Archives for May 2010

Westmont Professors Win Indy Awards

The Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont Theater Arts Professors Mitchell Thomas, John Blondell and Miller James with Indy Awards at the Lobero Theatre May 24. The annual theater awards recognize excellent work done in the local region. Thomas won an Indy for his work directing last October’s Westmont production of “The Bald Soprano.” Blondell accepted… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Opens Center For Faith, Science

Jeff Schloss

Westmont has established the Center for Faith, Ethics and the Life Sciences in an effort to encourage thoughtful and productive dialog about religious implications of the life sciences. Grants totaling more than $1 million, including a $780,000 award from the John Templeton Foundation, provide funding for center projects. “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of… [Continue Reading]

Gallery Announces Art Winners

At the May 20 opening reception of “Views and Visions: Travelers” at Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara photographer Barbara Parmet won Best of Show, sponsored by Northern Trust, and $1,000 for her photograph, “Trinidad, Cuba.” Santa Barbara artist Dug Uyesaka won the Platinum Award, sponsored by The Westmont Art Council, and $500 for his assemblage… [Continue Reading]

Montecito Poet Has Reading On Campus

Montecito poet Lois Klein will be reading from her book “A Soldier’s Daughter” from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Hieronymus Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. She will be briefly preceded by several Westmont students from the Mayterm Poetry Workshop. The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and books will… [Continue Reading]

Summer Science Program Moves to Westmont

Three dozen top math and science high school students from 14 states and five foreign countries are coming to Westmont June 27-Aug. 7 for the 52nd Summer Science Program (SSP). SSP students will learn astrophysics by day and observe near-earth asteroids at night with Westmont’s 24-inch Keck telescope at the college’s new observatory. SSP, which… [Continue Reading]

Student Essays Tackle Haitian Economy

Aaron Cooke, a Westmont senior from Bakersfield, Calif., majoring in economic development, won $500 for his first-place entry in a campus-wide essay contest about economic liberty and the rebuilding of the Haitian economy. Cooke’s essay, “Haiti: Cultivating Opportunity From Crisis,” analyzes the economic impact of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and explores several policy proposals… [Continue Reading]

Professors Pen Stories Of Studying Abroad

Five Westmont professors have contributed to “Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience,” a book released this month by Abilene Christian Press that explores what colleges and universities are doing to form globally engaged Christians through cultural immersion experiences. Karen Andrews ’83, associate professor of urban studies,… [Continue Reading]

Grads Charged To Choose Words Carefully

Nearly 5,000 people attended Commencement May 8, which returned to Westmont’s Russell Carr Field after being forced off campus last year due to new construction and rebuilding from the Tea Fire. Commencement speaker Richard J. Foster, author and founder of Renovaré, implored the 330 graduates to inform their words with ethical and moral bearings. “You… [Continue Reading]

President, Trustees Dedicate New Facilities

The outdoor ceremony at the new observatory

More than 100 people gathered around the outside of the beautifully landscaped observatory to celebrate and dedicate the new building as well as the surrounding athletic facilities. “We really are at the point where we begin to harvest the wonderful fruit from all the dedicated labor that has gone into these facilities,” said President Gayle… [Continue Reading]

Juried Art Show to Feature 'Views and Visions'

Montecito’s only annual juried art exhibition opens with a reception Thursday, May 20, 4-6 p.m. in Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. “Views and Visions: Travelers” will be on display May 20 through June 24. Reynolds Galley will accept submissions from artists throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties at an ingathering Saturday, May 15, 9… [Continue Reading]