Montecito Music Festival Continues

Internationally recognized cellist, János Starker

Internationally recognized cellist János Starker performs at two master classes as part of the third and final week of the Montecito Summer Music Festival Wednesday, Aug. 4, and Thursday, Aug. 5, both at 4 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Tickets, $15 for adults and $7.50 for children and senior citizens, can be purchased by calling (213)… [Continue Reading]

Rosand Headlines Montecito Music Festival

Virtuoso violinist Aaron Rosand performs Saturday, July 24, at the third annual Montecito Summer Music Festival hosted by the Westmont Conference Center. The festival, which brings world-class musicians together with advanced students of classical piano and strings for three weeks of instruction and performance, continues through Friday, Aug. 6. Rosand will perform “Bach Partita No…. [Continue Reading]

Author and Professor Bob Wennberg Dies

A memorial service for Bob Wennberg will be held July 30

Robert N. Wennberg, who taught philosophy at Westmont for 37 years and authored several books, including “Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters” and “God, Humans and Animals: An Invitation to Enlarge Our Moral Universe,” died July 18, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. “We are deeply saddened by Bob’… [Continue Reading]

Nazarenko Joins Westmont as New Dean

Tatiana Nazarenko, former dean of instruction and assessment liaison at Centralia College (Wash.), is Westmont’s new dean of curriculum and educational effectiveness. Nazarenko’s predecessor, Professor Ray Rosentrater, will return to full-time teaching. Nazarenko, who has studied in five countries and has more than 20 years of college-level teaching and administrative experience, will work with the… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Feature Milky Way’s Globular Clusters

The Andromeda Galaxy by the Keck Telescope - H. Michael Sommermann

Saturn and the Milky Way will be the star attractions at Westmont’s observatory during a free, public viewing Friday, July 16. The Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful, public telescopes along the Central Coast, may also catch a glimpse of globular clusters in Hercules, globular clusters in Scorpius, Ophiuchus and Sagittarius. Westmont physics instructor… [Continue Reading]

High School Stars Shine at Baseball Tryout

Nearly 90 MLB scouts and college coaches were at the tryout at Westmont

Despite overcast weather conditions, baseballs were flying around Russell Carr Field July 6 as about 100 of the best high school baseball players from the Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley regions took part in an exclusive tryout. Nearly 90 major league scouts and college coaches evaluated the prospects during the first day of… [Continue Reading]

Foundation Welcomes Three New Members

Santa Barbara County residents Kathy Clenet, Jacques Habra and Herb Tews have joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between Westmont and the community. Clenet and her husband, Alain, have eight children, one an alumna of Westmont. Kathy and Alain have been entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara for more than three decades. Habra,… [Continue Reading]

Summer Theater Camp to Perform “Oklahoma!”

More than 30 teenage campers, including a record seven boys, have been rehearsing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma!” as part of Bravissimo!, a musical theater camp at Westmont. The students, entering grades seven-12, participate in 11 days of intense workshops, focusing on singing technique, acting, set-design, costuming and technical direction. The summer camp concludes… [Continue Reading]

Offering Prayers, Support to Wennbergs

Former students and colleagues have an opportunity to honor Bob Wennberg, Westmont distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy. The Westmont alumni office will accept and deliver letters of support and prayers for Bob, who has been diagnosed with cancer, and his wife, Eleanore, through Wednesday, June 30. E-mailed letters can be sent to (please put… [Continue Reading]

Summer Camp Season Gets Underway at Westmont

Westmont kicked off the summer camp season with its popular co-ed sports skills offering for 5-10-year olds. Over the following weeks, the athletic department will hold camps featuring girl’s volleyball, co-ed basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball and archery/badminton. Westmont’s innovative ThinkCamps are also underway, focusing on the arts and sciences for elementary to high school students…. [Continue Reading]