Graduating Art Majors Exhibit Their Work

A large crowd attended the opening of the senior art show in 2011.

An impressive number of art majors who graduate this year will present their final artwork in Westmont’s annual senior show, “Senior Exhibition 2012: The End?” April 5-May 5 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The 23 senior art majors, the second most ever at Westmont, will attend an opening reception Thursday, April 5, from… [Continue Reading]

Willis to Reflect on the Power of Poetry

Dr. Paul Willis

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Paul Willis shares several of his poems and his thoughts about a poet’s place in our community at “A Poetry Reading and Reflection” on Thursday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The event, part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations about Things that Matter, is free… [Continue Reading]

Printmaker’s Exhibition Rises from Wildfires

Martha Ensign Johnson

Martha Ensign Johnson, who’s taught printmaking at Westmont since 2008, displays her wildfire-inspired artwork April 13-May 5 at Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Road. Johnson will be at a free, public reception of “3,” which includes works by artists Amber O’Neill and Michele Zuzalek, on Friday, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Johnson created the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Choir Tours Southern California

The Westmont College Choir

The Westmont College Choir tours Southern California April 13-15 with performances in San Dimas, Glendale, Downey and Oxnard. The Westmont College Choir Spring Tour 2012, featuring 40 student singers, includes a repertoire that will explore the life of Christ through the eyes of five centuries of composers. “This story will be told in vivid textual… [Continue Reading]

Willis Showcases a Month of Poetry in SB

Dr. Paul Willis

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, has organized a month-long celebration of poetry events throughout Santa Barbara. National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, has been part of organized celebrations in Santa Barbara for seven years, following the installation of the city’s first… [Continue Reading]

Ukraine Delegation Visits SB, Westmont

Tatiana Nazarenko

A delegation from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine, visits Westmont on Friday, March 23, to tour the campus and hold a roundtable discussion with faculty and students. The five elected Crimean legislators and staff have spent a week in Santa Barbara, promoting understanding between the U.S. and the Supreme Council of Crimea. The… [Continue Reading]

Cloudy Skies Threaten Views of Red Planet

The Westmont Observatory, home of the Keck Telescope

Weather permitting, Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will be available to Central Coast stargazers Friday, March 16, beginning at about 8 p.m. and lasting 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 members bring their own telescopes to Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Gates Urges Compromise in Face of Global Conflicts

Dr. Robert Gates at the Westmont President's Breakfast

Robert Gates, who was secretary of defense under two presidents, detailed the global threats to the U.S., while imploring the crowd of more than 750 people at the Westmont President’s Breakfast March 2 to elect real leaders willing to defend our interests and engage with the rest of the world. In the Grand Ballroom of… [Continue Reading]

Students Use Spring Break to Volunteer

The Potter's Clay construction team in 2010

About 300 Westmont students will spend spring break (March 12-16) working with the underserved in Ensenada, Mexico, Los Angeles and San Francisco. More than 200 students and dozens of community volunteers will be in Ensenada for the 35th year of the student-organized service trip Potter’s Clay. Students will begin leaving campus Friday, March 9, and… [Continue Reading]

Tran to Ponder ‘Bombs or Bread’

Dr. Jonathan Tran

Jonathan Tran of Baylor University will lecture about “Bombs or Bread? American Exceptionalism and the Church’s Mission to the Nations” on Thursday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. Jonathan Tran received a doctorate from Duke University and currently teaches theological ethics in the Baylor University Department… [Continue Reading]