Philosophy of Education

Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

Liberal Arts. As a liberal arts college, Westmont seeks to help its students become certain kinds of people, not mere repositories of information or mere possessors of professional skills. More...

General Education

In the tradition of the liberal arts, Westmont’s academic program requires students to set their major programs of study within the larger context of General Education. The General Education framework ensures that students’ major programs will be supported by the skills, the breadth of knowledge, the strategies of inquiry, and the practices that will enable them to mature in wisdom throughout their lives and to apply their learning effectively in the world around them. More...

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Academic News

Music Season Opens with Faculty Recital

Han Soo Kim, Westmont assistant professor of musicThe Westmont Music Department embarks on a new season with a cello master class and faculty recital on Friday, Sept. 12, in Deane Chapel. The master class begins at 4:40 p.m. and the Fall Faculty Recital begins at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nancy Gilbert at (805) 565-6040. [more]

Student Researchers Offer Summer Findings

Anneka Rienstra ’15 explains the summer research she conducted with Dr. Steve ContakesTwenty student researchers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, will present their findings on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. [more]

Talk Examines Holy Land Unrest, Christians

Azar AjajAzar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, explores how Christians should react to the unrest in the Middle East in a lecture, “Beauty for Ashes: The Mission of the Church in Israel/Palestine,” Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. [more]

New Westmont Students Arrive for Orientation

Orientation team members move students into Page HallOrientation begins Thursday, Aug. 28, for the 379 first-year students representing the class of 2018, and classes start Monday, Sept. 1. The incoming class, which includes two National Merit Scholars, represents 29 states and eight foreign countries. [more]

Blondell Picks Alums for ‘Cherry Orchard’

Poster ArtSeveral recent Westmont graduates return to Porter Theater to stage a new production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” under the direction of John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, Sept. 4-6, all at 7 p.m. [more]

Museum Goes Big with 300 Small Works

Large crowds enjoyed Westmont’s first 5×5 show in 2010The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five Years,” from Aug. 28-Sept.11. The exhibition features more than 300 small-scale pieces of art that will be available for purchase through an online auction (www.westmontmuseum.org/5X5) that ends Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. An artists’ reception with live music on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 4-6 p.m., is free and open to the public. [more]

Researchers Lay Up Diet Tips for Cagers

Drs. Gregg Afman and James BettsAn international collaboration of sports scientists, including researchers from Westmont College, have developed new nutritional practices that could help NBA players prepare for the upcoming season. [more]

Westmont to Host Special Olympics Athletes

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and Westmont President Gayle D. BeebeWestmont will house 100 Special Olympics athletes competing in the games next summer as part of the Host Town program. At a press conference on Kerrwood Lawn July 30, officials from the Special Olympics announced Santa Barbara as one of 100 Host Towns in California. The international athletes will stay at Westmont July 21-24, 2015, use the college’s facilities for training, and visit various locations throughout Santa Barbara to learn about the city’s culture. [more]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Jonathan Hicks in Westmont’s 2004 production of “Frankenstein”Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. [more]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of the Westmont Museum, carefully uncrates Tisi’s “La Nativité”The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. [more]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

Mitchell Thomas, Casey Caldwell, Marie Ponce, John Blondell and Miller JamesThe Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to [more]

Students to Research Sports Science in Bath

Dr. Gregg Afman Seven Westmont kinesiology majors will conduct international research focusing on exercise science in June at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The students on the Kinesiology Europe Mayterm program, led by Gregg Afman, professor of kinesiology, will assist the ongoing research of James Betts, [more]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle JorgensenTen outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. [more]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson’s “Sea Billows Roll”Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

Aleah Bond ’14 explains her research in chemistryA record 50 students displayed their results of 35 research projects in Winter Hall on April 15. The 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates the noteworthy accomplishments of students and their work from the divisions of the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences. [more]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

John BlondellWestmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. [more]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

Students Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp, Gregg Sanchez and Jake Allbaugh won with their business plan WatermarkA plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp and Gregg Sanchez. [more]