Talk Offers Four Historic Pandemic Views

plagues, pandemics, and perseverance

Four Westmont professors from different disciplines examine how the new coronavirus has forced us to adapt our daily lives in unexpected ways in a talk, “Plagues, Pandemics and Perseverance,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. The pre-recorded presentation, sponsored by Westmont’s Voskuyl Library, features Marilyn McEntyre (humanities), Paul Willis (English), Helen Rhee (religious studies)… [Continue Reading]

Alumna Provides Music from Bulgaria

Sarah Shasberger Pfister performs with the Carnevale String Quartet from Bulgaria

The Westmont Music Department continues its popular Friday Concert Series with its first Alumni Spotlight recital, featuring alumna Sarah Shasberger Pfister ’12 and the Carnevale String Quartet from Bulgaria on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic. The performance will include pieces by Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, Ennio Morricone,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Tops Latest College Rankings

The Westmont Observatory

Recent college and university annual rankings continue to affirm Westmont as one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the nation. Payscale’s 2020 Best Universities and Colleges by Salary Potential shows that mid-career Westmont alumni, including those with a graduate degree, earn a median income of $119,800 after more than 10 years in the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes Top Students to Campus

Students gather on the Westmont Rock for views of the sunset and Santa Cruz Island

Westmont’s class of 2024 is the most academically talented in the college’s history. It’s also among the most diverse with 39 percent of the 375 new and transfer students identifying as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or multiracial. Twelve percent are the first in their family to attend college. The… [Continue Reading]

College Joins Symphony for Music Education

The Santa Barbara Symphony and Westmont College have announced a strategic partnership to strengthen their ability to bring music education to local school children while creating a pipeline to provide lifelong musical opportunities in the community. This collaboration includes newly developed innovative virtual and socially distanced curriculum. “This strategic partnership between the Santa Barbara Symphony… [Continue Reading]

Prints of Old Masters Leave an Impression

Albrecht Durer's "St. Christopher with the Christ Child Looking Left"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art offers a unique history lesson, blending prints from 16th to 18th century Old Masters with a few modern and contemporary works in its latest online exhibition available through Nov. 7. “Making a Fine Impression: Prints from the Faith and Dewayne Perry Collection” includes more than a dozen videos of… [Continue Reading]

Friday Concert Series Kicks Off Virtually

Neil and Andrea Di Maggio

The Westmont Music Department launches its Friday Concert Series with a virtual performance featuring Andrea (flute) and Neil Di Maggio (piano) on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic. “We’re excited to present this Friday evening series of video programs in lieu of in-person concerts we’re unable to offer… [Continue Reading]

Students Welcomed Via Virtual Orientation

Westmont welcomes its new students to a virtual Orientation Aug. 27-29 to learn about the educational program and meet faculty, staff and fellow students. The college has postponed repopulating until the COVID-19 case rate in Santa Barbara County drops below the state-mandated threshold. Classes will begin remotely Aug. 31, with Westmont planning to bring students… [Continue Reading]

Art Grads Install Virtual Exhibit ‘Adjacent’

Jordan Marshall's "Blooming: Portrait of my Grandmother," oil on panel

Twelve Westmont art graduates, unable to exhibit their artwork at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum on campus in May due to COVID-19, are displaying their senior projects virtually. “Adjacent: Westmont Graduate Exhibition 2020” is available in-person at the museum only to the artists and their families by prior appointment. Everyone else can see the exhibition, including… [Continue Reading]

Willis Pens New Book, ‘All in a Garden Green’

Dr. Paul Willis

Music can bring people together across borders, religions and even time. Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont, explores this idea in his newly published young-adult novel, “All in a Garden Green” (Slant Books, 2020). His experience teaching at Hengrave Hall in England (the home of the Westmont-in-England semester for 20 years) inspired him to… [Continue Reading]