Santa Barbara Independent

HOWELL TO BE INSTALLED IN SCIENCE CHAIR

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. more

Kissinger Speaks in Santa Barbara – Controversial Statesman Addresses Hot-Button Topics

Westmont President Gayle Beebe led the Q & A and asked Kissinger several questions from cards submitted by audience members. Specific inquiries included chemical weapons in Syria, relations with Russia, radical Islam, instability in Benghazi, Turkey and the European Union, Napoleon Bonaparte, America’s reputation, immigration, and his new book about world order and global culture. more

When Bad Dogs Do Good Things: Talking with Iran After 35 Years of Silence

In a striking coincidence, the day before Majd spoke at SBCC, Westmont College sponsored a talk at the Coral Casino by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who helped precipitate the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the first place. more

Quieting the Limbic Lizard: Sports Psychologist Steve Smith Says Let the Robot Take Over

Sports psychologist Steve Smith would say that Uribe let his robot do the job. His robot? That’s what Smith calls the cerebral cortex, the part of the human brain that provides a calming focus in situations fraught with anxiety. “The robot is logical. The robot plans. The robot understands. The robot stays cool,” Smith said last week in a presentation at Westmont College. “The robot tells the limbic lizard to be quiet.” more

Kissinger to Speak at Westmont Luncheon

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state from 1973-1977 and a Nobel Peace Laureate, will discuss world events and diplomacy at a Westmont-sponsored luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1281 Channel Drive. more

U.S. News Ranks Westmont in Top 100

For the fifth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. more

West Coast Roundup: From Seattle Soccer Madness to S.B.’s Power Players

I learned that the hottest team in town is the women’s volleyball squad at Westmont College. The Warriors entered the week with a 12-0 record, the best start in the school’s history, and are ranked No. 9 on the NAIA national poll. more

Ancient Peaks Winery Promotes Stewart Cameron to Winemaker Position

After studying cellular and molecular biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Cameron moved to San Luis Obispo. Drawn to the local wine industry, he worked in a winery lab in Paso Robles before joining Ancient Peaks in 2006. He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife Courtney and Duke the beagle, the official winery dog of Ancient Peaks.more

Westmont Ranked One of Top Liberal Arts Schools

Westmont College made it into the U.S. News & World Report‘s top 100 liberal arts schools for the fifth consecutive year, checking in at number 94. The Montecito institution is only one of two Christian colleges to make it onto the list. It is credited with both improving freshman retention rates and graduation rates. more

Review: Invisible Realms, Contemporary Art and the Sacred at Westmont

Invisible Realms, a new group exhibition at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum, takes as its point of departure the fact that many contemporary artists connect with the sacred without employing traditional religious subjects, genres, or media. Using video, abstraction, appropriation, assemblage, and performance to make their statements, the works on display in Invisible Realms point beyond themselves toward some more elusive experience or state of being. more

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