Welcome Westmont Alumni!

Upcoming Alumni Events:

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:

Portland: Saturday, March 14 - C.S. Lewis Play
  • Register Now!
    • Location:  The Newmark Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1037 SW Broadway Avenue
    • Date: Saturday, March 14
    • Times:
      • 2:15 p.m. Coffee Reception and Pre-play Discussion at the ArtBar & Bistro
      • 4 p.m. The Great Divorce
    • Cost: $55 per person (includes reception, play, taxes and fees)
    • RSVP by: March 11

Pageant of Our Lord, Palos Verdes - March 29


Join us for the 30th annual presentation of the Pageant of Our Lord, “a unique presentation of the life of Christ through living reproductions of famous art works. This theatrical masterpiece includes life-sized paintings and sculptures, utilizing live models within the art, accompanied by original narration and the Rolling Hills Covenant Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra.”

  • Register now to obtain your ticket! Limited tickets are available at the all-inclusive group rate of $27.25 per person. (The ticket price includes center section seats, a catered lunch and ticket fees).

If blending events like the Passion Play at Oberammergau in Germany and the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach sounds intriguing, then you’ll enjoy this event. Prior to the pageant, unite with Los Angeles and Orange County alumni and parents for a reception and lunch in the home of alumnus Ryan Killam ’07. Ken Kihlstrom, professor of physics at Westmont, will inspire us with a talk, “Close to the Heart of God through Art.”

Save-the-Date: Homecoming - October 2-4, 2015



Alumni News

Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Breakfast

Doris Kearns GoodwinDoris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 6, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. on the Westmont website. [more]

Talk to Explore Mommy Bloggers

Dr. Felicia Wu SongFelicia Song, Westmont associate professor of sociology, discusses women who seek to reconstruct their social identities online in a lecture, “More than a Mommy Blogger: Renegotiating Identity in Motherhood and Social Media,” on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The talk, organized by Westmont’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Professor Paul Delaney at (805) 565­6079. [more]

Poet Brett Foster to Read Works

Dr. Brett FosterBrett Foster, a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, recipient of a PEN American writing grant and winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, reads his poetry as part of the Westmont Reading Series Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Randall VanderMey at (805) 565-7145. [more]

Choral Concert Features Mozart, Haydn

The Westmont College ChoirThe Westmont Choral Masterworks Concert features two great works of the classic period, one from the mind of a 13-year-old genius and the other the crowning work of an old master, on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu St. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, cost $10 general admission, all students are free. [more]

Musicians to Compete for Scholarships

Mirah Ray of San AnselmoSix high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the third annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. [more]

‘Insect Comedy’ Crawls onto SB Stage

PosterNineteen student actors and the same creative team behind the national award-winning 2013 production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” stages “The Insect Comedy or The World We Live In” Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 28 and March 5-6 at 8 p.m., and March 7 at 2 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors and children, $15 for adults, and can be purchased by calling (805) 565-7140. [more]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

Westmont fountainTwo new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. Business Insider names it one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, and Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-­Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” [more]

Exhibition Highlights Rembrandt, Jews

Rembrandt’s “Triumph of Mordecai”Westmont features 21 Rembrandt etchings in an exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection,” Feb. 12-March 28 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6162. [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]