Juried Art Show to Lift Off at Museum

Sculpture by Bela Bacsi

Montecito’s only juried art exhibition moves to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art after a one-year hiatus, featuring the works of 58 different artists May 17-June 30. “LIFT 2012” celebrates the lift off of the college’s new museum space with a varied collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and printmaking. The exhibition opens with a… [Continue Reading]

Alex Moore Service Set for May 15


Family and friends will celebrate the life of Alex Moore at a memorial service Tuesday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road in Santa Barbara. A reception at the church will follow the service. Moore, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Westmont, died May 9 from complications following surgery for… [Continue Reading]

Students Lauded for Servant Leadership

The 2012 David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award winners with Winter and Tim Wilson

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The 12th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards are given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward next year’s school expenses. Incoming senior winners… [Continue Reading]

College Mourns the Death of Professor

Dr. Alex Moore (1980-2012)

Alex Moore, who joined the Westmont faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of kinesiology, died May 9 from complications following surgery. Moore was 31. His wife, Kirsten, survives him; the couple met at Westmont in 2005 when she became the college’s head women’s basketball coach. They got married in 2008, and their first child is… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Student, Community Servants

The Westmont banner, marking the college’s 75th anniversary, leads the procession

About 4,000 people cheered on 314 graduates of the Class of 2012 under blue, sunny skies at Carr Field during Commencement May 5. A grove of still-charred eucalyptus trees behind the main stage served as a reminder that many of these graduating students evacuated to the gym during the devastating Tea Fire in November 2008… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Tour and Perform in China

The Westmont College Orchestra goes to China May 9-18

The Westmont College Orchestra, consisting of 63 student-musicians, travels to China May 9-18, performing in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. The orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Shasberger, will perform concerts at Beijing University of Technology, Sun Village, Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute, Suzhou Organization on Disability, Fudan University and Shanghai University. There are… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Degree Ranks High on Pay Scale

Madison Robertson '12 and Jeff Jonas '11 at the Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

Westmont is ranked in the top 20 percent and is the highest Christian liberal arts school in a survey by PayScale, which looked at the return of investment at more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities. The ROI Rankings, which considered in-state and out-of-state tuition compared to average lifetime earnings, list Westmont as No. 172…. [Continue Reading]

Commencement to Feature Ortberg, Dreiers

Commencement 2011

Nancy Ortberg, leadership development director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, delivers the address at Westmont’s Commencement, which features 314 graduates, 109 with honors, on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Russell Carr Field. Chad and Ginni Dreier will receive the Westmont Medal, which honors those whose lives embody the principles associated with the… [Continue Reading]

Polo Team Rides High After Falling in Finals

Coach John Westley, Ky Keobele, Wiley Uretz, David Samaniego and Patrick Uretz (Photo by Frances Hinckle)

For the second time in five years, the Westmont Men’s Polo Team finished second in the U.S. Polo Association Intercollegiate Polo Championships, falling to the University of Virginia 17-23 on April 22 at Cornell University in New York. The Warriors beat Colorado State University 23-18 on April 18 and the University of Connecticut 22-13 on… [Continue Reading]

Alum Plants New Garden for Westmont Cafeteria


Alumnus Anthony Waldrop ’11 cultivated his love for environmental sustainability while a student at Westmont. Waldrop has now spearheaded an effort to provide campus-grown produce for Westmont’s dining services. He has built a 6,000-square-foot garden on the southern end of campus and has plans to build another 7,000-square-foot garden on the western edge. Waldrop, an… [Continue Reading]