Art Museum Shines with ‘Continua in Light’

"Continua in Light"

Two Bay Area artists explore illumination and movement in a new video installation, “Continua in Light,” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Jan. 12 through Feb. 18. Cheryl Calleri and Thekla Hammond will be at the free, public reception Thursday, Jan. 12, 4-6 p.m., which includes an original, dance performance. The site-specific dance is… [Continue Reading]

Murchison Gym Hosts Holiday Hoops

Tugce “Tooch” Canitez will lead the lady Warriors in the GSAC Challenge Dec. 29-30

Both the Westmont men’s and women’s basketball teams host holiday tournaments Dec. 29-30. The lady Warriors (10-1), ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, battle Pacific Union College Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Murchison Gym. The Westmont women are led by Tugce “Tooch” Canitez, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Turkey. She has scored 192… [Continue Reading]

Willis Earns Award for Ride of Her Life

Kalon Kelly and Bill Lindberg honor Sharon Willis

Sharon Willis, a nurse at Westmont’s Health and Counseling Center, recently earned the Clif Bar Courage Award for her inspirational finish in the second annual Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride in October. Willis, 55, fell off her mountain bike two months before the start of the ride and was unable to train for several weeks…. [Continue Reading]

Limelight Shines on Solar Homes

Westmont’s Las Barrancas project was one of 97 honored by the City of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara City Council recently recognized 97 projects at its Solar Design Recognition Awards Ceremony, including 40 homes in the Las Barrancas neighborhood. The neighborhood, one of the first completely to become solar in the county, houses Westmont’s faculty. Russell Smelley, former president of the Las Barrancas Homeowners Association, Reed Sheard, vice president of advancement and… [Continue Reading]

Gavel Comes Down on Art Auction

A crowd surveys the artwork during "5X5: An Invitational"

The “5X5: An Invitational” raised more than $26,000 in the first online auction at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. About 150 people purchased art during the unique show. The piece, “Learn to Draw,” by John Baldessari, an internationally known conceptual artist raised $2,505. “Snacks in the Balance,” a pre-study painting by Scott Fraser, brought $1,000 to the… [Continue Reading]

Pickle Tree Lights up Kerrwood Lawn

Students enjoy the traditional lighting of the Pickle Tree

The Westmont College Student Association (WCSA) selected Jeremy Fletcher, coordinator of student ministries and missions, to throw the switch Dec. 1, lighting the 150-foot redwood tree, dubbed the Pickle Tree. Fletcher, who oversees Potter’s Clay, Emmaus Road, Urban Initiative and other student-led service projects, donned a top hat, tail-back tuxedo and white gloves for the… [Continue Reading]

First-Year Dance Instructors Offer New ‘Directions’

Students Mak Manson and Emily Auman perform during 'Direction'

Westmont’s dancers offered an eclectic yet balanced performance before large crowds Dec. 9-10. “Directions,” featuring choreography by both faculty and students, celebrated a new era of dance at Westmont under the direction of first-year Westmont instructors Susan Alexander and Christina Sanchez. Sanchez performed a solo choreographed by Alexander. The fall dance recital included nine pieces,… [Continue Reading]

Competition Awards Top Entrepreneurs

Students Matt Shiney and Cole Timm

A multi-person discount service for small businesses and an online, used sporting goods exchange were the big winners at the 22nd annual Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition Dec. 8. About 60 people packed into Kerrwood Hall to hear students make formal presentations about their business plans as part of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development,… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Takes Over the Skies During Viewing

The Westmont College Observatory

The gas giant Jupiter will be the focus of attention for stargazers at a free, public viewing with the powerful Keck Telescope Friday, Dec. 16. The viewing, which begins about 7 p.m., lasts several hours. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Four Alumnae Join Board of Trustees

Trustee Denise Jackson

The Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college, has welcomed four new members. Denise Jackson ’78, a director of human resources in Pasadena, Calif., Sharon Rose ’89, an attorney in Washington, D.C., Lynne Tahmisian ’67, vice president of La Arcada Investment Corporation in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Celeste White ’76, president… [Continue Reading]