Santa Barbara Independent

Westmont Welcome

After 26 years, the founding director of Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery, Tony Askew, has retired. Askew will be replaced by Judy L. Larson. more

UCSB Grad Student Nominated as UC Student Regent

UCSB graduate student Jesse Bernal he hopes to accomplish much as the next University of California Student Regent. Last week, Bernal, who got his bachelor degree from Westmont College and is now pursuing a doctorate in education at UCSB’s Gevirtz School, was nominated for the Student Regent position for 2009-2010 by the University of California Regents’ special committee. more

The 16th Annual Independent Theater Awards

Lit Moon Theater director and Westmont professor John Blondell won for directing the Finnish play “Queen C.” more

Santa Barbara Music Club

The Santa Barbara Music Club has been going strong for nearly 40 years, drawing on the generosity and talent of Santa Barbara’s classical musician population. Recently, the program closed with Beethoven’s Sonata in G, Opus 30, No. 3, luminously performed by violinist Philip Ficsor, a wonderful musician and professor at Westmont College. more

Poet Laureate Charles Simic Shares His Latest Book

Paul Willis will be reading from his debut full-length book, “Visiting Home” at the Wildling Museum in Los Olivos. His poetry is well-known for his intense observation of nature and keen sensitivity to its nuances. He is a professor of writing and literature at Westmont College and was chosen by Image Magazine as the Artist of the Month in April of this year. He will be joined by veteran poets Bettina Barrett, Michael Hannon, and Lois Klein. more

Lit Moon Theatre At Home and Abroad

For John Blondell and Victoria Finlayson, the husband-and-wife team who have run Lit Moon Theatre for the past 16 years, just about every day is “take your children to work day.” Culling such talent as actors Finlayson and Stanley Hoffmann from Santa Barbara and Erin Brehm and Kate Paulsen from the Westmont College drama program that he chairs, along with designer Yevgenia Nayberg from the international theatrical world, Blondell creates his work in an atmosphere of total collaboration and intense creative ferment. more

Three Reasons to Check Out Westmont’s Fringe Festival

Westmont’s annual Fringe Festival is a great (albeit smaller) way to get a dose of original alt-theater and art a little closer home. more

Dr. Gayle Beebe Named Westmont’s Eighth President: A Chat With the New Head of Montecito’s Only College

On July 1, Dr. Gayle Beebe, 48 assumed the leadership of Westmont College, becoming it’s eighth president. He succeeds Stan Gaede, who departed in July 2006 to teach at Gordon College in Massachusetts. more

Westmont Gets New Telescope: Carroll Observatory Adorned with New 24-Inch Reflector Telescope

Montecito — A powerful 24-inch reflector telescope was gingerly lowered by crane into Westmont College’s Carroll Observatory this morning. Westmont reports the new high-tech telescope will be the most powerful one between San Francisco and Los Angeles. more

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