Westmont Mourns David Winter

Click here to view David Winter’s memorial service. David K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Northern Europe Breaks Walls

The husband-and-wife teaching team Chris Hoeckley and Cheri Larsen Hoeckley travel this month to co-direct Westmont in Northern Europe (WNE), a semester-abroad program they launched last year to explore conflict and peacemaking. Westmont in Northern Europe is different from Westmont’s Europe Semester, which began in 1969. Chris, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Launches New Music Academy

Director Han Soo Kim

The new Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive 10-day program for young musicians, offers two faculty concerts on Aug. 13 and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and two student concerts Aug. 14 and 21 at 3:30 p.m., all in Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. About 30 students from… [Continue Reading]

New Students Head into Great Outdoors

Inoculum 2013 at Barney Lake outside Bridgeport, Calif.

More than 30 new Westmont students will take in part in one of three pre-Orientation adventure programs, including two new programs that include canoeing in Colorado and exploring the Channel Islands. More than a dozen students will trek through the Eastern Sierra as part of Inoculum, a unique trip for incoming students to earn academic… [Continue Reading]

Westmont SID Wins Award

The sports information directors in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) selected Westmont’s Ron Smith as the 2015 Sports Information Director of the Year at their annual meeting late in the spring. The group established the award in 2014. Smith has worked as the sports information director (SID) at Westmont since 2004. He oversees media… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 10 of Entrepreneurial Colleges

Westmont Entrepreneurship Forbes Top 10

Westmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the 50 most entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). This year… [Continue Reading]

Planning Commission OKs Leadership Center

The Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved Westmont College’s designs for a new residential facility and determined that the design is consistent with the college’s Master Plan on July 15. Part of the new Westmont Institute for Global Learning and Leadership, the Leadership Center will house students participating in leadership programs and some of the… [Continue Reading]

Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. Swider, an incoming sophomore at Westmont, graduated… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Zoom in on Rings of Saturn

The Westmont Observatory

Saturn will be the star of the show at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, July 17, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The gas giant will reach its highest point in the sky about 9 p.m. when the Cassini Division, the dark gap between the A and… [Continue Reading]

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and… [Continue Reading]