6-Year-Old Donates to Westmont Campaign

6-year-old Liam Hess greets President Gayle D. Beebe after making an historic donation

Liam Hess has become the youngest donor in Westmont College history. The 6-year-old emptied $15.05 from his truck bank for the college’s Bright Hope for Tomorrow Campaign, which provides funds for new facilities on campus. Liam’s parents both work at Westmont. Kevin ’98 is senior director of information technology and Elizabeth ’98 is an English… [Continue Reading]

Library Displays Gifts from Ridley-Tree

"An Art Connoisseur's Library: Gifts from Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree"

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, a well-known Santa Barbara businesswoman, art connoisseur and philanthropist, has donated her extensive art library to Westmont, which totals more than 750 books. Several of the volumes, mostly covering 19th and 20th century art, are being shown in Voskuyl Library. “An Art Connoisseur’s Library: Gifts from Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree” is on display… [Continue Reading]

Pledge Creates Institute for Christianity, Culture

Westmont Trustee Patty Martin

Trustee Patty Martin and her husband, Eff, have made a significant pledge to Westmont to establish the Martin Family Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation. President Gayle D. Beebe announced the gift at the college’s board of trustee meeting Oct. 25. “The purpose of the Willard Center is… [Continue Reading]

College Neighbor Gives $1M to Bright Hope

Montecito neighbors Harold and Annette Simmons, whose primary residence is in Dallas, Texas, have given $1 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow, Westmont’s campaign that provides funding for Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, athletic fields, a new observatory and improvements required under the master plan. “Westmont is a… [Continue Reading]

Disc Golfers Take Aim at Benefit Tourney

Local disc golfers will join traditional golfers Monday, Oct. 4, at Montecito Country Club for the third annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament, which benefits the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Westmont. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m., following a light lunch at noon. Hors d’ oeuvres will be served at 6… [Continue Reading]

Ridley-Tree Gives $5M to College Campaign

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who has been deeply involved in the Santa Barbara community for more than two decades, has pledged $5 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow: The Campaign for Westmont. The college made the announcement at its campaign kick-off dinner April 10 at the Santa Barbara Biltmore, beginning a nationwide tour to raise $40… [Continue Reading]

Annual Tourney Raises Money for Memorial Endowment

Local stick and disc golfers come together for a golf tournament at Montecito Country Club Thursday, Oct. 15, benefitting a scholarship at Westmont. The first annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament raised more than $10,000 last year for the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Westmont. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m., following… [Continue Reading]

Johnson Speaks at Westmont Athletics Fundraiser

To view these pictures you must install Adobe Flash Player More than 200 people enjoyed an inspirational evening with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson May 31 at the Westmont Athletics Presidential Scholarship-Challenge dinner. The former NBA All-Star told stories from his youth and from his days as a professional basketball player, encouraging the audience to serve… [Continue Reading]

Spring Sing Reaches Out

This year, more than ever, we are delighted to be hosting Spring Sing 2009 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl on Saturday, April 4, at 6:30 pm. I say “This year more than ever” because many of us only know of Spring Sing as a mysterious and distracting tradition that doubles as a dominating preoccupation… [Continue Reading]

Film Festival Benefits Westmont Fire Victims

The 24th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival has designated the Westmont College Wildfire Relief Fund as the beneficiary of donations at the festival’s Third Weekend. In keeping with SBIFF’s commitment to the local community through film, these three days, Feb. 6-9, offer exceptional programming to local residents free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis… [Continue Reading]