Musicians Present Chamber Concerts

Ficsor and Shasberger

Westmont student musicians will perform two concerts in March. The first is an Instrumental Chamber Concert March 2 at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. Chamber musicians will also present a recital featuring vocal and instrumental chamber groups March 6 at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The concerts are free and open to the public…. [Continue Reading]

Gayle Beebe Named Westmont President

Dr. Gayle Beebe

Eighth President Wins Unanimous Support from Trustees The Westmont Board of Trustees named Gayle D. Beebe as the college’s eighth president. Beebe has served as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan for the past seven years and will take over the Montecito college at the beginning of the next academic year, July 1, 2007…. [Continue Reading]

Lecture Explores Evolution, Christianity

Jeff Schloss

Jeff Schloss, professor of biology at Westmont, will discuss “Evolutionary Theory, Biblical Faith, and the Mystery of Altruism,” in a Phi Kappa Phi lecture, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public. Schloss explores whether the New Testament’s command to selflessly love one another is… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Play Breaks Out of 'The Clouds'

"The Clouds"

Westmont is putting a new spin on a classic Greek comedy in hopes of staging an entertaining play with a moral edge. John Blondell, Westmont professor of theatre arts, directs the 14-student cast performing “The Clouds,” by Aristophanes, Feb. 23-24 and March 1-3, all at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theater. There will also be… [Continue Reading]

Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Santa Barbara International Guitar Fest

The Westmont Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra will perform in the opening event of the Santa Barbara International Guitar Festival, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Victoria Hall Theatre. A second performance will be held at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Rise of African Christianity

James Ault

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author James Ault will show his latest film and lecture on “Toward a New Christianity: The Rise of African Christianity and Its World Significance,” Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m., in Founders Dining Room at Westmont. The documentary was shot in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and among African immigrants in the United States…. [Continue Reading]

Local Experts Discuss 'The World is Flat'

The World is Flat

Four Santa Barbara college professors will participate in a panel discussion on Thomas Friedman’s book, “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century,” as part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations About Things that Matter. The event is free and open to the public, Thursday, Feb. 15, at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Grads Work to End Slavery

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A day of events at Westmont, Wednesday, Feb. 7, will focus on ending slavery and human trafficking. Westmont alum David Batstone, University of San Francisco professor of ethics, will speak in chapel at 10:30 a.m. and then sign his new book “Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade, and How We Can… [Continue Reading]

Two New Trustees Named to Board

Peter Thorrington

  The Westmont trustees welcomed two new members to the board who are both parents of Westmont graduates. Peter Thorrington and Bruce Bickel join 29 other members who oversee the operation of the college. Thorrington is a member of the board of directors for Opportunity International, a Christian-based ministry giving loans to the poorest of the… [Continue Reading]

‘Car Plays’ Stops Downtown for an Encore

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The Westmont theatre arts department’s popular student production, “The Car Play Project,” which had an overwhelmingly successful run in November and December, will be pulling into downtown Santa Barbara, Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m., in the plaza directly behind the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The production is free, though seating is expected to… [Continue Reading]