Professor, AD Brave Montecito Mudslides

Westmont’s athletic director bravely rescued a friend who was trapped in her vehicle, caught in the deadly mudslides that struck Montecito early Jan. 9. Dave Odell received a frantic cell phone call from Kathi King, who had escaped her swamped car and climbed a tree to temporary safety. Watch the KEYT NewsChannel 3 story. Tom… [Continue Reading]

Montecito Flood Q&A

How is Westmont? Westmont is fine. The rain has ended this week and we are expecting beautiful weather through next week. We sustained practically no damage from the rain with no flooding or mudslides on campus. But we have no water, which affects food preparation and sanitation, so we have canceled classes through Friday and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Honors Heroes at Gratitude Chapel

President Beebe thanks Lt. Brian Olmstead and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department for their service during the Thomas Fire

Westmont began spring semester as scheduled on Jan. 8, while preparing campus for rain late that afternoon and the following day. The college was not in Santa Barbara County’s evacuation zone that included many areas below the Thomas Fire burn scar, but public safety officers kept a 24-hour watch for flooding. In the first chapel… [Continue Reading]

Museum Delays Reception for 5×5 Exhibit

Large crowds flocked to the 5x5 exhibition in 2014

Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The online auction will begin Thursday, Jan. 11, at westmontmuseum.org and last until Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. However, due to the destruction in the local community… [Continue Reading]

#WestmontSaidYES Apply Now

Make a new beginning in a new year. January continues our season for admitting new Westmont Warriors for fall 2018. Hundreds of hopeful high school students have been receiving their Westmont admittance packages. You still have time to apply to meet our next priority deadline of  February 15. Apply Now! Here are a few social media… [Continue Reading]

Gen. Hayden to Speak at Westmont Breakfast

Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on cybersecurity and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will speak at the 13th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday,… [Continue Reading]

Neither Rain, nor Thomas Fire: Westmont Mail Delivers

Vice Presidents Chris Call and Doug Jones

Two Westmont vice presidents and several other college employees retrieved and loaded up more than 550 packages from the Westmont Post Office ahead of a mandatory evacuation due to the massive Thomas Fire. Some of the packages included important medications and a particulate mask. When the college evacuated Dec. 10, Joanne Gish, assistant director of… [Continue Reading]

Important Information from Student Life

Students pray at Murchison Gym ahead of the campus evacuation (photo by Edee Schulze)

Information Regarding Access to Residence Halls after the Thomas Fire Overview and Updates Maintenance workers are now replacing vents and cleaning common areas to make the residence halls healthy and ready for students in time to start spring semester classes on January 8. All residence halls are closed and student access cards have been deactivated…. [Continue Reading]

Fire Brigade Activated for Thomas Fire

The Westmont Fire Brigade

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created following the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. Less… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Fire Letter

Dear Members of the Westmont Community, Since the beginning of the Thomas Fire, we have been monitoring its developments closely and posting updates to Westmont’s website. Having experienced the ravages of the 2008 Tea Fire, we know first-hand how fast and how destructive wildfires can be. At no time has the fire itself been a… [Continue Reading]