Talk Examines Self-Affirmation, Prejudice

Dr. David Sherman

David Sherman, professor of psychological and brain sciences at UC Santa Barbara, explores how self-affirmation, the act of reflecting upon core values, can reduce prejudicial behaviors and mitigate their effect Friday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The Natural and Behavioral Sciences Lecture, “Threats and… [Continue Reading]

Lit Moon Turns 25 with ‘Glass Menagerie’

John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Santa Barbara-based Lit Moon Theatre Company by presenting Tennessee Williams’ American masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie” Sept. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $20 general admission and $15 for students, seniors and children, are… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Examine Civil Rights Tragedy

Dr. Dave Tell

Westmont alumnus Dave Tell ’98, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, explores the emergence of commemorations for the life of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. “The Emmett Till Memory Project,” sponsored by the Erasmus Society Lectureship endowment, is free and open to the… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2020 Arrives at Westmont

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for 348 first-year students and 54 new transfer students representing 17 countries outside of the United States. The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 29. New students, including 24 international, missionary or third-culture students, come from Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Italy,… [Continue Reading]

No Threat to Westmont from Rey Fire

About 1,400 firefighters continue to make significant progress containing the Rey Fire, which is burning north and east, away from Santa Barbara and Westmont on the backside of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range. The backcountry fire poses no danger to any structures, but the visible smoke will drop ash along the Santa Barbara coast for… [Continue Reading]

Donors Fund $1M Chemistry Research Grant

Chris Riba and Han Chung freeze molecules and then move the m around to make a rough surface as reflective as a mirror

Westmont raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing the chemistry department’s summer research program. Income from the $1 million endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members doing full-time research during the summer. Since… [Continue Reading]

Summertime Stargazing at the ‘Mont

The top deck of the Westmont Observatory

Mars and Saturn will be the star attractions at a free, public viewing of the stars on Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful on California’s Central Coast, will zoom in on the planets, which… [Continue Reading]

Bradford Joins Career Development Office

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford, who directs the Career Development and Calling office, sees his work like that of his old Craftsman toolbox. He says there are some tools in the box that he hasn’t used in years and others he uses with great regularity. Some tools are designed for one specific task, while others can be used… [Continue Reading]

Spontaneous Show Offers ‘Women Sculptors’

Alison Saar's "Inheritance"

Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art unveils a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening. “Women Sculptors,” which includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection, features a wide variety of sculpture and prints by 16 prominent… [Continue Reading]

Student’s Business Plan is the Bee’s Knees

Business is buzzing for Jakob Colombo, Mikaela Harn, Charlotte Cheek and Timmy Rizk

Four Westmont students are abuzz about the business project they hope will empower women and children in the developing world through sustainable beekeeping. Beecause Uganda, created by Jakob Colombo, Charlotte Cheek, Mikaela Harn and Timmy Rizk, won the Westmont’s 27th business plan competition. This annual event encourages entries that could solve some of the deepest… [Continue Reading]