News and Events

Trustees Pledge $100,000 Challenge Grant

Trustee ChallengeThe Westmont Board of Trustees has pledged $100,000 for student scholarships and is challenging the Westmont community to double it. The Trustee Challenge, which aims to make college more affordable, is raising money for the Westmont Fund through May 9. Each gift to the Trustee Challenge will be doubled by the trustee’s pledge, up to $100,000. [more]

Columnist Brooks Speaks at Commencement

Commencement 2014David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and political analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal in honor of all the local organizations that serve our community by assisting individuals and families facing enormous financial and personal challenges every day of their lives. Rolf Geyling, president of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, will be recognized for his strategic and effective leadership of the Rescue Mission and will accept the award. [more]

Conference Focuses on Moral, Effective Leadership

Dr. Ron WhiteAbraham Lincoln. Peter Drucker. Bill Gates. These iconic leaders continue to make a profound and pivotal impact on American thought and culture. “Lead Where You Stand: Lessons for Leaders from Lincoln, Drucker and Bill Gates,” a three-day conference at Westmont College, will offer key insights into an enduring challenge: How do we develop the capacity to respond in timely, principled ways to the multifaceted challenges of effective leadership? [more]

Scholarship to Honor Life of Kenon Neal

Kenon NealNumerous friends, an anonymous donor and widower Matt Neal have established the Kenon Neal Endowed Scholarship at Westmont. Kenon (Ramsey) Neal ’88 died July 16, 2014, after experiencing a number of health challenges in her life, including five bouts of cancer that she battled for 27 years. The scholarship will assist students who have overcome challenges such as cancer, receive an academic merit scholarship and have a financial need. [more]

MBAR Praises Westmont Leadership Center Plans

The Leadership Center will house students participating in leadership programsThe Montecito Board of Architectural Review has completed the conceptual phase of its analysis of Westmont College’s designs for a new residential facility. The Montecito Planning Commission is expected to review the proposal, which is included in the college’s Master Plan, in July. [more]

Senior Art Show Features a ‘Maker’s Dozen’

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of ArtThirteen graduating art majors will display their capstone art projects April 9-May 9 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public reception opens “Maker’s Dozen: Westmont Senior Art Exhibition 2015” on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Westmont Opens Downtown Program

President Gayle D. Beebe and Rick Ifland teach Seminar in Executive LeadershipWestmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu Street in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above the Fund of Santa Barbara. [more]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Jonathan WongViolinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were given to the other contestants: violinists Mirah Ray of San Anselmo and Sierra Farrar of Denver; pianists Merckx Dascomb of Santa Ynez and Kennedy Hahn of Beaverton, Ore.; and vocalist Kathryn Ogata of Santa Ana. [more]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in MadagascarTaylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. [more]

Alum Earns Fulbright to Study Stem Cells

Steven LeeSteven Lee ’13, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to conduct biology research in Korea. [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]

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]