Pandemic Inspires Theater’s ‘small enchantments’

John Blondell directing "The Insect Comedy" in 2015

In a time of challenge, conflict and difficulty, the Westmont Theater Arts Department stages “small enchantments,” a fairy tale-inspired play of change and wonder on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at westmont.edu/watchtheater. “I wanted to work on something with our students that enacted and presented enchantment, hope and possibility for renewed life rather than… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores ‘Mindset to Endure’ COVID-19

Dr. Eric Nelson

Dr. Eric Nelson, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, will share lessons from the pandemic’s unique impact on emotional health in a free, online lecture, “Stress, Loss and Uncertainty Amidst COVID-19: Cultivating a Mindset to Endure Prolonged Global Distress,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at vimeo.com/showcase/7555348. The Westmont Foundation sponsors the Westmont Downtown… [Continue Reading]

Professors to Examine Race, Racism

hands diversity race

An interdisciplinary panel of Westmont faculty, including Yi-Fan Lu (biology), Tom Knecht (political science), and Meredith Whitnah (sociology), with moderator Kya Mangrum (English) will explore “What Is Race and Racism?” on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Off-campus attendees can register at https://bit.ly/33IGuQE to be sent the link to the Zoom event. The Ethnic Studies… [Continue Reading]

Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty

Four stellar new professors join the Westmont faculty this fall: Katherine Bryant (political science), alumnus Daniel Gee (music), Robert Haring-Kaye (physics) and Blake Victor Kent (sociology). Bryant, a visiting assistant professor for three years at Westmont, launched a study of the effectiveness of Christian aid organizations. Her research focuses on the efficacy of foreign aid… [Continue Reading]

Friday Night Concert Features Singing Alumna

In 2013, Megan (Silberstein) Billings performed in Westmont’s “Pirates of Penzance”

Soprano Megan (Silberstein) Billings will perform as part of the music department’s Alumni Spotlight on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Listen to the free concert at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic. Billings, a 2014 Westmont graduate, will sing recognizable tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, as well as productions of “Bridges of Madison County” and “Frozen.” Billings, who… [Continue Reading]

Friday Concert Features Faculty

cello hand

The Westmont Music Department features its talented faculty members in the Friday Concert Series on Oct. 2. at 7 p.m. Listen to the free recital at vimeo.com/showcase/westmontmusic. Emily Sommermann (violin), Adelle Rodkey (oboe), Trina Carey Hodgson (cello), Andrea Di Maggio (flute), Kathleen O’Brien (mezzo-soprano), and Miroslava Kisilevitch (piano) will perform individually. The recital will include… [Continue Reading]

Familiar Face Takes Over as Library Director

Dr. Jana Mayfield Mullen

Jana Mayfield Mullen, who began teaching in Westmont’s history and religious studies departments in 2001, is the new director of Voskuyl Library. She joined the library staff in 2013 and served as co-director for the past year. Though the library is open to students only on an extremely limited basis, staff continues to provide research… [Continue Reading]

Student Researchers Persevere Over Summer

Zack Moreau

Twenty-seven Westmont students adhered to strict safety protocols to work with their professors on research projects during the summer. Due to the pandemic, Westmont will skip the annual October symposium, where students present their summer research findings in person. The work spanned a wide range of topics, including factors that affect the presence of western… [Continue Reading]

Student-Athletes Score Academic Gold 

Men’s soccer has been a NAIA Scholar Team for five straight years. Pictured: senior midfielder and 2019-20 NAIA Scholar-Athlete Nick Ruiz.

Westmont student-athletes flexed their academic strength with their athletic performance with 52 Warriors earning National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athlete status and a dozen athletic programs named NAIA Scholar Teams. Juniors and seniors who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 earn NAIA Scholar Athlete status. Scholar Teams maintain at least a 3.0 GPA… [Continue Reading]

Talk Offers Four Historic Pandemic Views

plagues, pandemics, and perseverance

Four Westmont professors from different disciplines examine how the new coronavirus has forced us to adapt our daily lives in unexpected ways in a talk, “Plagues, Pandemics and Perseverance,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. The pre-recorded presentation, sponsored by Westmont’s Voskuyl Library, features Marilyn McEntyre (humanities), Paul Willis (English), Helen Rhee (religious studies)… [Continue Reading]