Telescope to Spy on Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Keck Telescope in Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful along the Central Coast, will offer glimpses of Jupiter and the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) at a free, public viewing Friday, Feb. 15, beginning about 7:30 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction… [Continue Reading]

SCE Gives $25K for Science Scholarships

President Gayle D. Beebe, Patricia Bartoli-Wible and Reed Sheard outside Kerrwood Hall

Southern California Edison awarded Westmont $25,000 toward scholarships for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Patricia Bartoli-Wible, SCE public affairs region manager, presented the check to President Gayle D. Beebe and Reed Sheard, vice president for college advancement and chief information officer, during a brief ceremony Jan. 31. “Southern California Edison is pleased… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Stages a World Premiere Play

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John Blondell, Westmont professor of theatre arts, directs a world premiere, “Platinum Circle: A Play in Three One-Acts,” Feb. 22-23 and 28, and March 1-2, 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, and can be purchased online at westmont.edu/tickets or by calling (805) 565-7140. Randy VanderMey,… [Continue Reading]

Flute, Piano Recital Features Folk Music

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Wife and husband, Andrea (flute) and Neil Di Maggio (piano), perform some of their favorite pieces during “A Tour Through the World of Concert Flute Music: Folk Music in Classical Repertoire” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The performance includes Six… [Continue Reading]

Danson, Vance Join Westmont Trustees

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Mitch Vance, a founding partner of a private equity investment firm, and Dr. Richard Danson, a physician specializing in internal medicine, have joined the Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. Vance, who had been a member of the Westmont Board of Advisors, and his wife, Leslie (Eaton) ’83, have a… [Continue Reading]

Young Minds to Compete at Math Contest

Brian Su, Alex Meiburg and Andrew Dutcher from Dos Pueblos High School

Ten high school teams will flex their mathematical prowess at the 26th annual High School Mathematics Contest at Westmont on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Westmont’s Winter Hall. The contest begins at 1 p.m. with a Chalk Talk Derby, written exams and a fast-paced team competition with buzzers modeled after the once-popular College Bowl TV show…. [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Tour to Travel to the Sierras

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The 60-member Westmont College Orchestra travels from Southern California to the Sierras during its five-day road trip, Feb. 15-19. The spring tour begins in Santa Barbara and includes concert stops in Grass Valley, Calif., Yosemite, Mariposa, Calif., and Los Angeles. Admission is free to most performances, although a goodwill offering will be taken. The orchestra,… [Continue Reading]

Reading, New Sign to Honor Poet Stafford

The new sign honoring William Stafford at Los Prietos Civilian Public Service Camp

A sign dedication and poetry reading hosted by Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and poet laureate of Santa Barbara, will honor the life and work of William Stafford on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos Boys… [Continue Reading]

Reading, Workshop to Feature Oregon Poet

Paulann Petersen (photo by Sabina Samiee)

Paulann Petersen, the sixth and current poet laureate of Oregon, will read selections of her work Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Adams Center, room 216. The poetry reading is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Paul Willis at (805) 565-7174 or willis@westmont.edu. Mandi De Vos ’13, editor of… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope to Observe Jupiter, Moon

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The moon and Jupiter will be the featured attractions of this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, Jan. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805)… [Continue Reading]