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  • Golf Classic Supports Student Scholarships

    July 17, 2024

    The Westmont Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament started in 2008 to raise funds for student scholarships, returns Friday, Oct. 4, at the Glen Annie Golf Club, 405 Glen Annie Road in Goleta. Registration is $200 per golfer and includes: 18 holes of golf with cart; tri tip BBQ dinner, on-course games, raffles and awards. Additional dinner guests are $50 each. To register, or for more information, please visit westmont.edu/golf-classic.

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  • Cellist Returns to Perform at MAW

    June 25, 2024

    Westmont alumnus and local resident Tim Beccue ’18 has returned to campus as a fellow of the Music Academy of the West. Each summer since 2016, Westmont has housed 140 exceptional young classical musicians for the academy, which provides live events through Aug. 3. Visit musicacademy.org for a full calendar of concerts.

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  • Storytellers Shine at LEAD Conference

    June 21, 2024

    Westmont’s Lead Where You Stand Conference delivered inspirational stories, helpful advice and insightful conversation for the 173 attendees with the goal of “Pursuing the Greater Good in Challenging Times” June 5-6 at the Montecito college. It featured keynote speakers Marcus ‘Goodie’ Goodloe, Dr. Charity Dean, Matthew Luhn, Gayle D. Beebe, David Brooks, Jeff Schloss and Kim Denu.

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  • Senior Engineers Drop Final Project

    June 10, 2024

    “Dropping in three, two, one.”

    Then a drone, flying 150 feet high, released a plastic, hexagonal safety pod housing a blinking computer chip, amusing dozens of people gathered to watch one of two final presentations by the engineering design team on Lovik Field at Westmont.

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  • College Honors Its Employees of the Year

    May 30, 2024

    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 and Adaline Bare funds the awards; he was a longtime college trustee. Westmont Human Resources hosted the brunch.

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  • ‘Godspell’ Director Earns Praise

    May 28, 2024

    Mitchell Thomas, professor of theater arts, won a coveted Indy Award for Directing for his role in staging “Godspell.” The May 20 event was the first time the Santa Barbra Independent has hosted the awards since the pandemic.

    Thomas was most recently awarded an Indy for directing “Pride and Prejudice” in 2019.

    The jazz band Helios also won an Indy for its live performance in “The Capulet Black-and-White Ball,” John Blondell’s version of “Romeo and Juliet.” Helios is lead by saxophonist Simon Blondell, the son of John. 

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  • A Celebration of Student Scholarships

    May 28, 2024

    Westmont was well represented at an annual scholarship awards celebration on May 20 at the UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center. Seven future Westmont students were honored with $5,000 scholarships through the Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC). Six of the students plan on taking advantage of Westmont’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) fast-track program, earning two degrees in four-and-a-half years, while one will major in computer science.

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  • Recent Grads to Serve in Army

    May 24, 2024

    Two recent Westmont graduates, who served with UC Santa Barbara’s ROTC Program while students, have been commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Jacob Bailey ’24 of Whitefish, Montana, and Jared Noh ’24 of Glendale will continue their service in the Army after the summer.

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  • Local Artists Awarded at ‘TBH’

    May 21, 2024

    A large crowd gathered inside and out for the opening of the annual juried exhibition of local artists, “[TBH]...To Be Honest,” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Los Angles gallery owner Walter Maciel juried the exhibition of 45 works, selecting the winners for top cash prizes May 16. The Tri-County Juried Exhibition is open through June 15.

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  • Three Alumni Earn Fulbright Awards

    May 14, 2024

    Three Westmont alumni, Kenna Brase ’22 of Foothill Ranch, Simeon Michelson ’24 of Nashville, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Potter ’22 of Cheney, Washington, have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach English outside the United States. Brase will serve in Turkey, Michelson in Azerbaijan and Potter in Thailand.

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  • Commencement Offers Promise of Joy Everywhere

    May 7, 2024

    (Above: Student Awardees Eden Lawson, Alex Armstrong, Zach Hauw, Logan Thompson, Anneline Breytenbach and Katherine Knapp)

    The gray skies and light drizzle were no match for the warm hearts and sunny disposition of the 320 members of Westmont’s class of 2024 and their loved ones. The ceremony, replete with prayer and songs of thanksgiving, offered a stark contrast to other college graduations across the country that have been canceled or marred by violent protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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  • College President Reflects on Crucible Moments

    May 7, 2024

    College presidents are highly visible and vulnerable, serving on the frontlines to respond to events both on and off campus, inspiring faculty, staff, students and other constituencies, and upholding the ideals of the academy. Some do it well, and some don’t. The presidency of an institution of higher education has been deemed by some as the toughest job in our nation because they continually face stress-inducing events, which may become life-altering, transforming crucibles.

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  • ‘TBH’: Exhibition Shines Light on Local Talent

    May 3, 2024

    (Above: Nina Warner's painting "Shot House, Kharkiv, 2022")

    The exceptional talent of local artists will be on full display at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art for its annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition May 16-June 15. An opening reception for “[TBH]...To Be Honest,” featuring this year’s juror Walter Maciel, a Los Angeles gallerist, is May 16 from 4-6 p.m. Maciel will announce his award winners at 5:15 p.m.

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  • Celebrating Outstanding 2024 Grads

    May 1, 2024

    Each year before Commencement, Westmont’s annual Academic Awards Celebration reminds us of the joy of accomplishment and the opportunity we have to excel and fulfil the full range of gifts and abilities God has given us.

    In the ancient world as now, excellence speaks to those who have persevered, who faced adversity, and who have risen above every challenge to cultivate the gifts God has given them,” said President Gayle D. Beebe. “It is also an opportunity to honor those who work so hard and so well.”

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  • New Nurses Head to a Hospital Near You

    April 26, 2024

    Eighteen new nurses are heading to serve on the frontlines at a hospital near you! Westmont graduated 18 nurses May 2 from its 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. 12 of the 18 graduates are staying to work in the Central Coast. The Westmont Downtown | Grotenhuis Nursing Program, which began in January 2022 operates in partnership with Cottage Health and Sansum Clinics in Santa Barbara, has already graduated nearly 40 nurses.

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  • Students ‘Reach Beyond Boundaries’

    April 26, 2024

    Students presented their findings from research projects that spanned topics from running on slanted surfaces, the effects of music on heart rate, subliminal advertising, and racial identity in study-abroad programs at the Spring Student Research Symposium on April 18 in the Winter Hall Atrium.

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  • On the Road with the Choir, Orchestra

    April 25, 2024

    The Westmont Orchestra and the Westmont College Choir join forces May 5-11 for the college’s first combined tour. Traveling from Los Angeles to Northern California, about 120 students will perform scenes from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn as well as other pieces.

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  • Stargazers to See Red Giant

    April 15, 2024

    Less than two weeks after everyone’s attention was focused on the solar eclipse, the Westmont Observatory focuses on lunar craters and a red giant Friday, April 19, beginning after sunset at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The observatory, home to the powerful Keck Telescope, opens to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with knowledgeable volunteers from the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit

     

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  • Commencement to Feature Pointer, Jacksons

    April 10, 2024

    About 324 graduates will participate in Commencement on Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. on Thorrington Field with 147 graduating with honors. About 50 Golden Warriors, who graduated in 1974, will march in the procession to celebrate their 50th reunion. Eleven nursing graduates will participate in the ceremony, two days after their pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in Montecito Covenant Church. Commencement, which is closed to the general public, will be livestreamed at westmont.edu/commencement.

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  • Student Researchers Shine at Symposium

    April 9, 2024

    The annual Spring Student Research Symposium features the work of more than 40 student researchers on 23 different posters Thursday, April 18, from 3:30–5:00 p.m.  in the Winter Hall Atrium.

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  • GLC Wins Spring Sing Bragging Rights

    April 8, 2024

    Westmont’s 63rd annual Spring Sing at the Santa Barbara Bowl was filled with singing, dancing, acting and hilarity. Students from each residence hall produced musical skits using the phrase “Out of Order” and competed for prizes and bragging rights.

    Spring Sing is the college’s longest running tradition and involves more students than any other college event.

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  • Students Represent at the UN

    April 8, 2024

    Nearly 20 Westmont political science students joined professor Katherine Bryant to serve on the National Model United Nations from March 24-28 in New York. The students, who represented the delegations from Solomon Islands and Thailand, discussed pressing global issues and stepped into the shoes of diplomats, using the art of negotiation to learn how to make a difference in the world.

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  • Curtain Call for Student Film Festival

    April 2, 2024

    The results are in and the awards handed out at the second annual Montecito Student Film Festival on March 23 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. About 150 people attended the festival throughout the day to watch 41 films, pared down from the more than 500 that were submitted.

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  • Art Majors Revealed in ‘Between Moments’

    March 25, 2024

    Six aspiring Westmont art graduates will exhibit their capstone projects at “Between Moments” from April 4-May 4 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception will celebrate the graduating senior art majors on Thursday, April 4, from 4-6 p.m.

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  • Talk Explores Racism, Anti-Greed Gospel

    March 19, 2024

    Malcolm Foley, special adviser to the president for equity and campus engagement at Baylor University, argues that race and racism are fundamentally not issues of pride but of greed in a lecture Wednesday, April 3, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Global Leadership Center.

    The talk, “Child of Mammon or Child of God?: The Anti-Greed Gospel,” is free and open to the public. The sociology and anthropology department, history department, Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and the Provost’s Office sponsor the lecture.

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  • Viewing Features Jupiter, Orion Nebula

    March 12, 2024

    Jupiter and the Great Orion Nebula, M42, will be part of this month’s free stargazing event Friday, March 15, beginning about 6 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Along with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope, members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Society bring their own telescopes to share with the public.

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  • Donors Equip Warriors for NCAA DII Success

    March 12, 2024

    This spring, several of Westmont’s athletic facilities have seen dramatic upgrades to accompany the Warriors’ move to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II in hopes of attracting exceptional student-athletes who will thrive with a rigorous Christian liberal arts education. The Westmont community and supporters have stepped up to provide vital resources for the challenge.

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  • Woodwinds Beneath Their Wings

    March 12, 2024

    The only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies energized audiences at two free performances Feb. 27 at Westmont and Montecito Covenant Church.

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  • Haass Promotes Civic Duties, Global Diplomacy

    March 5, 2024

    Richard Haass, who worked at the White House, State Department and Pentagon under four different presidents, offered a civics lesson on global diplomacy while bringing clarity to international conflicts at the sold-out 19th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast March 1 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Despite the Israel-Hamas war, the Russia-Ukraine war, contentious China-U.S. relations and the climate crisis, the veteran diplomat admitted that what keeps him up at night is domestic politics.

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  • Student Musicians Shine in Orchestra Concerto

    February 14, 2024

    The Westmont Music Department offers its orchestra concerto concert, featuring the winners of its concerto/aria competition, Nathan Carlin, Karla Munoz, Tasha Loh and Leah Nieman, on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the college’s Page Hall and on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit westmont.edu/music.

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  • Beach Volleyball Star to Preach

    February 12, 2024

    One of the best American beach volleyball players will speak in Westmont chapel on Friday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. Alumnus Avery Drost ’07 led the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) with 350 digs and was second with 551 kills last season. He coaches boys volleyball at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach while serving as a youth director at New City Church in El Segundo.

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  • Viewing Features Celestial Smiley Face

    February 12, 2024

    If the weather cooperates, and that has been a big if this winter, the Milky Way’s open clusters will be the focus of the monthly stargazing event on Friday, Feb. 16, beginning after 6 p.m. and lasting for several hours. The observatory, home of the powerful Keck Telescope, is open to the public every third Friday of the month and held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) whose members bring their own telescopes to share with the public.

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  • Audience Thrust Into ‘The Capulets’

    February 8, 2024

    Westmont’s John Blondell, a longtime professor of theater arts, puts his own contemporary, site-specific spin on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as part of a mini-festival about the famous tragedy Thursday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in and around the Community Arts Workshop (CAW), 631 Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara.

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