Class of 2023: One of the Largest, Most Diverse

The entrance to Westmont at Orientation

One of the largest and most diverse groups of new students in Westmont history arrives for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 22. More than 39 percent of the 461 first-year and transfer students identify as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or multiracial. Twenty percent of new students are the first in their… [Continue Reading]

Museum Features Renowned Ceramic Artist

Shield, Sara Series, Gas Fired Earthenware with Engobes, c. 1983, 18.5 x 18.25 x 2.75 in., Don Reitz Collection

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has organized a touring retrospective exhibition of Don Reitz, one of the most experimental and ingenious ceramic artists of the last century. “Spontaneous Response: The Innovative Ceramics of Don Reitz” opens Aug. 29 and runs through Nov. 9 with a reception Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4-6 p.m. “Don Reitz… [Continue Reading]

Teen Academy Raises Tone of Local music

The Westmont Music Department

More than 40 area musicians have enrolled in the fifth annual Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA), an intensive two-week program for local musicians ages 12-18, from Aug. 5-17 at Westmont. Tuition costs $1100 ($650 for half session) with merit-based scholarships available to talented applicants who audition. Performances, which are free and open to the… [Continue Reading]

Surprise Summer Exhibit Features New Gifts

R. Anthony Askew American, b. 1939 Responsive Nature 1976 Color Woodcut Gift of R. Anthony and Barbara Askew

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its newest treasures this summer in “The Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collections,” through early August. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed weekends and college holidays during the summer. For more information, please visit westmont.edu/museum or contact… [Continue Reading]

CATLab Students Collaborate to Innovate

CATLab students and staff at WestmontDowntown

Fifteen high-achieving Westmont students, working closely with college staff this summer at Westmont Downtown (26 W. Anapamu St.), are solving some of the most daunting challenges confronting the college’s admissions, advancement and information technology departments. Through this unique initiative of the Center for Applied Technology known as CATLab, students code, post, write, network and serve…. [Continue Reading]

Willis’ Essay Book Earns National Award

Paul Willis' book "To Build a Trail" wins national award

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English, won the 2018 Indies Bronze, Essays and was an Indies Finalist for Autobiography and Memoir by Foreword Reviews for his collection of essays “To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love & Wonder” (WordFarm, 2018). The Foreword Reviews, which honor the best books published by an independent press each… [Continue Reading]

Students Bolster 4th of July Concert

Dr. Michael Shasberger

Twenty-four Westmont students, recent graduates and professors will join the West Coast Symphony Orchestra for a free Fourth of July concert “The Dream of America” at 5 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. For more information, please visit cieloperformingarts.org. The event, which includes Michael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, as… [Continue Reading]

Emmaus Road Reaches Out Globally

Emmaus Road Team Thailand/Malaysia

Across the globe, 37 Westmont students are spending their summer experiencing and engaging with contemporary challenges and opportunities as part of the Emmaus Road program. Five separate student-led teams are serving in Spain, Uganda, Thailand and Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Peru. Participants met regularly throughout the spring semester to prepare for the trips. Emmaus Road… [Continue Reading]

Trailhead Teens Explore Their Faith, Futures

Students enjoy a cruise around the Santa Barbara Harbor as part of Trailhead

Seventeen high school students are taking part in the first session of Westmont’s unique program Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, which allows students to explore how faith can guide their future as they seek to make a difference in the world. “For young people today, that space is harder and harder to find; the pressures of… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Jumps Into View at Observatory

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s Keck Telescope will zoom in on Jupiter and several globular clusters as part of the free, public viewing of the stars Friday, June 21, at the Westmont Observatory. The viewing begins after sunset about 8:30 p.m. and lasts several hours. Unlike the last few gatherings, this month’s viewing will not have to compete with… [Continue Reading]