Archives for January 2010

Talk Delves Deep Into Mexican Life, Culture

Photo from Westmont in Mexico

Professors Mary Docter and Laura Montgomery, who have developed and led Westmont in Mexico, a semester-long academic program in Querétaro, present a lecture, “Westmont in Mexico: A Deeper Encounter with Mexican Life and Culture,” Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The lecture, part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations About… [Continue Reading]

Poet Starkey Holds Reading, Booksigning

David Starkey

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate David Starkey will read his poetry at a booksigning event Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. Starkey, director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College, is the current poet laureate of the City of Santa Barbara. The reading is free and… [Continue Reading]

High Schools to Battle in Math Super Bowl

2010 Math Contest T-shirt

About 80 students from 10 Southern California high schools will compete in the 23rd annual High School Mathematics Contest Saturday, Feb. 6. The contest begins at 1 p.m. with a Chalk Talk Derby, written exams and a fast-paced team competition with buzzers modeled after the once-popular College Bowl TV show. Finals will get under way… [Continue Reading]

Students Raise Choir Funds with 'Godspell'


More than a dozen Westmont students of varying backgrounds and majors perform the 1970’s rock musical “Godspell” Friday, Jan. 29 – Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. in the gym at Montecito Covenant Church. The show is a fundraiser for the Westmont College Choir’s tour in May, which… [Continue Reading]

Diving Into Beckett and Absurd Theatre

"PlayBeckett" poster by Scott Anderson

Westmont Theater performs “PlayBeckett,” six short plays by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, one of the most widely discussed and highly prized of 20th century authors, Thursday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 and 9 p.m. Ticket are $7 general admission, $5 students/seniors for one bill of plays; $10 general admission, $7 for students/seniors… [Continue Reading]

Bird Conservation Leader to Share Stories

Glenn Olson

Glenn Olson, a national leader in wildlife conservation and habitat restoration, speaks about “Adventures in Stewardship and Conserving Creation” in a free, public lecture Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall. “We’re excited to have him with us because he combines his own Christian commitment with having contributed at the… [Continue Reading]

Free Lecture to Integrate Science and Spirit

Margaret Poloma book

Margaret M. Poloma, who has written extensively about religious experience in contemporary American society, will speak about “Integrating Science and Spirit: A Sociological Journey” in a free Pascal Society Lecture Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. Poloma, who earned her doctorate in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, is professor emerita and… [Continue Reading]

Students to Honor Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Westmont students are honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. with several events on and off campus. Westmont Student Ministries and Intercultural Programs are collecting new or used children’s books for the Neighborhood Clinics as part of the city’s “Honor the Dream, Be Great” Day of Service. Westmont Intercultural Programs and Religious Studies Department are… [Continue Reading]

Sheard to Serve as VP for College Advancement

Reed Sheard

Reed Sheard has become vice president of college advancement and chief information officer at Westmont, assuming the management of the college’s fundraising, communication and external relations programs in addition to overseeing Information Technology. “Reed brings an extensive background in sales and marketing to this assignment,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. “He will provide effective leadership… [Continue Reading]

Reading to Honor Poet William Stafford

William Stafford

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English, hosts a fourth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. Featured readers include local poets Nancy Lee and Bruce Schmidt. Members… [Continue Reading]