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

Woodward Horizontal

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]

Stick, Disc Golfers Take Aim at Tourney

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Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the seventh annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment… [Continue Reading]

Grant to Fund Science Building Remodel

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The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Science Building, which opened in 1985. “Westmont has built a strong science program that offers students the ability to do significant research with professors… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

Christmas Fest 2013

The Westmont Christmas Festival, one of the most popular holiday events in Santa Barbara, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with performances Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to “Behold I am Making All Things New,” which cost $15 apiece,… [Continue Reading]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. Beebe

David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. “David and Anna’s gift will make a huge impact on our diversity initiative and our music programs,” says President… [Continue Reading]