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


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]

Telescope to Spy on Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Keck Telescope in Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful along the Central Coast, will offer glimpses of Jupiter and the Orion Nebula (Messier 42) at a free, public viewing Friday, Feb. 15, beginning about 7:30 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction… [Continue Reading]

SCE Gives $25K for Science Scholarships

President Gayle D. Beebe, Patricia Bartoli-Wible and Reed Sheard outside Kerrwood Hall

Southern California Edison awarded Westmont $25,000 toward scholarships for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Patricia Bartoli-Wible, SCE public affairs region manager, presented the check to President Gayle D. Beebe and Reed Sheard, vice president for college advancement and chief information officer, during a brief ceremony Jan. 31. “Southern California Edison is pleased… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Stages a World Premiere Play


John Blondell, Westmont professor of theatre arts, directs a world premiere, “Platinum Circle: A Play in Three One-Acts,” Feb. 22-23 and 28, and March 1-2, 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, and can be purchased online at or by calling (805) 565-7140. Randy VanderMey,… [Continue Reading]

Flute, Piano Recital Features Folk Music

Neil and Andrea Di Maggio

Wife and husband, Andrea (flute) and Neil Di Maggio (piano), perform some of their favorite pieces during “A Tour Through the World of Concert Flute Music: Folk Music in Classical Repertoire” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The performance includes Six… [Continue Reading]