Recent Press

Young Playwright Explores Identity in Muéveme, Muévete: Get Moving

They say adolescence is the toughest phase of life because it’s when we search for who we are—our identity. But after the teenage tantrums, it seems we spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out what to do with this identity. Do we accept it? Deny it? Change it? A new production, Muéveme, Muévete—Spanish for “Move Me, Move You”—addresses this struggle. The play is the work of young playwright Diana Small, a senior this year at Westmont College. Directed by Mitchell Thomas, Muéveme, Muévete will play at Westmont’s Porter Theatre from February 26-28 and again at La Casa de la Raza March 5-7. more

Dutch Prints in the Age of Reformation: Highlights from the Dewayne and Faith Perry Collection at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery through March 12

The print is the ultimate democratic art form. Relatively inexpensive to produce and reproduce, prints allow mass viewing—and even mass ownership—of texts and images that might otherwise be seen only by an elite few. At least, that’s how it used to be. The current show at Westmont’s Reynolds Galley, Dutch Prints in the Age of Reformation, is a reminder of the impact that printed images once made on the lives of ordinary people. more

Mannoia Named CCCU Senior Fellow

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities announces the appointment of Dr. Jim Mannoia, the former president of Greenville College (IL), as a Senior Fellow. Mannoia is charged with the development of international programming, particularly the development of a grant proposal for expansion of the work of the CCCU with international institutions of Christ-centered higher education. Dr. Mannoia served as president of Greenville College for 10 years until his retirement in July 2008. Previously, he was academic vice president and dean at Houghton College (NY) and associate academic dean at Westmont College (CA). more

Spring Religion Listings: Intervarsity Press

Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion (Apr., $25) by Richard J. Foster and Gayle D. Beebe introduces individuals from the past who knew God deeply. 30,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. more

Interest in the workings of the human body may lead student to pharmacy, medicine

Jeff Midgley was on his way to California on Thursday but not for the sun or the surf. The senior at Fruita Monument High School planned to visited Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and hopefully find his first steps on the way to a medical-related field while touring the campus. more

Opinion: Much can be done to increase fire awarenes

Keeping in mind that the residents of Santa Barbara have endured three terrible and worrisome fires in the past year or so, I believe I accurately reflect and represent the current state of mind of us all as being “fire-weary.” This approach also can hold true for students attending UCSB, SBCC and Westmont. I already have spoken with Nancy Phinney at Westmont and know they have wildland fire awareness as part of their orientation program. more

Tour of California has roots in Santa Barbara

As a youngster growing up in Santa Barbara, Andrew Messick’s life was wrapped up in all things sports. Reared in a home near Barker Pass Road and Sycamore Canyon, he was a ballboy for the Westmont College soccer team. In junior high, he watched the Santa Barbara Spikers professional volleyball team. And as a student at Santa Barbara High School in the early 1980s, he ran track and cross country. more

Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing & PR

Scott Craig, Westmont College manager of media relations, has been the face and voice of the Montecito college for nearly four years. Craig, a Santa Barbara native, worked long, hard hours during the November 2008 Tea Fire, updating local and national news organizations while flames destroyed eight structures  on the Westmont campus and 15 nearby faculty homes. more

DA Names Tea Fire Suspects

Yesterday, after months of investigation, the District Attorney’s office released the names of the 10 individuals believed to be responsible for November’s wildly destructive Tea Fire. Additionally, the fire burned through Montecito’s Westmont College and gutted the Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery. more

“Tea Fire Ten” Named:DA Uncertain Group Started November Blaze, However

While the naming of the Tea Fire Ten—the group assumed by many to have started the Tea Fire 97 days earlier in the hills above Westmont College—came weeks too late for critics of the investigation, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney took the occasion on Tuesday to explain that the group’s actions did not assuredly cause the devastating fire. more

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