Westmont Receives $1.5 M for Science

The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and others have committed $1.5 million to Westmont toward the creation of the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker Foundation Chair in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding faculty member in biology, chemistry, computer science,… [Continue Reading]

College Gets Large Donation of Art Books

Dr. Earl Rosenthal, a professor emeritus of the history of art at the University of Chicago who died last year, donated more than 250 books to Westmont, some to be kept in the college’s rare book collection. Susan Savage, chair of Westmont’s art department, befriended Rosenthal during his retirement years in Santa Barbara. She says… [Continue Reading]

Grants Fund Research on Faith, Science

Westmont biology professor Jeffrey Schloss has been awarded two grants to research complex issues related to science and faith. Westmont is one of 20 institutions awarded a $20,000 Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series (STARS) grant. Schloss will study the effects of religious worship on the human bonding hormone, oxytocin. The grant from the Center… [Continue Reading]

Successful Student Auction Raises $5,000

Westmont students organized a silent auction that raised more than $5,000 for after-school programs for low-income Santa Barbara youngsters. The money from Auction for Eastside Alternatives goes to the Montecito family YMCA, whose territory includes the Lower Eastside. Specifically, the money is expected to fund scholarships for 15 kids to attend a sports skills camp… [Continue Reading]

Student-Run Auction Benefits Neighborhood

  More than 30 students in a Westmont marketing class have organized an auction to raise funds for after-school programs for low-income Santa Barbara youngsters. Auction for Eastside Alternatives will feature vacation packages, golf outings, artwork, gift certificates and holiday gift ideas and much more on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7 p.m. at Chase Palm… [Continue Reading]

College lands $1.5M for Social Sciences

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Westmont $1 million toward the creation of the college’s first endowed chair in the social sciences. The grant is being matched with a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor to fully endow the chair. The Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences at Westmont will honor the work… [Continue Reading]

Computer Science Awarded $287,500 Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Westmont professors Kim P. Kihlstrom and Wayne Iba a $287,500 grant for their project Connection-Oriented Computer Science Education. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 each year to students majoring in computer science who demonstrate financial need and academic promise. The project aims to increase the number of… [Continue Reading]

Director Focuses on Sports Development

Montecito native and former professional tennis player Alex Nizet will oversee efforts to raise funds, resources and community support for Westmont athletics. Nizet, who recently earned his master’s degree at Yale University Divinity School, joins the college as director of athletic development. Nizet was a touring professional on the ATP Tour from 1989 through 1993…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Receives Large Gift from Neighbors

College’s Closest Neighbor Focuses Gift on Scholarships, Arts Montecito neighbors Harold and Annette Simmons have surprised Westmont College with a $1 million gift. Half the gift has been designated for student scholarships. The remainder will go toward funding an endowed chair in art that will bolster the program of the soon to be constructed visual… [Continue Reading]

Scholarship Honors Long-Time Educators

Westmont has created a scholarship honoring husband and wife Drs. Gayle and Ruth Tucker who have taught in the college’s education department for 31 years. Jenny Deetz, the first recipient of the Tucker Scholarship, graduated this month with her teaching credential. More than two dozen local teachers attended a recent reception at Westmont recognizing Westmont’s… [Continue Reading]