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Westmont Ranked Among the Nation’s Best
September 13, 2021
Recent college and university annual rankings continue to affirm Westmont as one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Accomplished New Professors Join Faculty
September 8, 2021
Four new tenure-track professors have joined Westmont’s faculty this fall: Ben Carlson (physics), Dan Jensen (engineering), Gewnhi Park (psychology) and Alastair Su (history).
Museum Focuses on Faculty in ‘Sight, Insight’
August 31, 2021
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum focuses its attention on the college’s talented art faculty in “Sight & Insight: Westmont College Studio Art Faculty Exhibition” Sept. 2- Oct 30. The public is invited to a free, opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 4-6 p.m.
SB Sending Features 20 Christian Speakers
August 26, 2021
Westmont co-hosts Santa Barbara Sending mission conference featuring 20 speakers exploring topics related to medicine, business, education, women, refugees and more Sept. 15-18 at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Tickets, which cost $50 for general admissions and $10 for students, may be purchased at sbsending.com.
Talented New Students Welcomed In Person
August 25, 2021
About 410 new students, who include 58 new transfers, begin their journey at Westmont Thursday, Aug. 26, moving into residence halls and enjoying several days of welcoming activities during Orientation.
Exploring The Balance Between Hormones, Caffeine
August 19, 2021
“I rarely drink coffee,” says Tiffany Gong ’23, a behavioral neuroscience student at Westmont, who is the subject and the researcher examining the impact of acute caffeine on cortisol and melatonin levels.
Velas to Direct New Nursing Program
August 18, 2021
Carol Velas, who has served as a registered nurse for 35 years, will direct Westmont’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, which begins in January 2022 pending approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The former senior manager for state licensing and accreditation at Chamberlain University in Chicago, Velas helped design Westmont’s nursing program, serving as a consultant for the initial feasibility study.
Alumna Earns Prestigious Lilly Fellowship
August 17, 2021
The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program has selected Westmont alumna Olivia Stowell ’19 as one of 10 Lilly Graduate Fellows nationwide. The prestigious fellowship supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections within Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar as they pursue graduate degrees in humanities and the arts. Stowell, who earned a Master of Arts from Villanova, enters the doctoral program in Communication and Media at the University of Michigan this fall.
Exhibit Explores Contemporary Abstract Art
August 17, 2021
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art invites visitors to explore the diverse expressions and meanings of abstract art through the exhibition, “Towards a 21st Century Abstraction,” on display from July 8-August 14. Artists and visitors are welcome Monday through Friday between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Willis’ Poetry Offers ‘Somewhere to Follow’
August 17, 2021
In a new book of poetry, Paul J. Willis takes his readers on a path through California’s coastal redwoods and giant sequoias in the Sierra, weaving in adolescent practical jokes and sharing unexpected epiphanies. Slant Books published the latest book by the Westmont professor of English and former Santa Barbara poet laureate.
‘Soul Care’ Earns Willard Center Book Award
July 27, 2021
“Soul Care in African American Practice” by Barbara L. Peacock (InterVarsity Press, 2020) has won the annual book award from the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Research Center (MIDWC) at Westmont College. She will speak in chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m.
Westmont's Beloved Pickle Tree to Be Removed
June 11, 2021
Kerrwood Lawn in the late 1960s
A Stately Sight to Generations of Warriors
A Shot in the Arm Against a Shortage of Nurses
June 4, 2021
Amid a global pandemic and dire nursing shortage, Westmont’s proposed Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) arrives just in time to meet a great need not only in the Santa Barbara community but in California. The program, run in partnership with Cottage Health, received unanimous approval for its feasibility study from the California Board of Registered Nursing’s (BRN) Education Licensing Committee (ELC) in April and awaits further approvals.
Sokhela is NAIA Track Athlete of the Year
June 3, 2021
Westmont’s Senzo Zola Sokhela, a 19-year-old freshman from South Africa, has made a name for himself despite his short time on campus. After Sokhela won two individual national championships at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships May 28, the U.S.
Stellar Young Life Students Earn Full Scholarships
June 2, 2021
Westmont College and Young Life Southwestern Division have awarded full scholarships to Arath Gomez of Santa Barbara, Destiny Mitchell of Victorville and Serena Nohmeh of Reseda. Young Life Urban Leadership Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board for each student to attend Westmont for four years.
Commencement Honors Resilient Class of 2021
May 27, 2021
“No class in the history of Westmont College has endured so much to make it to this day,” said President Gayle D. Beebe as he welcomed the 306 members of the class of 2021 and their families on May 8 to a special, socially distanced Commencement service on Thorrington Field. “Four years ago, you arrived on a beautiful August afternoon, ready to move in, anticipating all that lay ahead, not thinking of the long and arduous journey that would bring you to this moment.
Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2021
May 26, 2021
Each year, the Westmont community celebrates the many ways that God has gifted our students academically by announcing and honoring the Outstanding Graduate Awards in each department during the Academic Awards Convocation prior to Commencement. This year, the ceremony was pre-recorded and is available for viewing here: https://youtu.be/Rb-kaApMhec.
The following are the Outstanding Graduates of 2021
Exhibit Spotlights Area Artists ‘At the Edges’
May 13, 2021
The creative works of 31 local artists will be front and center in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s new show, “At The Edges: Tri-County Juried Exhibition,” on display from May 20- June 19. Though there will not be an opening reception for the show, artists and visitors are welcome Monday through Friday between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., while the exhibition is open.
Regional News Media Coverage of Commencement
May 12, 2021
Graduates Among Nation's Most Resilient
May 3, 2021
The 306 members of Westmont College’s class of 2021 rank among the most determined and resilient college graduates in our nation’s history.
Theater Offers COVID Inspired 'Winter's Tale'
April 27, 2021
The Westmont Theater Arts Department, in collaboration with the newly created film studies program, presents a virtual premiere of “A Winter’s Tale (Interrupted)” on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The play, which does contain mature content, is free to stream at westmont.edu/watchtheater.
Equal parts theater performance, documentary, video log and art film, the production explores what it means to be an artist and a human in the winter of 2020 in America.
Art Graduates Offer ‘Untold’ Exhibition
April 8, 2021
Thirteen graduating art majors offer their capstone art projects, which include oil paintings, drawings, collages, digital illustrations, sculptural installations, prints, photographs, videos and stop-motion animation from April 8- May 8 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. See “Untold: Westmont Graduate Exhibition 2021” online at westmont.edu/museum/untold. Find information at westmont.edu/museum about making an appointment to see the exhibit in person.
Brooks Back for Virtual Leadership Conference
April 7, 2021
Keynote speakers David Brooks, Erin Meyer, Gayle D.
Student Researchers Go Outside for Symposium
April 6, 2021
The 25th Annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium, celebrating more than three dozen research projects by 50 students and their professors, is moving outdoors on Thursday, April 22, from 3:30-5 p.m. The event is not open to the public.
While in 2020 we needed to have this event virtually, this year, student presenters will set up posters inside the top-most tennis courts and attendees will walk through the presentations in a one-way direction. Masks and physical distancing will be required.
April Provides a Shower of Virtual Concerts
April 1, 2021
Westmont’s student musicians will spring into action this month, performing in seven different virtual concerts, available for free streaming beginning at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/virtual-concert-series.
The Westmont Music Department combines the choir and orchestra for an inspiring performance of “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure in its annual Masterworks Concert. The pre-recorded performance will be available for streaming beginning Friday, April 2.
Crisis Leadership Event Attracts Large Audience
March 11, 2021
Loma Linda Violinist Wins Guild Competition
March 11, 2021
The Westmont Music Department held its ninth annual Instrumental Guild Competition with six finalists performing virtually for college scholarships. A virtual concert of the competition became available March 5 with violinist Sophia Chan of Loma Linda receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 for four years) to study at Westmont.
Willard Center Gives Book, Research Awards
February 24, 2021
Westmont’s Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation will give its 2020 Book Award to Angela Carpenter, assistant professor of religion at Hope College in Michigan, on Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom at westmont.edu/lectures.
Music Department Offers an ‘Elixir of Love’
February 11, 2021
Watch an engaging video of “The Elixir of Love,” a two-act opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/music. After months of socially distant rehearsals and three days of challenging but safe videotaping, the Westmont Music Department presents its latest opera. Alumna Christina (Farris) Jensen ’09 returned to Santa Barbara to serve as stage director for the production during the pandemic.
Talk Examines Climate Change, Biodiversity
February 9, 2021
Climate change and the threat it poses to humans has been well publicized. But we hear less about its effects on the multitude of other species on the planet. Amanda Sparkman, chair of the Westmont Biology Department, explores “A Snake in the Spring Rain: How Biodiversity is Responding to a Changing Climate” on Thursday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m. The Westmont Downtown Lecture will occur live via Zoom.
Historian Nancy Koehn to Speak at Breakfast
February 8, 2021
A celebrated Harvard historian and bestselling author, Nancy Koehn will discuss courageous and principled leadership at the 16th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 5, at 8 a.m. Tickets to the virtual event, which cost $35, go on sale February 12 at westmont.edu/breakfast.
Study Examines Religious Experiences, Depression
February 5, 2021
A national study examines the link between religious experiences and depression by following more than 12,000 American adolescents from their teens into middle adulthood. The research indicates that attending religious services staves off depression, but it also ties life-changing spiritual experiences and a belief in divine leading and angelic protection to an increased risk for depression, especially in men.
Westmont to Offer Certificate in Social Impact Analytics
February 3, 2021
Westmont pioneers a new certificate program that trains people to use statistical data in studying complex human behavior and addressing global challenges. The Certificate in Social Impact Analytics (SIA) targets college graduates with non-technical backgrounds interested in developing statistical and analytical skills so they can assess the social impacts of programs, interventions and policies.
Westmont Theater Expands Globally
January 19, 2021
The Westmont Theater Arts Department has established a new initiative expanding its focus on diversity, justice, global engagement and intercultural competency. Beginning in fall 2021, as part of the Justice and Global Engagement in the Theatre Arts Initiative, John Blondell, award-winning director and Westmont professor of theater arts, will become the new global ambassador in the performing arts.
Museum Exhibits Contemporary Collection
January 8, 2021
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art highlights works donated to or purchased for to the museum. “Selections from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art” will run from January 14-March 27, 2021. The exhibition will be available online at westmont.edu/museum/contemporarycollection.
Westmont Seeks New Provost
January 6, 2021
Westmont has launched a national search for a provost to oversee the college’s educational program. The search committee, chaired by President Gayle D. Beebe, is seeking a chief academic officer who will ensure a vibrant partnership between the college’s curricular and co-curricular programs.
As the second highest-ranking senior administrator at the college, the provost serves as a member of the Westmont Executive Team. The provost, who is also dean of faculty, has the primary responsibility for the academic program.
Westmont Downtown to House Nursing School
December 16, 2020
Westmont has purchased a four-story building in downtown Santa Barbara where it will launch a new nursing program in partnership with Cottage Health. The new nursing program will address the critical shortage of skilled nurses in Santa Barbara and throughout the region.
Recent Grads Overcome Job Uncertainty
December 11, 2020
Ninety-two percent of Westmont graduates from the class of 2020 have found a job or are attending graduate school (or planning to attend) despite a national economy sickened by the coronavirus.
Christmas Fest Launches ‘Healing in His Wings’
November 30, 2020
The 16th annual Westmont Christmas Festival, “Ris’n with Healing in His Wings,” presents a special online event this year due to the pandemic. The Westmont Music Department, led by Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, has creatively recorded the 100 members of the Westmont Orchestra and College Choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union throughout campus. The virtual concert, which retells the Christmas story by weaving narration with music, will be posted online Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.
Perspective on Peaceful American Indians
November 20, 2020
Rick Pointer, professor emeritus of history at Westmont, has written a biography of Papunhank, a little-known Munsee reformer and Moravian leader.
Teen Bonds Ward Off Adult Depression
November 18, 2020
A national study following more than 12,000 people from adolescence to adulthood showed that positive and caring relationships in the teenage years make a lasting impact on mental health. Warm relationships with parents, friends and teachers are highly effective safeguards against depressive symptoms later in life, as is educational achievement. Teenage romantic relationships, pregnancy and multiple sex partners pose modest risks, while alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use reveal mixed associations.
Museum Exhibits, Sells 450 5X5 Art Pieces
November 13, 2020
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its 10th anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5x5: Celebrating Ten Years,” which features about 450, five-inch-square works of art from Dec. 3-18. The art will be available for purchase through an online auction at westmont.edu/museum/5x5 that ends Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.
Student Composers to Shine
November 13, 2020
Westmont’s talented student musicians and composers will be in the spotlight at the Student Composer's Concert on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. westmont.edu/virtual-concert-series.
“There will be a spectacular array of new pieces by composition students at Westmont,” says Steve Butler, professor of music and an ASCAP award-winning composer.
Warriors Tip Off Men's Hoops Season
November 10, 2020
The Westmont men’s basketball team tips off its 2020-21 season against the University of Saint Katherine from San Marcos, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Murchison Gym. Though fans will not be allowed in the gym due to the pandemic, the game will be live-streamed and available on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.
Art Gifts to Find New Home in Santa Ynez
November 5, 2020
The Forest Foundation, which has supported the arts and education in California and Illinois since 1963, is donating several sculptures and more than three dozen pedestals and sculptural stands to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Museum officials are working with Brander Vineyard to create a long-term sculpture exhibition at the Santa Ynez winery.
Concert Offers Toe Tapping Jazz Standards
November 2, 2020
Eben Drost directs the Westmont Jazz Ensemble
The Westmont Music Department’s weekly Friday night virtual concert series gets jazzy on Nov. 6. The Westmont Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of keyboardist Eben Drost, will perform many recognizable standards starting at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/virtual-concert-series. The concert will be recorded in Deane Chapel with musicians wearing masks and singers standing outside the door when they perform.
Making Good Choices with Decision Analysis
October 28, 2020
Enrico Manlapig, associate professor of economics and business, explores “Decision Analysis and the Common Good” in a live webinar on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at vimeo.com/474003951.
Masked Singers Offer ‘Choral Celebration’
October 27, 2020
Members of the Westmont College Choir and Choral Union, wearing masks and singing outside, offer a Fall Choral Celebration on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/virtual-concert-series.