Westmont’s Library Turns 50

Voskuyl Library in 1968 (photo courtesy Westmont Archives)

Westmont celebrated Voskuyl Library’s 50th birthday Dec. 3 with historic photos, trivia contest and speeches by President Gayle D. Beebe, Provost Mark Sargent and library staff. Diane Ziliotto, special collections librarian, recounted the meticulous move into the new library May 16, 1968, with 62-year-old Eleanor Armington carrying the first armload of books. Eleanor and her… [Continue Reading]

Star Party Features Christmas Tree Cluster

The Westmont Observatory shrouded by oak trees is open for public viewing of the stars with the Keck telescope

The Westmont Observatory, home of the powerful Keck Telescope, opens its dome toward the skies for a free, public viewing on Friday, Dec. 21, beginning about 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The observatory is available to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members… [Continue Reading]

Art Faculty Featured in Downtown Exhibition

"Wave 3" by Scott Anderson

The works of Westmont art faculty are being showcased at one of Santa Barbara’s premiere art galleries Dec. 6- Jan. 20. An opening reception for “Mentors and Makers: The Artists of Westmont College” is Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Sullivan Goss, at 11 East Anapamu Street. The show features full-time studio faculty Meagan Stirling, Nathan… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition, Sale the Work of ‘Creative Hands’

More than 30 talented members of the Westmont Art Council will exhibit and sell their artwork at “Creative Hands: Highlights from the Westmont Art Council” Nov. 29- Dec. 22 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum. An opening reception and holiday art sale is Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. “We are so grateful… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Adds Four-Year Engineering Major

Westmont will offer a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering beginning in fall 2019, blending a mix of courses in engineering, physics, mathematics and chemistry and grounding the program in the college’s liberal arts tradition. The new major continues Westmont’s tradition of cultivating innovation, collaboration, problem-solving and moral discernment in… [Continue Reading]

Theater Majors to Offer ‘Peace Pipe’

Westmont seniors Nina Fox and Merckx Dascomb

Westmont theater majors Merckx Dascomb and Nina Fox explore the challenges of early adulthood and the desire to reconcile with one’s former self in their original documentary-theater production, “Peace Pipe,” on Monday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Hall Black-Box Theater. The… [Continue Reading]

$1M Grant Helps Westmont Support Pastors

Westmont has received a $1 million grant to help establish Frontiers, offering opportunities for retreat, mentoring, intellectual and social engagement, and spiritual discernment to pastors just starting out in ministry or undergoing significant professional changes. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Offers Music, Film, Writing Programs

Westmont continues to innovate and respond to students’ interests by adding new programs and more choices that fit well with the liberal arts and prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Music students focused on performing can earn a Bachelor of Music once the National Association of Schools of Music approves the program. Two new… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Features ‘Song of Angels’

Christmas Festival tickets go on sale Thursday at 5 p.m.

Westmont hosts its 14th annual Christmas Festival, retelling the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., all at First Presbyterian Church,… [Continue Reading]

Kahneman Examines the Mind at Luncheon

Daniel Kahneman, the self-described godfather of behavioral economics, discussed his research about the mind, intuition and reason at a November 2 Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership luncheon in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. A Nobel Prize winner in economics and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kahneman wrote the bestselling book “Thinking, Fast… [Continue Reading]