Tag archives: Westmont College

Commencement Offers Promise of Joy Everywhere
By Scott Craig   |   May 14, 2024

The gray skies and light drizzle were no match for the warm hearts and sunny disposition of the 320 members of Westmont’s class of 2024 and their loved ones. The ceremony, replete with prayer and songs of thanksgiving, offered a stark contrast to other college graduations across the country that have been canceled or marred […]

‘TBH’: Exhibit Shines Light on Local Talent
By Scott Craig   |   May 14, 2024

The exceptional talent of local artists will be on full display at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art for its annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition from May 16 to June 15. An opening reception for “[TBH]…To Be Honest,” featuring this year’s juror Walter Maciel, a Los Angeles gallerist, is May 16 from 4-6 pm. Maciel will […]

On the Road with the Choir and Orchestra
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

The Westmont Orchestra and the Westmont College Choir join forces in May for the college’s first combined tour. Traveling from Los Angeles to Northern California, about 120 students will perform scenes from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn as well as other pieces.  “It’s a big undertaking and will show the breadth of music at Westmont,” says […]

Students ‘Reach Beyond Boundaries’
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Students presented their findings from research projects that spanned topics from running on slanted surfaces, the effects of music on heart rate, subliminal advertising, and racial identity in study-abroad programs at the Spring Student Research Symposium on April 18 in the Winter Hall Atrium.   Kim Denu, Westmont provost and dean of the faculty, spoke […]

Singer Earns Top Honors
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Ava Kimmel, a junior soprano who is majoring in vocal performance at Westmont, won the Adult Vocal Division of the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition on April 28 at the Music Academy. The foundation provides financial assistance to students of the performing arts and to support music educational outreach organizations in the Santa Barbara community. […]

New Home Run King
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Westmont’s Daniel Patterson rewrote the baseball record book April 26 in Irvine, but the Warriors (33-15-3, 23-8-1 PacWest) fell out of contention for their first PacWest Conference Championship.  Patterson belted two solo home runs in the first game – one in the fifth inning and another in the sixth. That brought his season total to […]

Commencement Features Pointer, Jacksons
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

About 324 graduates will participate in Commencement on Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 am on Thorrington Field with 147 graduating with honors. About 50 Golden Warriors, who graduated in 1974, will march in the procession to celebrate their 50th reunion. Eleven nursing graduates will participate in the ceremony, two days after their pinning ceremony on […]

Students Honored for Selfless Leadership 
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

Two Westmont juniors, Rachael Todd of Nipomo and Levi Wicks of Huntington Beach, won David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards for showing selflessness and humility as effective leaders. Angela D’Amour, dean of student engagement, introduced the 24th annual awardees on April 10 in Westmont chapel. The award recognizes the late David K. Winter, who served […]

Sophomore Golfer Takes Eighth on Hawaii
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

Peyton Hendricks was the Westmont men’s golf team’s top finisher, tying for eighth place with a three-day score of 227 at the PacWest Men’s Golf Championship on Mauna Lani’s North Course on the Big Island.  “Peyton improved his score every day with his best score being on the final day,” said Westmont’s head coach Josh […]

Stargazers to See Red Giant
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

Less than two weeks after everyone’s attention was focused on the solar eclipse, the Westmont Observatory focuses on lunar craters and a red giant Friday, April 19, beginning after sunset at 7:30 pm and lasting several hours. The observatory, home to the powerful Keck Telescope, opens to the public every third Friday of the month […]

Student Researchers Shine at Symposium
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

The annual Spring Student Research Symposium features the work of more than 40 student researchers on 23 different posters, and will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 –5  pm in the Winter Hall Atrium.   “I’m looking forward to seeing the work our students have been doing this year,” says Michael Everest, interim […]

GLC Wins Spring Sing Bragging Rights
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

Westmont’s 63rd annual Spring Sing at the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 6 was filled with singing, dancing, acting, and hilarity. Students from each residence hall produced musical skits using the phrase “Out of Order” and competed for prizes and bragging rights.  Spring Sing is the college’s longest running tradition and involves more students than […]

Students Represent at the U.N.
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

Nearly 20 Westmont political science students joined Professor Katherine Bryant to serve on the National Model United Nations from March 24-28 in New York. The students, who represented the delegations from Solomon Islands and Thailand, discussed pressing global issues and stepped into the shoes of diplomats, using the art of negotiation to learn how to […]

Alum Donated Life, Honored in Rose Parade
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

A floral portrait of Westmont alumnus Paul Eskildsen (‘81), who died in 2017, appeared in the 2024 Rose Parade on the OneLegacy Donate Life float, Woven Together: The Dance of Life. Paul was passionate about serving others even in death. As a registered donor and in excellent health at the age of 59, he gave […]

Longest Musical Performance in College History
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

Over a 60-hour period before finals, the Weller Organ in Deane Chapel, controlled by Professor Steve Hodson, will be playing “ORGAN2/ASLSP (As Slow as Possible)” by John Cage (1912-1992). This 1987 work explores how slowly a piece of music might unfold. Westmont’s performance will begin at 8 am on April 26 (with a rest) and […]

Hale Shares Comedic Highlights
By Scott Craig   |   April 9, 2024

Three-time Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale spent an afternoon with Westmont theater arts students before sharing humorous stories and insights with a large crowd in Porter Theatre. Colorado actor Heather Ostberg Johnson (‘11) facilitated the event, Comedy and Faith with Tony Hale, on March 19th that students said helped them visualize a career in the […]

Curtain Call for Student Film Festival
By Scott Craig   |   April 9, 2024

The results are in and the awards handed out at the second annual Montecito Student Film Festival on March 23 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. About 150 people attended the festival throughout the day to watch 41 films, pared down from the more than 500 that were submitted.  Chase Olivera, an 18-year-old student at College of […]

Hats Off to Lady Ridley-Tree
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

A group donning Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s elegant hats visited the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art to honor their late friend on March 21. Hiroko Benko, Brenda Blalock, Chris Frisina, Mary Gates, Erin Graffy, Bobbie Kinnear, Nan Marr, Joyce Shaar, and Grace Yoon toured Ridley-Tree’s entire collection of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot that she gave to the museum. […]

Art Majors Revealed ‘In Between Moments’
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

Six aspiring Westmont art graduates will exhibit their capstone projects at Between Moments from April 4-May 4 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception will celebrate the graduating senior art majors on Thursday, April 4, from 4-6 pm.  The students include Danielle Anderson of Palm Desert; Clare Carey of Bonsall; […]

Grant Launches Student Training in AI
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Westmont College $500,000 to provide students with education, training, and industry readiness for the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence (AI). The funds will expand the scope of the Center for Applied Technology Lab (CATLab) to include AI, adding state-of-the-art hardware and software infrastructure to facilitate students’ hands-on learning and […]