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Choir, Chamber Singers to Tour SoCal, Russia

The 2014 Westmont College Chamber SingersThe Westmont College Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Southern California May 4-6, singing a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary sacred and secular music, folk songs, spirituals and vocal jazz before traveling to Russia and Lithuania.The musicians had originally planned on touring [more]

Schulze Named Westmont VP of Student Life

Dr. Edee SchulzeEdee Schulze, who has served as Bethel University’s vice president of student life for six years, is Westmont’s new vice president of student life. President Gayle D. Beebe made the announcement in an all-campus email April 22 as students returned from Easter vacation. [more]

Westmont Tops Forbes’ Best ROI Colleges

Students explore microscopic pores in Dr. Frank Percival’s biology classFor the second straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, “The 100 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The Grateful Grads Index.” Westmont, No. 81, is one of three Christian colleges in the list and just one of eight schools in California, including Claremont McKenna, Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona, Mills, USC and Occidental. [more]

Westmont Polo Repeats as National Champions

John Westley, David Samaniego, Tony Uretz, Patrick Uretz, Jake Bergman and Wendy Westley (Frances Hinkle, franceshinkle.smugmug.com)The Westmont Men’s Polo team has repeated as national champions, beating the University of Virginia, 16-13 on April 12 at ERG Arena at Brookshire, Texas. The Warriors beat Colorado State University in the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship last year for the college’s first polo title. Westmont made it to the championship game this year after beating Cornell April 10. [more]

Sonos Montecito to Perform April Concerts

Sonos Montecito: Paul Mori, Joanne Kim, Trey Farrell, Andrea DiMaggio and Steve GrossSonos Montecito, a new wind quintet in residence at Westmont, performs a free, public concert Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The quintet, comprised of Westmont’s applied music faculty, will play works by Carl Nielsen, Jacques Ibert and Eric Ewazen. [more]

Warren to Speak to Record Number of Grads

GraduatesPastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose-Driven Life,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe will give the Westmont medal to long-time Montecito neighbor Annette Simmons and her late husband, Harold, who died Dec. 28, 2013. [more]

Orchestra Finale Includes ‘Lord of the Rings’

The 2014 Westmont College OrchestranMichael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, conducts the Westmont Orchestra during the Concerto Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is $10 and students are free. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (805) 565-6040. [more]

Senior Art Show Offers a Sense of Location

Senior ArtworkSixteen graduating art majors present their capstone projects while paying homage to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art on April 3-May 3. The public is invited to a free, opening reception Thursday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The senior exhibition, “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W,” reflects the longitude and latitude coordinates of the museum that officially opened when they were first-year students. [more]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

John BlondellWestmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. [more]

Yunus Inspires at President’s Breakfast

Muhammad YunusAt the Westmont President’s Breakfast Feb. 28, Muhammad Yunus told inspiring stories about using microcredit to end poverty, captivating a packed room at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. Known as the banker to the poor and the father of microfinance, Yunus believes that credit is basic human right. [more]

Westlake Village Cellist Wins Scholarship

Timothy BeccueCellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. [more]

Westmont Cuts Water Usage During Drought

Westmont campusWestmont is responding to the California drought by continuing to conserve water and by making additional cutbacks in consumption. “We’re committed to maintaining a sustainable campus and conserving resources such as water and power while complying with all county ordinances and expectations,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. [more]

Speech, Debate Tourney Takes Center Stage

The debate finalists pose with Omedi Ochieng and Jean SvobodaSophomore Michael Deiana and junior Corrie Farbstein won top honors at the 17th annual Tournament of Expressions on Feb. 5. Deiana, a psychology major from Phoenix, debated against junior Katie Landis about whether the United States should ban the use of fossil fuels. [more]

New Faculty Bring a Love of Teaching

Sharon Tang-QuanWestmont welcomed four new professors in the fall who have brought a passion for teaching and an appreciation of the college’s community. Nathan Huff (art), Han Soo Kim (music), Sharon Tang-Quan (English) and Felicia Wu Song (sociology) have finished their first semester teaching at Westmont. [more]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

Students Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp, Gregg Sanchez and Jake Allbaugh won with their business plan WatermarkA plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp and Gregg Sanchez. [more]

Westmont Lauds Lady Leslie

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree with Gayle and Pam BeebeWestmont hosted a special dinner to honor Montecito resident and philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Sept. 29 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. More than 80 guests attended the celebration that featured an inspiring video, “The Role and Impact of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Santa Barbara.” The video included testimonies from dozens of beneficiaries of Ridley-Tree’s generosity, [more]