Historical Feature Archive:

How Westmont Got Its Name

Published: Fall 2011
How Westmont Got Its Name

The celebration of Westmont’s 75th anniversary in 2012 offers a timely opportunity to consider the college’s history and the origin of its name. Who coined “Westmont” and why? The vision for the institution began with Ruth Kerr, an unusual... Read More

FDNY

Published: Summer 2011
FDNY

By Paul Willis, Professor of English and Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And did they climb those stairs? They did. Oh yes, they did. Oh yes, they did.... Read More

A New Life for an Old Building

Published: Summer 2011
A New Life for an Old Building

Originally built in 1912-1914 to house students, Westmont’s music building served as the Junior Dormitory of the Deane School for Boys until the school closed in 1934. Headmaster Hewitt Reynolds owned the campus and later leased the Junior Dormitory... Read More

Classes of 1960 and 2010 Share a Celebration

Published: Spring 2010
The Class of 1960

Despite the distance of 50 years, the classes of 1960 and 2010 marched together at Commencement in May. The Golden Warriors (above) returned to campus toward the end of their careers; the graduating seniors were just embarking on theirs.... Read More

Telescopes Put a Focus on the Sciences

Published: Winter 2010
Keck Telescope

For more than 50 years, Westmont has provided a window into the heavens through its exceptional telescopes and astronomy program. The powerful Keck Telescope has replaced older instruments, and the campus boasts a beautiful new observatory. Today, Westmont is... Read More

A Scientific Breakthrough at Westmont

Published: Fall 2009
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For nearly 50 years, the natural science departments at Westmont suffered the most from inadequate facilities. The chemistry department used a remodeled garage, and the biology department took over a lathe garden house, later enlarged with more lab space.... Read More

A Modified History of an Old Garage

Published: Summer 2009
A Modified History of an Old Garage

When Westmont purchased its Santa Barbara campus in 1945, the former estate included some smaller buildings as well as the stately mansion that became Kerrwood Hall. One of these, a four-car garage, served as the home of the chemistry... Read More

Burning Bauder Hall into Memory

Published: Spring 2009
Burning Bauder Hall into Memory

For nearly 80 years, Bauder Hall brought a bit of Normandy to La Paz Road. Built in 1929 in a medieval style reminiscent of the French countryside, it served as a carriage house for the 17-acre La Paz estate.... Read More

‘Temporary’ Huts Take Root in History

Published: Winter 2009
‘Temporary’ Huts Take Root in History

Just weeks before their planned demolition, the last two Quonset huts on campus perished in the Tea Fire. Their absence is bittersweet. They make way for much finer facilities and a new road, but their long history on campus... Read More

The Year of the Warrior

Published: Summer 2008

by Jerry Gill ’56 Until 1955 the Warriors weren’t competitive in the few sports they played: men’s basketball and men’s track and field. Thanks to a few outstanding players, the basketball teams managed to break even. But the lack... Read More