Alums Earn Top Awards at ‘Joie de Vivre’  

“Joie de Vivre” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Westmont alumnus Keaton Hudson ’14 won the Lorry Hubbard Best in Show prize for his instant film piece, “Room,” in the annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. “Working with the photograph, I’m interested in how we interact with and perceive mundane objects in everyday life,” Hudson says. “There’s something to… [Continue Reading]

Alumnae Earn Indy Theatre Awards

Paige Tautz and Heather Johnson in "Mad and a Goat" (Photo: Taylor Speer, Fort Collins Fringe Festival)

The Santa Barbara Independent awarded recent Westmont graduate Christine Nathanson ’16 for acting and directing at the annual Indy Theatre Awards presentation May 23. Also, alumna Paige Tautz ’14 won an award for her performance in “Mad and a Goat,” which was written by alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09. Nathanson won for her performance in… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Class of 2016

Under cloudy skies, 299 bright Westmont seniors celebrated their graduation May 7 at a lush Carr Field. About 5,000 family members and friends witnessed the pageantry as the college honored its top graduates and professors. Of the 299 students, 105 of them graduated with honors. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Features Local Artists

Marilyn McRae's "Candy Box" (Recycled Magazine Paper, 2013)

Jennifer Frias, associate curator of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside ARTSblock, juries Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-County artists May 19-June 18 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, opening reception for “Joie de Vivre,” which translates to exuberant enjoyment of life, features 18 local artists on Thursday, May 19, from… [Continue Reading]

Choir Tours Pacific Northwest, Vancouver

The Westmont College Choir

The Westmont College Choir tours the Pacific Northwest May 8-19 with California performances in Shafter, Davis, Redding and Grass Valley; Oregon performances in Klamath Falls and Salem; Washington performances in Seattle, Anacortes and Lakewood; and Vancouver British Columbia. The choir, which includes 55 performers, will perform a selected repertoire that may include selections by Johann… [Continue Reading]

Top Scientist to Speak at Commencement

The 2015 Golden Warriors

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished physical scientists in the world, speaks at Westmont’s Commencement Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal to David and Anna Grotenhuis, in honor of their generosity and support of Westmont’s students and service to the Santa… [Continue Reading]

Students Earn Fulbright Scholarships

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Two Westmont seniors, Aria Hamann and Jarrett Catlin, both Monroe Scholars, have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research and teach English outside the U.S. next year. Hamann will conduct hydrology research at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. She will be working with Dutch professor Boris van Breukelen to undertake an independent… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Concert Features Top Soloists

Jessica Kozachuk

The Westmont Orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert, which highlights student soloists, is Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. General admission is $10; all students are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (805) 565-6040…. [Continue Reading]

Student Musicians, Composers Bloom in April

Student Composer Jay Real

April offers a diverse variety of concerts both on and off campus, all free and open to the public, except the Orchestra Concerto Concerts. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel highlights new works by Westmont student composers… [Continue Reading]

Fringe Supports Courageous Creativity

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More than 80 Westmont students will take part in 33 different pieces of theater, dance, film and performance art at the Westmont Fringe Festival on April 14-17; Thursday, Friday and Sunday starting at 7 p.m., Saturday starting at 3 p.m., all beginning at Porter Theatre. Festival passes ($15 general admission, $10 students/seniors) or daily tickets… [Continue Reading]