Archives for November 2011

Top College Entrepreneurs to Unveil Plans

Dr David Newton teaches a Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development class

Twenty entrepreneurship students put their innovative business ideas to the test, hoping to secure one of four final spots in the 22nd Annual Westmont Collegiate Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The competition is free and open to the public. Eight student venture… [Continue Reading]

First-Year Dance Instructors Offer New ‘Directions’

Student dancers perform in the 2010 fall concert

More than two dozen Westmont student dancers will be featured in the fall dance recital, “Directions,” Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, both at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors; $7 general admission and can be purchased at the door or reserved through Beth Whitcomb at (805) 565-7140. “Directions,” featuring… [Continue Reading]

Sargent to Serve as New Westmont Provost

Westmont Provost Mark L. Sargent

Mark L. Sargent, who has worked in higher education for 30 years, will become Westmont’s provost and dean of faculty in spring 2012. For the past 15 years, Sargent has served as provost of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., supervising its educational and co-curricular programs. “Mark is a stalwart veteran of Christian higher education, and we’re… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Names Museum after Ridley-Tree

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Westmont is naming its new museum in Adams Center for the Visual Arts the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in honor of local philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. Ridley-Tree, a well-known Santa Barbara businesswoman and art connoisseur, has donated seven paintings by the famed 19th century French artist Camille Corot to the college, valued at $5… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Take an Historic Look at God, Science

Dr. Edward B. Davis

Edward B. Davis, professor of the history of science at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn., explores American debates about the religious meaning of science through history in a free, public lecture, “Religion and Science in Modern America,” Thursday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room. Davis will look back to the Scopes… [Continue Reading]

Viewing of the Stars to Feature Gas Giant

Volunteers begin setting up their telescopes at the Westmont observatory at dusk

Central Coast stargazers are hoping for clear skies Friday, Nov. 18, for a free, public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope. The viewing, which begins at about 7 p.m., has been canceled the last two months due to overcast skies. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of… [Continue Reading]

Guitarist Mak Grgić Kicks off Rising Stars

Guitarist Mak Grgić

Westmont launches its new concert series, The Rising Stars, with a performance by 24-year old, world-renown guitarist Mak Grgić Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Grgić, who will perform great masterpieces for solo guitar and guitar and cello, will be joined by Westmont cello instructor John Sant’Ambrogio, former principal cellist of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Sings in the Christmas Season

Hundreds gather under the newly lit Pickle Tree in 2010.

Santa Claus, warm cider and the Westmont Gospel Choir singing “Oh, Pickle Tree” will highlight the 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Westmont’s Kerrwood Lawn Thursday, Dec. 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Westmont College Student Association (WCSA) selects someone each year to deliver the… [Continue Reading]

Kiplinger’s Names Westmont a Best Value

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its Best Values in Private Colleges list. The report, which named Westmont #88, ranked the schools based on outstanding academics and great economic value. Kiplinger’s noted Westmont’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent… [Continue Reading]

Small Artworks Featured in Big Exhibition

Artwork by (clockwise from top left) Mary Heebner, Penelope Gottlieb, Charles Arnoldi and Squeak Carnwath.

Small-scale creations from artists across the country make up “5X5: An Invitational” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. A public reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m., kicks off an online auction of the artwork (www.westmontmuseum.org/5×5) with proceeds benefitting the museum. The online auction will be live, beginning Nov…. [Continue Reading]