Archives for April 2013

Fire Brigade Completes Academy Training

The 14-member Westmont Fire Brigade has completed a 40-hour, national wildland firefighter training academy hosted at Pepperdine University. The training included classroom instruction in fire behavior, fire suppression, risk management and preparedness. The Westmont volunteers also spent two days conducting field exercises, such as using firefighting hand tools, fire containment line construction, and fire hose… [Continue Reading]

College Choir Sings Through Western U.S.

Westmont College Choir

About 50 members of the Westmont College Choir and Chamber Singers will tour through Southern California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, singing a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary sacred and secular music, folk songs, spirituals and vocal jazz. The College Choir, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, studies and performs a wide range… [Continue Reading]

Lincoln Scholar to Speak at Commencement

Ronald C. White Jr.

Ronald C. White Jr., author of the New York Times bestseller “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” will speak at Commencement May 4 at 10 a.m. Pastor Rick Warren has canceled his appearance at Westmont following the death of his 27-year-old son. Edward and Suzanne Birch, leaders in the education community and active volunteers in local organizations,… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Feature Saturn, Needle Galaxy

Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful along the Central Coast, turns its attention to the ringed planet Saturn and the Needle Galaxy at a free, public viewing Friday, April 19, beginning about 7:30 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Uncover Keys to Productivity

Jason Womack

Jason Womack, small business entrepreneur and advisor, will share four ways to reduce stress and be more productive in a free, public lecture, “L.E.A.P. into Your Future,” Monday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center, room 216. Womack, CEO and founder of the Jason Womack Company, has worked with business and education leaders… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Champions to be Featured on L.A. TV

Kirsten and Alexis Moore

Television station CBS 2 in Los Angeles will air a story about head coach Kirsten Moore and the NAIA National Champion Westmont women’s basketball team immediately following tonight’s NCAA Basketball Championship game between Louisville and Michigan, about 8:30 p.m. PST. Programming officials at CBS2/KCAL9 also expect the story to air on KCAL 9 News and… [Continue Reading]

Polo Team Wins National Championship

Taylor Longo, Ky Koebele, David Samaniego, Tony Uretz, Patrick Uretz, Jake Bergman and Claudia Uretz (photo by Frances Hinkle. Additional photos from the tournament may be viewed at

The Westmont Men’s Polo Team won its first national title, beating Colorado State 19-16 in the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship April 13 at the ERG Arena in Brookshire, Texas. “The game was very close and hard fought the whole way through,” team captain Patrick Uretz says. “The CSU Rams played amazing, it was… [Continue Reading]

American Double to Play Westmont Finale

The American Double, violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse

The American Double, a duo featuring violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse, perform its final concert at Westmont Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the music department at (805) 565-6040. Ficsor, who joined the Westmont faculty… [Continue Reading]

Fringe Festival Showcases Student Creativity

Mak Manson and Jackie Dressler perform in last year's Fringe Festival

More than 70 Westmont students will be acting and dancing in 18 different pieces during six nightly performances of “Fringe 2013: On the Verge” April 11-13 and 18-20 from 7-10:30 p.m. beginning at Porter Theatre and moving throughout campus. General admission is $10; $7 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at or by… [Continue Reading]

Concert to Feature Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’

The Westmont Chamber Singers and Director Grey Brothers

The Westmont Music Department performs several concerts this month, beginning with Masterworks on April 5 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m., both in First United Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St. General admission is $10 and students are free. The concert includes the Westmont Orchestra, the Men and Women of College Choir,… [Continue Reading]