More than 570 Teens to Sing in Santa Barbara

Dr. Michael Shasberger conducts the Westmont choir

More than 570 students from 15 California high schools join the Westmont College Choir at the ninth annual Westmont Fall Choral Festival on Friday, Nov. 1. Half of the choirs will perform at 4:45 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. The remaining half will perform prior to the Westmont ensembles at 7… [Continue Reading]

Kissinger Dissects U.S. Foreign Policy

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Henry Kissinger entertained dozens of foreign policy questions submitted in writing by about 100 guests at a Westmont-sponsored luncheon Oct. 9 at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.  Kissinger shared insights into the agreement by Russia and the U.S. to rid Syria of chemical weapons as well as Iran’s capability to use nuclear weapons…. [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Perform a California Premiere

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The Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert features a California premiere by Chicago-area composer James Stephenson on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at Montecito Covenant Church and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. General admission to Sunday’s performance is $10. The suggested donation for admission to Friday’s concert is $10. Students are free. To… [Continue Reading]

Kiplinger’s Ranks Westmont as a Top College

President Gayle D. Beebe teaches a course in executive leadership

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in its annual list. The report, which named Westmont No. 83, features colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The rankings will appear in Kiplinger’s December issue and are available online now at Westmont is one of eight liberal… [Continue Reading]

Talk Aims to Show Value of Collegiate Sports

Kirsten Moore

Kirsten Moore, head coach of Westmont women’s basketball team, examines the role coaches play in educating students in a free, public lecture Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051…. [Continue Reading]

T.S. Eliot Inspires Art Show ‘QU4RTETS’

"QU4RTETS No. 3, Autumn" by Bruce Herman

Artwork inspired by T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” will be featured in a collaborative exhibition “QU4RTETS” Oct. 21-Nov. 19 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The exhibition includes paintings by artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, and music by composer Christopher Theofanidis. A reception and musical performance Wednesday, Oct. 23, will begin at 4:30… [Continue Reading]

Howell to be Installed in Science Chair

Howell Russ

Russell Howell, who has taught mathematics at Westmont for 35 years, will be installed as the Kathleen Smith professor of natural and behavioral sciences Friday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. After the full-regalia ceremony, Howell will speak on “Does Mathematics Require Faith? Does Faith Require Mathematics?” at 3:30 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “It… [Continue Reading]

Will’s Tourney Features Stick, Disc Golf

Tom Wiersma throws a disk

Golfers and disc golfers will play together at the Montecito Country Club for the sixth annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament on Monday, Oct. 28. Registration and lunch begin at noon with play beginning at 1 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and awards and prizes will be handed out at 6 p.m. All… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Investigate Bicultural Identity

Dr. Carmel Saad

Carmel Saad, assistant professor of psychology, will present research that shows exposure to multiple cultures may increase creativity on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Phi Kappa Phi Paul C. Wilt Faculty Lecture, “Not All Biculturals are the Same: Cognitive and Emotional Correlates of Bicultural Identity Integration… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Packs a Vibrant ‘Pirates’ into Porter

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Artistic dynamos John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, and Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, have combined forces, collaborating on the production of a comic operetta. About 30 student-actors/musicians will perform “Pirates of Penzance,” written by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, Oct. 17-19, 23, and 26-27 at 7 p.m. General admission is… [Continue Reading]