Archives for June 2011

Construction Gives Way to the Sound of Music

Student Rebecca Shasberger practices inside the new music building

Music has replaced the sounds of construction at the historic Art Center, which has been transformed into Westmont’s new music building. The center, which housed Reynolds Gallery, is the new hub for Westmont’s burgeoning music department. The art department moved to Adams Center for the Visual Arts last fall, freeing up the two-story structure to… [Continue Reading]

Camp Concludes with Singing of ‘So Long, Farewell’

Thirty-two performers take part in "The Sound of Music" June 30-July 1

Bishop High School senior Maggie Langhorne, one of 32 performers taking part in ThinkCamps’s Bravissimo theater camp this summer at Westmont, stars as Maria in “The Sound of Music” Thursday, June 30, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be… [Continue Reading]

Higa Given First Award in her Honor

Westmont Dean of Students Jane Higa

Jane Higa, Westmont dean of students and vice president for student life, accepted the first Jane Hideko Higa Multicultural Advancement Award from the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) at its annual conference June 7 in Springfield, Mo. The award, named in Higa’s honor, was created by the ACSD Diversity Task Force to formally… [Continue Reading]

Star Party to Feature Saturn, Ring Nebula

Stargazers will line up outside Westmont’s observatory Friday, June 17, beginning at 8 p.m. for the free, monthly public viewing with the college’s powerful Keck Telescope. Westmont serves as one of the observing sites for the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) every third Friday of the month, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, please… [Continue Reading]

Vazquez Named New Dean of Admission

New Westmont Dean of Admission Silvio Vazquez

Silvio Vazquez, a consultant in enrollment management and former vice president for enrollment at Gordon College, is the new Westmont dean of admission. Vazquez served at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., for two decades in various roles before consulting for Scannell & Kurz of Pittsford, N.Y. “Silvio is uniquely qualified to recruit young men and… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Racks Up Another Indy Award

"The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" (photo by Brad Elliott)

The Santa Barbara Independent honored John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor, and James Connolly, Westmont adjunct instructor of music, with Independent Theatre Awards June 6 for their work in Lit Moon Theatre’s “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.” Blondell directed the show, Connolly wrote the original music score. Marjatta Kuivasto also won an Indy for set… [Continue Reading]

NACCAP Lauds Luy with Lifetime Award

Retiring Westmont Dean of Admission Joyce Luy

Joyce Luy, who retires this summer as Westmont dean of admission, was honored by the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals at its national conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego June 7. Chant Thompson, NACCAP executive director, presented Luy with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first woman to earn… [Continue Reading]

Summer Camp Season Begins at Westmont

Camper Jack Turner flies over hurdles during Sports Skills camp that begins June 13

The season of summer camps kicks off Monday, June 13, with an athletic camp, Sports Skills I, and a ThinkCamp, Somos Amigos. Sports Skills, run by Montecitan Jill Wolf, will feature about 80 children ages 5-10. The group will play soccer, basketball volleyball and softball, developing motor skills. Other coordination skills include juggling, stilts, pogo… [Continue Reading]