Welcome Westmont Alumni!

Upcoming Alumni Events:

Mentoring for Managers and Entreprenuers: Jan. 27

Alumni in SB

You are invited to a reception for Westmont alums in Santa Barbara introducing the new Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 5:15-6:45 p.m. in the boardroom of the Union Bank building,15 E. Carrillo Street. Light refreshments will be served.

The center will focus on mentoring for managers and entrepreneurs to provide a confidential, candid space for business people to discuss their vision, work and practical problems, such as conflict resolution, work-life balance, career planning and making organizations values-based. Jim Wright, the acting director, will lead the mentoring work. He is an adjunct professor at Westmont.
Join us at the reception to learn more about this exciting and important program!

C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce

Great divorce

Join Westmont alumni and parents for The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis, a production by the Fellowship of Performing Arts in Thousand Oaks and Walnut Creek!

Thousand Oaks: Saturday, January 31 **SOLD OUT**

This event has SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Alumni Office at 805-565-6056 or email us at alumni@westmont.edu.

  • Location: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, Founders Room (on-site)
  • Date: Saturday, January 31
  • Times:
    • 2:30 p.m. Pre-event discussion
    • 4 p.m. The Great Divorce
  • Cost: $55 per person
  • Pre-event discussion: Prior to the play, hear Mark Nelson, professor of philosophy at Westmont, reflect on the book and lead a stimulating discussion about this classic Lewis work.
Walnut Creek: Saturday, February 7
  • Register here
  • Location: The Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, Encore Room (on-site)
  • Date: Saturday, February 7
  • Times:
    • 2:30 p.m. Coffee reception and pre-event discussion
    • 4 p.m. The Great Divorce
  • Cost: $60 per person (discounted from the regular rate of $75)
  • Pre-event discussion: Prior to the play, hear Karen Andrews, professor of Urban Studies and English at Westmont in San Francisco, reflect on the book and lead a stimulating discussion about this classic Lewis work.

Will's Tourney Stick & Disc Golf Tournament: February 2

Will's Tourney

February 2, 2015 is the 7th Annual Will's Tourney Stick & Disc Golf Tournament at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Goleta. The event is officially sponsored by Westmont College and organized annually by Will's family, friends and Westmont College.

A collaboration of stick and disc golfers toward a shared goal. The idea is to raise scholarship money by having as many people as possible, collaborating on the course at the same time.

Please join us on February 2, 2015. All are welcome to participate! If you are unable to golf, please come for dinner and a raffle at 5:15 p.m.

Register here by Friday, January 30, 2015

Alumni & Parent Trip to Mexico: Summer 2015


Westmont travels to Queretaro, Mexico, June 27-July 6, 2015

Join us this summer for a unique Mexican adventure! Do you enjoy learning in a relaxed setting with no tests? Would you like to brush up on a foreign language and experience the richness of another culture? Are you curious about what our students experience when they study overseas with a Westmont program?

Then our Summer 2015 alumni and parent trip to central Mexico is just for you! If you’ve been curious about visiting this beautiful region of Mexico and Mexico City, start saving your pesos now!

Save-the-Date: Homecoming 2015 - October 2 & 3



Alumni News

Music, Theater Offer Opera Classics

Soprano Christine NathansonThe Westmont Theater and Music Departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of “Pirates of Penzance,” combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” on Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 students/seniors/children, can be purchased by calling (805) 565-­7140 or online at online at www.westmont.edu/boxoffice. [more]

Presidential Lessons from Watergate Reporter

Bob WoodwardBob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, examined “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” for 300 people on Jan. 16 in the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore. The legendary journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, said it is not enough for a president to simply provide moral and ethical leadership. [more]

Stick, Disc Golfers Take Aim at Tourney

Wills Tourney 2014Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the seventh annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment Scholarship Fund at Westmont. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register or for more information, please go to willstourney.com or contact Karen Sloan, Westmont special events manager, at (805) 565­-6069. Green fees are $150, $115 for recent graduates (’06-’12) and $75 for current students. [more]

Grant to Fund Science Building Remodel

research studentsThe Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Science Building, which opened in 1985. [more]

New Trustees Join Westmont Board

D. Verne SharmaTwo parents of Westmont graduates and an alumna have joined the 29-member Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. Mike Allen of Dallas, Helga Houston ’83 of Columbus, Ohio, and D. Verne Sharma of Pasadena, Calif., began serving in October. [more]

Westmont Hosts California Premier of Tire Sculptor

Chakaia BookerThe Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of internationally famous sculptor Chakaia Booker Dec. 11-Jan. 31. A free, public opening reception with Booker is Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Alumni, Parents to Visit Querétaro, Mexico

Streets of QuerétaroThe Westmont Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts a unique venture to the Bajío region of Mexico for alumni and parents June 27-July 6. The trip, led by Mary Docter, Westmont professor of modern languages, includes stops at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites where Westmont in Mexico students live and learn. [more]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. BeebeDavid and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. [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]