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Public Viewing with SB Astronomical Unit

Last night the Westmont Observatory opened to the public and a steady stream of people patiently waited to view the skies! Robert Bernstein photos. more

Westmont Awards Students

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. The recipients were selected from over 50 nominations submitted by faculty, staff and students. Each recipient receives $1,000 towards next year’s school expenses. more

Westmont Construction

By mid-July, strains of music will replace the sounds of construction at the historic Art Center, which has been transformed into Westmont’s new music building. The center, which housed Reynolds Gallery, will be a hub for Westmont’s burgeoning music department. The art department moved to Adams Center for the Visual Arts last fall, freeing up the two-story structure to provide office and practice space for the music department’s five full-time professors and 26 adjunct instructors. Various gifts to the college are funding the project as part of the Bright Hope for Tomorrow campaign. more

Westmont Names Dean of Admission

Silvio Vazquez, a consultant in enrollment management and former vice president for enrollment at Gordon College, is the new Westmont dean of admission. Vazquez served at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., for two decades in various roles before consulting for Scannell & Kurz of Pittsford, N.Y. more

O’Neil Next Providence Hall Headmaster

The Providence Hall Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David K. O’Neil to serve as the next headmaster at Providence Hall, a growing private Christian college preparatory school, founded in 2007. Mr. O’Neil will take the helm from Dr. David K. Winter, who has guided the start-up school for the past three years. … O’Neil is a graduate of Westmont College, with a degree in business and economics. He also holds a master’s degree in international marketing from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. more


Westmont Buildings Earn LEED Gold

The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in building design and operation, has certified four new Westmont buildings as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold. The LEED designations highlight the sustainable construction and energy-saving systems used at Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, Adams Center for the Visual Arts, the central plant and the observatory. more

Six-Year-Old Donates to Westmont

Liam Hess has become the youngest donor in Westmont College history. The 6-year-old emptied $15.05 from his truck bank for the college’s Bright Hope for Tomorrow Campaign, which provides funds for new facilities on campus. more

Bronzed Winters at Westmont

Workers installed a new bronze statue of former Westmont president David K. Winter walking with wife, Helene, outside the entrance to Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics. Encinitas-based artists T.J. Dixon and James Nelson created the life-sized sculpture and delivered it to campus April 11. more

Paul Willis Next Poet Laureate

On March 29th, the Santa Barbara City Council approved the appointment of Paul Willis as Santa Barbara’s next Poet Laureate. Mr. Willis, a professor at Westmont College will be officially installed at the April 12th City Council meeting at City Hall. He will serve in the role of the City’s Poet Laureate until April 2013. more

Westmont Math Contest

This year’s Cate math team, consisting of Jaemin Cheun, Miles Barney, Blake Mackall, and Ahmed Bou-Rabee represented Cate in fabulous fashion at the annual Westmont Math Contest. The group won the College Bowl format, defeating Thacher in an exciting one question playoff and then defeating Oaks Christian in the finals. Ahmed took second place in the chalk talk, a demanding 10 minute presentation made to the entire group. The team also finished third in the written portion. more