Music Majors Focus on Worship Leadership

The Westmont Chapel Band and Gospel Choir perform

The National Association of Schools of Music and the Westmont Review Committee of the Academic Senate have approved a music major emphasis in worship leadership. This new program, which is open to students from any church background, will begin in fall 2013. Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, encourages students interested in a career in… [Continue Reading]

July Viewing Features Globular Clusters

The globular cluster M13, one of the brightest and best-known globular clusters in the northern sky. (Courtesy NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team)

The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, Messier 13, will dazzle viewers at a free, public stargazing event with the powerful Keck Telescope Friday, July 20. The sun will not set until after 8 p.m., making the best viewing after 9 p.m. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in… [Continue Reading]

Newton Becomes Provost of King’s College

Dr. David Newton

David Newton, who has taught entrepreneurial finance at Westmont for 22 years, has been appointed provost at King’s College in New York City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1981. He begins the position Jan. 1, 2013. “We will miss Dave very much and congratulate him on this marvelous new opportunity,” says Westmont President… [Continue Reading]

Music Fest Brings World-Class Talent to Montecito

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

The Montecito International Music Festival returns to Westmont for its fifth season with a stellar lineup of visiting artists and talented faculty. About 140 students from around the world take part in a three-week, music-intensive program July 16-Aug. 3. “They are among the most talented young musicians in the world, coming together to learn from… [Continue Reading]

Summer Scholars Success

The 2012 Westmont Summer Scholars

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with Professors Alister Chapman, Christian Hoeckley and Telford Work as part of the Westmont Summer Scholars program. In its second year, the program nearly tripled in size, offering students the opportunity to experience life at Westmont while earning college credits. The students studied either… [Continue Reading]

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]