Archives for August 2011

Reading to Feature Alumna Apricot Irving

Author Apricot Irving (photo by Julie Keefe)

Alumna Apricot (Anderson) Irving ’97, a memoirist and oral history writer, kicks off Westmont’s new Gender Studies Event Series with a reading and discussion Thursday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall. The event, which is co-sponsored by the English department, is free and open to the public. On Sept. 22… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Features Community-Based Projects

"PTG.0054APUS / American soldiers and military personnel serving in Iraq (installation detail)"

New York-based artists Eric Chan and Heather Schatz, who incorporate a wide variety of media into their works, open a new season at the Westmont Museum of Art. “Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: Universal Platform” will be on display from Sept. 2 to Nov. 19. The public is invited to a free, opening reception Friday, Sept…. [Continue Reading]

Selective Class of 2015 Arrives at Westmont

New students begin arriving to campus for Orientation, which begins Aug. 25

About 1,200 students arrived at Westmont for the start of classes Aug. 29, including 335 first-year students representing the class of 2015. The incoming class includes four National Merit Scholars and 275 students who’ve earned an academic merit scholarship, including three Monroe Scholars. Monroe Scholarships, which honor top students with full-tuition scholarships, have been awarded… [Continue Reading]

Jackson Joins Westmont Foundation Board

New Westmont Foundation member Susan Jackson

Susan Jackson, a long-time volunteer in the Santa Barbara community, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between the college and the community. Jackson is married to Palmer Jackson Jr., chief operating officer for Cogi, a technology start-up he co-founded in 2007. The foundation sponsors the Westmont President’s Breakfast, which features… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Hosts a Montecito Star Party

The Keck Telescope aims for the heavens during a free public viewing Aug. 19

Globular clusters, the Ring Nebula and dying stars appear on the celestial menu when Westmont opens its observatory for a free public viewing of the stars with the Keck Telescope Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. The viewing, held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, generally lasts several hours. In case of… [Continue Reading]

New Students Head into Great Outdoors

Group at Hawk Beak Park

Eighteen first-year Westmont students head out on a unique orientation program that will take them trekking through the North Yosemite backcountry Aug. 11-23. Inoculum, an optional introduction to Westmont, offers students several units of academic and physical education credit. Telford Work, associate professor of religious studies, and Paul Willis, professor of English, will lead two… [Continue Reading]

Renovation reveals a long-hidden feature of the original Westmont dining commons walls

Remember the brightly colored glass blocks in the old DC walls? They disappeared when the college built Kerr Student Center on top of the dining commons in 1983. But this week, construction work uncovered the original exterior wall along the southern edge of the building. This wall was retained as part of the Study, the… [Continue Reading]

Westmonster Run Returns to Campus

Westmonster 5k: August 18, 2011

Get out your running shoes and tackle the 2011 Westmonster 5K Thursday evening, Aug. 18. This cross-country race, part of the Santa Barbara Athletic Association’s Grand Prix Series, begins at 6:15 p.m. and follows a scenic course on the Westmont campus, finishing on the new track. Participants will enjoy food and drink at the end… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Moves Up in Forbes’ List of America’s Top Colleges

Kerrwood Hall

Once again, Forbes has recognized Westmont in their 2012 America’s Top Colleges list, which includes 650 institutions. Westmont ranks 76th, up from 81st last year. Nine other California colleges and universities appear in the top 100: Stanford (5th), Claremont McKenna College (12th), California Institute of Technology (13th), Pomona College (23rd), Scripps (41st), Harvey Mudd College… [Continue Reading]