Talk Examines Faith, Politics and Jimmy Carter

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Randall Balmer, a prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, explores the turbulent religious context of Jimmy Carter’s presidency on Monday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. at Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall. The Erasmus Society Lecture, “His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, the Religious Right, and the Eclipse of Progressive Evangelicalism,” is free and… [Continue Reading]

Students Spend Spring Break Serving Others

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About 225 Westmont students and local volunteers have traveled to Mexico as part of Potter’s Clay helping the under-served in Ensenada during spring break, March 7-14. A student-organized service trip that started in 1977, Potter’s Clay is one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions. About 30 students will also serve with Urban Initiative in Los Angeles, Santa… [Continue Reading]

Yunus Inspires at President’s Breakfast

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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]