Westmont Survives ‘Amazing Quake’

Neil Di Maggio, director of research, and Provost Mark Sargent proudly display their tent

“Kerrwood Hall has a large crack on the side facing the President’s Patio and may not be safe.” “The roads from Westmont to 101 are blocked—a large tree has fallen near Cold Spring School and power lines are down on Coast Village Road.” These and many other radio messages were heard during Westmont’s “ReadyDay 2014:… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Be a Mission to Mars

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will zoom in on the planet Mars during a free, public viewing Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont website to see… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Top Grads, Professors

The class of 2014 tosses its mortarboards to the sky

Westmont honored top graduates and professors during a warm, sunny Commencement ceremony May 3 on Carr Field. A total of 367 students earned degrees this year, the largest graduating class in Westmont history. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” offered the Commencement… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Summer Serving Globally

The Philippines team leaves in July.

This summer, 70 Westmont students in 15 teams will serve in 13 countries, including China, Nepal, Japan, Uganda, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bolivia, Madagascar, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea. The student-led, staff-directed Emmaus Road program is in its 16th year, sponsoring activities that serve to increase awareness of global concerns, broadening the worldview of… [Continue Reading]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson's "Sea Billows Roll"

Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. The winner of the James A. McIntyre… [Continue Reading]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle Jorgensen

Ten outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. This year the awards went to incoming seniors Paige… [Continue Reading]

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

Aleah Bond ’14 explains her research in chemistry

A record 50 students displayed their results from 35 research projects in Winter Hall on April 15. The 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates the noteworthy accomplishments of students and their work from the divisions of the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences. “One of the hallmarks of Westmont’s academic… [Continue Reading]

Student Dorms Battle in Water-Saving Wars


A friendly competition between Westmont residence halls has resulted in the savings of more than 227,000 gallons of water since students returned from spring break, March 17. The Westmont Campus Life and Student Life offices announced Armington Hall won the Every Drop Counts contest on  April 25. A celebration party will be held Monday, April… [Continue Reading]

Choir, Chamber Singers to Tour SoCal, Russia


The Westmont College Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Southern California May 4-6, singing a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary sacred and secular music, folk songs, spirituals and vocal jazz before traveling to Russia and Lithuania.The musicians had originally planned on touring Ukraine, but changed plans in March following Russia’s military intervention there. “At… [Continue Reading]

Warren to Speak to Record Number of Grads

commencement 2013

Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe will give the Westmont medal to long-time Montecito neighbor Annette Simmons and her late husband, Harold, who… [Continue Reading]