Author spotlight: Scott Craig

Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College.

Commencement Offers Promise of Joy Everywhere
By Scott Craig   |   May 14, 2024

The gray skies and light drizzle were no match for the warm hearts and sunny disposition of the 320 members of Westmont’s class of 2024 and their loved ones. The ceremony, replete with prayer and songs of thanksgiving, offered a stark contrast to other college graduations across the country that have been canceled or marred […]

‘TBH’: Exhibit Shines Light on Local Talent
By Scott Craig   |   May 14, 2024

The exceptional talent of local artists will be on full display at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art for its annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition from May 16 to June 15. An opening reception for “[TBH]…To Be Honest,” featuring this year’s juror Walter Maciel, a Los Angeles gallerist, is May 16 from 4-6 pm. Maciel will […]

On the Road with the Choir and Orchestra
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

The Westmont Orchestra and the Westmont College Choir join forces in May for the college’s first combined tour. Traveling from Los Angeles to Northern California, about 120 students will perform scenes from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn as well as other pieces.  “It’s a big undertaking and will show the breadth of music at Westmont,” says […]

Students ‘Reach Beyond Boundaries’
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Students presented their findings from research projects that spanned topics from running on slanted surfaces, the effects of music on heart rate, subliminal advertising, and racial identity in study-abroad programs at the Spring Student Research Symposium on April 18 in the Winter Hall Atrium.   Kim Denu, Westmont provost and dean of the faculty, spoke […]

Singer Earns Top Honors
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Ava Kimmel, a junior soprano who is majoring in vocal performance at Westmont, won the Adult Vocal Division of the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition on April 28 at the Music Academy. The foundation provides financial assistance to students of the performing arts and to support music educational outreach organizations in the Santa Barbara community. […]

New Home Run King
By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024

Westmont’s Daniel Patterson rewrote the baseball record book April 26 in Irvine, but the Warriors (33-15-3, 23-8-1 PacWest) fell out of contention for their first PacWest Conference Championship.  Patterson belted two solo home runs in the first game – one in the fifth inning and another in the sixth. That brought his season total to […]

Commencement Features Pointer, Jacksons
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

About 324 graduates will participate in Commencement on Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 am on Thorrington Field with 147 graduating with honors. About 50 Golden Warriors, who graduated in 1974, will march in the procession to celebrate their 50th reunion. Eleven nursing graduates will participate in the ceremony, two days after their pinning ceremony on […]

Students Honored for Selfless Leadership 
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

Two Westmont juniors, Rachael Todd of Nipomo and Levi Wicks of Huntington Beach, won David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards for showing selflessness and humility as effective leaders. Angela D’Amour, dean of student engagement, introduced the 24th annual awardees on April 10 in Westmont chapel. The award recognizes the late David K. Winter, who served […]

Sophomore Golfer Takes Eighth on Hawaii
By Scott Craig   |   April 30, 2024

Peyton Hendricks was the Westmont men’s golf team’s top finisher, tying for eighth place with a three-day score of 227 at the PacWest Men’s Golf Championship on Mauna Lani’s North Course on the Big Island.  “Peyton improved his score every day with his best score being on the final day,” said Westmont’s head coach Josh […]

Stargazers to See Red Giant
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

Less than two weeks after everyone’s attention was focused on the solar eclipse, the Westmont Observatory focuses on lunar craters and a red giant Friday, April 19, beginning after sunset at 7:30 pm and lasting several hours. The observatory, home to the powerful Keck Telescope, opens to the public every third Friday of the month […]

Student Researchers Shine at Symposium
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

The annual Spring Student Research Symposium features the work of more than 40 student researchers on 23 different posters, and will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 –5  pm in the Winter Hall Atrium.   “I’m looking forward to seeing the work our students have been doing this year,” says Michael Everest, interim […]

GLC Wins Spring Sing Bragging Rights
By Scott Craig   |   April 23, 2024

Westmont’s 63rd annual Spring Sing at the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 6 was filled with singing, dancing, acting, and hilarity. Students from each residence hall produced musical skits using the phrase “Out of Order” and competed for prizes and bragging rights.  Spring Sing is the college’s longest running tradition and involves more students than […]

Students Represent at the U.N.
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

Nearly 20 Westmont political science students joined Professor Katherine Bryant to serve on the National Model United Nations from March 24-28 in New York. The students, who represented the delegations from Solomon Islands and Thailand, discussed pressing global issues and stepped into the shoes of diplomats, using the art of negotiation to learn how to […]

Alum Donated Life, Honored in Rose Parade
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

A floral portrait of Westmont alumnus Paul Eskildsen (‘81), who died in 2017, appeared in the 2024 Rose Parade on the OneLegacy Donate Life float, Woven Together: The Dance of Life. Paul was passionate about serving others even in death. As a registered donor and in excellent health at the age of 59, he gave […]

Longest Musical Performance in College History
By Scott Craig   |   April 16, 2024

Over a 60-hour period before finals, the Weller Organ in Deane Chapel, controlled by Professor Steve Hodson, will be playing “ORGAN2/ASLSP (As Slow as Possible)” by John Cage (1912-1992). This 1987 work explores how slowly a piece of music might unfold. Westmont’s performance will begin at 8 am on April 26 (with a rest) and […]

Hale Shares Comedic Highlights
By Scott Craig   |   April 9, 2024

Three-time Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale spent an afternoon with Westmont theater arts students before sharing humorous stories and insights with a large crowd in Porter Theatre. Colorado actor Heather Ostberg Johnson (‘11) facilitated the event, Comedy and Faith with Tony Hale, on March 19th that students said helped them visualize a career in the […]

Curtain Call for Student Film Festival
By Scott Craig   |   April 9, 2024

The results are in and the awards handed out at the second annual Montecito Student Film Festival on March 23 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. About 150 people attended the festival throughout the day to watch 41 films, pared down from the more than 500 that were submitted.  Chase Olivera, an 18-year-old student at College of […]

Hats Off to Lady Ridley-Tree
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

A group donning Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s elegant hats visited the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art to honor their late friend on March 21. Hiroko Benko, Brenda Blalock, Chris Frisina, Mary Gates, Erin Graffy, Bobbie Kinnear, Nan Marr, Joyce Shaar, and Grace Yoon toured Ridley-Tree’s entire collection of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot that she gave to the museum. […]

Art Majors Revealed ‘In Between Moments’
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

Six aspiring Westmont art graduates will exhibit their capstone projects at Between Moments from April 4-May 4 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception will celebrate the graduating senior art majors on Thursday, April 4, from 4-6 pm.  The students include Danielle Anderson of Palm Desert; Clare Carey of Bonsall; […]

Grant Launches Student Training in AI
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Westmont College $500,000 to provide students with education, training, and industry readiness for the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence (AI). The funds will expand the scope of the Center for Applied Technology Lab (CATLab) to include AI, adding state-of-the-art hardware and software infrastructure to facilitate students’ hands-on learning and […]

Talk Explores Racism, Anti-Greed Gospel
By Scott Craig   |   April 2, 2024

Malcolm Foley, special adviser to the president for equity and campus engagement at Baylor University, argues that race and racism are fundamentally not issues of pride but of greed in a lecture Wednesday, April 3, from 3:30-5 pm in the Global Leadership Center. The talk, “Child of Mammon or Child of God?: The Anti-Greed Gospel,” […]

Alumna’s Studio Wins Oscar for ‘Last Repair Shop’
By Scott Craig   |   March 26, 2024

This month, as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women, the legacy of Ruth Kerr, who co-founded Westmont in 1937, continues to shape lives with a vision ahead of its time. She encouraged women to embrace the world beyond the idyllic Montecito campus, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and make a difference on a […]

Student Film Fest Gains Popularity
By Scott Craig   |   March 26, 2024

The second annual Montecito Student Film Festival has exploded in popularity and gone global. Student filmmakers from 65 countries have submitted more than 500 films for the free event. Attendees can watch films throughout the day, Saturday, March 23, from 10 am – 5 pm in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Festival producer Tamia Sanders (’24) says […]

Talk Explores Balance, Mobility, Aging
By Scott Craig   |   March 26, 2024

Adam Goodworth, a professor in the departments of engineering and kinesiology, and alumnus Maury Hayashida (’95) examine balance and mobility and how aging affects them in a talk Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 pm at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Aging and Mobility: Fundamentals and […]

Viewing Features Jupiter, Orion Nebula
By Scott Craig   |   March 19, 2024

Jupiter and the Great Orion Nebula, M42, will be part of this month’s free stargazing event Friday, March 15, beginning about 6 pm and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Along with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope, members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Society bring their own telescopes to share with the public. Views of […]

Vocal Recital Offers High Notes, Drama
By Scott Craig   |   March 19, 2024

Two Westmont voice instructors will join forces in a recital, “A Song Celebration,” on Saturday, March 23, at 4 pm in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. Tenor Chad Ruyle and soprano Nichole Dechaine, who […]

Anthony McIntyre is All-PacWest
By Scott Craig   |   March 19, 2024

In Westmont men’s basketball’s first season in the conference, senior Anthony McIntyre has been named to the First Team All-PacWest.  “From the first time he put on a Westmont uniform, Anthony’s continued to improve, especially during the offseason,” says head coach Landon Boucher. “To be the first Warrior in program history to be First Team […]

Haass Promotes Civic Duties, Global Diplomacy
By Scott Craig   |   March 12, 2024

Richard Haass, who worked at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon under four different presidents, offered a civics lesson on global diplomacy while bringing clarity to international conflicts at the sold-out 19th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on March 1st at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Despite the Israel-Hamas war, the Russia-Ukraine war, contentious […]

Donors Equip Warriors for NCAA DII Success 
By Scott Craig   |   March 12, 2024

This spring, several of Westmont’s athletic facilities have seen dramatic upgrades to accompany the Warriors’ move to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II in hopes of attracting exceptional student-athletes who will thrive with a rigorous Christian liberal arts education. The Westmont community and supporters have stepped up to provide vital resources for the challenge. Westmont […]

Wind Beneath Their Wings
By Scott Craig   |   March 12, 2024

The only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies energized audiences at two free performances on Feb. 27 at Westmont and Montecito Covenant Church.  The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Winds woodwind dectet performed several patriotic and classical pieces, including one song that featured kazoos to the delight of the […]

Audience Thrust into ‘The Capulets’
By Scott Craig   |   February 27, 2024

Westmont’s John Blondell, a longtime professor of theater arts, puts his own contemporary, site-specific spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as part of a mini-festival about the famous tragedy Thursday, Feb. 29, at 7 pm; Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 7 pm and 9 pm; and Sunday, March 3, at 7 pm […]

Student Musicians Shine in Orchestra Concerto
By Scott Craig   |   February 27, 2024

The Westmont Music Department offers its orchestra concerto concert, featuring the winners of its concerto/aria competition, Nathan Carlin, Karla Munoz, Tasha Loh, and Leah Nieman, on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 pm at the college’s Page Hall and on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 pm in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy. Both performances are […]

McIntyre’s Scoring Title Chase Continues
By Scott Craig   |   February 27, 2024

Men’s basketball wing Anthony McIntyre continued his chase for the PacWest scoring title, as the senior dropped 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the Warriors 91-70 win over the Chaminade Silverswords on Feb. 17. Westmont’s leading scorer now averages 18.8 points-per-game, and with four games remaining in PacWest Conference play, he now stands alone atop […]

A Fitting Fête for a Lady
By Scott Craig   |   February 20, 2024

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art and Westmont Music Department threw a grand party on Jan. 3 in honor of the late Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, whose generosity benefited not only the college but the entire Santa Barbara community. The Westmont String Quartet played as celebrants enjoyed champagne and crêpe while taking in the stunning ocean […]

Stargazers Welcome
By Scott Craig   |   February 20, 2024

If the weather cooperates, and that has been a big if this winter, the Milky Way’s open clusters will be the focus of the monthly stargazing event on Friday, Feb. 16, beginning after 6 pm and lasting for several hours. The observatory, home of the powerful Keck Telescope, is open to the public every third […]

Beach Volleyball Star to Preach
By Scott Craig   |   February 20, 2024

One of the best American beach volleyball players will speak in Westmont chapel on Friday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 am in Murchison Gym. Alumnus Avery Drost (’07) led the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) with 350 digs and was second with 551 kills last season. He coaches boys’ volleyball at Mira Costa High School in […]

Teen Mathematics Contest Turns 35
By Scott Craig   |   February 13, 2024

Westmont’s 35th annual Mathematics Field Day features students from nine regional high schools in a friendly competition Saturday, Feb. 10, in Winter Hall at 1 pm. Alphan Altinok, a senior data scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, will speak about “Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence” at the awards banquet at 5:30 pm in the Global Leadership […]

GLADly Teaching Technical Skills for Life
By Scott Craig   |   February 13, 2024

On a rural farm in Kenya in a series of mud buildings — known as the Shire and resembling a small Hobbiton — youth from the Nairobi slums learn to program software. For 10 weeks, they live in clean rooms with water, electricity, and comfortable beds as they study computers and the beautiful natural environment.  […]

Exhibit Highlights Traditional Hopi Katsina Dolls
By Scott Craig   |   February 6, 2024

Hopi Katsina dolls, carved and colorfully decorated wooden figures, are more than just beautiful works of art: They represent Katsinam spirits believed to bring blessings of good health, growth and fertility. A unique exhibition, celebrating the resurgence of a traditional carving method, features dozens of the Katsina (or “Kachina” to non-Hopi people) dolls and is […]

Emmons Earns Spirit of SB Award
By Scott Craig   |   February 6, 2024

President Gayle D. Beebe gave Christine Emmons the 2024 Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Spirit of Santa Barbara Award at the Westmont Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon on Jan. 19. Emmons, a trustee of the Mosher Foundation and a fixture of the Santa Barbara art, music, and education nonprofit scene for several decades, is also a former pilot. […]