Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Westmonster Champion Nic Swider

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. Swider, an incoming sophomore at Westmont, graduated… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Zoom in on Rings of Saturn

The Westmont Observatory

Saturn will be the star of the show at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, July 17, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The gas giant will reach its highest point in the sky about 9 p.m. when the Cassini Division, the dark gap between the A and… [Continue Reading]

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

Joann Klonowski, Special Olympics World Games, Vice President of Host Town

Savannah Barclay, Special Olympics Southern California Global Messenger

Mayor Helene Schneider

President Gayle D. Beebe, President, Westmont College

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and… [Continue Reading]

Racers Seek to Tame the Westmonster 5K

Bobby Olivera jumped out to an early lead at the 2014 Westmonster

The sixth annual Westmonster, dubbed Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race, returns to the scenic Westmont campus Friday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m. The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. High school and… [Continue Reading]

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

John Moore with daughters Jacqueline and Jessie in 2007

Westmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Unique Program Offers Taste of College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley teaching Summer Scholars 2014

Twenty high school seniors and incoming first-year Westmont students will begin experiencing college life at Westmont June 22-July 10 while earning college credits. In its fifth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence… [Continue Reading]

3 Planets, a Crescent Moon at Star Party

DomeTeaGarden

Jupiter, Venus and a small crescent moon come into alignment this month, but it may be views of Saturn that steal the show at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, June 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Jupiter and Venus and the moon form a skewed… [Continue Reading]

Luncheon, Talk Examine Leadership of Lincoln

Ron C. White

Bestselling author Ronald C. White shares insights into Abraham Lincoln at a sold-out luncheon and lecture, “The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Abraham Lincoln,” on Friday, May 29, at noon in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room. The event is part of the Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency Series, sponsored by the Mosher Center for… [Continue Reading]

Washington Shines as SB Track Champs

Russell Smelley starts the boys 80m race

Athletes from seven local elementary schools competed in track-and-field events May 14 at the Westmont track. More than 250 students from Roosevelt, McKinley, Adams, Cleveland, Franklin, Monroe and Washington Elementary schools battled for local bragging rights, competing in about a dozen events. The annual Track and Field City Championships began two years ago under the… [Continue Reading]

Local Artists Featured in ‘Vital’ Exhibition

Bill Dewey "Sacramento Delta Patterns"

Katie Curry of Goleta won Best in Show, earning the $1,000 James A. McIntyre Memorial cash prize at the opening reception of “VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition” May 21 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Beverly Decker of Summerland won the 1st Art Council Award of $500 and Bill Dewey of Santa Barbara won 2nd… [Continue Reading]