Nursing Program Earns Final Accreditation
By Scott Craig   |   December 5, 2023

The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) voted to approve accreditation for Westmont’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Westmont had to clearly demonstrate that its nursing program, which launched in January 2022, met all four of the CCNE standards: mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment […]

Grand Opening for a New Engineering Addition
By Scott Craig   |   October 31, 2023

A large crowd that included students, faculty, trustees, and industry professionals on the college’s engineering board gathered to dedicate Westmont’s new Fletcher Jones Foundation Engineering Building at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 20. Engineering students hosted an open house in their new digs, highlighting their research and explaining the uses of the machinery in the Mericos […]


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Microscope Offers  Inspiration at the Atomic Scale
By Scott Craig   |   October 31, 2023

Westmont’s science professors have obtained a new tool for their teaching and research. The biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics departments will all use the Hitachi scanning electron microscope (SEM), housed in Winter Hall. Its focused beam of electrons interacts with atoms in the sample to produce an image. Ben Carlson, assistant professor of physics, employs […]

College Becomes an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

Westmont has become an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 23 percent of students identifying as Latino or Hispanic. The designation is a result of local partnerships, improved outreach efforts, and the addition of several key college employees.  “Westmont is nearing the 25 percent undergraduate enrollment threshold it needs to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving […]

Return of the Warriors
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

Westmont’s alumni will be coming back to campus for Homecoming 2023 October 13-15 and to honor four stellar individuals at the annual Alumni Awards Celebration Brunch. This year’s honorees are Jay (Ofori) Diallo (’08, Alumnus of the Year); Jenise Steverding (’97, Alumna of the Year); Carl LaBarbera (’76, Global Service); and Gabriella (Pinheiro Chavez) Avila […]

Engineering’s New Facility is Open 
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

The college’s board of trustees dedicates the Fletcher Jones Foundation Engineering Building near the tennis courts and physical plant on Friday, October 20, at 5:15 pm. The engineering department hosts an open house beginning at 4:30 pm.  “Westmont is helping to meet a critical need in the field of engineering: engineers with a solid foundation […]

Universally Speaking
By Scott Craig   |   October 10, 2023

Jennifer Ito, Westmont assistant professor of physics, explores exciting new developments in astrophysics in a Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Asteroids and Exoplanets: How Scientists Are Exploring Our Universe,” on Thursday, October 12, at 5:30 pm at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. The event is free and open to the public; […]

  • ‘Moses’ Comes to Montecito
    By Scott Craig   |   October 10, 2023

    Westmont alumnus Dave LeMieux (’93), new director of worship for Montecito Covenant Church, performs a two-part multimedia event, “Moses – Truth to Power,” on Wednesday, October 18, and Friday, October 20, at 10:30 am at Westmont chapel in Murchison Gym.  He will perform both parts as a special event on Thursday, October 19, at 7 […]

    Westmont Soars in Latest Rankings
    By Scott Craig   |   September 26, 2023

    Westmont jumped 16 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges national liberal arts rankings – the college’s largest rise since 2010. For the 19th straight year, Westmont, ranked at No. 107 (tied), is one of only two national liberal arts colleges in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and remains […]


    Female Mystics of the Medieval
    By Scott Craig   |   September 26, 2023

    Rebecca McNamara, Westmont professor of English and medieval literature scholar, speaks about “Mystics, Healers, Writers and Saints: Medieval Women You Should Know” on Wednesday, September 27, at 7 pm in Adams Center, room 219. The talk is part of Linda Ekstrom’s current art exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Straddling Circumference, on display […]

    Physics Students Work at Chilean Telescopes
    By Scott Craig   |   September 19, 2023

    For the first time in more than a decade, undergraduate students assisted with research at the Simons Array, a set of three telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile at an elevation of about 17,000 feet. Westmont students Michael Lew and Jacob Nelson joined Jen Ito, assistant professor of physics, at the site, an expansion […]

    Young Alumna to be Honored at Homecoming
    By Scott Craig   |   September 12, 2023

    Westmont will give Gabriella (Pinheiro Chavez) Avila (2014) the Young Alumni Award at a special Homecoming brunch Saturday, Oct. 14, for her faithful life of leadership and service.  Avila serves as a counselor in California’s largest school district: Los Angeles Unified. She meets regularly with many of the 1,200 students at her middle school, helping […]

    Talk Examines Christian Nationalism, the Gospel
    By Scott Craig   |   September 12, 2023

    Andrew Whitehead, one of the foremost scholars of Christian nationalism in the United States, speaks about his new book, American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church, on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 3:30 to 5 pm in the Global Leadership Center at Westmont. The lecture is free and open to the […]

    Head of the Class: Meet the New Faculty
    By Scott Craig   |   September 5, 2023

    Westmont welcomes four excellent new tenure-track professors to campus this fall. Sam Cole (economics and business), Linghui Han (economics and business), Paul Mena (communication studies), and Anna Jordan (‘07; English) each bring a deep Christian faith and a desire to challenge students to think deeply while learning broadly.  “Westmont is distinct because our faculty are […]