Diverse Class of 2020 Arrives at Westmont

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Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for 348 first-year students and 54 new transfer students representing 17 countries outside of the United States. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 29. New students, including 24 international, missionary or third-culture students, come from Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Italy,… [Continue Reading]

No Threat to Westmont from Rey Fire

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About 1,400 firefighters continue to make significant progress containing the Rey Fire, which is burning north and east, away from Santa Barbara and Westmont on the backside of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range. The backcountry fire poses no danger to any structures, but the visible smoke will drop ash along the Santa Barbara coast for… [Continue Reading]

Donors Fund $1M Chemistry Research Grant

Chris Riba and Han Chung freeze molecules and then move the m around to make a rough surface as reflective as a mirror

Westmont raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing the chemistry department’s summer research program. Income from the $1 million endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members doing full-time research during the summer. Since… [Continue Reading]

Summertime Stargazing at the ‘Mont

The top deck of the Westmont Observatory

Mars and Saturn will be the star attractions at a free, public viewing of the stars on Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful on California’s Central Coast, will zoom in on the planets, which… [Continue Reading]

Bradford Joins Career Development Office

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Paul Bradford, who directs the Career Development and Calling office, sees his work like that of his old Craftsman toolbox. He says there are some tools in the box that he hasn’t used in years and others he uses with great regularity. Some tools are designed for one specific task, while others can be used… [Continue Reading]

Spontaneous Show Offers ‘Women Sculptors’

Alison Saar's "Inheritance"

Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art unveils a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening. “Women Sculptors,” which includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection, features a wide variety of sculpture and prints by 16 prominent… [Continue Reading]

Student’s Business Plan is the Bee’s Knees

Business is buzzing for Jakob Colombo, Mikaela Harn, Charlotte Cheek and Timmy Rizk

Four Westmont students are abuzz about the business project they hope will empower women and children in the developing world through sustainable beekeeping. Beecause Uganda, created by Jakob Colombo, Charlotte Cheek, Mikaela Harn and Timmy Rizk, won the Westmont’s 27th business plan competition. This annual event encourages entries that could solve some of the deepest… [Continue Reading]

Alumna’s Play to Make NYC Premiere

Diana Lynn Small, who was here last October, takes her play to NYC

“Mad & a Goat,” a two-woman play by Westmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ‘09, makes its New York City premiere July 22-30 at Brooklyn Yard. Small, who received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, wrote and directs “Mad & a Goat.” Westmont alumnae Heather Ostberg Johnson ‘10 and Paige Tautz… [Continue Reading]

New Students Earn Large Scholarships

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Westmont has awarded four-year Augustinian Scholarships to 30 students who arrive on campus for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 25. The Augustinian Scholars, who earn $140,000 toward tuition over four years, are the first to benefit from annual scholarships funded by an extraordinary gift from a generous donor. The college has also offered full-tuition Monroe Awards to… [Continue Reading]

Hoops Tourneys Features 32 High Schools

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Sixteen high school basketball teams compete in the 43rd annual High School Summer Varsity Basketball Tournament that kicks off Friday, June 24, at noon with games being played continuously through 11 p.m. The action continues on Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26,… [Continue Reading]