Young Alum Focused on Environmentalism

Westmont alumnus Kenny Chism ’17, sustainability and marketing coordinator for Westmont dining services by Sodexo, focuses on protecting the environmental health of Westmont and the planet. “It is of paramount importance for me,” he says. “I hope to reflect that in every aspect of my life, through how I eat, which stores and markets I… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Sheriff, KEYT-TV

Tom Nguyen, Westmont trustee and managing director of U.S. sales for China International Capital Corp. (CICC), speaks at Westmont Commencement on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Russell Carr Field at Westmont. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and the KEYT NewsChannel 3 team for… [Continue Reading]

Music Fills the Air at April Concerts

John Butler offers his work at the Composer's Concert and plays drums at the Jazz Concert

Westmont student musicians and composers present a multitude of concerts this month, all of which are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert, premiering several original compositions and pieces by Westmont students, is Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel…. [Continue Reading]

Fringe Takes Over Westmont, Downtown

The Fringe Festival Hub outside Porter Theatre

The annual Westmont Fringe Festival, featuring 11 original student plays being performed in 10 different venues at two different sites, including the downtown Alhecama Theatre and around Westmont’s Porter Theatre, is Thursday, April 19, from 7:20-10:30 p.m.; Friday, April 20, from 7-11:15 p.m. (9:30-11:15 p.m. downtown); Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m., with Phoenix Night, which… [Continue Reading]

Downtown Talk Explores Hidden Prejudices

Carmel Saad, Westmont associate professor of psychology, examines implicit bias, the unconscious prejudices that are absorbed in childhood and persist into adulthood, in a lecture Thursday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown lecture, “Hidden Prejudices: How Implicit Bias Affects Our Work and Relationships,” is free… [Continue Reading]

Easter: This is the Way Christ Holds First Place

Dr. Bob Gundry in Homecoming chapel in 2012

For Westmont’s 75th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration, Robert H. Gundry, scholar in residence at Westmont, spoke in chapel about the college’s motto: Christus Primatum Tenens. He translated the Latin phrase: Christ holds first place. “First in rank. First in time. And now, first in resurrection,” he said. “This is the third way Christ holds first place…. [Continue Reading]

Book Offers Help in ‘Reframing the Soul’

Dr. Greg Spencer

Greg Spencer, Westmont professor of communication studies, hopes that his new book, “Reframing the Soul: How Words Transform Our Faith,” will help members of the local community as they remember the challenging events of this past winter. On the night after the massive Jan. 9 debris flow, Spencer said his last thought before going to… [Continue Reading]

Senior Art Explores ‘Degrees of Separation’

"Untitled" is an oil painting by Nicole Nicodemus

Fourteen graduating art majors will offer their capstone art projects, which span painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber sculpture, digital prints, welding, assemblage and a charcoal animation from April 5-May 5 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition” is Thursday, April 5 from 4-6 p.m…. [Continue Reading]

Richter to be Installed as Endowed Chair

Sandra Richter, who began teaching at Westmont in the fall, will be formally installed as the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont on Monday, April 16, during a full-regalia ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. Richter, who has taught Old Testament at Asbury Theological and Wesley Biblical Seminaries as well as… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra, Choir Host ‘Messiah’ Tour

The Westmont Orchestra conducted by Michael Shasberger

The Westmont College Choir and Orchestra will host its Masterworks Concert tour performing Handel’s Messiah (parts 2 and 3) beginning in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Admission is $10, students are free. For more information, please contact the music department at (805)… [Continue Reading]