Westmont Honors Kids Helping Kids

Westmont honored Nathan Rennacker, Iris Gau, Marcos Morales, Stevie O’Connor, Lily Smith, Peter Greig, Jamie DeVries, Emily Allen, Jillian Wilber, Megan Bergthold and Remi Jayaraman

The Westmont College Education Department honored two Westmont alumni by giving the Excellence in Education award to their innovative, student-­run non­profit organization, Kids Helping Kids (KHK), at a lunchtime gathering Feb. 3 at Westmont. Alumni Jamie DeVries ’95 and Jillian Wilber ’13, who teach AP economics at San Marcos High School (SMHS) and advise KHK,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

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Two new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. Business Insider names it one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, and Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-­Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically… [Continue Reading]

Exhibition Highlights Rembrandt, Jews

Rembrandt's "Triumph of Mordecai"

Westmont features 21 Rembrandt etchings in an exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection,” Feb. 12-March 28 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6162. The show also includes a drawing by… [Continue Reading]

Talk Probes Christian Efforts to End Slavery

Dr. Paul Lim

Paul Lim, associate professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, examines the global movement and commitment by evangelical Christians to stop the spread of human trafficking Thursday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Founders Room in the Westmont Kerr Student Center. The Erasmus Society Lecture, “Calvin, Calcutta, and Corinth: Trinity, Trafficking, and… [Continue Reading]

Play Explores ‘Variations’ of Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’

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Westmont graduating seniors Brynn Mitchell, Elaine Pazaski and James Wong present a fresh, fierce homage to the central characters of Anton Chekhov’s classic, “The Seagull,” in “The Nina Variations” by Stephen Dietz on Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The play, directed by Mitchell with scenography by Wong… [Continue Reading]

Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Breakfast

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 6, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, at 9… [Continue Reading]

Music, Theater Offer Opera Classics

Soprano Christine Nathanson

The Westmont Theater and Music Departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of “Pirates of Penzance,” combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” on Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 students/seniors/children, can be… [Continue Reading]

Presidential Lessons from Watergate Reporter

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Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, examined “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” for 300 people on Jan. 16 in the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore. The legendary journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, said it is not enough for a president to simply provide… [Continue Reading]

Stick, Disc Golfers Take Aim at Tourney

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Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the seventh annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment… [Continue Reading]

Observatory to Zoom in on Comet Lovejoy

The Westmont Observatory

The Comet Lovejoy will tantalize stargazers at this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, Jan. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565­-6272 and check the… [Continue Reading]