Workshop Offers Comic Opera by Haydn

Kim Huff Pirates

The Westmont Music Drama Workshop stages “La Canterina,” a comic opera by Joseph Haydn on Jan. 30-31 at Center Stage Theater in Downtown Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 each and can be purchased at the theater box office or online at Proceeds will go toward the Westmont choir’s tour to Russia… [Continue Reading]

New Networking Site Connects Alumni


A powerful new online tool now connects Westmont alumni around the world. Westmont Connect  enables alumni to locate each other for personal and professional reasons, giving them access to jobs, mentors, special interests and opportunities. The Westmont alumni office and information technology department developed the program. “We intend this tool to be a dynamic resource… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Welcomes Jupiter in January

Westmont Observatory

The gas giant Jupiter will be the star performer at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Jan. 17, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast… [Continue Reading]

Yunus to Speak at President’s Breakfast

Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in using microcredit to end poverty, will speak at the ninth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, Feb. 28, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Yunus is the first person since Martin Luther King Jr. to achieve the trifecta of the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S…. [Continue Reading]

New Faculty Bring a Love of Teaching

Nathan Huff

Westmont welcomed four new professors in the fall who have brought a passion for teaching and an appreciation of the college’s community. Nathan Huff (art), Han Soo Kim (music), Sharon Tang-Quan (English) and Felicia Wu Song (sociology) have finished their first semester teaching at Westmont. Huff, a multi-talented and eclectic artist, has strengthened the college’s… [Continue Reading]

Westmont’s ‘Pirates’ Earns Top Accolades


The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has chosen Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” to be performed at the regional festival Feb. 12-15 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Westmont’s is one of seven productions, out of nearly 50 participating shows, to be considered for the National Festival, April 14-19 at the Kennedy… [Continue Reading]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

TaylorBartlettTommy KnappGreggSanchezJakeAllbaugh

A plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett,… [Continue Reading]

Popular Computer Science Professor Dies


Kim Kihlstrom, Westmont professor of computer science, died Dec. 12 at home following a long battle with cancer. She was 56. A memorial service will be held at Montecito Covenant Church Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she met her husband,… [Continue Reading]

Warriors’ Title Hopes Dashed in Finals

First-year defender Sophie Fuller

An inspiring run for a national title came up one game short for the Westmont women’s soccer team. The No. 2 Warriors (17-2-5) stumbled against No. 4 Concordia (Ore.) 1-0 in the 2013 NAIA National Championship on Dec. 7 in Orange Beach, Ala. After winning at home on penalty kicks against Westminster (Utah) on Nov…. [Continue Reading]

Telescope Zooms in on December Skies


Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope opens for a monthly viewing of the stars, Friday, Dec. 20. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and begins after 6:30 p.m. and lasts several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or… [Continue Reading]