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BWW Reviews: Under the Northern Lights of ALMOST, MAINE

The Westmont Department of Theatre’s production of John Cariani‘s Almost, Maine is friendly and unpretentious enough to resonate warmth with even the most cynical viewers. On a cold night in the unincorporated county of Almost, Maine, a town that isn’t quite a town because the denizens “never got organized,” a series of vignettes shows residents of this nowhere hamlet experiencing the purity and pain of love gained, unrequited, and lost; the slow fade of tenderness gone awry; and the sudden, stunning realization of affection. more


U.S. Air Force Capts. John Mayer and Patrick McAfee, recently completed various training programs, spread over the course of three months, in preparation for their final destination: assignments with the Navy. The new assignments are part of the dual-service exchange program between the Air Force and Navy, dubbed Striker Trident by Air Force Global Strike Command. … McAfee graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and Mayer is an alumni of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

IIT Chicago-Kent Advances to The National Moot Court Competition Finals in New York

Third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Iman Boundaoui and John Jefferson will represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition national finals in New York February 9 to 12, 2015. The IIT Chicago-Kent team won the regional tournament held November 8 and 9 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, with Jefferson receiving individual honors as the competition’s best oral advocate. … Winning team member Iman Boundaoui completed her undergraduate education in political science at Northwestern University. Teammate John Jefferson received a degree in English literature from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

Recital at MSU Billings Nov. 23

Montana State University Billings music major Danielle May Staffileno will perform her senior recital on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. in Cisel Recital Hall. …  A Senior High School graduate, Staffileno began her study of music at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. She studied in the fall of 2012 at Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia. She will complete her bachelor’s degree in general music from MSUB. more

MFA Student in Solo Exhibition

Jeremie Riggleman (MFA ’15) is showing work in a solo exhibition, Butterfinger Galaxy, at Westmont College from November to December 2014. more

Five & Dimin’

Uniting her love of food with her passion for community, Amanda Yee is no newcomer to the culinary realm. Originally introduced to cooking at the age of three, Amanda graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, after finishing her undergraduate degree at Westmont College. Aiming to create a space where community and food intersect, Five & Dime is Amanda’s iteration of a curated dinner party. With prices and theme on a sliding scale, each dinner Five & Dime puts on is centered around a different concept and vibe. more

Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Feature Celestial Heart, Owl and Christmas Tree

This month’s public viewing of the stars will feature astronomical glimpses of a heart, owl and a Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory.

The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at 805.565.6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing has been canceled. more

Flu season off to a slow start in county

he 2014-15 flu season is off to a calm start, with minimal flu-related symptoms seen around the county in recent weeks. But there are still months to go before the season ends.

Of the 1,582 patients who went to Santa Barbara County Public Health Centers around the county over the last two weeks or sought care at Westmont College or Cate School, 42, or 2.6 percent, showed flu-like symptoms. more

‘Orange is the New Black’ Inspiration to Visit UCSB

UCSB Reads will bring Piper Kerman, author of the novel that inspired the Netflix Series “Orange is the New Black”, to campus during Spring quarter this year. … Metzger said the library’s search committee — composed of professors from the university, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College — held meetings throughout the summer before finally deciding to host Kerman. Metzger also said the program needs more students to serve on the committee responsible for choosing an author. more

Ray Callaway: International UM ecologist nominated as regents professor

The greenhouse sits 10 steps from Ray Callaway’s office, a fitting location for a professor of biological sciences. Cacti and tropical foliage thrive despite the subzero weather pressing in beyond the glass. … Callaway was born in Alaska but moved to California at a young age. He earned his undergraduate degree at Westmont College, where he found inspiration through Frank Percival, his professor at the time. more

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