Scientific Debate or Culture War?

Jeff Schloss

Does the natural world provide rational evidence for an intelligent designer? Is the question itself a scientific one or is it religion masquerading as science? Are there ways to affirm solid science and genuine religious faith or do they necessarily conflict when it comes to evolution? These questions are currently generating tremendous social tension, evident… [Continue Reading]

U.S. President Names Alum as Assistant

President George W. Bush announced that Jedd Medefind, a 1997 Westmont graduate, will become special assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Prior to this, Medefind served as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Labor. Medefind earned bachelor’s degrees in… [Continue Reading]

Outstanding Students Receive Award

Award Winners

Westmont’s student life office has given 12 outstanding Westmont students awards for their involvement in student leadership during the last school year. The David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to honor students who show exemplary service as leaders at Westmont and in the community. Each student receives $2,000 toward tuition during… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Receives Large Gift from Neighbors

College’s Closest Neighbor Focuses Gift on Scholarships, Arts Montecito neighbors Harold and Annette Simmons have surprised Westmont College with a $1 million gift. Half the gift has been designated for student scholarships. The remainder will go toward funding an endowed chair in art that will bolster the program of the soon to be constructed visual… [Continue Reading]

Penksa Awarded Fellowship to Study in Bosnia

Susan Penksa

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Dr. Susan Penksa, Westmont associate professor of political science, as a Fulbright Scholar grantee to Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the last 10 years Penksa, an international security and development consultant, has built an extensive consulting practice with national governments, the European Union, NATO, the United Nations… [Continue Reading]

Students Take Off for Overseas Service

Five Westmont students will fly out of Los Angeles today to spend a month serving people in Indonesia in one of four student-led Emmaus Road trips. Twenty-five students will participate this summer. A service project to Nigeria had to be cancelled this week due to a surge in criminal activity in the country and extensive… [Continue Reading]

Scholarship Honors Long-Time Educators

Jenny Deetz

Westmont has created a scholarship honoring husband and wife Drs. Gayle and Ruth Tucker who have taught in the college’s education department for 31 years. Jenny Deetz, the first recipient of the Tucker Scholarship, graduated this month with her teaching credential. More than two dozen local teachers attended a recent reception at Westmont recognizing Westmont’s… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hits the Road Singing

Orchestra and Choirs Directed by Dr. Michael Shasberger

The Westmont College Choir, Chamber Singers, and New Sounds will join voices with the Chamber Orchestra on their annual musical tour, this year through the Southwest. The group of more than 75 students will travel though Southern California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona from Sunday, May 6, through May16. Westmont ensembles will perform evening… [Continue Reading]

New Exhibit to Display a Moving Still Life

Traditional and contemporary art work will be on display at Reynolds Gallery’s final exhibition of the season, “Views and Visions: The Still Life.” The exhibit, which features paintings and photographs, will be held from Thursday, May 10, through June 22. There will be an opening reception Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m. For the second… [Continue Reading]

An Astronomical Arrival at Westmont

New Telescope Hoisted for Construction

A huge crane lowered a 24-inch reflector telescope into Westmont’s Carroll Observatory Tuesday, April 24. The new high-tech telescope will be the most powerful on California’s Central Coast. Physics Professors Ken Kihlstrom, Warren Rogers and Michael Sommermann have been anxiously waiting for the telescope while DFM Engineering in Colorado spent a year fine tuning the… [Continue Reading]