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Graduates Among Nation’s Most Resilient


The 306 members of Westmont College’s class of 2021 rank among the most determined and resilient college graduates in our nation’s history. “We’re so proud of these graduates, who’ve endured the historic California Thomas Fire, the tragic Montecito mudslide, more than five evacuations and the year-long pandemic,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “They’ve overcome unbelievable… [Continue Reading]

Theater Offers COVID Inspired ‘Winter’s Tale’

Winters Tale Interrupted

The Westmont Theater Arts Department, in collaboration with the newly created film studies program, presents a virtual premiere of “A Winter’s Tale (Interrupted)” on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The play, which does contain mature content, is free to stream at Equal parts theater performance, documentary, video log and art film, the production… [Continue Reading]

Art Graduates Offer ‘Untold’ Exhibition

Emily Bark's "Daily Rites"

Thirteen graduating art majors offer their capstone art projects, which include oil paintings, drawings, collages, digital illustrations, sculptural installations, prints, photographs, videos and stop-motion animation from April 8- May 8 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. See “Untold: Westmont Graduate Exhibition 2021” online at Find information at about making an appointment to… [Continue Reading]

Brooks Back for Virtual Leadership Conference

Keynote speakers David Brooks, Erin Meyer, Gayle D. Beebe, Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe and Lisa DeBoer share insights on effective and purposeful leadership at the 2021 Lead Where You Stand Virtual Conference, which will be available for streaming on June 18 for $99 at The Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, the Brittingham Family… [Continue Reading]

Student Researchers Go Outside for Symposium

The 25th Annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium, celebrating more than three dozen research projects by 50 students and their professors, is moving outdoors on Thursday, April 22, from 3:30-5 p.m. The event is not open to the public. While in 2020 we needed to have this event virtually, this year, student presenters will set… [Continue Reading]

April Provides a Shower of Virtual Concerts

Dr. Michael Shasberger conducts outdoors

Westmont’s student musicians will spring into action this month, performing in seven different virtual concerts, available for free streaming beginning at 7 p.m. at The Westmont Music Department combines the choir and orchestra for an inspiring performance of “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure in its annual Masterworks Concert. The pre-recorded performance will be available for… [Continue Reading]

Crisis Leadership Event Attracts Large Audience

Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe during the breakfast

Nancy Koehn, Harvard historian and bestselling author of “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times,” expounded on lessons from five masters of crisis at the 16th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast, held virtually March 5. Nearly 2,000 participants registered for the online event. The President’s Breakfast will be rebroadcast on KEYT-TV on… [Continue Reading]

Loma Linda Violinist Wins Guild Competition

Westmont Music Department

The Westmont Music Department held its ninth annual Instrumental Guild Competition with six finalists performing virtually for college scholarships. A virtual concert of the competition became available March 5 with violinist Sophia Chan of Loma Linda receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 for four years) to study at Westmont…. [Continue Reading]

Willard Center Gives Book, Research Awards

Dr. Angela Carpenter (by Steven M. Herppich)

Westmont’s Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation will give its 2020 Book Award to Angela Carpenter, assistant professor of religion at Hope College in Michigan, on Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom at Carpenter will lecture about “Dependent Creatures: How Human Evolution Can Help Us Understand God’s Grace” followed by questions from… [Continue Reading]