Recent Press

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

Oak Park students chosen for conference

Two students from Oak Park’s Gifted And Talented Education program will attend the 10th annual GATE Leadership Conference.The students will meet other GATE students from the region at Westmont College in Montecito and participate in events and skillbuilding meetings. more

Warriors get first-round win

The No. 12 Westmont women’s tennis team survived a nightmare of a road trip and kept its dream of playing at the NAIA National Tournament alive with a gutsy 6-3 win over host and No. 25 Mobile (12-6) in the first round on Monday. The Warriors (11-10) will play familiar foe and No. 3 Azusa Pacific in second-round action in Mobile. more

Room, board and barre for Ballet students

There’s a well-kept multistory building in Pacific Heights that could easily be mistaken for one of the many comfortable family homes that loom along the blocks overlooking the bay. But Jackson Manor, as the house has been fondly dubbed, isn’t your average Pac Heights mansion. Once owned as part of an off-campus, urban program for Westmont College, it’s now in its fifth year as an official residence for dancers in the San Francisco Ballet School’s trainee program, as well as advanced students. more

Westmont’s Season Ends in Second Round of Nationals

When the NAIA released its women’s tennis preseason poll on Feb. 6, Westmont couldn’t be found. On Tuesday, a remarkable season for the No. 12 Warriors (11-11), which saw freshmen starting in the top three singles positions, came to an end in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament as they lost 5-1 to No. 3 Azusa Pacific (17-5). more

Council to interview planning candidates

Visalia City Council members meet to interview three candidates for the Visalia Planning Commission position due to open up when Sam Logan’s term ends this month. One of the candidates, Lindsay Bailey, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish in 1999 from Westmont and is an administrative analyst for Self-Help Enterprises in Visalia. more

Westmont Loans Wardrobe to Traveling ‘Narnia’ Exhibit

Westmont’s famed C.S. Lewis wardrobe will take a five-year journey with “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition,” a state-of-the-art presentation based on the Disney film series and Lewis’ beloved fictional books. The exhibit, premiering June 7 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, features artifacts from Lewis’ personal study as well as the wardrobe. more

Westmont leadership awards

Westmont College announced Friday the names of 12 students who, for their leadership during the past year, were awarded $2,000 scholarships toward tuition. The David K. Winter Character Through Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. more

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