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  • Top Students Earn Leadership Awards

    April 13, 2022

    Two Westmont students won David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards for showing vision, courage, humility, integrity and competence as leaders. Angela D’Amour, dean of student engagement, introduced the 22nd annual awardees, Ebun Kalejaiye ’23 of Rancho Palos Verdes and Eden Lawson ’24 of Redlands, on April 1 in chapel.

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  • Full Moon Rises at Westmont Observatory

    April 12, 2022

    A rising full moon will greet visitors to the Westmont Observatory at the free, monthly public viewing of the stars on Friday, April 15, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting several hours. Face coverings will be required at the event.

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  • Downtown Talk Explores Music in COVID

    April 11, 2022

    Michael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor for music and worship, shares stories of musical exploration and perseverance during a pandemic at a free public lecture, “Making Music in the Age of COVID: Challenges, Opportunities, Risks and Meaning,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the outdoor patio of Westmont’s newest downtown Santa Barbara building, 29 W. Anapamu.

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  • Brooks Headlines In-Person Leadership Conference

    April 6, 2022

    Keynote speakers David Brooks, Erin Meyer, Gayle D. Beebe, Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Shaylyn Romney Garrett and Robert Putnam share insights on effective and purposeful leadership at the 2022 Lead Where You Stand Conference June 1-3 at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Tickets to the three-day event, which cost $499, may be purchased at westmont.edu/lead. Those who buy four seats, get one free. 

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  • Fringe Returns to ‘Unfamiliar Waters’

    April 6, 2022

    The Westmont Fringe Festival returns with a four-day, student-led celebration of the arts April 21- 24, beginning at 7 p.m. in and around Porter Theater. About 80 students are acting, designing, directing or writing plays and poetry for the performance extravaganza themed “Unfamiliar Waters.” A four-day, all-access general admission pass costs $20; $15 for seniors/students. A one-day pass is $10 with no student/senior discount. Tickets may be purchased at westmont.edu/boxoffice.

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  • Graduating Art Majors Offer a Powerful ‘Presence’

    April 5, 2022

    Fifteen graduating Westmont art majors make their presence felt in an exhibition April 7- May 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Presence” is Thursday, April 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum.

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  • An Elegant Entrance Welcomes You to Westmont 

    April 5, 2022

    The next time you drive to campus, you’ll discover beauti­ful new kiosks featuring sandstone, greenery and vine-covered trellises. Westmont has widened each entrance and designed the kiosks to better protect the campus.

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  • Spring Sing Bounces Back at the Bowl

    April 5, 2022

    The 61st annual Westmont’s Spring Sing, a student-performed variety show and competition between residence halls, was back and in person at the Santa Barbara Bowl April 1. It is the longest running tradition on campus and involves more students than any other college event.

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  • Moving First-generation Students Forward

    March 30, 2022

    The Center for First-generation Student Success has welcomed Westmont and 52 other new institutions into First-gen Forward, a program that recognizes colleges and universities committed to helping first-generation students thrive.

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  • Mangrum Wins Prestigious Research Award

    March 29, 2022

    Kya Mangrum, assistant professor of English, has won a $9,900 Graves Award in Humanities research grant. A 2021 Westmont Teacher of the Year, Mangrum is conducting research for a new book exploring how Americans remembered and wrote about slavery and the Civil War in the first five decades (1865-1915) following Emancipation and the end of the war.

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  • Talk Examines White, Christian Nationalism

    March 28, 2022

    Award-winning scholar and teacher Samuel L. Perry examines the type of white Christian nationalism displayed at the U.S. Capitol attack in a free, public lecture Monday, April 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center.

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  • Chemistry Department Earns ACS Approval

    March 28, 2022

    After a 10-year process, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training voted in January 2022 to include Westmont College on the list of institutions approved by ACS. Effective immediately, the society will certify the degrees of Westmont graduates who complete the requirements of the college’s Professional Track for Chemistry.

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  • Observatory Reopens for Public Viewing

    March 15, 2022

    The Westmont Observatory opens to the public Friday, March 18, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting several hours. Face coverings will be required at the event. Due to the pandemic, this is the first time in two years the observatory has been open to the public.

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  • Music Department Awards Top Scholarships to Guild Winners

    March 8, 2022

    The Westmont Music Department handed out tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to musicians and singers as part of its annual guild competitions. Corrie Bascom, a violinist from Minnesota, won the 10th annual Instrumental Guild Competition Feb. 26 and Hailey Somphone, a soprano from Fullerton, won the Vocal Guild Competition on March 5. Each will receive up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 for four years) to study at Westmont.

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  • Author Michael Lewis Shares Insight to His Bestsellers

    March 7, 2022

    Bestselling author Michael Lewis shared insight into his blockbuster books such as “Moneyball,” “The Undoing Project” and “The Fifth Risk,” at the 17th annual President’s Breakfast March 4 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

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  • National Study Examines Link Between Accountability to God, Psychological Well-Being

    February 28, 2022

    Religious believers who embrace accountability to God (or another transcendent guide for life) experience higher levels of three of the four variables of psychological well-being – mattering to others, dignity and meaning in their lives, though not happiness – according to a study from researchers with Baylor University, Westmont College and Hope College.

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  • Musicians Perform in Guild Competition

    February 23, 2022

    The Westmont Music Department holds its 10th annual Instrumental Guild Competition with six finalists performing for college scholarships on Saturday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel.

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  • More Money, Love: Theater Stages ‘The Miser’

    February 9, 2022

    The Westmont College Festival Theatre and John Blondell, Westmont’s award-winning director and professor of theater arts, stage “The Miser, or the School for Lies,” Moliere’s funny, highly theatrical on-the-verge-of-the-absurd comedy Feb. 25-26, March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 at 2 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults, and may be purchased online at westmont.edu/boxoffice.

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  • High Schoolers Compete at Math Field Day

    February 8, 2022

    Westmont’s 33rd annual Mathematics Field Day, featuring seven Southern California high schools, is Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1-5:15 p.m. in Winter Hall. The awards banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Global Leadership Center. The event, co-directed by Westmont mathematics professors Anna Aboud and Russell Howell, features student teams from Cate, Dos Pueblos, La Cañada, Oaks Christian, Providence, San Marcos and Santa Barbara.

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  • Downtown Talk to Explore Photography, Poetry

    February 3, 2022

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  • Westmont Names New Provost

    February 3, 2022

    Westmont announces the appointment of Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu as the college’s new provost beginning August 1, 2022.

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  • Senior Wins Top Oxford Scholarship

    February 1, 2022

    Westmont senior Lexy Gillette, a double major in physics and chemistry, will attend the University of Oxford in the fall after earning the prestigious John and Daria Barry Foundation Scholarship. The award, given to about 10 students a year from select institutions, covers tuition, fees and living expenses, also provides a stipend and research and travel allowances for at least two years. Lexy, who will pursue a doctorate in inorganic chemistry, is one of the first few recipients in the natural sciences.

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  • Women’s Polo Rides into Regionals

    January 28, 2022

    The Westmont women’s polo team, fresh off a 15-1 victory over cross-town rival UC Santa Barbara, rides into United States Polo Association Regionals on Friday, February 25, in Los Osos. The Warriors will face Stanford, who they beat earlier this season, Cal Poly, UC Davis, USC, UCSB, Oregon State, Montana State and Idaho State.

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  • Author Michael Lewis Headlines Breakfast

    January 13, 2022

    Michael Lewis, bestselling author of blockbuster books such as “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side,” speaks with Westmont president Gayle D. Beebe at the 17th annual President’s Breakfast Friday, March 4, 2022, from 7 a.m.- 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Tickets cost $125 each and go on sale Friday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.

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  • Celebrating a Classic American Opera

    January 12, 2022

    Westmont presents Aaron Copland’s great 20th century American opera “The Tender Land” January 28 and 30 at 7 p.m. at Center Stage Theatre in Paseo Nuevo. Purchase tickets, which cost $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors or military, at the Center Stage box office at centerstagetheater.org. Please visit the Center Stage website to view the latest COVID-19 requirements.

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  • Study Examines Attachment to God, Psychological Distress

    January 4, 2022

    A national study examines the link between perceived relationship with God and mental health from a sample of more than 1,600 Americans. The research suggests that religious believers who relate to God in an uncertain or anxious manner are more likely to experience symptoms of psychological distress, including anxiety, paranoia, obsession and compulsion.

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  • Edison Contributes to STEM Education

    January 4, 2022

    Westmont College has received $20,000 toward scholarships for four students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Edison International, the public utility parent company of Southern California Edison. The company has awarded this grant to Westmont every year since 2013.

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  • Art Exhibition is ‘Amplifying the between’

    January 3, 2022

    Santa Barbara artist Marie Schoeff explores a profound yet unpretentious relationship with nature and spirituality in a new exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art from Jan. 13-March 26. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will not be an opening reception for “Marie Schoeff: Amplifying the Between." 

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  • Getting Jazzy with Chick Corea

    December 7, 2021

    The Westmont Jazz Ensemble highlights the work of Chick Corea, who died earlier this year, in a concert Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. As per the county requirement for all indoor events, masks will be required. Any outside guests will be asked to present either proof of vaccination or a negative test result from the past 72 hours. For more information, please call (805) 565-­6040.

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  • Santa Barbara Educator Earns Gold Star

    December 7, 2021

    Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, who served the local education community for more than three decades, received the Westmont Education Department’s 2021-22 Excellence in Education Award.

    D’Emidio-Caston, who most recently directed student teaching at Antioch University Santa Barbara, spoke to Westmont education students, encouraging them to find a trusted long-term professional partner to “grow with and, more generally, to do teaching with.” 

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  • The Fast and Hilarious: Students Put RC Cars to the Test

    December 2, 2021

    The rubber meets the road for Westmont’s engineering students who, as part of their coursework, will race foot-long remote control cars on a short, oval racetrack in front of Kerrwood Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The students have created the cars from kits with hundreds of parts for their Machine Design course with Dan Jensen, director of the engineering program.

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  • Christmas Festival Makes Its Granada Premiere

    November 12, 2021

    The 17th annual Westmont Christmas Festival appears for the first time at Santa Barbara’s famed Granada Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. Tickets, which cost $20 each, go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. at westmont.edu/festival.

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  • Theater Turns to Uplifting ‘Hope Songs’

    November 9, 2021

    The Westmont Festival Theatre offers uplifting songs of joy and love in “You Will Be Found: Hope Songs” Nov. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “We all could use a little hope right now,” says Mitchell Thomas, director of the event. Tickets to the all-ages fundraiser, which cost $15 for general admission, $10 for students, may be purchased at westmont.edu/boxoffice.

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  • Talk Examines Bolivian Child Workers

    November 2, 2021

    Elizabeth Gardner, Westmont assistant professor of communication studies, examines a protest by children and adolescents in South America on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. The Paul C.

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  • NEXUS Stages Comedic ‘Thanksgiving Play’

    November 2, 2021

    The second installment of NEXUS: Readings by Black and Indigenous Playwrights features “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse with excerpts from Suzan Lori-Parks’ “365 Days/365 Plays” on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. The event, which will include a post-reading discussion, is free and open to the public. Guests will be required to show proof of vaccine or a recent negative COVID-19 test and wear a mask while indoors on campus.

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  • Fall Choral Festival to Harmonize on Friday

    October 27, 2021

    Westmont’s annual Fall Choral Festival, featuring about 125 students from five California high school choirs, returns for a live performance Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The concert is free and open to the public. Due to Covid-19 we are asking all guests RSVP here in advance here

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  • Museum Opens a Trove from Its Collection

    October 27, 2021

    The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, which moved from the confines of the Reynold’s Gallery to its current home in the Adams Center for the Visual arts more than a decade ago, reveals the enormity of its holdings in “Academic, Barbizon, and Impressionist Artists: Highlights from the Permanent Collection” from Nov. 11- Dec. 18 in the museum. A free, public opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum.

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  • Book Offers Respite from ‘Restless Devices’

    October 27, 2021

    It is difficult to imagine life without our personal devices. Today’s digital technologies are designed to captivate our attention and encroach on our boundaries, shaping how we relate to time and space, to ourselves and others, even to God.

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  • ‘Kitty Hawk’ Ushers a Return to Live Theater

    October 18, 2021

    The Westmont Festival Theatre returns for the first time since March 2020 to stage a new play, “Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil,” which explores what it means to live in proximity to greatness, October 22-23, 28- 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 30 at 2 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 for students, are available online at westmont.edu/boxoffice. The play contains passionate language by Ohioans about Ohio.

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  • Orchestra Returns Live for ‘Four Seasons’

    October 14, 2021

    The Westmont College Orchestra returns to the stage for live, in-person performances of the Fall Orchestra Concert on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission (students are free), may be purchased at westmont.edu/music or at the door. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040 or email music@westmont.edu.

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  • Student Club Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

    October 13, 2021

    The Westmont Latinx Student Union (LSU) club has been using social media and in-person meetings to bring attention to National Hispanic American Heritage Month, celebrating the cultures of various Hispanic and Latin countries.

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  • 'Crossing the Chasm' Author to Speak at Luncheon

    October 12, 2021

    Geoffrey Moore, a bestselling author, speaker and adviser, whose work focuses on the market dynamics caused by disruptive innovation, speaks at a Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership luncheon on Friday, Nov. 5, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Simmons Center of Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. A limited amount of in-person tickets, which cost $100 per person, are available for purchase at westmont.edu/mosher-event.

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  • Book Offers Inspiration to Teachers

    October 4, 2021

    Beloved local educator Michelle Hughes has co-edited a new book that offers ways to reframe obstacles to teaching as opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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  • Finally, Class of 2020 to Celebrate with an In-Person Graduation

    September 30, 2021

    Graduates of the Westmont class of 2020 will finally be able to walk across the stage on Carr Field to get their diplomas during Commencement.

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  • Students Shine at Summer Research Event

    September 30, 2021

    More than 30 Westmont students presented their findings on 21 posters at the 2021 Celebration of Summer Research on Sept. 24 around the Winter Hall third floor atrium.

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  • Alum Returns as Doctor of Health Center

    September 28, 2021

    Dr. Rob Hughes ’04 has wanted to direct student health services at Westmont since he worked in the Health Center as a student. Now, more than two decades later, he accepted this position following Dr. David Hernandez’s retirement at the end of spring.

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  • Talk to Examine Cannabis Benefits, Harms

    September 22, 2021

    Ronald See, a researcher at the forefront of creating experimental models of drug relapse and addiction, speaks at a free, public lecture, “Lost in the Weeds? A Neuroscience Perspective on Cannabis,” on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the outdoor patio of Westmont’s newest downtown Santa Barbara building, 29 W. Anapamu.

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  • New Book Unleashes SB Artists, Their Dogs

    September 15, 2021

    Read about the natural bond between dogs and artists in a new book, “Santa Barbara Artists and Their Dogs,” and see portraits of them in an exhibition through Dec. 18 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s downstairs gallery. The Art Council of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art created the book, which will be available for purchase for $32.33 (including tax) Sept. 24-25 from 12-8 p.m. and Sept. 26 from 12-4 p.m.

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