Program

President Gayle D. Beebe and Rick Ifland teach Seminar in Executive Leadership

Westmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu Street in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above the Fund of Santa Barbara. The first class of students will enroll in the program in fall 2015, and… [Continue Reading]

Four Top Scholars Earn Full Tuition

The finalists at Monroe Scholars Weekend

The Westmont Office of Admission has offered four-year, full-tuition scholarships to four top high school seniors. The new Monroe Scholars are Noel Hilst of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Bethany Le of Carlsbad, Léal Makaroff of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Olivia Stowell of Fort Collins, Colo. They earned a combined average honors GPA of 4.5 and an… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Choir Tours San Joaquin Valley

Choir Singing

The Westmont College Choir tours Central California April 10-12 with performances in San Luis Obispo, Chowchilla, Visalia and Santa Barbara. The choir of 60 student singers will perform a selected repertoire from their entire concert season, especially works by emerging American composers. “We’re delighted to present a stunning new work by American composer Eric Whitacre,”… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Polo Wins the West

• Mike Esparza, Carey Osimo, Tony Uretz and Coach John Westley (courtesy Santa Barbara Polo School)

The Westmont men’s polo team defeated Stanford University 18-10 on March 22 at the Central Coast Polo Club in San Luis Obispo to capture the USPA Intercollegiate Western Regionals. The victory earns the Warriors a spot at the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, however due to a lack of funding and experience, the… [Continue Reading]

Goodwin Examines Leadership Lessons

Doris Kearns Goodwin at Westmont convocation

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, spoke about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” to more than 700 people at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on March 6 in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Following the breakfast, Goodwin answered questions from four Westmont students in front of about… [Continue Reading]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Sierra Farrar, Merckx Dascomb, Jonathan Wong, Kennedy Hahn, Kathryn Ogata and Mirah Ray

Violinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were… [Continue Reading]