Archives for December 2013

New Faculty Bring a Love of Teaching

Westmont welcomed four new professors in the fall who have brought a passion for teaching and an appreciation of the college’s community. Nathan Huff (art), Han Soo Kim (music), Sharon Tang-Quan (English) and Felicia Wu Song (sociology) have finished their first semester teaching at Westmont. Huff, a multi-talented and eclectic artist, has strengthened the college’s… [Continue Reading]

Westmont’s ‘Pirates’ Earns Top Accolades

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has chosen Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” to be performed at the regional festival Feb. 12-15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Westmont’s is one of seven productions, out of nearly 50 participating shows, to be considered for the National Festival, April 14-19 at the Kennedy… [Continue Reading]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

A plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett,… [Continue Reading]

Popular Computer Science Professor Dies

Kim Kihlstrom, Westmont professor of computer science, died Dec. 12 at home following a long battle with cancer. She was 56. A memorial service will be held at Montecito Covenant Church Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she met her husband,… [Continue Reading]

Warriors’ Title Hopes Dashed in Finals

First-year defender Sophie Fuller

An inspiring run for a national title came up one game short for the Westmont women’s soccer team. The No. 2 Warriors (17-2-5) stumbled against No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) 1-0 in the 2013 NAIA National Championship on Dec. 7 in Orange Beach, Ala. After winning at home on penalty kicks against Westminster (Utah) on Nov…. [Continue Reading]

Telescope Zooms in on December Skies

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope opens for a monthly viewing of the stars, Friday, Dec. 20. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and begins after 6:30 p.m. and lasts several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or… [Continue Reading]

Tickets Available for Saturday Christmas Fest

The ninth annual Westmont Christmas Festival, “Prepare the Way,” features music spanning 600 years celebrating Advent and Christmas Dec. 6-8 at First Presbyterian Church. Tickets, which are $25 each and support the Westmont Choir’s tour to Russia in spring 2014, are still available for the special benefit performance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m…. [Continue Reading]