Former Westmont President Roger Voskuyl Dies

Roger Voskuyl, who served as president of Westmont College from 1950 to 1968, died Nov. 9 in Santa Barbara at the age of 95. The Harvard-educated chemist, who participated in the Manhattan Project during World War II, led Westmont during a crucial time in its history. Thanks to his efforts, the college gained accreditation in… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Chemistry Students Hope to Create Future Scientists

Westmont is hoping the allure of slime and liquid nitrogen ice cream will get youngsters interested in science. The college’s chemistry students recently held a Family Science Night at Westmont with another event scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. About 35 fifth grade students and their parents came to the first event and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Grad School Fair

Representatives from at least 29 graduate programs from around the country will be taking part in Westmont’s annual Graduate School & Seminary Day Fair. The fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Magnolia Lawn. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Kerr Student Center. Representatives will speak to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes Internationally Acclaimed California Artist

Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery will display the works of California painter R. Kenton Nelson beginning next month in an exhibition titled “Narrative Idealism.” The free exhibit runs Nov. 10-Dec. 16 at the gallery, which is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will also be a public opening reception and book signing… [Continue Reading]

Professor Explores Sermon on the Mount

President Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speech wasn’t the Gettysburg Address, it was his Sermon on the Mount. That’s the belief of Ronald C. White, professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary. White will discuss the topic as part of Westmont’s Erasmus Lecture series, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge. The lecture is titled, “Abraham… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Trustees Welcome New Member

Patty Martin of Woodside, Calif., has been installed as the newest member of the Westmont College Board of Trustees. Martin, 56, is a certified spiritual director and teaches classes at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in spiritual formation. “I think Westmont has a great balance of encouraging critical Christian thinking without being legalistic,” she says, “and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Theater Season Begins with a Focus on Shakespeare

The Westmont theater season opens next week, Friday, Nov. 4, with Shakespeare’s achingly beautiful history play “King Richard II” at Santa Barbara Trinity Episcopal Church. It is the first in a yearlong season of events that centers on contemporary, international approaches to Shakespeare’s plays. The Lit Moon Theatre Company and Westmont College Repertory Theatre are… [Continue Reading]

Lecture Explores Politics and Faith

Politics and religion will mix at a lecture in downtown Santa Barbara next week. The Westmont Downtown Conversation will include several local community leaders of different faiths and focus on the interactions and conflicts between faith and politics in our community. It will be held, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m, at… [Continue Reading]

Gaede to Step Down as Westmont President

Westmont President Stan D. Gaede announced he will conclude his presidency at the end of the academic year in June. He has served as the college’s president since July 2001. Previously, he was provost, the top academic officer, for five years. The 58-year old will return to Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he joined… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes Fall With Choral Festival Concert

Three local high school choirs will join voices with singers from Westmont later this month for the Fall Choral Festival Concert. The concert is Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Adams Professor of Music and Worship Michael Shasberger will direct guest choirs from San Marcos, Paso Robles, and… [Continue Reading]