Archives for July 2008

Former Westmont President, El Montecito Pastor Dies

Lyle C. Hillegas went to be with his Lord and Savior July 29, 2008. He served as the fifth president of Westmont from 1972 to 1975. At 37, he was the youngest person ever appointed to the position and the only one to come directly from the ranks of the faculty. During his tenure, he… [Continue Reading]

Montecito Music Festival Kicks Off at Westmont

The first-ever Montecito Summer Music Festival is underway at Westmont College. More than a hundred chamber music students, ranging in age from 10 to 36, arrived on the Westmont campus Monday with performances running through Friday, Aug 1. “The Festival will bring world- class musicians together with advanced students of classical piano and strings for… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Highlighted In National Research Video

Westmont is prominently featured in a video produced by the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory of Michigan State University. The video describes the Westmont College Cosmic Muon Detector Array and undergraduate research such as viewing the cosmic muon flux mapping over a wide range of the sky. “Here our interest is finding the kind of fluctuations… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Nets A Modernized Gym Floor

Several hundred youngsters who arrive for a basketball camp in less than two weeks will be the first to play on Westmont’s new state-of-the-art court in Murchison Gym. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the floor, including lines and a half-court logo are being painted on the floor over the next several days. Alex… [Continue Reading]

Newly-Crafted Instruments Resonate Well

The Hubert Schwyzer Quartet, a unique ensemble of instruments commissioned by Westmont, is taking shape under the hands of master violin maker James Wimmer at his workshop in Santa Barbara. Named for a former UC Santa Barbara philosophy professor and cellist, the quartet will be used by Westmont faculty and students during the school year… [Continue Reading]

Music To Their Ears: Westmont Music Earns National Accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation has granted associate membership to Westmont following a four-year review process. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of more than 600 colleges and universities that establishes national standards for degrees and credentials. “To have successfully completed this endeavor on the first round is a… [Continue Reading]

Five Computer Students Earn Tuition Relief

Westmont’s computer science department awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 to five students. The recipients are first-year students Erick Brownfield and Morgan Vigil, juniors Josh Carver and Toby Lounsbury, and senior Michael Gardner. In addition to financial support, the program includes support for study groups, research experience, participation in conferences and other activities. A grant… [Continue Reading]