Teens to Compete for Music Scholarships

Violinist Lalia Mangione of Belmont, Mich., won last year's competition

Six high school seniors will be competing for Westmont music scholarships at the annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship will receive up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Reads Focuses on ‘The Big Burn’

Tea FireWestmont

Westmont hosts a panel discussion about wildfire as part of Westmont Reads Thursday, March 6, from 2-3 p.m. in Voskuyl Library. This year, the annual program focuses on the book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan. The program includes a series of events, including book discussions and… [Continue Reading]

Telescope to Zoom in on Great Red Spot

ObservatoryTrack

Stargazers might enjoy views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Feb. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast… [Continue Reading]

Speech, Debate Tourney Takes Center Stage

The debate finalists pose with Omedi Ochieng and Jean Svoboda

Sophomore Michael Deiana and junior Corrie Farbstein won top honors at the 17th annual Tournament of Expressions on Feb. 5. Deiana, a psychology major from Phoenix, debated against junior Katie Landis about whether the United States should ban the use of fossil fuels. Organizers didn’t reveal the topic until moments before the debate, emphasizing mental… [Continue Reading]

Lauded ‘Pirates’ Makes a Return Voyage

Pirates Petals

Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which will be performed for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, returns to Porter Theatre Feb. 22-23 at 7 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. A $25 special benefit ticket entitles the buyer to the play and a dessert reception with the cast,… [Continue Reading]

Rick Ifland Examines Microfinance, Yunus

Dr. Rick Ifland

Rick Ifland, director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westmont, explores the challenges and effectiveness of microfinance both in the developed and developing worlds at a free, public lecture Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Tickets are not needed; the limited seating is available… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Play Rimsky-Korsakov Overture

Dr. Han Soo Kim

The Westmont Orchestra performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture” as part of its Spring Orchestra Concert Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to the concerts, which may be purchased at the door, are… [Continue Reading]

Art Museum to Go ‘Walking in the Spirit’

Finster Angels

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features a unique collection of folk art from all over the United States, showcasing the artists’ spiritual conviction Feb. 20-March 29. The exhibition, “Walking in the Spirit: American Visionary Artists,” opens with a free, public reception on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The exhibition includes… [Continue Reading]

Conference Digs into Ancient, Modern Theater

Electra scream

In conjunction with “Electra,” the Westmont Theatre Arts Department hosts the first Westmont Dialogue on Theatre Ancient and Modern on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1-8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Tickets cost $15 and do not include dinner. Please RSVP by Feb. 5 to Beth Whitcomb at bwhitcomb@westmont.edu. Special guests this year include Eric Dugdale, professor… [Continue Reading]

Lecture to Probe ‘God and the Multiverse’

Andromeda-Galaxy (1)

Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos, explores astronomy, cosmology and connections to evolution and other sciences in a lecture Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The Pascal Society Lecture, “God and the Multiverse,” is free and open to the public. The last 100 years have… [Continue Reading]