Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tim Timmons Meets With Pope Francis and His Leadership Team at the Vatican in Rome

Tim Timmons, national bestselling author and speaker, meets with Pope Francis and his leadership team to discuss the opportunity of spreading the message of Jesus around the world. Timmons brought an international delegation with him that included Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church and bestselling author, Mike Lee, US Senator of Utah, Dirk Kempthorne, Governor of Idaho, Dr. Gayle Beebe, President of Westmont College, and several other business leaders around the world. more

Westmont College Student Researchers to Present Summer Findings

Twenty Westmont College student researchers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, will present their findings from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. more

International diversity at Westmont College

Carrying pillows and clothes baskets, coffee makers and computers, 379 first-year students arrived at Westmont College for orientation Thursday, in advance of the start of classes on Monday. The class of 2018 includes students from 29 states and eight foreign countries: Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the U.K. more

Edison Work Continues

In an effort to avoid continues road closures during the first week of school, Southern California Edison (SCE) says the trenching work on the Cold Spring Road will be finished by the end of this eek, according to a company spokesperson. “We’ve tried hard to make sure the work is finished before both Westmont and Cold Spring School students head back to class,” says Rondi Guthrie, SCE’s Local Public Affairs regional manager. more

Franklin welcomes alumni as teachers

Franklin Elementary School bustled with excited returning and new students and teachers Wednesday.Ricardo Alcaraz and Marlen Lim-n, who moved on from Franklin in 1995 and 2001, respectively, are first year, fourth grade teachers. Both went on to Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. Mr. Alcaraz received his bachelors degree is education from Westmont College, while Ms. Lim-n received her bachelors in sociology and education from UCSB. Both received their teaching credentials from Antioch University. more

Preview: The Cherry Orchard Lit Moon Takes On Chekhov

For serious theater fans, the great dramas of Anton Chekhov — The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard — are absolutely essential plays representing the highest pinnacle of achievement in the dramatic arts. For nearly everyone else, especially in the English-speaking world, they are mystifying riddles widely known to induce outbreaks of “maybe I just don’t get theater” syndrome. People with complex, similar-sounding double names and other nicknames gather and talk for three hours. Curtain.While it’s not necessarily quite that bleak, even experienced directors understand the need to do something special in order to bring what Chekhov’s contemporary Leo Tolstoy described as “a theater of mood” to life on the American stage. For Lit Moon Theatre Company’s John Blondell, who is directing The Cherry Orchard in a production that will be performed at Westmont’s Porter Theatre this weekend, September 4-6, the trick is “to maintain the humor but keep it character driven.” more

Your Westmont: Unique Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

Fifteen new Westmont students are in the Eastern Sierra through Tuesday, August 26, for a unique, 12-day back-country adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. more

Your Westmont: Museum Goes Big with 300 Small Works

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five Years,” from August 28 – September 11. more

Glow in the Park: Hot air balloons to brighten night sky for Doctors Without Walls benefit

Maria Long wants to take health care to new heights. Just look up. She’s arranged for a dozen or so hot air balloons to glow and rise at night above Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Road, to raise $75,000 for Doctors Without Walls: Santa Barbara Street Medicine. The nonprofit provides care for the homeless. … Doctors Without Walls relies on nearly 200 volunteers, most of them pre-med students at UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College, as well as approximately 20 doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. more

Megan Alexander Tapped as CBS Newspath Special Correspondent: Veteran reporter will continue to contribute to ‘Inside Edition’

Megan Alexander has been tapped to serve as special correspondent for CBS Newspath. Alexander will continue contributing to the television syndicated magazine Inside Edition in addition to her duties for CBS Newspath, the 24-hour TV newsgathering service for all of CBS’ stations and broadcasters. … Alexander, a graduate of Westmont College, also previously worked at Metro Networks and Nashville’s WZTV-TV. more