Diverse Class of 2017 Arrives at Westmont

The OrientationTeam welcomes new students and their families

About 360 new students begin arriving on campus and moving into their residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 22, for Orientation 2013. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 26. The new students represent nine countries and 26 U.S. states. North American ethnic minorities make up 28 percent of first-year students,… [Continue Reading]

Art Exhibition to Expose ‘Invisible Realms’

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Thirteen diverse artists from around the world will exhibit their work as part of “Invisible Realms: Encountering the Sacred” Aug. 22-Oct. 12 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Most of the artists will be available at a free, public reception Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4-6 p.m. The featured artists are: Lynn Aldrich of Los… [Continue Reading]

Stargazers to View Smoke Ring Nebula

Observatory Cars

Westmont’s powerful Keck telescope will feature glimpses of the Moon, Saturn and the Ring Nebula during a free, public viewing Friday, Aug. 16, beginning at about 8 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Ranks Among Princeton Review’s Best Colleges in the West


Westmont ranks among the best colleges in the west in Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The educational services company named 124 colleges in 15 western states, including 41 in California, in this list. Nationwide, Princeton Review included 643 institutions—25 percent of U.S. four-year colleges—in four regions. Two major factors influenced the rankings: excellent… [Continue Reading]

Westmonster 5K to Race through Campus

Artwork by Allie Trabucco '08

More than 100 runners are expected to compete in Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race Thursday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westmont track. The fourth annual Westmonster, part of the 2013 Santa Barbara Athletic Association Grand Prix Series, is a fundraiser for Westmont student-athlete scholarships. The course, which climbs 284 feet, weaves through… [Continue Reading]

New Students to Hike, Bond in Backcountry


Twenty first-year Westmont students will meet on campus Aug. 8 before heading into the California wilderness on a unique 12-day orientation program. The Inoculum trek begins in the Eastern Sierra town of Bridgeport and winds around many 10,000-foot peaks in the Toiyabe National Forest. “The students will be backpacking, rockclimbing, and going on an overnight… [Continue Reading]

Olympians Offer Track Lessons at Westmont


Sixteen high school track athletes eagerly listened to comments by several U.S. Olympic champions, including gold medalist Allyson Felix, during Westmont’s Prospect Camp July 9. Felix earned 2012 gold medals in the 200 meter, 4-x-100 meter relay and 4-x-400 meter relay. Jeneba Tarmoh, 4-x-100 meter relay 2012 gold medalist, and Dawn Harper, 100-meter hurdles 2008… [Continue Reading]

Teens Track Asteroid from Westmont


Thirty-six of the world’s top high school science students have been tracking the course of an asteroid as part of the 55th annual Summer Science Program (SSP) at Westmont. The students, from 14 states and six countries, attend college-level lectures during the day and then measure the speck of light from the near-Earth asteroid during… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Brings ‘Tempest’ to Europe

Sara Reynolds ’11, Stanley Hoffman, Michael Bernard and Victoria Finlayson in “The Tempest” (Photo by David Bazemore)

John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, has returned to the Balkans to stage Lit Moon Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Blondell is joined by Marie Ponce-DeLeon ’10, Nolan Hamlin ’12, and Sara Reynolds ’11, who play Miranda, Ferdinand, and Ariel, respectively. The show is part of the Butrinti 2000 Festival in Butrint, Albania,… [Continue Reading]

Díaz Headlines International Music Festival

Roberto Díaz (photo by J. Henry Fair)

Internationally renowned violist Roberto Díaz performs works by Max Bruch, Paul Hindemith and Tchaikovsky Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. The concert is part of the Montecito International Music Festival, which brings about 160 students to Westmont for a three-week, music-intensive program July 15-Aug. 2. Concert tickets, which are $15 for… [Continue Reading]