Author spotlight: Scott Craig

Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College.

Spring Opera Offers Double Bill of Humor
By Scott Craig   |   January 31, 2023

Westmont performs an ambitious operatic double bill of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Rossini’s The Silken Ladder Friday, January 27, and Sunday, January 29; both at 7 pm in Center Stage Theater. To purchase tickets, which cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors or military members, please visit the Center Stage box […]

Wolf Receives Layton Shoemaker Award
By Scott Craig   |   January 31, 2023

Dave Wolf, who retired following a 32-year career as head coach of Westmont men’s soccer, was awarded the Layton Shoemaker Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on January 14 at the National Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.  The award recognizes a coach that honors God on and off the field, and models a strong […]

Goodwin Returns to Speak at Breakfast
By Scott Craig   |   January 24, 2023

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, speaks at the 18th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 10, from 7-9 am in the Grand Ballroom of Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, February 10, at 9 am at westmont.edu/breakfast. Seating is limited, […]

Professor Wins Prestigious Philosophy Award
By Scott Craig   |   January 24, 2023

David Vander Laan, Westmont professor of philosophy, has won the American Philosophical Association’s 2022 Alvin Plantinga Prize. Coincidentally, the prestigious award honors Vander Laan’s doctoral adviser, one of the most influential people shaping Christian philosophical thought during the past 50 years. “To receive a prize named for Plantinga is a tremendous honor,” Vander Laan says. […]

Professor Speaks at Vatican, Meets Pope
By Scott Craig   |   January 17, 2023

A Westmont professor’s work about media, digital technology, and the church resulted in an invitation to speak at the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis on November 11. Sociologist Felicia Wu Song lectured about “The Good News in a Digital Age: A Call to the Contemplative” at a plenary assembly of the Vatican’s Dicastery for […]

‘Entangled’ Exhibit Explores Environment 
By Scott Craig   |   January 17, 2023

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features two artists whose work responds to climate change and our planet on the brink of perilous danger. The exhibition, Entangled: Responding to Environmental Crisis, runs from January 12 to March 25, 2023, and highlights the artwork of Madeleine Tonzi, a New Mexico painter, muralist and printmaker, and GATS […]

Paying It Forward Giving Loans That Transform Lives
By Scott Craig   |   December 27, 2022

Fourteen years ago, Jay (Ofori) Diallo (’08) planned to serve with the United Nations or World Vision, but he has pursued a different path with the same passion to help the less fortunate. Since earning a degree in political science from Westmont, he has spent his entire career in banking, transforming the lives of economically […]

Christmas Lighting of Kerrwood
By Scott Craig   |   December 27, 2022

It was a festive evening of entertainment and holiday treats at the annual Let There Be Light on November 30 on Kerrwood Lawn. Karen Sloan, who recently retired from Westmont after 16 years, was chosen to throw the large switch to turn on the Christmas lights at Kerrwood Hall.  The Westmont Activities Council hosted a […]

Sustaining Missionaries while Running Bitcoin Beach
By Scott Craig   |   December 20, 2022

Since 60 Minutes featured alumnus Michael Peterson (’97) and his Bitcoin Beach last April, his life has changed a bit. “I’ve had meals with three different billionaires,” he says. “I don’t normally run in those circles.”  Michael and his wife, Brittney Cox Peterson (’97), co-founders of Missionsake, prefer meeting the spiritual, mental, physical, and relational […]

Engineers Put Creations to the Test
By Scott Craig   |   December 20, 2022

Westmont’s junior engineering students were revved up for the annual remote control car competition on December 8 in front of Kerrwood Hall. The students spent the last 10 weeks working in teams to assemble hundreds of parts to create their race cars, which count for five percent of their overall grade in the Machine Design […]

Westmont’s History in a Mason Jar
By Scott Craig   |   December 6, 2022

Westmont celebrated the life of its founder Ruth Kerr on National Mason Jar Day on November 30. Following the death of her husband Alexander, Ruth became president of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company in 1930. Kerr became one of most recognizable American mason jar brands.  Alexander started the company in Portland, Oregon, in 1904 after […]

Workshop Inspires Christians to Climate Action
By Scott Craig   |   November 29, 2022

Westmont is equipping evangelical students from across the nation who care deeply about the environment to lead their communities in answering God’s call to steward creation wisely. The college will be hosting “Faith. Climate. Action: A Workshop on Christian Climate Advocacy,” attracting about 40 students and faculty from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities […]

Guiding Low-Income Students to College
By Scott Craig   |   November 29, 2022

Westmont hosted a community event with education and financial representatives exploring the best ways low-income students can fund a college education on November 15. About 100 underprivileged high school students and their families attended “Affording Your Dream College,” which was held in partnership with several county education initiatives.  “Education is the most powerful and transformative […]

Exhibition Shares Highlights of Berkus Collection
By Scott Craig   |   November 22, 2022

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shares the deep trove of art collected by the late Barry Berkus, an architect, urban planner, watercolor artist, and author, in A Bold and Unconventional Collector: Highlights from the Barry Berkus Family Collection, which will be on display from November 17 to December 12. The public is invited to […]

Athletes Advance to National Championships
By Scott Craig   |   November 22, 2022

Four Westmont athletics teams hit the road with hopes of bringing home national championships. No. 15 Westmont women’s soccer (14-0-3) battle No. 22 Lindsey Wilson College (KY) (7-4-4) on Thursday, November 17, at 9:30 am PST at Southeastern University in Florida for the first round of the NAIA National Championship. The winner advances to play […]

Mosher Talk Examines MLK’s Shared Legacy
By Scott Craig   |   November 15, 2022

A large, enthusiastic crowd in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center welcomed Clayborne Carson, the world-renowned and acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and director of the King Papers Project. He spoke about “The Lives and Shared Legacy of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr.,” as part of a Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership […]

Top Seeded Warriors Host Soccer Tourney
By Scott Craig   |   November 15, 2022

Westmont women’s soccer (12-0-3 overall, 7-0-1 GSAC), ranked No. 16 in the NAIA, host the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Nov. 10-12 at Thorrington Field. The top-seeded Warriors, GSAC Regular Season Champions and undefeated in the regular season, will battle No. 5 seed The Master’s on Nov. 10 at 2 pm. The championship game is […]

Christmas Festival Returns to Granada
By Scott Craig   |   November 8, 2022

The 18th annual Westmont Christmas Festival, The Prince of Peace, returns to Santa Barbara’s famed Granada Theatre Saturday, December 3, at 7 pm and Sunday, December 4, at 3 pm. Tickets, which cost $22 each, go on sale Thursday, November 3, at 5 pm at westmont.edu/festival. For ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, […]

Talk Offers Biblical Environmental View 
By Scott Craig   |   November 8, 2022

Sandra Richter, Westmont’s Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, speaks about “Down to Earth: A Biblical Perspective on Environmentalism,” on Thursday, November 3, at 5:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (CAW), 631 Garden Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. […]

Forward in Faithfulness
By Scott Craig   |   October 25, 2022

On the heels of two consecutive record-breaking fundraising years, Westmont has launched its largest fundraising campaign ever, Forward in Faithfulness. Through generous gifts from alumni, parents, foundations, and friends of the college, including the two largest gifts in the history of the college, the campaign has raised more than $197.1 million of the $250 million […]

Dedicated to Educating Nurses
By Scott Craig   |   October 25, 2022

Westmont dedicated its new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, naming it Westmont Downtown | Grotenhuis Nursing. David Grotenhuis, an alumnus of the college, and his wife, Anna, were inspired to give generously to the program by Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who died earlier this month. In its second semester, the 16-month nursing program […]

Talk Examines Mental Side of Sports
By Scott Craig   |   October 18, 2022

Tim Van Haitsma, Westmont associate professor and chair of the kinesiology department, is a lifelong runner who will speak about mental strength training on Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 pm in the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (CAW), 631 Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Mental Training: Magic or Physiologic Reality,” […]

Scholar Gives Insight into MLK’s Legacy
By Scott Craig   |   October 18, 2022

Clayborne Carson, the world-renowned and acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and director of the King Papers Project, speaks at Westmont’s Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership luncheon on Friday, November 4, from 12-1:30 pm in the Simmons Center of Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Carson will present “The Lives and Shared Legacy of Coretta […]

Honoring Ridley-Tree, Her Generosity
By Scott Craig   |   October 11, 2022

The Westmont community mourns the passing of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, whose generosity made a profound impact on the college and touched the lives of many people and organizations in the Santa Barbara community. She personified what it means to be a true philanthropist. “She’s one of the most remarkable human beings to walk the face […]

Sharing a Wealth of Writing, Film Knowledge
By Scott Craig   |   September 27, 2022

Wendy Eley Jackson brings more than a quarter century of experience in film and television to Westmont as the theater department’s new artist/scholar-in-residence for justice, reconciliation, and diversity. Jackson, a native of Atlanta, is teaching Documentary Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and Creative Writing this semester for the theater and English departments. “My hope is to find a […]

Porter to Direct the Martin Institute
By Scott Craig   |   September 27, 2022

Steve L. Porter, a longtime professor of spiritual formation, theology, and philosophy, is the new senior research fellow and executive director of Westmont’s Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture.  The institute seeks to support a new generation of leaders in the area of Christian spiritual formation and to establish this discipline as a domain of […]

Teeing Off for the Warrior Golf 
By Scott Craig   |   September 27, 2022

Westmont men’s golfer Peyton Hendricks’ collegiate career is off to a stellar start. The freshman from Livermore notched the individual championship with a three-under score of 69 on September 8 to guide Westmont to a tri-match tournament against Hope International and Vanguard at El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach. The following day at […]

Westmont Ranks Among Premier Colleges
By Scott Craig   |   September 20, 2022

New national rankings and economic indicators establish Westmont as one of the top Christian liberal arts colleges in the U.S. once again. Westmont, in its 85th anniversary year, improved its overall score and rose in five other ranking categories to remain in the top tier of the 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s National Liberal […]

Talented, New Professors Join Faculty
By Scott Craig   |   September 20, 2022

Five new accomplished, tenure-track professors have joined the Westmont faculty this fall. Isaac Gomez (kinesiology), Jennifer Ito (physics), Ruth Lin (music), Siegwart “Zig” Reichwald (music), and Guang Song (computer science) each bring a deep Christian faith and a love for teaching to Westmont.  Gomez, a local resident who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, […]

Art, Science, Spirituality Collide in Exhibit
By Scott Craig   |   September 13, 2022

Adam Belt explores the point where art, science, and spirituality converge in an exhibition, “Adam Belt: Wish You Were Here,” September 1 through November 5 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Belt, who was born in Seattle and grew up in Albuquerque, began his career as a landscape painter before shifting his interests to […]

Dallas Willard Book Award Announced
By Scott Craig   |   September 13, 2022

The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Research Center (MIDWC) at Westmont have chosen Relational Spirituality: A Psychological-Theological Paradigm for Transformation by Todd W. Hall as the winner of their annual book award. Hall will accept the award in person before speaking in chapel on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 10:30 […]

Ron See Earns Top Fellowship in Israel
By Scott Craig   |   September 13, 2022

A Westmont professor has received a prestigious fellowship to serve at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust selected Ronald See, professor of psychology and neuroscience, as the Marie and Matthew Heller visiting professor in medicine at the Institute of Medical Research. HUJI is the premier academic institution in Israel and […]

Inspirational New Students Arrive on Campus
By Scott Craig   |   August 30, 2022

About 320 first-year students and a record-setting 70 transfers begin arriving at Westmont for Orientation (August 25-28) and the start of the fall semester (August 29). “We’re thrilled to welcome the class of 2026 and the largest group of transfer students in Westmont’s 85-year history,” says Irene Neller, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications. […]

Professor, Alum Win Top Mathematics Award
By Scott Craig   |   August 30, 2022

A Westmont professor and recent graduate won the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematical Association of America, the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. David J. Hunter, professor of mathematics, and Chisondi Warioba (’21), born in Tanzania and a triple major in chemistry, physics, and biology, were honored for their paper, “Segregation […]

Summer Triangle Shines from Milky Way
By Scott Craig   |   August 23, 2022

This month’s public viewing of the stars will focus on several exotic Messier objects as the summer Milky Way stretches across the sky from the northeast to the southwest. The free viewing on Friday, August 19, begins at sunset and lasts several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Face coverings are required at the event, which […]

New Year With a New Provost
By Scott Craig   |   August 23, 2022

Westmont’s new provost Kim Battle-Walters Denu and her family have arrived in Santa Barbara. She began August 1 and has been getting to know faculty who are preparing for the first day of classes August 29.  “I’m thrilled to welcome her to Westmont,” says Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe. “With her 25 years of experience […]

Higher Ed Collaboration at Impact Conference
By Scott Craig   |   August 16, 2022

Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology (CATLab) joins forces with Salesforce to host the Impact Conference on Thursday, August 11, in the Global Leadership Center on campus. Keynote speakers include Peter Coffee, Vice President for Strategic Research at Salesforce, and Lupita Knittel, President of 7 Mindsets, an education technology company. To register for the free conference, […]

Grant Expands Search for Dark Matter
By Scott Craig   |   August 16, 2022

A Westmont researcher has won a grant to further his search for evidence of the presence of mysterious dark matter. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $200,000 grant to Ben Carlson, Westmont assistant professor of physics, to continue his work on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, a […]

Warrior Drafted by Dodgers
By Scott Craig   |   July 26, 2022

Westmont’s Simon Reid was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the MLB Draft on July 18. The junior catcher hit .378 last season and led the team in on-base plus slugging (1.088), hits (82), and slugging percentage (.654). He was named to his second All-Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Team […]

Hosting the German National Team
By Scott Craig   |   July 26, 2022

The German Track and Field National Team found a home at Westmont July 3-18 while preparing for the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which are being held for the first time ever in the United States.  A total of 135 athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors, and managers moved into Westmont’s Global Leadership Center and worked out at […]