Superhero AD Conquers another 100-Miler

Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director, conquered the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, a race few could imagine doing or completing. “This is the World Series of 100-milers,” the 51-year old Odell says of the June 23 race that follows a trail from Squaw Valley, winds through rivers and reaches elevations of 8,700 feet to Auburn,… [Continue Reading]

Illumination on the Fourth of July

Fireworks in Santa Barbara

The following is from Westmont Provost Mark Sargent. Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Westmont College.We gratefully honor the national holiday although with no plans on campus for “illuminations,” as John Adams called fireworks. Adams himself often grumbled that the illuminations (as well as the “parades” and “bonfires”) were devoted to the… [Continue Reading]

Education Department Earns Accreditation, Praise

Education faculty and staff: Heather Bergthold, Andrew Mullen (back), Michelle Hughes and Jane Wilson (front)

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has given full accreditation to the Westmont College Department of Education. The site visit team report says through interviews with stakeholders and school partners, it is clear that the local school community benefits from graduates of Westmont’s education department. “Employers consistently spoke of their desire to hire Westmont program… [Continue Reading]

Father’s Day: President Beebe Reflects on His Dad

Gayle poses with his father before leaving for Westmont

The following is a Father’s Day reflection by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe about his father, Richard Beebe. My father died in 1989 just as I was beginning my professional career. A public-school superintendent, he loved education and possessed the unusual capacity to be emotionally present to others. He derived enormous joy from investing in the… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope to Miss Friday Star Party

The Westmont Observatory

The powerful Keck Telescope remains under repair, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, June 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors to the public… [Continue Reading]

Young Alums Earn Fulbrights, Fellowship

Hugh Grant-Chapman

Two recent Westmont graduates have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach overseas for nearly a year, and another young alumna has earned a foreign affairs fellowship. Hugh Grant-Chapman ’18, a political science graduate, will teach in Taiwan, while biology graduate Alexa Mogck ’18 will work in Malaysia. Both are part of programs that place grantees… [Continue Reading]

Alum to Direct Westmont Music, Worship

Westmont alumnus (Charles) Eben Drost ’11 will serve as director of music and worship at Westmont beginning July 2. Drost, who graduates from Fuller Seminary in June with a Master of Arts in theology, has accepted a one-year position at Westmont. “Eben is a gifted musician who has a strong background in a variety of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, Young Life Offer Full Scholarships

Linda Ngo '22

Westmont College and Young Life Southwestern Division have launched an exciting new partnership to award full scholarships to two future Young Life leaders to attend Westmont each year. The awards cover the cost of tuition, room and board. This joint effort cultivates thoughtful scholars, grateful servants, and faithful leaders who have benefited from Young Life… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Takes Int’l Trade to Singapore

Seventeen Westmont students will study in Singapore for two months as part of Westmont’s new Mayterm in Singapore. “It’s a remarkably fascinating time to be studying international trade and finance and going to Asia in the middle of a looming trade war,” says Paul Bradford, adjunct professor of economics and business, who will teach classes… [Continue Reading]

Westmont’s Outstanding Graduates of 2018

Art Janna Jensen, a distance runner for the women’s cross country and track and field team, earned the award in art. She enjoyed a three-year internship at Slingshot, a cooperative of artists with developmental disabilities. For her senior art project, she painted classical oil portraits of five of the artists who have inspired her. “Through… [Continue Reading]