Powell Reflects on Leadership at Breakfast

Collin Powell Westmont President's Breakfast

Retired Gen. Colin Powell used a combination of poignant stories and humorous anecdotes to keep more than 750 people in rapt attention during the 7 a.m. Westmont President’s Breakfast on March 1 at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.  He dramatically wove stories about camels, squirrels and hotdog vendors around reflections of soldiers at war, lessons of… [Continue Reading]

Speech, Debate Contest Takes Center Stage

Megan Monroe, a junior philosophy major, earned second place in last year's debate contest

Westmont students Riley Svikhart and Michael Deiana will square off in a final debate Thursday, Feb. 28, in Hieronymus Lounge at Kerrwood Hall at 7 p.m. The 17th Annual Tournament of Expressions is free and open to the public. “Debaters discover the topics and choose a position mere minutes before the competition formally begins, emphasizing… [Continue Reading]

‘Rising Star’ Offers Top Classical Guitarist

Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic

World-renown Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic returns to Westmont for the Rising Star Concert Series on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The concert, sponsored by Hotel Santa Barbara, is free and open to the public; donations benefiting the Westmont music program will be accepted. Grgic, who is 25, will perform pieces by… [Continue Reading]

Students to Perform for Music Scholarships

Madison Martin, Rebecca Shasberger and Isaac Kay perform March 2 with the Siloam quartet

Seven high school seniors will be competing for Westmont music scholarships at the Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel. Following the finalists’ solo performances, the Siloam String Quartet will perform at 8:25 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild… [Continue Reading]

VanderMey to Examine the Role of Poetry

Dr. Randy VanderMey

Randall VanderMey, Westmont professor of English, will read selections of his poetry while prompting the audience to think about the role of poetry Tuesday, March 5, from 7-9 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi spring lecture, “Occasional Poems: Readings and Reflections on a Suspect Genre,” is… [Continue Reading]

Faculty Recital to Feature Singer Cristescu

Dr. Steve Hodson will perform music by Pachelbel and Buxtehude on March 1

Members of Westmont’s talented music faculty will perform the works of Frédéric Chopin, Johann Pachelbel and Camille Saint-Saens on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The Spring Faculty Recital is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6040. Performers include: Emil Cristescu (voice), Andrea Di Maggio (flute),… [Continue Reading]

Willis Hosts Final Poetry Events as Laureate

Dr. Paul Willis

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont, hosts the winter reading of the Santa Barbara Poetry Series Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7-8:15 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF), 653 Paseo Nuevo. Poets Kyli Sessions, Kurt Brown, and Catherine Abbey Hodges will read selected works of their poetry. The event is free and open to… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Feature a ‘Fanfare’ Premiere

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The Westmont Orchestra, which just finished a tour from Southern California to the Sierra, presents its Spring Orchestra Concert in Santa Barbara on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Spring Rd., and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is… [Continue Reading]

Talk Probes ‘Shaping of an Effective Leader’

President Gayle D. Beebe

Westmont president Gayle D. Beebe will draw on his own leadership experiences in higher education and his book, “The Shaping of an Effective Leader,” in a free, public lecture Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Tickets are not needed; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis…. [Continue Reading]

Event Tackles ‘War and Peace as Liberal Arts’

Michael Walzer (photo by Cliff Moore)

The 12th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “War and Peace as Liberal Arts,” features speaker and noted political theorist Michael Walzer Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The lecture, “What is Just War Theory About?” is free and open to the public. The… [Continue Reading]