Westmont Launches Leadership Series

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What can we learn from the leadership of American presidents? Westmont will explore that question in the coming year through the Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency series, sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership. “Westmont has long been committed to encouraging conversations that matter,” says President Gayle D. Beebe…. [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Puts the Focus on Artists from SB to LA

Devon Tsuno's "Agglomerate Horticulture"

Eight area artists who are gaining prominence will show their art in a new exhibition, “ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA,” Sept. 25–Nov. 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum, is free and open to the public. “We’ve… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hits Top 100 in U.S. News Ranking

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For the sixth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (5th), Claremont McKenna… [Continue Reading]

Former Westmont VP Jane Hideko Higa Dies

President Gayle D. Beebe announced Saturday that Jane Hideko Higa, former vice president for student life and dean of students, died Friday evening, Sept. 5, of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 63. Jane retired a year ago after 24 years at Westmont, the longest serving vice president in college history. A memorial service… [Continue Reading]

Music Season Opens with Faculty Recital

Han Soo Kim, Westmont assistant professor of music

The Westmont Music Department embarks on a new season with a cello master class and faculty recital on Friday, Sept. 12, in Deane Chapel. The master class begins at 4:40 p.m. and the Fall Faculty Recital begins at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nancy… [Continue Reading]

Student Researchers Offer Summer Findings

Anneka Rienstra '15 explains the summer research she conducted with Dr. Steve Contakes

Twenty student researchers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, will present their findings on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. The Summer Research Celebration, co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Holy Land Unrest, Christians

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Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, explores how Christians should react to the unrest in the Middle East in a lecture, “Beauty for Ashes: The Mission of the Church in Israel/Palestine,” Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Robin Elizabeth Pascal World Christianity Lecture, co-sponsored by… [Continue Reading]

New Westmont Students Arrive for Orientation

Orientation team members move students into Page Hall

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 28, for the 379 first-year students representing the class of 2018, and classes start Monday, Sept. 1. The incoming class, which includes two National Merit Scholars, represents 29 states and eight foreign countries. The eight international students come from Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. [Continue Reading]

Blondell Picks Alums for ‘Cherry Orchard’

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Several recent Westmont graduates return to Porter Theater to stage a new production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” under the direction of John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, Sept. 4-6, all at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Lit Moon Theatre production are $20 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase,… [Continue Reading]

Unique Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

One of last year's Inoculum groups at Barney Lake outside Bridgeport, Calif.

Fifteen new Westmont students are traveling to the Eastern Sierra (Aug. 14-26) for a unique, 12-day backcountry adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. One of its goals is helping participants get to know… [Continue Reading]