Museum Features Diverse Works of Alumni

Untitled photograph by Cheyenne Ellis '00

For the first time, Westmont dedicates an entire art show to its talented alumni in “Journeys: Westmont Alumni Artists’ Invitational” on Oct. 18-Nov. 17 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An opening reception with the 12 artists on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum is free and open to the public…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Lauds Lady Leslie

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree with Gayle and Pam Beebe

Westmont hosted a special dinner to honor Montecito resident and philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Sept. 29 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. More than 80 guests attended the celebration that featured an inspiring video, “The Role and Impact of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree on Santa Barbara.” The video included testimonies from dozens of beneficiaries of… [Continue Reading]

Knecht to Shed Light on Election Fallacies

Dr. Tom Knecht

Tom Knecht, Westmont associate professor of political science, examines the U.S. election process and voter’s misguided approach to the system in “You’re Voting Wrong! How Americans Get Elections Wrong and Why It Matters,” on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at Kerrwood Hall in Hieronymus Lounge. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Lecture… [Continue Reading]

MI Hosts Sold-Out Christian Leadership Conference

The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture at Westmont

The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation (MI/DWC) at Westmont College is hosting a sold-out conference to help Christian leaders embrace their role as teachers of the knowledge of God in Christ. The Knowing Christ Conference, Feb. 21-23, is the inaugural conference for the institute, which was founded… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Probe Religion in the 2012 Election

Drs. Jesse Covington and Telford Work

Two Westmont professors discuss how religious factors are influencing the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Jesse Covington, assistant professor of political science, and Telford Work, associate professor of religious studies, will talk about “Religion in the 2012 Election: What Difference Is It Making?” Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Sargent to be Installed as Provost, Dean

Dr. Mark Sargent

Westmont officially installs Mark L. Sargent as provost and dean of faculty at a special convocation Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. Speakers will include Eileen McMahon McQuade, vice chair of the faculty and chair of the biology department; Jane Higa, dean of students and vice president for student life; former Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, UCSB to Host Annual Lecture in New Testament

Dr. Steven Friesen

Steven Friesen, professor of religious studies at the University of Texas Austin, speaks about “Violence and the Book of Revelation: Žižek and John, Together at Last” at the UCSB-Westmont Annual Lecture in New Testament on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in UCSB’s McCune Conference Room, Humanities and Social Science Building room 6020. The lecture… [Continue Reading]

Entrepreneur, Alumnus to Lead New Program

Entrepreneur Rick Ifland

Rick Ifland ’83, a successful entrepreneur and private equity investor, will direct Westmont’s Eaton Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation beginning Nov. 1. He will also teach business courses as associate professor of economics and business, a non-tenure-track position. During his interim appointment, Ifland will take a leave of absence from the Westmont Board of Trustees… [Continue Reading]

Viewing of the Stars to Feature Ring Nebula


The Ring Nebula, M57, will be the star attraction at a free, public viewing with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope Friday, Sept. 21. The monthly viewing, held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, begins after 7:45 p.m. and lasts several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement… [Continue Reading]

Philosophy Professor Probes Faith, Reason

Dr. Jerry Gill '56

Westmont alumnus Jerry H. Gill ’56, adjunct professor of philosophy, religious studies and humanities at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., explores the relationship between faith and reason in a free, public lecture, “Faith and/or Reason,” Friday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Adams Center 216. Gill, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at… [Continue Reading]