Students Return From Unique Orientation

Fourteen new Westmont students have returned from a unique orientation program that takes students backpacking through the North Yosemite backcountry. The optional orientation program, Inoculum, offers students units of academic and physical education course credit. Students are assigned several readings, lead discussions on the books and write a paper later in the semester. Though several… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Remains in U.S. News' Top Tier

Westmont once again secured a spot among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2007.” For the second straight year Westmont joined six other schools with a ranking of 104. Only nine other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the highest tier: Pomona,… [Continue Reading]

Local Biologist Joins Westmont Faculty


Westmont has hired Santa Barbara resident Steve Julio as assistant professor of biology. Julio graduated from Westmont in 1992 and earned his doctorate at UC Santa Barbara in 2001. For the past three years Julio has been a postdoctoral fellow at UCSB. He was also a research scientist for several years at Remedyne Corporation, a… [Continue Reading]

Accomplished Violinist Joins Faculty

Philip Ficsor

New England violinist Philip Ficsor will join Westmont’s faculty this fall as assistant professor of violin. Ficsor is a member of the American Double, a piano-violin duo which has been featured on concert series across the United States and Europe. The American Double will soon release the first recording of William Bolcom’s complete works for… [Continue Reading]

Entrepreneurship Professor Talks Business to CNN Radio

A popular CNN online podcast will feature an interview with David Newton, Westmont professor of entrepreneurial finance, Friday, July 21. CNN officials say their podcast Web site is visited about a million times a week. CNN-Radio will also feed the show, “The State of Business in America,” to its 2,200 radio stations nationwide, Thursday, July… [Continue Reading]

State Banking Official Joins Board of Advisors

Janet Lamkin, president and chief executive officer of the California Bankers Association, has joined the Westmont Board of Advisors. Lamkin graduated from Westmont in 1981. The 16-member board provides a critical link between the college curriculum and post-graduate experiences. Its principal purpose is to bring new ideas and fresh viewpoints from those in the business… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Summer Serving Others

A group of five Westmont students has returned to the United States after spending a month serving people in Guatemala. This year, Emmaus Road teams are also traveling to Russia, Western Europe (France, Holland, Amsterdam) and Indonesia. Student Rochelle Comeaux led the Guatemala team. Though the students spent many hours teaching English, building chicken coops,… [Continue Reading]

Homeless Advocate, Author Appearing on Good Morning America

Mike Yankoski

Mike Yankoski, author of “Under the Overpass,” will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Producers recently postponed a July 6 interview and have not yet rescheduled. Yankoski graduated from Westmont last year and lives in Santa Barbara. “Under the Overpass” is about Yankoski’s experiences living among the homeless for five months in six American cities…. [Continue Reading]

Richard II Returns for Second Reign

Mitchell Thomas as Richard

Shakespeare’s “King Richard II” will rule once again. The award-winning play, co-produced by Westmont College Repertory Theatre and Lit Moon Theatre Company, returns for three shows at Santa Barbara Trinity Episcopal Church, Monday, July 31, through Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. The production, which played at Trinity last November to rave reviews and sold-out… [Continue Reading]

Anderson Tabbed as New Art Professor

Accomplished illustrator and graphic designer Scott Anderson has been named assistant professor of art at Westmont. Anderson has been an art instructor and adjunct art professor at Westmont since 1999. He has also taught at Santa Barbara City College and Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank. Anderson recently won a Silver Addy Award for poster illustrations commissioned… [Continue Reading]