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Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

Fifteen new Westmont students are traveling to the Eastern Sierra (Aug. 14-26) for a unique, 12-day backcountry adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. One of its goals is helping participants get to know students they can trust. By sharing experiences in the mountains, participants will develop relationships with people they can rely on during the toughest first few weeks of school. more

Schulze Named Westmont VP of Student Life

Edee Schulze, who has served as Bethel College’s vice president of student life for six years, is Westmont’s new vice president of student life. President Gayle D. Beebe made the announcement in an all-campus email April 22 as students returned from Easter vacation.

Schulze replaces Jane Higa Mannoia who retired in August 2013 after being diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tim Wilson has served as interim vice president and dean of students since September 2013. more

ISS and Total Lunar Eclipse

Some good news about the total lunar eclipse on the night of Mon/Tue, April 14/15. Westmont College will open up their Observatory for public viewing, from 10:30 PM to 2 AM. Smaller telescopes set up by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will also be set up to view the eclipse, Mars (at its closest for this year that evening), and Saturn. The Westmont Observatory is adjacent to their baseball and athletic fields, on the downhill side of the campus, with parking available nearby. more

T.S. Eliot Inspires Art Show ‘QU4RTETS’

Artwork inspired by T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” will be featured in a collaborative exhibition “QU4RTETS” Oct. 21-Nov. 19 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The exhibition includes paintings by artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, and music by composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Westmont Women’s Volleyball Earn 6th Win

Westmont Women’s Volleyball earned their sixth win of the season without a loss as the Warriors posted a three game sweep (25-20, 25-14, 25-23) of Cornerstone (Mich.). Junior outside hitter Madison Serrano led the team with 13 kills and posted an attack percentage of .458. more

Hey, Nice Ring! – Saturn

Well placed for viewing in Santa Barbara skies during spring and well into summer is the coolest planet in our solar system – Saturn. It’s currently in the constellation Virgo, down in her feet. There is only one bright star in Virgo, a blue star called Spica. The Greeks saw Virgo as Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, and Spica represented a spike of wheat held in her hand. On Monday evening, July 15, the first quarter Moon will be just below Spica, and Saturn will be off to their left and up (northeast). … We host stargazing (weather permitting) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Westmont College, Camino Real Marketplace, Cachuma Lake, Refugio State Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, and Bacara Resort and Spa. more

Sierra Club Camino Cielo Hike

Fortunately, people in our group had extra water to share. And some Westmont students who happened by even carried one of the weakened hikers out on the last part of the trail! You can see this heroism and the gratitude in the final photos. more

Free Concert at Sunken Gardens

AMERICAN SALUTE! FREE Fourth of July concert at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens – the tradition continues . . . SUMMARY FACTS: Cielo Foundation for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with the Spirit of ’76 Foundation, presents the WEST COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Christopher Story VI Founder/Conductor, Dr. Michael Shasberger Associate Conductor, in a FREE CONCERT of American music celebrating the founding of our nation – AMERICAN SALUTE! THURSDAY, JULY 4TH AT 5:00 – Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens TICKETS: FREE INFORMATION: www.cieloperformingarts.org or cielofoundation@aol.com more

Students Earn Leadership Awards

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The 13th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards are given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward next year’s school expenses. more

Novelist Hansen to Speak at Reading Series

Novelist Ron Hansen, author of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” helps launch the Westmont Reading Series on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. The event is free and open to the public. more

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