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Westmont College swept the Golden State Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week Awards. Sophomore middle blocker Libby Dahlberg was voted Attacker of the Week, sophomore Amy Buffham was tabbed as Setter of the Week, and senior libero Kami Troesh earned Defender of the Week honors. more

17 international students get ready for Westmont

Around 400 new students are set to start Westmont College next Monday. Some are locals transferring from high school or other colleges, some are coming from elsewhere in the state and in the country.

And for a group of 17 international students, they are coming from as far away as China and Rwanda to study at this well known and highly regarded Christian College. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Westmont posts shutout in opener

The No. 7-ranked Westmont women’s soccer program opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Marymount, giving first-year coach Chantel Cappuccilli her first win as boss. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors take two in first round

The 16th-ranked Westmont women’s volleyball team opened its 2016 campaign with a pair of sweeps at the Biola Summer Slam, held in La Mirada. Westmont (2-0) opened with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 victory over No. 8 Eastern Oregon in the morning, then scored a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Great Falls (Mont.). more


Donors fund $1M research grant

Westmont College raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing $1 million to the chemistry department’s summer research program.

The endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members to conduct full-time research during summer months, Scott Craig, college spokesman, said in a press release. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Court’s in Session Westmont to open volleyball season today with No. 16 ranking

Westmont College will swing into the 2016 fall sports season today when the Warriors’ nationally ranked women’s volleyball team opens play at the Biola Summer Slam in La Mirada. Westmont was ranked No. 16 in this week’s NAIA preseason national poll, which was second-highest among all Golden State Athletic Conference schools. Vanguard came in at No. 9. more

Obit: William C. Alexander

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord June 30, 2016.

Bill was born on October 20, 1920 in Mooresville, North Carolina to Nancy Belle Brown and Phi Alexander. He had two younger brothers, Phi Jr., and Felix. As a boy, his mother died tragically in an accidental death, and his father later married his beloved stepmother Myrtle. … He served on the boards of the Samarkand Retirement Community (where he was a founder and board chair for 17 years,) Santa Barbara Community College, Westmont College, Valle Verde Retirement community, the Rescue Mission, Channel City Club, Santa Barbara Club, Memorial Rehabilitation Foundation, Las Positas Park, and the long range planning committee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. more


Westmont College, fresh off a pair of Fab Four finishes in the last four NAIA National Women’s Basketball Tournaments, look a big step to more success by signing three high school standouts: Ellie Sears of Jesuit High from Portland, Ore.; Maud Ranger of Anaheim’s Fairmont Prep, and Joy Krupa of Montclair’s South Hills High.

“This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships,” Warriors coach Kirsten Moore said. more


Westmont College women’s soccer coach Chantel Cappuccilli announced that she has recruited eight new players to help replace the six that graduated from last year’s squad.

They are: Sarah Newton from Anchorage, Alaska; Kira Nemeth from San Clemente; Brooke Porter from San Bernardino; Avalon Albright from Edmonds, Wash.; Katelyn Merrell from Tustin; Madeleine Berthoud from Rowley, Mass.; Haley Johnson from Fullerton, and Isabelle Esber from Columbus, Ohio. more

Sounds of the Scene: GOING FOURTH IN SONG

In between the conventional celebration events on July 4th, the State Street parade and the fireworks by West Beach by night, the West Coast Symphony settles into the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens for a festive, free-to-the-public concert. Conducted by longtime maestro Christopher Story VI and Westmont music department’s Michael Shasberger, the orchestra will serve up a platter of music by John Philip Sousa, Morton Gould and Broadway chestnuts, with special guest artist Steve “America’s tenor” Amerson at the microphone. more

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