Top Guitarist Returns for ‘Rising Star’

Mak Grgic

World-renown guitarist Mak Grgić returns to Westmont for the Rising Star Concert Series on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The suggested donation at the door is $10; Hotel Santa Barbara sponsors the performance. Grgić, who is 25, will perform great masterpieces for solo guitar and guitar and cello. Westmont cello instructor… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Gardens Get Fruitful Additions


Volunteers will be planting more than 40 fruit trees, providing a variety of campus-grown produce for Westmont’s dining services. Alumnus Anthony Waldrop ’11 will lead the planting on Friday, Oct. 26, from noon until 3 p.m. at two vegetable gardens he built last spring. Waldrop, an employee of Sodexo, which provides dining services to Westmont’s… [Continue Reading]

Opera Scenes to Premiere a Mini Musical

Ben Offringa and Jake Elliott

Junior Ben Offringa and sophomore Jake Elliott have written and composed “The Opera of the Elements,” which they will premiere during Opera Scenes on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The performance, part of the Musical Drama Workshop, will include opera arias, duets and Broadway songs. It is free and open… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Gets New High-Tech Equipment

Junior Aleah Bond and Dr. David Marten with the new NMR

Westmont has installed a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer in the Whittier Science Building thanks to a $383,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. The new 400 MHz spectrometer, which replaces a 300 MHz spectrometer that had reached the end of its 14-year life expectancy, allows researchers to peer into the molecular world and… [Continue Reading]

Golfers Collaborate at Stick, Disc Tourney


Golfers and disc golfers will play together at the Montecito Country Club for the 5th annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament on Monday, Oct. 29, beginning at 1 p.m. The tournament benefits the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Westmont. Wiersma graduated from Westmont in 2006 after spending his senior year studying at Oxford… [Continue Reading]

Homecoming to Celebrate 75 Years, Gaede


Westmont celebrates its 75th anniversary during Homecoming Oct. 26-28 with several on-campus events as well as a sold-out gala dinner featuring President Gayle D. Beebe who will reflect on the college’s heritage. The gala at Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort will also highlight 75 outstanding alumni and honor Stan Gaede ’69 as the Alumnus of the… [Continue Reading]

Penksa Discusses the EU, Its Nobel Prize

Dr. Susan Penksa

Susan Penksa, Westmont political science professor and co-author of the book “The European Union in Global Security: The Politics of Impact” reacts to the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the EU. She says that European integration played an indispensable role in fostering peace and security in Western Europe. “The rationale behind the EU… [Continue Reading]

Retired Ambassador Talks about Adventures

Lauren Moriarty

Lauren Kahea Moriarty, a retired U.S. ambassador, explores the role of being an international diplomat at a free, public lecture, “Adventures in Diplomacy: Making a Difference,” Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall in Hieronymus Lounge. “The recent killing of Christopher Stevens, a U.S. ambassador in Libya, has focused attention on diplomats,… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Brings Laughs with ‘Much Ado’

Much Ado About Nothing

As part of the college’s 75th anniversary celebration, Westmont Festival Theatre features the work of seven alumni in William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Nov. 1-3 at 8 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors,… [Continue Reading]

Telescope to Zoom in on the Blue Snowball

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will focus on a planetary nebula known as the Blue Snowball (NGC 7662) during the monthly viewing of the stars, Friday Oct. 19. The free event is held every third friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and begins after 6:30 p.m. and lasts several hours…. [Continue Reading]