Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes in 2015

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Westmont will house 100 Special Olympics athletes competing in the games next summer as part of the Host Town program. At a press conference on Kerrwood Lawn July 30, officials from the Special Olympics announced Santa Barbara as one of 100 Host Towns in California. The international athletes will stay at Westmont July 21-24, 2015,… [Continue Reading]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Hicks in Westmont's 2003 "The Mariner"

Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. His areas of expertise include lighting, installation… [Continue Reading]

Memorial Monday for Alumna Kenon Neal

Neal, Kenon

A memorial service will be held for Kenon (Ramsey) Neal ’88 on Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd. Neal, who died July 16 after battling cancer for 27 years, made numerous contributions to Westmont over the years. “She had a warm and gracious spirit and lived her… [Continue Reading]

Farmer Waldrop Pursues Master’s Degree

Anthony Waldrop and Natasha Tsaconas plant trees in 2012

Alumnus Anthony Waldrop ’11, who spearheaded the effort creating two new Westmont gardens spanning 13,000 square feet, will begin a master’s program this fall at the University of Maryland. Waldrop, who worked for Sodexo, which provides dining services to Westmont’s Dining Commons, has been accepted to the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. “I gravitated… [Continue Reading]

New Grad Earns Fellowship in Philadelphia

David Dry '14

David Dry ’14, former Westmont College Student Association (WCSA) president, earned a fellowship from the John Jay Institute and will study over the fall in Philadelphia. The highly competitive Fellows Program, which accepts just 12 students a term, is a post-undergraduate educational and professional experience for men and women aspiring to public positions in public… [Continue Reading]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars Get a Jump on College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley address Summer Scholar graduates in 2013

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with professors Carmel Saad and Christian Hoeckley as part of Westmont Summer Scholars. In its fourth year, the program offers students an opportunity to experience a Christian liberal arts education at Westmont before they start college. The students, from eight different states, including Iowa,… [Continue Reading]

Collier Breaks Records at USA Junior Nationals

Collier competes in the 100-meter hurdles

Becky Collier shattered several Westmont and personal records while becoming the first track-and-field athlete to represent Westmont at the USA Junior National Track & Field Championships in Sacramento June 25-26. Collier finished fifth in the junior heptathlon with 4,988 points, breaking the school record that she previously held (4,871 points). She had personal best records… [Continue Reading]

New Alumnus Earns Teaching Fellowship

Riley Hall (far left) and members of the 2012 Westmont rugby team

Riley Hall, who is expected to graduate from Westmont this summer with a double major in philosophy and mathematics, is a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awarded Hall a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at Valparaiso University. The special education will prepare him to teach… [Continue Reading]

Beebe Returns from Inspiring Papal Visit

President Gayle D. Beebe

President Gayle D. Beebe has returned from his historic meeting with Pope Francis inspired and motivated. “I have a renewed sense of the necessity and importance of my work at Westmont and with the broader Christian community and the opportunity to carry it out with so many wonderful people,” he says. Beebe and 14 North… [Continue Reading]