Vice President and Dean of Students to Retire

Jane Higa

In January, Jane Higa announced she would retire from Westmont Aug. 31 after serving for 24 years as vice president and dean of students. She went on medical leave when physicians at UCLA Medical Center diagnosed her with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier in March. “Jane has touched many lives and inspired countless students,”… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Celebrates Its National Champions

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Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni welcomed the NAIA National Champion Westmont women’s basketball team as they returned to campus by bus March 20. Warrior supporters, armed with balloons, signs, pom-poms, newspapers, flowers and noise makers, created an arm tunnel as the Warriors, fresh off the college’s first national title in basketball, waded into… [Continue Reading]

Dance-Theater Piece Weaved on Japanese Tale

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Westmont senior Emily Auman, who has performed in “Beauty Bomb (2009),” and fall dance recitals, “Directions (2011),” and “Motion/Emotion (2012),” has written, choreographed and directed a dance-theater piece, “The Crane Wife” March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 22 at 8:30 p.m. all in Porter Theatre. The performance, which features a live band… [Continue Reading]

Novelist Hansen to Speak at Reading Series

Novelist Ron Hansen

Novelist Ron Hansen, author of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” helps launch the Westmont Reading Series on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. The event is free and open to the public. “The Westmont Reading… [Continue Reading]

Stargazers to View Jupiter and Nebula

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Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope hopes to show off the planet Jupiter during a free, public viewing of the stars on Friday, March 15, beginning at about 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Alumna Returns to Give Poetry Reading

Westmont Alumna Kelly Davio

Poet Kelly (Gruver) Davio ’04, managing editor of the Los Angeles Review, will read selections from her book “Burn This House” Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge at Kerrwood Hall. Davio will be preceded by Westmont student poets Riley Hall and Paul Anderson. The event is free to the public. “Even… [Continue Reading]

Students Spring into Service During Break

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More than 300 Westmont students and local volunteers will travel to Mexico, as part of Potter’s Clay, helping the under-served in Ensenada this spring break, March 8-15. Potter’s Clay, a student-organized service trip that started in 1977, is one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions. Students will also serve with Spring Break in the City, serving in… [Continue Reading]

Students Win Debate, Speech Tournament

Sophomore Riley Svikhart

Westmont sophomore Riley Svikhart narrowly beat first-year student Michael Deiana in the final debate of the 17th Annual Tournament of Expressions Feb. 28. Svikhart successfully argued that physician assisted suicide should not be made legal in California. Both finalists, who made it through several rounds of the contest that started in January, found out about… [Continue Reading]

Talk Delves into Harry Potter, Christianity

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Carrie Birmingham, associate professor of teacher education at Pepperdine University, will explore symbols, patterns and allegories in the Harry Potter series that reflect the essence of the Christian story on Wednesday, March 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The talk, “Harry Potter and the Baptism of the Imagination,” is free… [Continue Reading]

Michigan Violinist Wins Music Scholarship

Lalia Mangione

Violinist Lalia Mangione of Belmont, Mich., earned a $10,000 annual music scholarship to study at Westmont for winning the Music Guild Competition on March 2. Seven high school seniors performed before a panel of judges in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The other six musicians won smaller awards. Mangione, concert master of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony… [Continue Reading]