Top High School Students Study Science at Westmont

Summer Science Program students make telescopic observations of a near-Earth

More than 40 top math and science high school students from the U.S. and foreign countries are arriving at Westmont for the 54th Summer Science Program (SSP) through Aug. 1. SSP students will learn astrophysics by day and observe near-Earth asteroids at night with Westmont’s 24-inch Keck telescope. SSP, which has been held in Ojai since… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Releases 2011: A Year in Pictures for the iPad

"2011: A Year in Pictures" for the iPad

Enjoy splendid photography and get a sense of life at Westmont through a new iPad app. In “2011: A Year in Pictures” the college highlights key events with a series of stunning images by Westmont photographer M. Bradley Elliott. Optimized for the retina display of the latest iPad, the pictorial essay works well on all… [Continue Reading]

EU, U.S. Host Penksa Book Launch in Sarajevo

Dr. Susan Penksa

Susan Penksa, Westmont political science professor, is discussing her book, “The European Union in Global Security: The Politics of Impact,” at several seminars and book launch events this June in Sarajevo and Brussels. The book, co-authored by Roy Ginsberg, Jean Monnet professor in European integration studies at Skidmore College, analyzes the EU’s security operations. “It’s… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars to Get a Jump on College

Last year's Summer Scholars Kelly Tully, Will Breman and Katelyn Mena

About 30 high school students will experience life at Westmont while earning college credits June 17-July 7. The Summer Scholars program allows juniors and seniors to take three weeks of intensive classes with professors while living on campus in a residence hall. The students will study either Perspectives on World History with Alister Chapman, Philosophical… [Continue Reading]

‘Car Plays’ to Drive into SB’s 1st Thursday

Diana Small performs "Lady in Waiting" in the 2006 "Car Plays Project" at Westmont

Several Westmont alumnae and a current student have created and will perform three, 10-minute, original plays simultaneously inside three parked vehicles Thursday, June 7, from 5-8 p.m. in the plaza directly behind the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. “Double Feature/Double Parked” is sponsored by the museum as part of its current art exhibition, “Behind the… [Continue Reading]

Sports Camps are Swinging into the Summer

Davis Craig enjoys the popular summer basketball camp at Westmont

Online registration is open for Westmont’s popular summer sports camps, which will enjoy the college’s improved athletic facilities. Several all-day camps have returned to the traditional 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with aftercare offered until 4:30 p.m. All camps, which begin June 11 and run through July 30, start at 9 a.m. and cost $225… [Continue Reading]

Theater Student, Professors Earn Indys

Mitchell Thomas, Chris Wagstaffe and John Blondell show off their Indys

The Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont theater arts professors John Blondell and Mitchell Thomas and student Chris Wagstaffe, giving them Independent Theater Awards May 21 at the Santa Barbara Club. It is the 20th year the Independent has honored the best in Santa Barbara theater. Blondell, who recently returned to Santa Barbara after directing Shakespeare’s… [Continue Reading]

A Record 71 Students to Serve this Summer

Emmaus Road Core Team: Jon Puckett, Kaly Moehlenpah, Chelsea Davis, Briana Jones and Melissa Christensen

A record 71 Westmont students on a dozen teams will spend at least four weeks this summer serving communities around the world, including Bolivia, China, Guatemala, Nepal, Uganda, Spain, Japan, Israel and Indonesia. The student-led, staff-directed Emmaus Road program is in its 14th year, sponsoring activities that serve to increase awareness of global concerns, broadening… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Saturn, Five of Its Moons

Westmont's Keck Telescope

The ringed planet Saturn is expected to dazzle stargazers at a free, public viewing with the powerful Keck Telescope Friday, May 18. The event, which begins about 8 p.m., lasts several hours. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose… [Continue Reading]

Juried Art Show to Lift Off at Museum

Sculpture by Bela Bacsi

Montecito’s only juried art exhibition moves to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art after a one-year hiatus, featuring the works of 58 different artists May 17-June 30. “LIFT 2012” celebrates the lift off of the college’s new museum space with a varied collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and printmaking. The exhibition opens with a… [Continue Reading]