Foundation Welcomes Four New Members

The Westmont Foundation welcomes four prominent Santa Barbara residents to its board. Brad Frohling, Andria Kahmann, Bill Loomis and Alice Van de Water join the 26-member board whose mission is to cultivate ties between the community and Westmont. Frohling, who graduated from Westmont in 1994, is a senior sales associate for Radius Group, a commercial… [Continue Reading]

Pointer Awarded Social Science Chair

Rick Pointer, Westmont professor of history, has been selected as the first recipient of the newly established Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Social Science. The Fletcher Jones Foundation created the chair to rotate among deserving faculty within the social science division. Pointer will occupy the chair for the next four years, beginning in fall… [Continue Reading]

MBAR Gives Green Light to Westmont

The Montecito Board of Architectural Review (MBAR) granted preliminary approval for all of Phase I of the Westmont College Master Plan. The first part of the project will add a new art center, science building, chapel, observatory and residence hall while reconfiguring the campus road and athletic fields. College officials will now work with the… [Continue Reading]

Tour Kicks Off For Famed Wardrobe

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition” opened at a VIP event June 5 at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, kicking off a five-year world-wide tour that includes Westmont’s famed C.S. Lewis-owned wardrobe. The wardrobe, usually housed in Reynolds Hall on Westmont’s campus, is prominently featured at the beginning of the exhibition, which includes… [Continue Reading]

A New Face In The Arts Community

Judy L. Larson begins work this week as the new director of the Reynolds Gallery and the first holder of the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art. Larson, most recently the director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts [NMWA] in Washington, D.C., will also teach art history courses. The founding director of… [Continue Reading]

Award-Winning Theater

Three current and former Westmont artists were honored with Independent Theater Awards at a ceremony May 19 at Center Stage Theatre downtown. The Indy Awards, given annually by a panel of theater critics from the Santa Barbara Independent and the Los Angeles Times, honor excellent productions throughout the Santa Barbara area. John Blondell, professor of… [Continue Reading]

Students Serve Overseas For The Summer

Twenty-two Westmont students are devoting at least a month this summer to serve people in Malawi, Indonesia, and El Salvador through Emmaus Road, a Westmont program that’s been sending students overseas for the past 10 years. The first Emmaus Road group, three business majors and five pre-med students, left May 5 for El Salvador. The… [Continue Reading]

Willis' New Book Of Poems Hits Home

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English, will read from his new book, “Visiting Home,” at the Wildling Art Museum, 2329 Jonata St., Los Olivos, on Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. The event is free, and the book will be available for sale and signing. “The poems visit many homes, wild and domestic, in my… [Continue Reading]

Public Class To Decode ‘Flying Information’

Two seemingly different academic disciplines come together for a unique seminar open to the public this summer at Westmont. “Flying Information” will focus on how we learn to read codes, patterns, signs, and symbols and navigate webs of meaning Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Marilyn McEntyre, professor of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Artists Recognized Near And Far

Two Westmont art professors earned awards for their recent work, and several art students were featured in an exhibit in Sacramento last month. Professor Scott Anderson earned four awards for Reynolds Gallery in the 28th annual publication design competition by the American Association of Museums. With more than 800 entries, the competition is the only… [Continue Reading]