Art Grads Install Virtual Exhibit ‘Adjacent’

Jordan Marshall's "Blooming: Portrait of my Grandmother," oil on panel

Twelve Westmont art graduates, unable to exhibit their artwork at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum on campus in May due to COVID-19, are displaying their senior projects virtually. “Adjacent: Westmont Graduate Exhibition 2020” is available in-person at the museum only to the artists and their families by prior appointment. Everyone else can see the exhibition, including… [Continue Reading]

Willis Pens New Book, ‘All in a Garden Green’

Dr. Paul Willis

Music can bring people together across borders, religions and even time. Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont, explores this idea in his newly published young-adult novel, “All in a Garden Green” (Slant Books, 2020). His experience teaching at Hengrave Hall in England (the home of the Westmont-in-England semester for 20 years) inspired him to… [Continue Reading]

Boucher at Helm of Highly Touted Warriors Team 

The Westmont men’s basketball team, under the direction of new head coach Landon Boucher, plans to begin practicing in mid-September for the winter season. The Warriors return 10 players from last year’s team, which earned a No. 2 seed in the NAIA National Tournament before it was canceled due to COVID-19. “As excited as I… [Continue Reading]

‘Matter + Spirit’ Explores Chinese Art Scene

Wei Ding's "Vanities: Prosperous-Anemone," Oil on canvas (2018)

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum, which remains closed to in person visits due to COVID-19, offers an online exhibition, “Matter + Spirit: A Chinese/American Exhibition,” which reflects on the perennial tensions between the material and the spiritual in human life and in society, through Aug. 15 at westmont.edu/museum/matter-spirit. The exhibition is a product of a gathering… [Continue Reading]

Alumni to Add Experience as New Trustees

New Westmont Trustee Jordan Jackson

Six new trustees have joined the Westmont Board of Trustees, and four of them graduated from the institution, including Jordan Jackson, Todd Mattson and Karen Robilio. They will attend their first meeting in October and will serve three-year terms. “One of my great delights is meeting Westmont alums and hearing about all the ways they’re… [Continue Reading]

New Director Focused to Reduce Risk

Jason Tavarez joined the Westmont community as director of institutional resilience in February 2020 and almost immediately began working to protect the college from the dangers of COVID-19. “My biggest concern has been keeping the coronavirus off our campus and doing everything we can, as a community, to keep our remaining students and employees safe… [Continue Reading]

New Director Joins Intercultural Programs

Blake Thomas, ICP Director

Blake Thomas, former director of Bridge-Builders, a service learning ministry of Forge for Families in Houston, Texas, will serve as interim director for Westmont Intercultural Programs. “I am passionate about diversity and reconciliation and committed to creating authentic community,” Blake says. “I hope that I can be an asset as Westmont faculty, staff and students… [Continue Reading]

New Trustees Add Voice, Experience to Board

Westmont alumna Denise Jackson '78 joins the trustees

Westmont welcomes six new members to the board of trustees, who begin their three-year terms in the fall. Two of them, Denise Jackson and Roxanne Hughes Packham, have served as ex officio members of the board, and one, Tremper Longman III, taught at the college for nearly 20 years. “We’re delighted that Denise, Roxanne and… [Continue Reading]

Remembering My Father: Provost Mark Sargent

My father—Joseph Linden Sargent—passed away almost twelve years ago, yet there’s still hardly a Father’s Day that goes by when I don’t remind myself to call him. That thought usually hits me about dusk, or when I look at one of his watercolors on our walls. He died on his anniversary, nearly two years after… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2020

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. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to publicly announce and honor them during the Academic Awards Convocation, which is typically held prior to Commencement. Here are the Outstanding Graduates of… [Continue Reading]