Renovations Enhance Beloved Chapel

Warm light basks in the renovated prayer chapel. These temporary chairs will be replaced with wood-framed, fabric-covered chairs

The Nancy Voskuyl Prayer Chapel, built in 1961, is undergoing renovation to enhance students’ experience in the beloved space. Built to memorialize President Roger Voskuyl’s daughter, who was killed in a 1959 car accident, the chapel had begun to deteriorate externally and internally. Beginning in summer 2016, crews painted the outside of the building, repaired… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Zoom in on Saturn

The Westmont Observatory is nestled in the hill above Thorrington Field

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will aim for the rings of Saturn and several globular clusters during a free, public viewing Friday, Sept. 15, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. Though Saturn will only be 30 degrees above the southern horizon, viewing will be aided… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 100 for Ninth Straight Year

Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report for the ninth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2018 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 96 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-6th), Claremont… [Continue Reading]

Renowned Dancer Performs in Black Box

Internationally known performer, choreographer and dance educator Ruth Barnes performs five solo dances that were created in five weeks by five different international choreographers on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in Black Box at Porter Hall. “Here, There, and Everywhere,” choreographed by Barnes, Christine Devaney, Matthew Hawkins, Frank McConnell, Steinvor Palsson and Ian Spink,… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Language, Life of Adoption

Kelley Nikondeha

Westmont alumna Kelley (Johnson ’91) Nikondeha, co-director of Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi, explores the concept of adoption and reflects on the mystery of belonging to God’s big family on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. The Erasmus Society Lecture, “The Language and Life of Being Adopted,” is… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Aquaponics, Agriculture

Clayton Garland (left) and Julian Cantando (right) own Eco-Conscious Aquaponics (Kathryn Barnes/KCRW)

Clayton Garland, local farmer and aquaponics expert, explores ways to grow environmentally conscious produce in a talk, “Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaponics,” Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Founders Room. The lecture, part of Westmont’s Sustainability Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. Garland founded Eco-Conscious Aquaponics, a Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Events Focus on ‘Tattoos on the Heart’

Rev. Greg Boyle speaks in Westmont chapel Jan. 22

Westmont hosts several discussions and chapel talks stemming from this year’s Westmont Summer Reads book, “Tattoos on the Heart,” by Rev. Gregory Boyle. Rachel Winslow, director of the Westmont Center for Social Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of history, speaks about “Tattoos on the Heart” Friday, Sept. 15, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. in chapel at Murchison Gym…. [Continue Reading]

Music Faculty Perform at Fall Recital

Dr. Han Soo Kim

About a dozen musicians take the stage for the fall 2017 Westmont Faculty Recital Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The recital will feature performances by Michael Shasberger (baritone), Jeong-ah Ryu (piano),… [Continue Reading]

Stirling Unpacks Art Exhibition of Boxes

Meagan Stirling

Meagan Stirling, Westmont assistant professor of art, unpacks an inventive exhibition, “Untold: Cardboard Box as Reliquary,” Sept. 4-Sept. 29 in the two ArtLabs at the Adams Center for the Visual Arts. There will be a free, public opening reception on Monday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. on the patio directly outside of ArtLab 1 on… [Continue Reading]

Distinguished Professors Join Westmont

Dr. Rebecca McNamara (English)

Three notable tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Rebecca McNamara (English), Maryke van der Walt (mathematics) and Sandra Richter (religious studies). McNamara, whose research focuses on linguistics and medieval literature, has always loved literature and knew she wanted to be an English teacher. While completing her undergraduate studies at Baylor University, she repeatedly ran… [Continue Reading]