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]

Pickle Tree Lighting Features Choirs, Santa

Westmont’s 17th annual Pickle Tree Lighting, a unique tradition that attracts hundreds of alumni and members of the college community, is Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. on Kerrwood Lawn. The event is free and open to the public. The Cold Spring’s School Choir will kick off the evening with some Christmas carols from 4:40-5… [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]

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]

Women’s Swim Coach Dives In  

Westmont is excited to begin its first women’s swimming team in fall 2019 with its newly hired head coach, Jill Jones Lin. “Jill has a strong pedigree in both swimming and Christian leadership,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director. “Her energy and enthusiasm is palpable. She also has a strong understanding of athletics as part… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Launches New Ministry Grant

President’s Ministry Grants, a new Westmont award, benefit the children of parents or stepparents who minister full time for churches and Christian organizations. The grant represents a four-year commitment to cover any unmet need remaining after adding up academic scholarships, need-based grants and need-based loans. Incoming first-year students who have submitted applications to Westmont can… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Program Promotes Public Dialogue

Two Westmont professors seek to encourage dialogue on difficult issues in the local community. Deborah Dunn, professor of communication studies, and Rachel Winslow, director of the Westmont Center for Social Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of history, have created the Westmont Initiative for Public Dialogue and Deliberation to encourage citizens to participate in our democracy and… [Continue Reading]