Grants Launch New Sports at Westmont

The family celebrated the graduation of Megan Shagren in May.

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Washington, has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Stefanic Signs with Angels

Michael Stefanic, who holds three Westmont baseball records, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Warrior with the most career hits (275) and career runs (157) has reported to the Angels Arizona Rookie League team in Tempe. His 50 doubles set a new career Warrior record, and his career .363… [Continue Reading]

Hot Summer Reads

Are you looking for a good book to read? You’ve still got time for unassigned summer reading. Westmont professors share what they’re reading why they can’t put their books down. Classes begin August 27 for fall semester. Gayle Beebe, President “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman “This book, written by Dr. Daniel Kahneman, who… [Continue Reading]

Goggles, Golf Clubs Coming to Westmont

Westmont will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, bolstering an already successful collegiate athletic program. The college earned sixth place in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors Cup final standings, the best finish in its 80-year history. The cup measures overall success by awarding points to each sport… [Continue Reading]

Effective, Purposeful Leadership for Executives

Westmont’s fourth annual Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, 2018, helped executives and executive teams strengthen their leadership skills through three days of engaging, inspiring and practical sessions at the new Global Leadership Center. David Brooks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe delivered keynote talks on the theme “Transformational Leadership… [Continue Reading]

Superhero AD Conquers another 100-Miler

Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director, conquered the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, a race few could imagine doing or completing. “This is the World Series of 100-milers,” the 51-year old Odell says of the June 23 race that follows a trail from Squaw Valley, winds through rivers and reaches elevations of 8,700 feet to Auburn,… [Continue Reading]

Illumination on the Fourth of July

Fireworks in Santa Barbara

The following is from Westmont Provost Mark Sargent. Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Westmont College.We gratefully honor the national holiday although with no plans on campus for “illuminations,” as John Adams called fireworks. Adams himself often grumbled that the illuminations (as well as the “parades” and “bonfires”) were devoted to the… [Continue Reading]

Education Department Earns Accreditation, Praise

Education faculty and staff: Heather Bergthold, Andrew Mullen (back), Michelle Hughes and Jane Wilson (front)

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has given full accreditation to the Westmont College Department of Education. The site visit team report says through interviews with stakeholders and school partners, it is clear that the local school community benefits from graduates of Westmont’s education department. “Employers consistently spoke of their desire to hire Westmont program… [Continue Reading]

Father’s Day: President Beebe Reflects on His Dad

Gayle poses with his father before leaving for Westmont

The following is a Father’s Day reflection by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe about his father, Richard Beebe. My father died in 1989 just as I was beginning my professional career. A public-school superintendent, he loved education and possessed the unusual capacity to be emotionally present to others. He derived enormous joy from investing in the… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope to Miss Friday Star Party

The Westmont Observatory

The powerful Keck Telescope remains under repair, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, June 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors to the public… [Continue Reading]