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]

Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2019

Hunter Stilwell will find ways to create impactful art within his community

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 are announced and honored during the Academic Awards Convocation prior to Commencement. The following are the Outstanding Graduates of 2019. Art                          Madeleine Kilpatrick was introduced to printmaking… [Continue Reading]

Theater Faculty, Alumna Win Indy Awards

Director John Blondell

The Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont Theater Arts Professors Mitchell Thomas, John Blondell and alumna Paige Tautz ’14 with Indy Awards May 20 at the New Vic. The annual theater awards recognize excellent work in the local region. Thomas was lauded for directing “Pride and Prejudice,” Blondell for directing “The Magic Flute” and Tautz for… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Awards Local Artists

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum Body and Soul Exhibition

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art kicked off its yearly exhibition featuring Tri-County artists by handing out $3,000 in cash awards to winners at the opening reception May 16. Roxanne Sexauer, UC Long Beach professor of art, juried the exhibition, “Body and Soul: Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition,” selecting paintings, prints, collages, sculptures, watercolors and photographs… [Continue Reading]

Employees of the Year Honored at Brunch

Employees of the Year: Zak Landrum and Nancy Everest

Westmont honored a number of employees for their outstanding contributions at the May 9 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Brunch, an annual ceremony that recognizes individual work anniversaries and accomplishments. President Gayle D. Beebe and members of the college’s executive team selected the recipients from a peer-nominated pool. An endowment set up by the late Bruce… [Continue Reading]

Grads Urged to Choose Paths of Love, Friendship

Click to Watch the Commencement Photo Slideshow Despite gray skies and a light drizzle, thousands of family members and friends celebrated and cheered the 291 Westmont graduates who received their diplomas at Commencement May 4. President Gayle D. Beebe presented Westmont Medals to Rev. Dr. Katherine Wiebe and Lindsay and Laurie Parton. Wiebe, a Christian… [Continue Reading]

Area Artists Flourish in ‘Body and Soul’

Pecos Pryor's "Two Years," a print of sifted pencil shavings

Roxanne Sexauer, professor of art at UC Long Beach, juries Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-County artists May 16-June 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Body and Soul: Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” on Thursday, May 16, from 4-6 p.m. The Westmont Art Council will hand out $3,000 in… [Continue Reading]

Choir Sings in SB before Touring East Coast

The Westmont College Choir

The Westmont College Choir and Chamber Singers perform in Santa Barbara before they embark on their first tour of the East Coast. The singers will perform a wide variety of music, including works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre Randall Thompson and Carly Simon at the Spring Choral Tour Concert Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m…. [Continue Reading]

Surfer Shaun Tomson Unveils Students’ ‘Life Code’

"I Will..." by Jacob Grant '18

Professional surfer Shaun Tomson’s work to equip Westmont students with tools to overcome challenges will be unveiled in a piece of artwork created by Westmont alumnus Jacob Grant ’18 on Tuesday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Kerr Student Center. The artwork stems from a February workshop, “Write the Code for Your Life?” where… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Sneak Peak of Black Hole Galaxy

The Westmont Observatory

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will zoom in on Gemini to get a glimpse of a great open cluster, M35, on Friday, April 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. “I will also point Westmont’s 8-inch refractor telescope toward Gemini’s Castor, which… [Continue Reading]