Willis’ Poetry Offers ‘Somewhere to Follow’

"Somewhere to Follow" by Paul Willis

In a new book of poetry, Paul J. Willis takes his readers on a path through California’s coastal redwoods and giant sequoias in the Sierra, weaving in adolescent practical jokes and sharing unexpected epiphanies. Slant Books published the latest book by the Westmont professor of English and former Santa Barbara poet laureate. Willis’ seventh volume… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Explores Contemporary Abstract Art

Connie Connally's "Maroon Garden"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art invites visitors to explore the diverse expressions and meanings of abstract art through the exhibition, “Towards a 21st Century Abstraction,” on display from July 8-August 14. Artists and visitors are welcome Monday through Friday between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Before coming to campus, guests must fill out a health questionnaire… [Continue Reading]

Alumna Earns Prestigious Lilly Fellowship

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program has selected Westmont alumna Olivia Stowell ’19 as one of 10 Lilly Graduate Fellows nationwide. The prestigious fellowship supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections within Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar as they pursue graduate degrees in humanities and the arts. Stowell, who earned… [Continue Reading]

Westmont’s Beloved Pickle Tree to Be Removed

“Let all creation rejoice before the Lord” Psalm 96:13 A Stately Sight to Generations of Warriors Long before Ruth Kerr drove onto the Dwight Murphy Estate and heard the Lord whisper, “This is the place,” the grounds featured a wide array of mature trees. Today, many overarching trees still provide shade for walkways serenely wending… [Continue Reading]

A Shot in the Arm Against a Shortage of Nurses

Amid a global pandemic and dire nursing shortage, Westmont’s proposed Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) arrives just in time to meet a great need not only in the Santa Barbara community but in California. The program, run in partnership with Cottage Health, received unanimous approval for its feasibility study from the California Board… [Continue Reading]

Sokhela is NAIA Track Athlete of the Year

Westmont's Senzo Zola Sokhela

Westmont’s Senzo Zola Sokhela, a 19-year-old freshman from South Africa, has made a name for himself despite his short time on campus. After Sokhela won two individual national championships at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships May 28, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named him the 2021 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track… [Continue Reading]

Stellar Young Life Students Earn Full Scholarships

Westmont College and Young Life Southwestern Division have awarded full scholarships to Arath Gomez of Santa Barbara, Destiny Mitchell of Victorville and Serena Nohmeh of Reseda. Young Life Urban Leadership Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board for each student to attend Westmont for four years. This joint effort encourages students who have… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Resilient Class of 2021

“No class in the history of Westmont College has endured so much to make it to this day,” said President Gayle D. Beebe as he welcomed the 306 members of the class of 2021 and their families on May 8 to a special, socially distanced Commencement service on Thorrington Field. “Four years ago, you arrived… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2021


Each year, the Westmont community celebrates the many ways that God has gifted our students academically by announcing and honoring the Outstanding Graduate Awards in each department during the Academic Awards Convocation prior to Commencement. This year, the ceremony was pre-recorded and is available for viewing here: https://youtu.be/Rb-kaApMhec. The following are the Outstanding Graduates of… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Spotlights Area Artists ‘At the Edges’

Bill Dewey's "Lines in the Sand"

The creative works of 31 local artists will be front and center in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s new show, “At The Edges: Tri-County Juried Exhibition,” on display from May 20- June 19. Though there will not be an opening reception for the show, artists and visitors are welcome Monday through Friday between 10… [Continue Reading]