Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Students Win Debate

Westmont sophomore Riley Svikhart narrowly beat first-year student Michael Deiana in the final debate of the 17th Annual Tournament of Expressions Feb. 28. Svikhart successfully argued that physician assisted suicide should not be made legal in California. Both finalists, who made it through several rounds of the contest that started in January, found out about the debate topic only minutes before the final competition. “The contest emphasizes mental agility as well as critical thinking and public speaking skills,” says Deborah Dunn, Westmont professor of communication studies. more


Carrie Birmingham, associate professor of teacher education at Pepperdine University, will explore symbols, patterns and allegories in the Harry Potter series that reflect the essence of the Christian story on Wednesday, March 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The talk, “Harry Potter and the Baptism of the Imagination,” is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Heather Bergthold at (805) 565-6165 or more

Lynn Alice Smith

Lynn Alice Smith. Born in Walnut Creek, California on June 3, 1957 – Left this Earth on January 28, 2013 at 4:55 am.  Lynn was born to Harvey and Beverly Smith, in Walnut Creek, California, on June 3, 1957. She grew up on her families ranch in Antioch, California. She graduated from Westmont College, Montecito, CA, in 1980, with a Bachelors Degree in Business & Economics. more

The Campbell Ranch

What do a wealthy Englishman, an American heiress, a Goleta ranch, Oak Park’s dance floor, a landing spot during the Prohibition, Charlie Chaplin, the future king of England, dashed dreams and a noted female “architect” have in common? The Campbell Ranch. … Some of the most modern monuments on the property include several plaques and markers from the days the property served the students of the Devereux Ranch School. The campus, which was an extension of the Eastern foundation, came into being after outgrowing the original California campus on La Paz Rd. (now the home of Westmont College). more

Isaac Volunteers Deployed

Five women of the Central Coast are on their way to east to help with the relief efforts for Tropical Storm Isaac. Eleanor Guzik and Kelly Whitaker of Ventura, Leah Heher of Santa Barbara, and Aimee Menkins and Loren Leidinger-Avila of San Luis Obispo will be taking up to two weeks to help prepare for the storm and assist in the aftermath. Ms. Heher is a newer Red Cross volunteer. As the Risk Assistant, Office of Risk Management for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, she is passionate about disaster relief. more

Students Lauded for Servant Leadership

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The 12th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards are given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward next year’s school expenses. more


Alex Moore, who joined the Westmont faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of kinesiology, died today, May 9, from complications following surgery. Moore was 31. His wife, Kirsten, survives him; the couple met at Westmont in 2005 when she became the college’s head women’s basketball coach. They got married in 2008, and their first child is due in July. “The Westmont community has been devastated by the news, and we lift our thoughts and prayers for Alex, Kirsten and their families,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. more

MFD Responds to Trailer Fire

The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a report of a trailer fire at 315 E. Mountain Drive at 10:53 p.m. The call was reported by a neighbor utilizing 9-1-1. … Although Montecito Fire did not initiate any evacuations for this incident, Westmont College chose to initiate their own evacuation of students to their gym at approximately 11:07 p.m. more

5X5: An Invitational

Small-scale creations from artists across the country will be featured in “5X5: An Invitational” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. A public reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m., kicks-off an online auction of the artwork (×5) with proceeds benefitting the museum. more

Westmont Venture to Istanbul

Alumna Heather Keaney ’93 is back in Santa Barbara as assistant professor of history at Westmont, but in January she and husband, Jim Wright, venture back to the Middle East to co-lead Westmont in Istanbul. Keaney has spent the past 11 years living and teaching in Cairo at the American University in Cairo and at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ (CCCU’s) Middle East Studies Program (MESP). more

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