U.S Open Champ Tees Off for New Teams

Professional golfer Steve Jones, winner of the 1996 U.S. Open, and president Gayle D. Beebe

Steve Jones, winner of eight PGA Tour events, including the 1996 U.S. Open, spoke as the special guest Sept. 4 at the home of a Westmont alumnus and friend of the college. The event, which followed a round of golf with Jones at the Valley Club, benefited Westmont’s new men’s and women’s golf teams that… [Continue Reading]

Grants Launch New Sports at Westmont

The family celebrated the graduation of Megan Shagren in May.

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Washington, has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Stefanic Signs with Angels

Michael Stefanic, who holds three Westmont baseball records, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Warrior with the most career hits (275) and career runs (157) has reported to the Angels Arizona Rookie League team in Tempe. His 50 doubles set a new career Warrior record, and his career .363… [Continue Reading]

Goggles, Golf Clubs Coming to Westmont

Westmont will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, bolstering an already successful collegiate athletic program. The college earned sixth place in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors Cup final standings, the best finish in its 80-year history. The cup measures overall success by awarding points to each sport… [Continue Reading]

Superhero AD Conquers another 100-Miler

Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director, conquered the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, a race few could imagine doing or completing. “This is the World Series of 100-milers,” the 51-year old Odell says of the June 23 race that follows a trail from Squaw Valley, winds through rivers and reaches elevations of 8,700 feet to Auburn,… [Continue Reading]

Disc/Stick Golf Tourney Celebrates 10th Year

Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the 10th annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment… [Continue Reading]

Commencement Honors Courageous Class of 2018

About 328 students received diplomas at Westmont Commencement on May 5, but none with more courage than Connor McManigal, who was seriously injured, but survived the Jan. 9 mudslide in Montecito. “He was literally swept out of his home and swept more than a mile downstream and ended up on the 101,” President Gayle D…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Magazine to Arrive in Mailboxes

Look for the spring 2018 Westmont magazine, which has been printed and is being mailed out in the coming days. Our magazine cover and feature story “Stronger Together” reflect the campaign of the same name for recovery efforts by Santa Barbara and Montecito after the devastating debris flow in January. In April, NBC’s “Dateline” segment… [Continue Reading]

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]

Westmont in Top 100 for Ninth Straight Year

Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report for the ninth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2018 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 96 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-6th), Claremont… [Continue Reading]