Public To Catch A Glimpse Of Jupiter

Westmont’s Carroll Observatory reopens for free public viewings Friday, Sept. 19, at dusk. Weather permitting, stargazers will look through the powerful Keck Telescope at Jupiter in the southern sky. Thomas Whittemore, instructor of physics, says the moon will not be visible until late Friday night, creating better viewing conditions for deep space. “We may also… [Continue Reading]

Sculptures Rock Westmont Gardens

Five stone artworks grace Westmont’s campus this fall in the “Donald Davis Sculpture Garden,” Reynolds Gallery’s third annual exhibition of outdoor sculpture. On display near the gallery and Voskuyl Library through Dec. 19, the exhibition includes new and selected works. A public reception with the artist, local sculptor Donald Davis, will be held at the… [Continue Reading]

President Beebe Speaks on Effective Leadership

Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont, stressed the importance of character and competence in effective leadership at a noontime Channel City Club speech September 11. More than 125 people attended the lecture, “The Essence of Effective Leadership: Eight Key Principles I Learned from Peter Drucker,” at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Beebe, in his second year… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Students to Remember 9/11

The Westmont Conservatives Club honors the people killed Sept. 11, 2001, with a display of 1,500 American flags on Kerrwood Lawn, one for every two people who died that fateful day. The club invites the college and the local community to attend a time of remembrance and commemoration at 6 p.m. today on the lawn…. [Continue Reading]

Penksa Speaks At European Parliament

Susan E. Penksa, an international and European security specialist and professor of political science at Westmont, is in Brussels for two weeks speaking at the European Parliament and participating in the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union’s seminar on security sector reform. Penksa, who has an extensive consulting practice with national governments… [Continue Reading]

Students Exhibit Their Summer of Research

More than 30 Westmont students show off their summer research projects Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in Founders Dining Room. “A Celebration of Science Research” will include a student’s work determining the orbit of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter as well as another student’s work investigating cognitive impairment among older adults. The presentation… [Continue Reading]

Students Arrive For First Day of College

The 333 members of the class of 2012 arrive at Westmont this week for new student orientation Thursday, Aug. 28, through Aug. 31. Parent orientation programs take place Aug. 28-29. The first day of classes for all students is Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. The incoming class is one of the most talented academically, but… [Continue Reading]

Fiddle Festival Honors The Music Maker

Santa Barbara master violin maker James Wimmer will be honored at Wimmerata, a festival of two concerts featuring musicians from throughout California playing their Wimmer instruments, Sunday, Sept. 7, at Trinity Episcopal Church on the corner of Micheltorena and State Streets. The first concert, 4-6 p.m., will highlight world-class fiddlers playing bluegrass and old-time music…. [Continue Reading]

Postcards From Paradise: A New Perspective In Printmaking

Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery opens the academic year with “Language Skills: The Art of the Expanded Print,” new work by Martha Ensign Johnson, on display September 4 through October 25. An opening reception Thursday, September 4, 4-6 p.m. is free and open to the public. An internationally know printmaker, Ensign Johnson is also a new faculty… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top Tier of U.S. News Rankings

Westmont is in the top tier among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2009 Edition.” Of the nation’s 265 liberal arts colleges, Westmont ranked in a four-way tie at 111. This is the fourth straight year the college has ranked in the top tier. Only… [Continue Reading]