Annual Reading to Honor Poet Stafford

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts the 12th annual community poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos… [Continue Reading]

Students Hope to Serve Local Community

Hundreds of Westmont students returned to campus Jan. 16 after being evacuated following the deadly Montecito mudslides to resume the spring semester. Before classes began the following day, the community gathered in the gym for a time of music, prayer and inspiration. The Westmont students, most of whom were evacuated from campus at the end… [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]

Montecito Flood Q&A

How is Westmont? Westmont is fine. The rain has ended this week and we are expecting beautiful weather through next week. We sustained practically no damage from the rain with no flooding or mudslides on campus. But we have no water, which affects food preparation and sanitation, so we have canceled classes through Friday and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Honors Heroes at Gratitude Chapel

President Beebe thanks Lt. Brian Olmstead and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department for their service during the Thomas Fire

Westmont began spring semester as scheduled on Jan. 8, while preparing campus for rain late that afternoon and the following day. The college was not in Santa Barbara County’s evacuation zone that included many areas below the Thomas Fire burn scar, but public safety officers kept a 24-hour watch for flooding. In the first chapel… [Continue Reading]

Museum Delays Reception for 5×5 Exhibit

Large crowds flocked to the 5x5 exhibition in 2014

Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The online auction will begin Thursday, Jan. 11, at westmontmuseum.org and last until Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. However, due to the destruction in the local community… [Continue Reading]

#WestmontSaidYES Apply Now

Make a new beginning in a new year. January continues our season for admitting new Westmont Warriors for fall 2018. Hundreds of hopeful high school students have been receiving their Westmont admittance packages. You still have time to apply to meet our next priority deadline of  February 15. Apply Now! Here are a few social media… [Continue Reading]

Gen. Hayden to Speak at Westmont Breakfast

Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on cybersecurity and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will speak at the 13th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday,… [Continue Reading]

Neither Rain, nor Thomas Fire: Westmont Mail Delivers

Vice Presidents Chris Call and Doug Jones

Two Westmont vice presidents and several other college employees retrieved and loaded up more than 550 packages from the Westmont Post Office ahead of a mandatory evacuation due to the massive Thomas Fire. Some of the packages included important medications and a particulate mask. When the college evacuated Dec. 10, Joanne Gish, assistant director of… [Continue Reading]

Important Information from Student Life

Students pray at Murchison Gym ahead of the campus evacuation (photo by Edee Schulze)

Information Regarding Access to Residence Halls after the Thomas Fire Overview and Updates Maintenance workers are now replacing vents and cleaning common areas to make the residence halls healthy and ready for students in time to start spring semester classes on January 8. All residence halls are closed and student access cards have been deactivated…. [Continue Reading]