Major Approval is Music to College’s Ears

The National Association of Schools of Music has approved a Bachelor of Music in performance at Westmont for orchestral instruments, piano and voice beginning in fall 2019. “This latest affirmation of the quality of our music program excites us and expands our opportunities to bring top musical talent to our choirs, orchestra and ensembles,” says… [Continue Reading]

Young Life Students Awarded Full Scholarships

Luke Perez of Santa Maria and Joseph Helm of Palm Desert, who had both planned to attend a community college, will begin at Westmont this fall after receiving Westmont’s 2019 Young Life Scholarships. The full scholarships, a combination of efforts by Westmont and Young Life Southwestern Division, cover the cost of tuition, room and board…. [Continue Reading]

Class of 2023: The Largest and Most Diverse

The entrance to Westmont at Orientation

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 family to… [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 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 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]