Archives for November 2009

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

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

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]

Faculty Panel to Probe Human Trafficking

Three Westmont faculty members, Alister Chapman, Edd Noell and Helen Rhee, discuss human trafficking in a free event, “Modern Slavery Through Faculty Eyes,” Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room. The talk will be moderated by Scott McClelland, director of Westmont’s San Francisco Urban program, which is sponsoring the discussion. The talk… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Christmas Festival to ‘Give Peace’

The fifth annual Westmont Christmas Festival, “And In This Place Will I Give Peace,” rings in the advent season with three performances at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street. Admission to the festival Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., is free,… [Continue Reading]

Concert Features String Quartet Dedication

Four rare, hand-crafted instruments, which Westmont commissioned master violin maker James Wimmer to fashion in spring 2007, will be presented at the String Chamber Concert and Dedication of the Hubert Schwyzer Quartet Friday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. Wimmer, who has been handcrafting string instruments in Santa Barbara for 22 years,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont to Remember the Tea Fire

The Westmont College Student Association hosts a free community reception, “One Year Later: A Tea Fire Commemoration,” Friday, Nov. 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel. Danny Clapp, Emerson Hall residence director, says there will be light refreshments, prayer and worship along with a video and photo display. The wildfire started Nov. 13,… [Continue Reading]

Willis to Read Poetry at Book Signing

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English, will read from his new book of poems, “Rosing from the Dead,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The reading will take place in Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall on the upper campus. Westmont senior Shannon Hickey of Moorpark, Calif., will also share some of her work. The… [Continue Reading]

Dance, Theater Create Beautiful Explosion

“Beauty Bomb,” a creative combination of dance and theater, explores the ancient Greek mythology about Pandora, the first woman, Nov. 19-21 at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. General admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, please call (805) 565-7040. Lila Rose Kaplan, Westmont theater arts instructor, directs the… [Continue Reading]

Talk Focuses on Neighbor, Religious Divides

Ken Reinhard, associate professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, discusses the ethics and theology of the neighbor in a world fraught with religious divisions in a lecture “The Infinite Neighbor: Philosophy, Religion and Mathematics” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. The Erasmus Society lecture is free and open… [Continue Reading]