Westmont to Light Up the Pickle Tree

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Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 13th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as the Pickle Tree. The event is… [Continue Reading]

National Tourney Kicks Off at Westmont

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The No. 4 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (15-3, 8-2 GSAC), which captured the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Nov. 14, hosts an NAIA National Championship opening-round game against Ottawa University of Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. The NAIA Championship tournament consists of 31 teams, 30 of which will play… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

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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]

Musicians Star in November Concerts

Senior bassist Luke Mizuki

Westmont student musicians and composers show off their talents at five free concerts this month, all in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert, a showcase of new works by student composers, is Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. The Vocal Chamber… [Continue Reading]

Campus Abuzz Over Beekeepers Club, Hive

Daniel Erickson and the new bee hive

After more than a year of planning and preparing, Westmont welcomed a beehive to its campus in October. A member of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association and Westmont senior Daniel Erickson placed the top bar beehive in a remote area below the track to minimize risk to the bees and Westmont community. Erickson, who is… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Examines Love in ‘Almost, Maine’

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The contemporary play “Almost, Maine” takes a joyful and poignant look at love on the stage of Westmont’s Porter Theatre Nov. 14-­15, 20­-22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at westmont.edu/boxoffice or by calling (805) 565-­7140. The play,… [Continue Reading]

Teen Singers Join Voices at Choral Fest

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The Westmont Fall Choral Festival, combining the voices of more than 330 students from 10 area high schools, is Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:45 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., and 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Half of the choirs will perform at 4:45 p.m. and… [Continue Reading]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in Madagascar

Taylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. Jashinsky will live in Burma/Myanmar and will travel to multiple countries, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos and Vietnam, documenting the… [Continue Reading]

Alumni Return for Homecoming Weekend

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Westmont will honor California State Assembly Member Kristin Olsen ’96 as Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2014 Oct. 17-19. Olsen, who takes over as the next Assembly Republican leader in November, joins Young Alumnus Award winner Daniel Zia ’06 and Global Service Award winners Byron ’82 and Lisa Repko ’84 Borden at the All-Alumni… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Grads Earn More in the Long Run

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The salaries of Westmont graduates fared well in two 2014 rankings that used data collected from the website PayScale. The Washington Post listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation for colleges and universities with the greatest salary growth between average starting and average mid-career salaries. A Forbes magazine story identified Westmont as No. 23… [Continue Reading]