Westmont Holds Onto Top-Tier In Rankings

Westmont remains in the top tier among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges in the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” released today. Westmont tied with 10 other colleges with a ranking of 106. This is the third straight year the college has been in the top tier. Only seven… [Continue Reading]

Georges Rouault Exhibit Visits Westmont

Reynolds Gallery will host Georges Rouault’s Miserere et Guerre: This Anguished World of Shadows, a cycle of prints that explores the connections between war, suffering and mercy, Aug. 23 through Oct. 18. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m. The Museum of Modern Art has called Rouault “one of the few… [Continue Reading]

Ifland Offers New Voice to Trustees

Westmont alumnus Rick Ifland has joined the board of trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. He has worked as a successful private equity investor and entrepreneur for the past two decades. “I am thrilled to work closely with a campus that’s filled with tomorrow’s leaders and to help create an optimal environment where… [Continue Reading]

New Westmont President Steps Into Office

Gayle Beebe assumed leadership of Westmont as the college’s eighth president July 1. He, his wife, Pam, and their three children (Anna, 14, Elizabeth, 12, and Ricky, 8)moved into the president’s house above the college in June. The family came from Spring Arbor, Mich., where Beebe served as president of Spring Arbor University for seven… [Continue Reading]

Violinist to Perform to Lunchtime Crowds

One of the area’s leading violinists will perform a free midday concert this month in Ventura. Philip Ficsor, Westmont professor of violin, will play classical music Thursday, July 26, at 12:15 p.m. at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. The public is invited to bring lunch and enjoy the performance, which is… [Continue Reading]

Scientific Debate or Culture War?

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

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

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]