Monthly Archives: February 2009

ONSTAGE : Gained in translation – Chicano mysticism meets magical realism in Small's 'Muéveme, Muévete'

Some barriers are meant to be broken. In Westmont College senior Diana Small’s original play, “Muéveme, Muévete,” (“Move Me, Move You”) a Spanish-English bilingual production, that barrier is language. “It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to make a piece of art that’s going to communicate on so many different levels, to different audience members,” says Small. more

A Westmont Weekend: A moving production

“Muéveme, Muévete,” a Spanish phrase meaning “Move Me, Move You,” is the title of a bilingual and cross-cultural play having its world premiere at Westmont this week. Westmont senior Diana Small — who wrote and directed “The Watermelon Wives” that was staged as part of Westmont’s Fringe Festival last April — created the play that explores the genre of magical realism through the story of a Chicana cannery worker in mid-century California. more

FINAL SCENE: Lives of the Saints

This exhibition includes more than 45 modestly sized images of biblical stories and saints. Art bequeathed: Dewayne and Faith Perry are Westmont alums, from the class of 1962, and live in Austin, Texas. They have promised their extensive print collection to the college. more

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