SB Marks 100 Days to Special Olympics Games

At a press conference in July , Special Olympics and Westmont officials announced plans for the college to house 100 coaches and athletes competing in the games this summer.

The 100-day countdown to the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games begins April 16. The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition takes place July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries. Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in… [Continue Reading]

Senior Art Show Features a ‘Maker’s Dozen’

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Thirteen graduating art majors will display their capstone art projects April 9-May 9 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public reception opens “Maker’s Dozen: Westmont Senior Art Exhibition 2015” on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. The students will exhibit works ranging in media from printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and video…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Famed Pianist Primakov

Vassily Primakov

Renowned Russian pianist Vassily Primakov, who recently released a new, two-CD album, “Chopin: 51 Mazurkas,” performs Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Tickets cost $25 for general admission; $20 seniors; $10 student and group (eight or more); and may be purchased at the door or by… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Opens Downtown Program

President Gayle D. Beebe and Rick Ifland teach Seminar in Executive Leadership

Westmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu Street in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above the Fund of Santa Barbara. The first class of students will enroll in the program in fall 2015, and… [Continue Reading]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Sierra Farrar, Merckx Dascomb, Jonathan Wong, Kennedy Hahn, Kathryn Ogata and Mirah Ray

Violinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were… [Continue Reading]

Musicians to Compete for Scholarships

Mirah Ray of San Anselmo

Six high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the third annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship, who’ll be announced immediately following the event, will receive… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Honors Kids Helping Kids

Westmont honored Nathan Rennacker, Iris Gau, Marcos Morales, Stevie O’Connor, Lily Smith, Peter Greig, Jamie DeVries, Emily Allen, Jillian Wilber, Megan Bergthold and Remi Jayaraman

The Westmont College Education Department honored two Westmont alumni by giving the Excellence in Education award to their innovative, student-­run non­profit organization, Kids Helping Kids (KHK), at a lunchtime gathering Feb. 3 at Westmont. Alumni Jamie DeVries ’95 and Jillian Wilber ’13, who teach AP economics at San Marcos High School (SMHS) and advise KHK,… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Highlights Rembrandt, Jews

Rembrandt's "Triumph of Mordecai"

Westmont features 21 Rembrandt etchings in an exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection,” Feb. 12-March 28 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6162. The show also includes a drawing by… [Continue Reading]

Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Breakfast

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 6, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, at 9… [Continue Reading]

Presidential Lessons from Watergate Reporter

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Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, examined “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” for 300 people on Jan. 16 in the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore. The legendary journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, said it is not enough for a president to simply provide… [Continue Reading]