Women’s Swim Coach Dives In  

Westmont is excited to begin its first women’s swimming team in fall 2019 with its newly hired head coach, Jill Jones Lin. “Jill has a strong pedigree in both swimming and Christian leadership,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director. “Her energy and enthusiasm is palpable. She also has a strong understanding of athletics as part… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Launches New Ministry Grant

President’s Ministry Grants, a new Westmont award, benefit the children of parents or stepparents who minister full time for churches and Christian organizations. The grant represents a four-year commitment to cover any unmet need remaining after adding up academic scholarships, need-based grants and need-based loans. Incoming first-year students who have submitted applications to Westmont can… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Program Promotes Public Dialogue

Two Westmont professors seek to encourage dialogue on difficult issues in the local community. Deborah Dunn, professor of communication studies, and Rachel Winslow, director of the Westmont Center for Social Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of history, have created the Westmont Initiative for Public Dialogue and Deliberation to encourage citizens to participate in our democracy and… [Continue Reading]

Powerful Keck Telescope Back in Action

The Keck Telescope is housed at the Westmont Observatory

Following a 10-month hiatus, the Keck Telescope will be back up and running Friday, Oct. 19, at the public viewing of the stars, beginning about 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The college spent more than $34,000 to have officials from DFM Engineering in Colorado repair the powerful telescope, a 24-inch… [Continue Reading]

Talk Covers Deep-Sea Explorations: Sea Fans

Beth Horvath with students in tide pools near Ledbetter Beach

Beth Horvath, Westmont associate professor of biology, examines the significant roles gorgonian corals (sea fans) play in the healthy biodiversity of deep-water habitats, such as the Santa Barbara Channel, in a lecture Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown lecture, “Gorgonian Corals: Sentinels of Deep-Sea… [Continue Reading]

Choral Fest Combines High School Voices

The Westmont College Choir

Westmont’s annual Fall Choral Festival, featuring more than 300 high school singers in ensembles from 12 area high schools, join voices with the Westmont Choir, Choral Union and Chamber Singers on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:45 p.m. at the Music Academy of the West and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave…. [Continue Reading]

Adjunct Professor Joins Foundation

Dr. Jason Eldred

Jason Eldred, adjunct professor of history at Westmont and vice president of the family management company operating the Storage Place, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which helps build connections between Westmont and the greater Santa Barbara community. “Having the opportunity to serve the Christian community locally and globally through the college’s outreach… [Continue Reading]

Alumna Thankful for Friends, Deep Faith

Alumna Shauna Niequist in chapel

Alumna Shauna Niequist ’98, Alumna of the Year at Homecoming, spoke in chapel Oct. 12 about the three greatest things Westmont gave her: friends, vocation and a deeper faith. Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of “Cold Tangerines,” “Bittersweet,” “Bread & Wine, Savor,” and “Present Over Perfect,” did an interview with Oprah Winfrey in a… [Continue Reading]

Professors Celebrate Mission Archives Library

The Westmont Chamber Singers and history professor Rick Pointer are featured in the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library’s celebration of its music manuscript collection and early California history on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Serra Hall, 2200 Garden Street. Tickets to the event, which includes light refreshments, cost $15 for SBMAL members and… [Continue Reading]

Theater Stages Playful ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Westmont Theatre Arts brings a contemporary energy and sense of humor to its staging of “Pride and Prejudice” on Oct. 19-20, 25, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets to the play, which is based on the novel by Jane Austen and adapted by Kate Hamill… [Continue Reading]