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Incoming Class Makes Westmont History

Orientation First Walk

“Graduates today need to gain a global perspective and international exposure to respond to the growing demands of our interconnected workplaces,” says Irene Neller, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications. “The incoming students reflect our commitment to shape effective and compassionate global citizens who lead lives of significance.”

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Students Urged to Practice Gratitude

“With a growth mindset, students learn the value of statements such as ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I messed up,’ and ‘I need help.’”

Measuring the Miles Between a Father and His Daughter

Dan Lepse wasn’t prepared for his daughter, Sammy ’19, to attend Westmont. She turned down both his alma mater, the University of Washington, and his employer, Seattle Pacific University. Instead, she fell in love with Westmont when she visited with her mother, Tricia.

Westmont Rankings

Recent rankings of U.S. colleges and universities affirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation.

Musicians to Perform in Vienna and Scandinavia in 2020

The Westmont Orchestra’s 2016 appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has led to an invitation to perform at the Musikverein, the fabled concert hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on June 28, 2020, as part of the 250th celebration of Beethoven’s birth.

Still Dreaming: Race, Ethnicity, and Liberal Arts Education

In what ways has liberal education, past and present, fostered racial privilege? How can liberal education cultivate racial justice?

Westmont and Climate Change

Three professors offered interdisciplinary perspectives on the impact of climate change. 

Changing of the Guard: The Class of 2019 Moves On

Despite gray skies and a light drizzle, thousands of family members and friends celebrated and cheered the 291 Westmont graduates who received their diplomas at Commencement on May 4.

Knecht’s Top Ten Things Every Westmont Grad Should Know

10. EAT MORE FROG FOR BREAKFAST. I apologize to the vegetarians and vegans in the audience. Not only are frogs a sustainable food source, but they also serve as an attitude adjustment the first thing in the morning. 

Twice as Much Opera in 2020

Building on the successful productions of “Die Fledermaus” in 2019 and “The Magic Flute” last spring, the Westmont music and theater departments will stage two operas in February and March 2020 at Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre.

Westmont Athletes Repair Cold Spring Path

More than 200 Westmont student-athletes worked with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, Safe Routes to School, the Montecito Trails Foundation and Cold Spring Landscape on Sept. 22 to repair cracks and holes in three paths that lead to Cold Spring School.

Music to Our 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.

Writing Code for Life

Professional surfer Shaun Tomson met with students in February to help them develop tools to overcome challenges.

Coming Home to Westmont

Alums returned to campus October 11-12 to reunite with class- mates, watch soccer games, reconnect with professors, enjoy a concert by the Westmont Orchestra, attend a variety of activities, and honor alumni award winners.

Beebe Plaza Honors Westmont President

The new Beebe Plaza at Spring Arbor University (SAU) celebrates Gayle D. Beebe’s seven-year tenure as SAU president (2000- 2007), citing his “innovative and entrepreneurial leadership coupled with a servant’s heart.

Celebrating a Creative Ceramicist

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art honors the legacy of Don Reitz, one of the most experimental and ingenious ceramic artists of the last century, with a touring retrospective exhibition of his imaginative work, “Spontaneous Response: The Innovative Ceramics of Don Reitz.”