Santa Barbara Independent

Monthly Public Telescope Night

Westmont Public Telescope Night. Most months the large telescope at the new observatory is also available for viewing, run by the Physics Department at Westmont. more

Westmont Students Good at Paying Back Loans

With college graduates defaulting on their student loans at higher rates nationally, the two-year cohort default rate — essentially the percentage of students who default on their loans within two years of graduation — at Westmont College has fallen from 1.3 to 0.9 percent. more

Hisham Matar

Matar wrote “In the Country of Men,” which was published in 2006 and has been translated into 26 languages. “He tells vivid and compelling stories with a lyrically economical style that conveys a sense of the bittersweet,” says Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, Westmont professor of English. more

Lazar Returns, Hopes to Inspire Students

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. Ten years later, Lazar, assistant professor of chemistry, returns to Westmont, seeking to impart a joy for learning. more

Fall Arts Preview 2011: Indy Editors Pick the Best in Theater, Music, Film, Art, and Dance

With summer coming to a close, it’s time for the arts to move back inside — and crank up the heat.Westmont College’s Fall Dance Concert. more

Westmont Reverses National Loan Default Trend

While the number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, Westmont is bucking the trend. During the same period, Westmont’s default rate decreased from 1.3 percent to .9 percent in 2009. more

Westmont Soars in U.S. News Rankings

Westmont leaped nine spots in this year’s ranking of the best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2012 Edition.” Of the nation’s 252 liberal arts colleges, Westmont finished tied for 90th, its highest ranking as a national liberal arts college.  more

UCSB, Westmont, SBCC Named Among Nation’s Best Schools

This week, Santa Barbara City College was named one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, making it the only California school on the list and one of the finalists for the institute’s inaugural search for the country’s number-one community college. Across town in Montecito, Westmont College also picked up honors in the U.S. News ranking as 90th out of 252 liberal arts colleges in the country, coming a month after Forbes magazine listed the Christian school as 76th on its top-colleges list.  more

Monthly Public Telescope Night

Stargazers will enjoy seeing globular clusters, planetary nebulae and open clusters on Friday, Sept. 16, during Westmont’s free monthly viewing of the stars. more

September Voices: Three Poets for Autumn

The third season of the popular Mission Poetry Series kicks off on Saturday, September 24, at 1 p.m. at Mission Santa Barbara, with “September Voices: Three Poets for Autumn,” featuring Paul Willis, Carol DeCanio and Mary Natwick. Paul Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College where he has taught creative writing and British Renaissance literature for the last twenty-three years. more

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