Santa Barbara Independent

Beebe Joins NAICU Board of Directors

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has elected Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe to a three-year term on its board of directors. Beebe, who will be formally appointed Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C., will represent a region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. more

Wardrobe of C. S. Lewis Welcomed Back to Westmont

After embarking on a four-year international tour, the wardrobe that allegedly inspired C. S.Lewis imagine a gateway into a world called Narnia is back at Westmont College. Westmont students and other members of the community gathered for a welcome back reception at the college last Friday to hear passages from Lewis’s writings, sip on hot tea, and pop their heads into the famous armoire. “We just wanted to do something to celebrate Lewis by reading his work, [with] a few British-inspired snacks,” said a second-year student at Westmont, Serena Buie, who helped put on the program with the Literary Society at Westmont. more

Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. more

American Double: Duo featuring violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse will perform works by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven

The first half of the performance features two sonatas in G, Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, Op. 96, and Brahms’ Sonata in G Major, Op. 78. Ficsor says the second half of the concert offers a special treat. “We’re going to be collaborating with UCSB French horn professor Dr. Steven Gross,” Ficsor says. … Ficsor, in his sixth year as an assistant professor of violin at Westmont, recently released his third recording, “Summer Day,” featuring the complete works for violin and piano of Emma Lou Diemer, with the composer at the keyboard. more

Winter Arts Preview 2012: Continua in Light at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

What better way to get to know the new art museum at Westmont College than through this exciting video installation by Bay Area artists Thekla Hammond and Cheryl Calleri. The school’s spectacular new space for visual art will become an immersive mobile hall of flashing images as twin video projectors send streams of light onto hanging translucent scrims. more

Winter Arts Preview 2012: Animal Farm (the musical) at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre

Sir Peter Hall’s adaptation of the famous George Orwell novel seems a natural for gifted Westmont faculty member Mitchell Thomas, who will direct, and his enthusiastic cast and crew of undergraduates. When the animals take over the farm, the pigs run the show, and it is no better, or indeed a bit worse, than it was before. more

Westmont Art Museum Plays Host to Continua in Light: New Video Installation Opens This Thursday, January 12

This Thursday, January 12, at 4 p.m., the Wesmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art hosts an opening reception for Continua in Light, a video installation by Bay Area artists Cheryl Calleri and Thekla Hammond. more

Richard Rollin Rintoul: 1955-2011 Symphony Conductor, Violinist, Music Professor

When death knocks and shocks our soul to its “final resting place,” it’s often said to be cruel and untimely. In the case of the seemingly immortal Maestro Richard Rintoul, there are far deeper truths at play. … But those who were touched by Richards’s music making and mentorship know that his great spirit will never come to a complete halt. It will continue to beat time in our hearts and souls just as he did as a symphony conductor and violinist/violist. Richard also left his rhythmic stamp as a master teacher at UCSB, where his contribution to increasing the musicianship and professionalism of its orchestra is widely acknowledged, and, more recently, at Westmont College. more

Four Westmont Alumnae Join Board of Trustees

The Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college, has welcomed four new members. more

Warrior Women: Westmont Basketball Off to a Blazing Start with Help from Player Tugce Canitez

Tugce Canitez’s roommates at Westmont College hung a big Turkish flag on the wall, their way of saying they wanted her to feel comfortable 7,000 miles from her hometown, the port city of Izmir. Westmont hoop fans have been overjoyed to watch Canitez play for the Warrior women’s team. more

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