Book Offers Perspective on Peaceful Indians

“Pacifist Prophet: Papunhank and the Quest for Peace in Early America” (University of Nebraska Press)

Rick Pointer, professor emeritus of history at Westmont, has written a biography of Papunhank, a little-known Munsee reformer and Moravian leader. The work illuminates the turbulent middle decades of the 18th-century during which Papunhank doggedly maintained an unwavering love of peace. “Pacifist Prophet: Papunhank and the Quest for Peace in Early America” (University of Nebraska… [Continue Reading]

Teen Bonds Ward Off Adult Depression


A national study following more than 12,000 people from adolescence to adulthood showed that positive and caring relationships in the teenage years make a lasting impact on mental health. Warm relationships with parents, friends and teachers are highly effective safeguards against depressive symptoms later in life, as is educational achievement. Teenage romantic relationships, pregnancy and… [Continue Reading]

Museum Exhibits, Sells 450 5X5 Art Pieces

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its 10th anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Ten Years,” which features about 450, five-inch-square works of art from Dec. 3-18. The art will be available for purchase through an online auction at×5 that ends Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. The exhibition, which benefits the… [Continue Reading]

Student Composers to Shine

keyboards student

Westmont’s talented student musicians and composers will be in the spotlight at the Student Composer’s Concert on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. “There will be a spectacular array of new pieces by composition students at Westmont,” says Steve Butler, professor of music and an ASCAP award-winning composer. Current students participating include Ben… [Continue Reading]

Warriors Tip Off Men’s Hoops Season

The Westmont men’s basketball team tips off its 2020-21 season against the University of Saint Katherine from San Marcos, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Murchison Gym. Though fans will not be allowed in the gym due to the pandemic, the game will be live-streamed and available on Roku, Apple TV, Android… [Continue Reading]

Art Gifts to Find New Home in Santa Ynez

Music Department Sculptures

The Forest Foundation, which has supported the arts and education in California and Illinois since 1963, is donating several sculptures and more than three dozen pedestals and sculptural stands to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Museum officials are working with Brander Vineyard to create a long-term sculpture exhibition at the Santa Ynez winery. “Navigating… [Continue Reading]

Concert Offers Toe Tapping Jazz Standards

Eben Drost directs the Westmont Jazz Ensemble

The Westmont Music Department’s weekly Friday night virtual concert series gets jazzy on Nov. 6. The Westmont Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of keyboardist Eben Drost, will perform many recognizable standards starting at 7 p.m. at The concert will be recorded in Deane Chapel with musicians wearing masks and singers standing outside the door… [Continue Reading]

Making Good Choices with Decision Analysis

Enrico Manlapig, associate professor of economics and business, explores “Decision Analysis and the Common Good” in a live webinar on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at The Westmont Downtown Lecture is sponsored by the Westmont Foundation, which helps build connections between Westmont and the greater Santa Barbara community. The webinar features special guest… [Continue Reading]

Masked Singers Offer ‘Choral Celebration’

Alto Alex Morgan

Members of the Westmont College Choir and Choral Union, wearing masks and singing outside, offer a Fall Choral Celebration on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at The choir, directed by Daniel Gee, will perform “This is my Father’s World” by Elaine Hagenberg, “My Soul There is a Country” by Hubert Parry, “Love Bade… [Continue Reading]

$1M Grant Aids Work with Area Churches

Santa Barbara's Chromatic Scale

Westmont College has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Westmont Center for Thriving Communities. The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong… [Continue Reading]