Archives for May 2012

Sports Camps are Swinging into the Summer

Davis Craig enjoys the popular summer basketball camp at Westmont

Online registration is open for Westmont’s popular summer sports camps, which will enjoy the college’s improved athletic facilities. Several all-day camps have returned to the traditional 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with aftercare offered until 4:30 p.m. All camps, which begin June 11 and run through July 30, start at 9 a.m. and cost $225… [Continue Reading]

Theater Student, Professors Earn Indys

Mitchell Thomas, Chris Wagstaffe and John Blondell show off their Indys

The Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont theater arts professors John Blondell and Mitchell Thomas and student Chris Wagstaffe, giving them Independent Theater Awards May 21 at the Santa Barbara Club. It is the 20th year the Independent has honored the best in Santa Barbara theater. Blondell, who recently returned to Santa Barbara after directing Shakespeare’s… [Continue Reading]

A Record 71 Students to Serve this Summer

Emmaus Road Core Team: Jon Puckett, Kaly Moehlenpah, Chelsea Davis, Briana Jones and Melissa Christensen

A record 71 Westmont students on a dozen teams will spend at least four weeks this summer serving communities around the world, including Bolivia, China, Guatemala, Nepal, Uganda, Spain, Japan, Israel and Indonesia. The student-led, staff-directed Emmaus Road program is in its 14th year, sponsoring activities that serve to increase awareness of global concerns, broadening… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Saturn, Five of Its Moons

Westmont's Keck Telescope

The ringed planet Saturn is expected to dazzle stargazers at a free, public viewing with the powerful Keck Telescope Friday, May 18. The event, which begins about 8 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 Astronomical Unit, whose… [Continue Reading]

Juried Art Show to Lift Off at Museum

Sculpture by Bela Bacsi

Montecito’s only juried art exhibition moves to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art after a one-year hiatus, featuring the works of 58 different artists May 17-June 30. “LIFT 2012” celebrates the lift off of the college’s new museum space with a varied collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and printmaking. The exhibition opens with a… [Continue Reading]

Alex Moore Service Set for May 15

Family and friends will celebrate the life of Alex Moore at a memorial service Tuesday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road in Santa Barbara. A reception at the church will follow the service. Moore, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Westmont, died May 9 from complications following surgery for… [Continue Reading]

Students Lauded for Servant Leadership

The 2012 David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award winners with Winter and Tim Wilson

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The 12th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards are given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward next year’s school expenses. Incoming senior winners… [Continue Reading]

College Mourns the Death of Professor

Dr. Alex Moore (1980-2012)

Alex Moore, who joined the Westmont faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of kinesiology, died May 9 from complications following surgery. Moore was 31. His wife, Kirsten, survives him; the couple met at Westmont in 2005 when she became the college’s head women’s basketball coach. They got married in 2008, and their first child is… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Student, Community Servants

The Westmont banner, marking the college’s 75th anniversary, leads the procession

About 4,000 people cheered on 314 graduates of the Class of 2012 under blue, sunny skies at Carr Field during Commencement May 5. A grove of still-charred eucalyptus trees behind the main stage served as a reminder that many of these graduating students evacuated to the gym during the devastating Tea Fire in November 2008… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Tour and Perform in China

The Westmont College Orchestra goes to China May 9-18

The Westmont College Orchestra, consisting of 63 student-musicians, travels to China May 9-18, performing in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. The orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Shasberger, will perform concerts at Beijing University of Technology, Sun Village, Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute, Suzhou Organization on Disability, Fudan University and Shanghai University. There are… [Continue Reading]