Vicente Fox to Speak at Breakfast

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at the fifth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. More than 700 people will attend the breakfast, which sold out in less than three days. Fox will also speak in convocation Friday, Feb. 19,… [Continue Reading]

Exhibiting the Meditative Nature of Stones

"Spring Runoff" courtesy the James and Alice Greaves Collection

Two Japanese-themed exhibitions open the new year in Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. “American Viewing Stones: Selections from the James and Alice Greaves Collection” showcases a contemporary adaptation on traditional Japanese suiseki or scholar’s stones. “Kiyoshi Saito Prints” highlights work by an influential Japanese artist that’s part of the college’s permanent collection. Both exhibitions open with a… [Continue Reading]

Gallery Raises Funds for Mozambique Cause

Zwelethu Mthethwa’s untitled photograph, #11 in the contemporary gladiator series, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

In the first exhibition of the season, Reynolds Gallery used art to draw attention to the continuing problem of poverty by pairing 36 etchings by Rembrandt of the poor in 17th century Holland with eight oversize color photographs by South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa of the poor and marginalized in present-day Mozambique. The images confronted… [Continue Reading]

Festival Spreads Peace Through Music

Christmas Festival

More than 2,400 people packed into First Presbyterian Church Dec. 4-6 during three performances of the Westmont Christmas Festival, “And In This Place Will I Give Peace.” The popular program, which interweaves music and narration, sold out days in advance. In its fifth year, the free event showcases the college’s diverse musical talents and Christian… [Continue Reading]

Cooking Up a Winning Plan

David Newton

SOLutions Corporation was voted Best New Venture Opportunity before a crowd of more than 70 at the 20th annual Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The company will sell an inexpensive, innovative parabolic-design solar cooker for Third World homes. Eventually, SOLutions hopes to target the U.S. backpack, beach and camping markets. Four student… [Continue Reading]

Young Entrepreneurs Unveil Business Plans

David Newton

A dozen students in Westmont’s entrepreneur class present their start-up business plans to a panel of outside reviewers at the 20th annual Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Networking and refreshments will begin at… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Ensemble Celebrates Joy of Jazz

Jazz Ensemble

A dozen student musicians will perform songs from jazz legends Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sergio Mendez, Tommy Flanagan and others in a free concert Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The Westmont Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Westmont Instructor John Douglas. Douglas is a pianist, songwriter and composer whose performing… [Continue Reading]

Independent Names Blondell A Local Hero

John Blondell

The Santa Barbara Independent has named John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor and artistic director of Lit Moon Theatre Company, a 2009 Local Hero. The weekly publication describes Blondell as a theatrical visionary. “In addition to producing innovative shows both in Santa Barbara and at theater festivals around the world, Lit Moon has become the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Makes Prestigious IT List

Info-World

Westmont, which is quickly becoming a leader in cloud-based technology, has been named to a prestigious information technology list. The annual InfoWorld 100 Awards chose Westmont as one of 100 IT organizations that have “implemented and integrated technologies in innovative ways in pursuit of concrete business goals,” according to their Web site. Westmont is one… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Tree Lighting Features Cider, Santa

Tree-Lighting

Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn, Wednesday, Dec. 2. The lights on the 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as The Giant Pickle, will glow at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Hundreds of students, alumni, and neighbors will join the… [Continue Reading]