College Receives $500,000 Gift for Institute for the Liberal Arts

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has given $500,000 to endow the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont, the lead grant toward a $2 million goal.

Westmont Hosts Pre-College Workshop for Native Americans

Westmont will host the American Indian Graduate Center’s (AIGC) “College Horizons,” a five-day crash course in preparing for college, June 11-15. The workshop is open to Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan students.

Ardis Higgins to Receive Westmont Medal at Commencement

Ardis Higgins will receive the Westmont Medal during the college’s graduation ceremonies 10 a.m. May 7 on Russell Carr Field.

Lecture Reflects on No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

The next Westmont Downtown Conversation, “Simplicity, Wonder and Wisdom: Reflections on Alexander McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” by Westmont Provost Shirley Mullen begins at 5:30 p.m. May 3 at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. “Judging both by official… [Continue Reading]

Musicians Showcase Instrumental Virtuosity

Westmont musicians will showcase their skills at the spring concert for the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. April 29 in Deane Chapel on the lower campus. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. The Chamber Orchestra, an all-strings ensemble directed by Emily Sommermann, will present Brandenburg Concerto #3… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Spring Choral Concert Features Lundberg Arrangements

Westmont’s annual Spring Choral Concert featuring the College Choir, Chamber Singers and Vox Lumina Women’s Chorale will take place 8 p.m. April 22 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. at Micheltorena. A free-will donation will be requested. A highlight of the evening will be “And Can it Be, that I Should Gain?” a group… [Continue Reading]

Ensembles Jazz it up With Spring Concerts

The Westmont Jazz Ensembles, directed by adjunct music professor Ron McCarley, will perform 8 p.m. April 15 in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. Three combos and a big band will treat the audience to a variety of pieces ranging from jazz standards to original compositions. Students Elizabeth Woodruff, Mary Patterson and… [Continue Reading]

The Westmont Fringe Festival Takes Off

The Westmont theatre arts department presents unique performance art at the Fringe Festival 8 p.m. April 21 and 22 in Porter Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children, students and seniors. The festival brings together senior students with theatre and dance faculty showcasing original theatre, dance, performance art and film. Fringe… [Continue Reading]

Graduating Art Students Exhibit Their Potential

Westmont’s senior art majors will present their final work as undergraduates in the annual Senior Art Show, April 14 through May 7. An opening reception will be held 4-6 p.m. April 14 in Reynolds Gallery on lower campus. Free and open to the public, the reception will feature a student awards presentation at 5 p.m…. [Continue Reading]

New Telescope Brings Better Clarity to Carroll Observatory

After more than 50 years, Westmont will retire its 16-inch Newtonian telescope from Carroll Observatory and install a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain with Ritchey-Chrétien optics. The new instrument features more than twice the light-gathering power of the old one and nearly twice the resolving power. A $300,000 W. M. Keck Foundation grant for the telescope follows… [Continue Reading]