Archives for September 2009

Talk Rekindles Lessons Learned in Tea Fire

Kim Kihlstrom, professor of computer science, examines insights drawn from her experience in November’s Tea Fire and applied to the design of computer systems in a free lecture, “Fire! Applying Lessons Learned in the Tea Fire to Computer Systems,” Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Kihlstrom, whose home… [Continue Reading]

Abolitionist Returns to Alma Mater

Westmont alumnus David Batstone, a modern day abolitionist, will be in Westmont’s Page Multi-Purpose Room Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. to talk about his effort to end slavery and human trafficking. Batstone is the author of “Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It” and founder… [Continue Reading]

Annual Tourney Raises Money for Memorial Endowment

Local stick and disc golfers come together for a golf tournament at Montecito Country Club Thursday, Oct. 15, benefitting a scholarship at Westmont. The first annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament raised more than $10,000 last year for the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Westmont. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m., following… [Continue Reading]

Newton Named to Freedoms Foundation

David Newton, Westmont Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, has been named to the board of directors of a prestigious national educational organization. Newton formally joins the Board of Directors for The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge at its semi-annual meeting Sept. 25-27 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. “My appointment is specifically focused on developing two very innovative… [Continue Reading]

Director Discusses Staging Show in Balkans

John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor, reveals how he developed and directed a world premiere play last summer in Macedonia at a free lecture, “Another Fool in the Balkans,” Friday, Sept. 18, in Westmont’s Porter Theatre at 3:30 p.m. Blondell will discuss how he co-wrote “An American Tune” with Jeton Neziraj, artistic director of the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Faculty to Perform Fall Recital


Westmont professors offer a musically diverse program when they present the Fall Faculty Recital in Deane Chapel Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. The program features vocal and instrumental pieces ranging from classical to jazz, offering community members and students a taste of the breadth and depth of the department. The event is free and… [Continue Reading]

Performance Has a Cultural Story to Share

The hereandnow Theatre Company, which believes everyone has a story to tell, performs in Westmont’s Porter Theatre Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. The show is free, but reservations are required by calling (805) 565-7040. Hereandnow uses the voices of its diverse cast to explore the theme that everyone comes from a unique experience. Westmont’s… [Continue Reading]

Telescope Installed Into New Home

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope was lowered into its new home, a yet-to-be named observatory beyond the outfield wall of the college’s baseball field. A crew from DFM Engineering in Colorado traveled to the campus and with the aid of a large crane, delicately installed the telescope under a metallic dome. Michael Sommermann, physics professor, and… [Continue Reading]

Students to Display Summer Research

About 20 Westmont students exhibit their summer research projects Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. in Founders Dining Room. “A Celebration of Summer Research at Westmont,” includes students’ work on a variety of topics, such as determining the distances between star clusters around the constellation Cygnus and investigating an unidentified yellow ball sponge collected from… [Continue Reading]

Schloss Awarded Endowed Science Chair

The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and other friends have committed $1.5 million to Westmont to create the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker Chair in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding professor in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering-physics, mathematics or… [Continue Reading]