Yunus Inspires at President’s Breakfast


At the Westmont President’s Breakfast Feb. 28, Muhammad Yunus told inspiring stories about using microcredit to end poverty, captivating a packed room at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort. Known as the banker to the poor and the father of microfinance, Yunus believes that credit is basic human right. “Banks won’t go anywhere near the… [Continue Reading]

Westlake Village Cellist Wins Scholarship

Music Guild Finalists 2014

Cellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Each of the other five finalists, violist Erik Fauss of Santa Rosa, violinist Melissa Wong of San Gabriel, harpist Alexandra Nieuwsma of Martinez, bassoonist… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Cuts Water Usage During Drought


Westmont is responding to the California drought by continuing to conserve water and by making additional cutbacks in consumption. “We’re committed to maintaining a sustainable campus and conserving resources such as water and power while complying with all county ordinances and expectations,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. The Montecito Water District (MWD) has declared a… [Continue Reading]

Rogers Explores the Diversity of the Cosmos


Warren Rogers, professor of physics at Westmont, explores how modern physics views the cosmos in a lecture Tuesday, March 4, from 7–8:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Lecture, “Unity and Diversity in the Cosmos: Astrophysics and the Origin of the… [Continue Reading]

Teens to Compete for Music Scholarships

Violinist Lalia Mangione of Belmont, Mich., won last year's competition

Six high school seniors will be competing for Westmont music scholarships at the annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship will receive up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Reads Focuses on ‘The Big Burn’

Tea FireWestmont

Westmont hosts a panel discussion about wildfire as part of Westmont Reads Thursday, March 6, from 2-3 p.m. in Voskuyl Library. This year, the annual program focuses on the book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan. The program includes a series of events, including book discussions and… [Continue Reading]

Telescope to Zoom in on Great Red Spot


Stargazers might enjoy views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Feb. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast… [Continue Reading]

Speech, Debate Tourney Takes Center Stage

The debate finalists pose with Omedi Ochieng and Jean Svoboda

Sophomore Michael Deiana and junior Corrie Farbstein won top honors at the 17th annual Tournament of Expressions on Feb. 5. Deiana, a psychology major from Phoenix, debated against junior Katie Landis about whether the United States should ban the use of fossil fuels. Organizers didn’t reveal the topic until moments before the debate, emphasizing mental… [Continue Reading]

Lauded ‘Pirates’ Makes a Return Voyage

Pirates Petals

Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which will be performed for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, returns to Porter Theatre Feb. 22-23 at 7 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. A $25 special benefit ticket entitles the buyer to the play and a dessert reception with the cast,… [Continue Reading]

Rick Ifland Examines Microfinance, Yunus

Dr. Rick Ifland

Rick Ifland, director of the Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westmont, explores the challenges and effectiveness of microfinance both in the developed and developing worlds at a free, public lecture Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Tickets are not needed; the limited seating is available… [Continue Reading]