News and Events

Thomas Examines Love in ‘Almost, Maine’

Almost Maine posterThe contemporary play “Almost, Maine” takes a joyful and poignant look at love on the stage of Westmont’s Porter Theatre Nov. 14­15, 20­22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at westmont.edu/boxoffice or by calling (805) 565­7140. [more]

Teen Singers Join Voices at Choral Fest

Westmont ChoirThe Westmont Fall Choral Festival, combining the voices of more than 330 students from 10 area high schools, is Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:45 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., and 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. [more]

Orchestra to Feature Schubert. Korsakov

Westmont OrchestraThe Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert will present a diverse musical sampling by such composers as John Williams, Scott Joplin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Sunday, Nov. 2, at First Presbyterian Church. General admission to each performance is $10; students are free. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, please call (805) 565-6040. [more]

Talk to Explore ‘The Servant’ in Luke-Acts

Dr. Holly BeersHolly Beers, assistant professor of religious studies, examines the ways the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles appropriate Isaiah’s servant imagery to characterize Jesus and the disciples on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Founders Dining Room, inside the Kerr Student Center at Westmont. [more]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in MadagascarTaylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. [more]

Alum Earns Fulbright to Study Stem Cells

Steven LeeSteven Lee ’13, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to conduct biology research in Korea. [more]

Leadership Talk Explored Jefferson, Jackson

Jon MeachamJon Meacham, presidential historian, examined the political lives of two of the United States’ greatest presidents at a sold-out, outdoor luncheon with 280 people on Oct. 10 at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. [more]

Exhibit Puts the Focus on Artists from SB to LA

Devon Tsuno’s 'Agglomerate Horticulture'Eight area artists who are gaining prominence will show their art in a new exhibition, “ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA,” Sept. 25–Nov. 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum, is free and open to the public. [more]

Researchers Lay Up Diet Tips for Cagers

Drs. Gregg Afman and James BettsAn international collaboration of sports scientists, including researchers from Westmont College, have developed new nutritional practices that could help NBA players prepare for the upcoming season. [more]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Jonathan Hicks in Westmont’s 2004 production of “Frankenstein”Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. [more]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of the Westmont Museum, carefully uncrates Tisi’s “La Nativité”The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. [more]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

Mitchell Thomas, Casey Caldwell, Marie Ponce, John Blondell and Miller JamesThe Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to [more]

Students to Research Sports Science in Bath

Dr. Gregg Afman Seven Westmont kinesiology majors will conduct international research focusing on exercise science in June at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The students on the Kinesiology Europe Mayterm program, led by Gregg Afman, professor of kinesiology, will assist the ongoing research of James Betts, [more]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle JorgensenTen outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. [more]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson’s “Sea Billows Roll”Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

Aleah Bond ’14 explains her research in chemistryA record 50 students displayed their results of 35 research projects in Winter Hall on April 15. The 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates the noteworthy accomplishments of students and their work from the divisions of the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences. [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]