Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 Years

The 2015-16 Westmont College Orchestra

The Westmont Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season performing brilliantly colorful music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Glazunov and Aaron Copland. The Fall Orchestra Concert, which includes a piece by alumnus Daniel Gee, adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont, is Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room, and Sunday, Oct…. [Continue Reading]

Alum Stages Two New Plays at Westmont


Westmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09, who graduated from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, has written two plays being produced Oct. 16-24 at Westmont. “Good Day,” directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont associate professor of theater, is Oct. 16-24 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Mad &… [Continue Reading]

Reel Talk Explores Complex ‘Food Chains’


Mark Sargent, Westmont provost, and Cynthia Toms, director of global education, will dissect the challenging issues of our food economy and the lives of farmworkers after a screening of the film “Food Chains” on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center for the Visual Arts, room 216. This Reel Talk film screening… [Continue Reading]

New Scholarship Helps South African Students

Westmont's Kerrwood Hall

A new scholarship will provide two full-ride scholarships each year for two South African students to attend Westmont. Beginning in fall 2016, two black, male graduates of Michaelhouse, a Christian boarding school for boys in KwaZulu-Natal, will receive these awards. In the scholarship’s fourth year and each subsequent year, eight Michaelhouse Scholarship students will study… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes MAW Fellows as Residents

Scott Reed, president and CEO of Music Academy of the West, and Gayle Beebe, Westmont president, flanked by Tiffany DeVries, dean of students, Margaret Cafarelli, Chair,  Kandy Luria-Budgor, board member Music Academy, Jonathan E. Steiner CFO/Vice President of Finance

Westmont will host 140 fellows from the Music Academy of the West in residence during the academy’s eight-week summer music festivals beginning in summer 2016. The academy fellows will reside in Clark and Armington Halls at Westmont. “We’re excited to establish a long-term partnership with this outstanding institution in our community,” says Westmont President Gayle… [Continue Reading]

Homecoming to Honor Niva Tro

Dr. Nivaldo Tro

Westmont will honor chemistry professor Nivaldo Tro ’85 as Alumnus of the Year during Homecoming 2015 Oct. 2-4. Tro, who has taught at Westmont since 1990, was born and raised in Culver City, Calif., after his parents emigrated from Havana, Cuba, in 1959. The Westmont alumnus earned a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford for researching… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Probe Islamic History of Rebellion

Dr. Heather Keaney

Heather Keaney, associate professor of history at Westmont, applies her training in medieval history to examine the contemporary Middle East in a lecture, “Tyrants, Terrorists and Tropes in Islamic History,” Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture is free and open… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Rare Supermoon Eclipse

Photo by Johannes Schedler at the Panther Observatory

The Westmont Observatory will host an informal gathering to view the lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. However, the blood moon will be too low in the evening sky to use Westmont’s telescopes. Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor, says he and several members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) will… [Continue Reading]

Jill Felber Offers Flute Masterclass

Flutist Jill Felber

Jill Felber, professor of flute at UC Santa Barbara, offers a flute masterclass, featuring performances by the advanced private students of Andrea Di Maggio (Westmont) and Dr. Linda Holland (SBCC), Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The Masterclass is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the… [Continue Reading]

Talk Views Biblical, Modern Wartime Rape

Dr. Caryn Reeder

Caryn Reeder, associate professor of New Testament at Westmont, examines modern wartime rape and biblical stories of captive women in a talk Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The lecture, part of the Gender Studies Series, “From Boko Haram to Biblical Israel: Deuteronomy 21:10-14 and Wartime Rape,” is… [Continue Reading]