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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.
$1M Grant Aids Work with Area Churches
October 26, 2020
Westmont College has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Westmont Center for Thriving Communities.
The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world.
Westmont Hosts Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian
October 21, 2020
Acclaimed author Jon Meacham addresses “The Architecture of Endurance: Building a Republic that Stands the Test of Time” on Friday, Nov. 6, from 12-1:30 p.m. in a special virtual event from Westmont. The live broadcast opens with remarks by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe and includes a question-and-answer session with Meacham, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner. The talk is free and open to the public thanks to the gracious support of Westmont’s Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership.
Westmont’s New Website Wins Award
October 20, 2020
The Westmont College website, which has undergone a five-year overhaul, won the Web Marketing Association’s 2020 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Best Faith-Based Website. A select group of independent judges from around the world selected Westmont’s website for setting the standard of excellence in website development.
College Bucks National Virus Trends
October 19, 2020
Very few Westmont students have tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to campus in mid-September, and faculty and staff are finding innovative ways for students to thrive while staying safe.
Concert Offers ‘an Orchestral Sampler’
October 19, 2020
The Westmont Orchestra, masked up, socially distant and with bell covers over their instruments, will perform “An Orchestral Sampler” on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The event, which is being recorded live outdoors, will be available for free viewing at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic.
Pandemic Inspires Theater’s ‘small enchantments’
October 15, 2020
In a time of challenge, conflict and difficulty, the Westmont Theater Arts Department stages “small enchantments,” a fairy tale-inspired play of change and wonder on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/watchtheater.
“I wanted to work on something with our students that enacted and presented enchantment, hope and possibility for renewed life rather than an immersion in the desperation and uncertainty of the present moment,” says director John Blondell.
Talk Explores ‘Mindset to Endure’ COVID-19
October 13, 2020
Dr. Eric Nelson, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, will share lessons from the pandemic’s unique impact on emotional health in a free, online lecture, “Stress, Loss and Uncertainty Amidst COVID-19: Cultivating a Mindset to Endure Prolonged Global Distress,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at vimeo.com/showcase/7555348.
Professors to Examine Race, Racism
October 9, 2020
An interdisciplinary panel of Westmont faculty, including Yi-Fan Lu (biology), Tom Knecht (political science), and Meredith Whitnah (sociology), with moderator Kya Mangrum (English) will explore “What Is Race and Racism?" on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Off-campus attendees can register at https://bit.ly/33IGuQE to be sent the link to the Zoom event.
Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty
October 2, 2020
Four stellar new professors join the Westmont faculty this fall: Katherine Bryant (political science), alumnus Daniel Gee (music), Robert Haring-Kaye (physics) and Blake Victor Kent (soc
Friday Night Concert Features Singing Alumna
October 2, 2020
Soprano Megan (Silberstein) Billings will perform as part of the music department’s Alumni Spotlight on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free concert at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic.
Friday Concert Features Faculty
October 2, 2020
The Westmont Music Department features its talented faculty members in the Friday Concert Series on Oct. 2. at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic.
Familiar Face Takes Over as Library Director
October 1, 2020
Jana Mayfield Mullen, who began teaching in Westmont’s history and religious studies departments in 2001, is the new director of Voskuyl Library. She joined the library staff in 2013 and served as co-director for the past year.
Student Researchers Persevere Over Summer
September 30, 2020
Senior Zack Moreau, pictured in 2019, worked with Dr. Allan Nishimura over the summer.
Twenty-seven Westmont students adhered to strict safety protocols to work with their professors on research projects during the summer. Due to the pandemic, Westmont will skip the annual October symposium, where students present their summer research findings in person.
Student-Athletes Score Academic Gold
September 28, 2020
Men’s soccer has been a NAIA Scholar Team for five straight years. Pictured: senior midfielder and 2019-20 NAIA Scholar-Athlete Nick Ruiz.
Talk Offers Four Historic Pandemic Views
September 18, 2020
Four Westmont professors from different disciplines examine how the new coronavirus has forced us to adapt our daily lives in unexpected ways in a talk, “Plagues, Pandemics and Perseverance,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. The pre-recorded presentation, sponsored by Westmont’s Voskuyl Library, features Marilyn McEntyre (humanities), Paul Willis (English), Helen Rhee (religious studies) and Lisa DeBoer (art) and are available online at youtube.com/westmontTV.
Alumna Provides Music from Bulgaria
September 17, 2020
The Westmont Music Department continues its popular Friday Concert Series with its first Alumni Spotlight recital, featuring alumna Sarah Shasberger Pfister ’12 and the Carnevale String Quartet from Bulgaria on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic.
Westmont Tops Latest College Rankings
September 14, 2020
Recent college and university annual rankings continue to affirm Westmont as one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Westmont Welcomes Top Students to Campus
September 11, 2020
Westmont’s class of 2024 is the most academically talented in the college’s history. It’s also among the most diverse with 39 percent of the 375 new and transfer students identifying as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or multiracial. Twelve percent are the first in their family to attend college. The average SAT score skyrocketed 40 points to 1260 with a middle range of 1140-1380. The average GPA jumped significantly from 3.88 to 3.98.
College Joins Symphony for Music Education
September 11, 2020
The Santa Barbara Symphony and Westmont College have announced a strategic partnership to strengthen their ability to bring music education to local school children while creating a pipeline to provide lifelong musical opportunities in the community. This collaboration includes newly developed innovative virtual and socially distanced curriculum.
Prints of Old Masters Leave an Impression
September 3, 2020
The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art offers a unique history lesson, blending prints from 16th to 18th century Old Masters with a few modern and contemporary works in its latest online exhibition available through Nov. 7. “Making a Fine Impression: Prints from the Faith and Dewayne Perry Collection” includes more than a dozen videos of Westmont experts describing a particular piece in the exhibition, which can be viewed at westmont.edu/museum/fine-impression.
Friday Concert Series Kicks Off Virtually
September 3, 2020
The Westmont Music Department launches its Friday Concert Series with a virtual performance featuring Andrea (flute) and Neil Di Maggio (piano) on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic.
Students Welcomed Via Virtual Orientation
August 26, 2020
Westmont welcomes its new students to a virtual Orientation Aug. 27-29 to learn about the educational program and meet faculty, staff and fellow students. The college has postponed repopulating until the COVID-19 case rate in Santa Barbara County drops below the state-mandated threshold. Classes will begin remotely Aug.
Art Grads Install Virtual Exhibit ‘Adjacent’
August 18, 2020
Twelve Westmont art graduates, unable to exhibit their artwork at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum on campus in May due to COVID-19, are displaying their senior projects virtually. “Adjacent: Westmont Graduate Exhibition 2020” is available in-person at the museum only to the artists and their families by prior appointment. Everyone else can see the exhibition, including a virtual tour, online at westmont.edu/museum/adjacent.
Willis Pens New Book, ‘All in a Garden Green’
July 21, 2020
Boucher at Helm of Highly Touted Warriors Team
July 16, 2020
‘Matter + Spirit’ Explores Chinese Art Scene
July 16, 2020
Alumni to Add Experience as New Trustees
July 10, 2020
New Director Focused to Reduce Risk
July 9, 2020
Jason Tavarez joined the Westmont community as director of institutional resilience in February 2020 and almost immediately began working to protect the college from the dangers of COVID-19.
New Director Joins Intercultural Programs
June 30, 2020
New Trustees Add Voice, Experience to Board
June 17, 2020
Remembering My Father: Provost Mark Sargent
June 17, 2020
My father—Joseph Linden Sargent—passed away almost twelve years ago, yet there’s still hardly a Father’s Day that goes by when I don’t remind myself to call him. That thought usually hits me about dusk, or when I look at one of his watercolors on our walls. He died on his anniversary, nearly two years after my mother’s passing.
Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2020
June 9, 2020
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. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to publicly announce and honor them during the Academic Awards Convocation, which is typically held prior to Commencement. Here are the Outstanding Graduates of 2020.
Courage is the Hallmark of the Warrior
May 22, 2020
Loomer to Direct Research and Planning
May 15, 2020
Westmont welcomes Tim Loomer, who joins the staff July 1 as director of research, planning and implementation and assistant to the president for board relations. For the past two years, he has served as interim head of school at Providence.
Westmont Revitalizes Its Ethnic Studies Minor
May 12, 2020
Westmont’s ethnic studies minor, which enables students to examine the cultural, historical, political and social dimensions of a variety of racial and ethnic groups, has been revitalized.
Moore Ends Coaching Career on Top
May 8, 2020
Online Art Exhibit Delves into ‘Time, Memory’
May 7, 2020
'A Tribute to My Mother' by Gayle D. Beebe
May 7, 2020
"Treat others with kindness so they have the energy to be kind as well."
College Coordinates Montecito Food Drive
May 4, 2020
Montecito community members joined with Westmont to serve the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which has distributed 2.25 million pounds of food during the COVID-19 response. Residents dropped off 151 bags of food at the rear parking lot of Montecito Bank and Trust on Coast Village Road on May 9 or asked that donated food be picked up from their homes. In exchange, donors received wrapped rolls of toilet paper.
Wickham, Lecrae Perform for Graduating Seniors
May 1, 2020
Taking Quarantine Treats to the Street
April 24, 2020
Graduating Senior Hopes to Keep Making Music
April 15, 2020
Westmont Announces New Board Chair
April 2, 2020
Warriors Win National Hoops Honors
March 27, 2020
Westmont Donates Protective Masks to Cottage
March 23, 2020
Westmont College will donate 1,000 N95 masks to Santa Barbara Cottage Health’s front-line heroes combating the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Westmont has historically kept a supply of protective masks on campus for its students, faculty and staff to protect them from smoke during wildfires.
Women's Hoops Finish Season Ranked No. 1
March 12, 2020
Warriors Win Five Straight Championships
March 9, 2020