Archives for August 2016

Founder of Westmont Foundation Dies at 93

Larry Crandell with the Westmont Medal at Commencement 2005 with Foundation members Gary Harris, Marguerite Berti, Tim Tremblay, Gerd Jordano, Stewart Abercrombie, Sharon Clenet, David Yager, Pier Gherini, President David K. Winter

Larry Crandell, a founder of the Friends of Westmont and the college’s first Westmont Medal recipient, has died. He was 93. Affectionately known as Mr. Santa Barbara, Crandell co-founded the Friends of Westmont in 1990 to provide support for the college during the approval process for Las Barrancas, the faculty homes adjacent to campus. Crandell… [Continue Reading]

Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty

Dr. Serah Shani

Four distinguished tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Elizabeth Gardner (communication studies), Carmen McCain (English), Jonathan Mitchell (physics) and Serah Shani (anthropology). Gardner, a graduate of Houghton College, earned a master’s degree and is finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland, where she has also taught several classes in public speaking, rhetorical criticism,… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Self-Affirmation, Prejudice

Dr. David Sherman

David Sherman, professor of psychological and brain sciences at UC Santa Barbara, explores how self-affirmation, the act of reflecting upon core values, can reduce prejudicial behaviors and mitigate their effect Friday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The Natural and Behavioral Sciences Lecture, “Threats and… [Continue Reading]

Lit Moon Turns 25 with ‘Glass Menagerie’

John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Santa Barbara-based Lit Moon Theatre Company by presenting Tennessee Williams’ American masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie” Sept. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $20 general admission and $15 for students, seniors and children, are… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Examine Civil Rights Tragedy

Dr. Dave Tell

Westmont alumnus Dave Tell ’98, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, explores the emergence of commemorations for the life of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. “The Emmett Till Memory Project,” sponsored by the Erasmus Society Lectureship endowment, is free and open to the… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2020 Arrives at Westmont

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for 348 first-year students and 54 new transfer students representing 17 countries outside of the United States. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 29. New students, including 24 international, missionary or third-culture students, come from Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Italy,… [Continue Reading]

No Threat to Westmont from Rey Fire

About 1,400 firefighters continue to make significant progress containing the Rey Fire, which is burning north and east, away from Santa Barbara and Westmont on the backside of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range. The backcountry fire poses no danger to any structures, but the visible smoke will drop ash along the Santa Barbara coast for… [Continue Reading]

Donors Fund $1M Chemistry Research Grant

Chris Riba and Han Chung freeze molecules and then move the m around to make a rough surface as reflective as a mirror

Westmont raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing the chemistry department’s summer research program. Income from the $1 million endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members doing full-time research during the summer. Since… [Continue Reading]

Summertime Stargazing at the ‘Mont

The top deck of the Westmont Observatory

Mars and Saturn will be the star attractions at a free, public viewing of the stars on Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful on California’s Central Coast, will zoom in on the planets, which… [Continue Reading]