Recent Press

IN BRIEF : Grants to fund science of religious belief study

Westmont College professor of biology Jeffrey Schloss has received two grants, totalling $222,338, to study issues related to science and faith, the college announced on Thursday. Dr. Schloss is researching “The Adaptive Logic of Religious Belief” with faculty from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland through a John Templeton Foundation grant of $875,000 that the university received. more

Public Square: You Should Know

Dwight Radcliff will present a free talk on the cycle of homelessness among U.S. veterans and lessons from the Vietnam War at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Westmont College’s Hieronymus Lounge. Mr. Radcliff is the president and CEO of the U.S. Veterans Initiative, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans. more

Soldwisch returns as LHS athletic director

The Lahainaluna High School faithful could never get used to seeing Scott Soldwisch dressed in Maui High blue in his position as the Sabers’ athletic director over the last three years. It is a homecoming of sorts and a natural progression for Soldwisch, who graduated from Westmont College with a degree in history and also played baseball there, after his years at the historic Lahainaluna campus. more

The State Theatre of Georgia Visits S.B.

Shielded for nearly 70 years behind the iron curtain, long overshadowed by its northern neighbor Russia, and now struggling once again for political stability, the Republic of Georgia has been beset with challenges to its independence for all of modern history. John Blondell had earned his PhD at UCSB in 1990, and has been teaching modern theater theory and practice at Westmont College ever since. more

Events: South Coast

Politics and Religion Lecture: 5:30 p.m. University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. “Does Religion Belong in Politics?” Speakers are Westmont College professors Jesse Covington and Telford Work. more

Westmont Profs Talk Religion, Politics at Free Lecture

Two topics often nervously side-stepped are being tackled head-on on Thursday, October 16, during a talk entitled “Does Religion Belong in Politics? Reflections in the Midst of the 2008 Campaign,” sponsored by the Westmont Foundation. The talk is part of a series called Westmont Downtown: Conversations About Things that Matter. more

SMITH, James David

 James David Smith, a painter and educator, was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His critically praised exhibitions include “When Malindy Sings” and a subsequent exhibition entitled, “Deep as Rivers” at Westmont College Reynolds Gallery. more

Goleta Valley Chamber Endorses Gilman, Blois for City Council

The Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce has endorsed businessman Don Gilman and Councilwoman Jean Blois for the Goleta City Council. Gilman was born and raised in Goleta and started his own business in the city. He attended Westmont College and UCSB and is a trained nuclear engineer and management consultant. more

CAMA Elects New Board President

The Community Arts Music Association, which opens its 90th season on Thursday, has elected Dolores Hsu as president of its board of directors. In addition to instruction in music appreciation, the program includes regular live music performances by students and faculty from UCSB, Westmont and Santa Barbara City College. more

23rd Congressional Dist. candidates differ on issues

To keep her job for another two years, veteran Congresswoman Lois Capps must fend off political upstart Matt Kokkonen in the November election. Kokkonen immigrated to the United States from his native Finland at age 16, and graduated from Westmont College in Montecito. He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 40 years and have two children. more

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