Planning Commission OKs Leadership Center


The Montecito Planning Commission (MPC) unanimously approved Westmont College’s designs for a new residential facility and determined that the design is consistent with the college’s Master Plan on July 15. Part of the new Westmont Institute for Global Learning and Leadership, the Leadership Center will house students participating in leadership programs and some of the… [Continue Reading]

Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Westmonster Champion Nic Swider

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. Swider, an incoming sophomore at Westmont, graduated… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Zoom in on Rings of Saturn

The Westmont Observatory

Saturn will be the star of the show at this month’s free public viewing on Friday, July 17, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The gas giant will reach its highest point in the sky about 9 p.m. when the Cassini Division, the dark gap between the A and… [Continue Reading]

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

Joann Klonowski, Special Olympics World Games, Vice President of Host Town

Savannah Barclay, Special Olympics Southern California Global Messenger

Mayor Helene Schneider

President Gayle D. Beebe, President, Westmont College

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and… [Continue Reading]

Racers Seek to Tame the Westmonster 5K

Bobby Olivera jumped out to an early lead at the 2014 Westmonster

The sixth annual Westmonster, dubbed Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race, returns to the scenic Westmont campus Friday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m. The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. High school and… [Continue Reading]

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

John Moore with daughters Jacqueline and Jessie in 2007

Westmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Unique Program Offers Taste of College

Dr. Chris Hoeckley teaching Summer Scholars 2014

Twenty high school seniors and incoming first-year Westmont students will begin experiencing college life at Westmont June 22-July 10 while earning college credits. In its fifth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence… [Continue Reading]

3 Planets, a Crescent Moon at Star Party


Jupiter, Venus and a small crescent moon come into alignment this month, but it may be views of Saturn that steal the show at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, June 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Jupiter and Venus and the moon form a skewed… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, Pepperdine Launch New Partnership

The Hutton Parker Foundation Building in downtown Santa Barbara

Westmont College and Pepperdine University today announced an agreement to offer a new program in shared space in downtown Santa Barbara.  Beginning in fall 2015, Westmont Downtown, a new center in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building in Santa Barbara, will host a Santa Barbara-based, two-year, part-time MBA program through the nationally ranked Pepperdine University Graziadio… [Continue Reading]

Veterans Find Aid, Faith at Westmont

Patrick Burree

Two military veterans, who received financial assistance through the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI), have completed their first semesters at Westmont. Juniors Patrick Burree, 26, and Bradley Mora, 32, had very different military experiences, but both have appreciated Westmont’s rigorous academics rooted in Christ. Mora, an Army veteran who hopes to pursue a career as… [Continue Reading]