Students to Show Off Summer Research

Garrett Johnson '12 explains his chemistry research at a symposium last spring

Twenty-five students will exhibit their summer research projects Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4-6 p.m. in Winter Hall. “A Celebration of Summer Research at Westmont” is free and open to the public. Students will present their findings on poster boards and be available to answer questions during the reception in the rotunda. The event includes a… [Continue Reading]

Popular French Professor is Knighted

Professor Mary Collier and President Gayle Beebe

Mary Blackwood Collier, who has taught French at Westmont for 31 years, was knighted by David Martinon, consul general of France, Los Angeles, as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques on Aug. 26 at a private reception at Birnam Wood, attended by about 100 colleagues and friends. “Your love for France is absolute, and… [Continue Reading]

Renovated DC to Offer Greater Variety

Dining Commons Renovation

Westmont and Sodexo, the college’s dining service, open the doors to an enhanced Dining Commons as students arrive for the fall semester Monday, Aug. 27. Administration, staff, students and Sodexo representatives worked together to plan the renovation, which occurred in two phases over two summers. Several concepts emerged as the team consulted with local design… [Continue Reading]

Globally-Minded Class of 2016 Arrives

New students check into their rooms at Clark Hall

The 339 first-year students representing Westmont’s Class of 2016 arrive for Orientation beginning Thursday, Aug. 23. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 27. During Orientation, students will move into their residence halls, tour the campus, enjoy dinner in the remodeled Dining Commons and attend a lecture by English professor… [Continue Reading]

College Gives Full Tuition to Top Scholars

Students at the two-day Monroe Scholarship competition in February

injectable steroids Four new Monroe Scholars arrive at Westmont this week. Only students with exceptional academic abilities, strong character and a desire to grow in their Christian faith receive the four-year, full-tuition Monroe Scholarship. In the past 11 years, Westmont has awarded 37 Monroe Scholarships, the highest academic honor for incoming students. This year’s scholars… [Continue Reading]

Norwegian Printmaker Opens New Season

Work by Jan Albert Fürst Kolstad Norwegian printmaker Jan Albert Fürst Kolstad, who uses light and nature to create mood and atmosphere in his art, opens a new season at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Aug. 23-Oct. 13. A free, public opening reception for “Jan Albert Furst Kolstad: Prints” will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4-6 p.m. at… [Continue Reading]

Westmonster 5K Race to Challenge Runners

Runners bolt from the start of the Westmonster 5K race

Westmont opens up its campus for a unique 5K race that winds through varying terrain Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:15 p.m., beginning near the track and Thorrington Field. Registration fees to the third annual Westmonster, which benefits Westmont College Athletics, are $35, $15 for students, $10 for children under 15 and free for children under… [Continue Reading]

Gym Lobby Gets a Pre-Season Makeover


Workers are busy modernizing the lobby of Westmont’s Murchison Gym, upgrading the lighting, ceilings and walls, and installing two, 70-inch monitors to show video and photos of Westmont Hall of Fame athletes and other information. Maple hardwood flooring, dating back to the construction of the gym in the late 1960s, was removed during a 2008… [Continue Reading]

New Students Explore, Thrive in Wilderness


Twenty first-year Westmont students met on campus Aug. 9 before trekking through the Sierra backcountry north of Yosemite. Inoculum is a unique, 12-day orientation program that introduces students to Westmont and earns them two units of academic and physical education credit. Faculty co-leaders Savannah Kelly, instructional services librarian, and alumnus Eric Meyer ’03, a doctoral… [Continue Reading]

Grant to Raise $1M for Student Research

Westmont students conduct research in a chemistry lab.

The John Stauffer Charitable Trust has awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to endow the Westmont chemistry department’s Summer Science Research Program. The trust will match each dollar donated to the program through 2017 until the college is able to endow the program with $1 million. “Summer research at Westmont with Professor Allan Nishimura taught me… [Continue Reading]