Santa Barbara Reads! with Westmont

Westmont has joined the Santa Barbara Book Council, Public Library System and the libraries of UCSB and City College in celebrating reading with “Santa Barbara Reads!” Throughout August and September, Santa Barbara will be reading T.C. Boyle’s “The Tortilla Curtain,” a novel about the American Dream that deals with themes of illegal immigration, social discrimination,… [Continue Reading]

College Receives $420,000 From Volentine Trust

Westmont has received a gift of $420,468 from the Volentine Charitable Remainder Unitrust, established by the late Myatt W. and Mary Genevieve Volentine of Santa Barbara. The unitrust distribution will fund the Myatt and Mary Genevieve Volentine Endowed Scholarship at the college. “We are so grateful for the Volentines’ steadfast giving and for their keen… [Continue Reading]

Writers Gather for Annual Conference

Three hundred and fifty fledgling writers will gather at Westmont College for the 30th Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference from June 21-28. Famed poet, playwright and mystery writer Ray Bradbury, who has been involved in every Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, will again be the opening speaker for the weeklong event. Local authors Sue Grafton, Julia Child… [Continue Reading]

Students Win Science Research Awards

Five Westmont students received awards during the Student Research Symposium held April 16 on campus. The students presented results of research conducted during the 2002-03 academic year in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and behavioral sciences. The winners were chosen based on the excellence of their research. Two awards were granted in the humanities… [Continue Reading]

Dreyfus Foundation Grants $30,000 For Spectrometer

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, based in New York City, has awarded Westmont a $30,000 matching grant to enhance the capabilities of its nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which will improve students’ ability to do first-rate research. “The NMR spectrometer enables us to teach students how to apply high-field (300 MHz) NMR to a… [Continue Reading]

Reynolds Presents 'About Face'

“About Face,” a juried theme show, will be on exhibit May 22 through June 27 in Reynolds Gallery. The opening reception and awards presentation will be 5-7 p.m. May 23 in the Westmont Art Center and is free and open to the public. The competition gives local artists an opportunity to explore the range of… [Continue Reading]

“Let's Roll” Author Lisa Beamer to Speak at Commencement

Lisa Beamer, wife of 9-11 victim Todd Beamer and author of “Let’s Roll,” the heroic story of United Flight 93, will address Westmont’s class of 2003 at commencement ceremonies 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 3 in Murchison Gymnasium. Expected rain forced the services inside, and because of very limited seating, commencement is not open… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Appoints First Woman Provost

Dr. Shirley Mullen, professor of history and Westmont’s interim academic dean, has been appointed provost effective Aug. 1. She will be the first woman to serve in that capacity in the college’s 65-year history. “Mullen will fill the position left vacant last June when Dr. Stan Gaede became president, replacing Dr. David Winter, who had… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Student Wins Entrepreneur Award

Westmont student Eric Knopf of Troutdale, Ore., won first prize for the southwest region in the 2003 Global Students Entrepreneur Awards Program. Knopf received a plaque and $2,500 for his new business venture, Epic Life LLC, at the 15th annual GSEA awards reception April 30 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The southwest region… [Continue Reading]

What Can Science Tell Us About Love? Plenty!

Love and science don’t mix. Or do they? Westmont Biology Professor Jeff Schloss speaks about “The Science of Love: What Biology is Discovering About Caring Relationships” 5:30 p.m. May 8 at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St., in downtown Santa Barbara. The event is free and open to the public. Schloss is biology adviser… [Continue Reading]