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]

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]

Students Musicians Perform in November

Westmont student musicians and composers show off their talents at free concerts this month in Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert, highlighting original works by Westmont student composers and performers, is Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. “It’s an hour of… [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]

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]

Powerful Keck Telescope Back in Action

The Keck Telescope is housed at the Westmont Observatory

Following a 10-month hiatus, the Keck Telescope will be back up and running Friday, Oct. 19, at the public viewing of the stars, beginning about 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The college spent more than $34,000 to have officials from DFM Engineering in Colorado repair the powerful telescope, a 24-inch… [Continue Reading]

Talk Covers Deep-Sea Explorations: Sea Fans

Beth Horvath with students in tide pools near Ledbetter Beach

Beth Horvath, Westmont associate professor of biology, examines the significant roles gorgonian corals (sea fans) play in the healthy biodiversity of deep-water habitats, such as the Santa Barbara Channel, in a lecture Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown lecture, “Gorgonian Corals: Sentinels of Deep-Sea… [Continue Reading]

Choral Fest Combines High School Voices

The Westmont College Choir

Westmont’s annual Fall Choral Festival, featuring more than 300 high school singers in ensembles from 12 area high schools, join voices with the Westmont Choir, Choral Union and Chamber Singers on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:45 p.m. at the Music Academy of the West and 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave…. [Continue Reading]