Santa Barbara’s EdHat

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

Alex Moore Joins Westmont Faculty

Alex Moore, who joins the Westmont faculty this fall as assistant professor of kinesiology, is no stranger to the college. Moore, a Wheaton College alumnus, was an adjunct instructor at Westmont for both the kinesiology and biology departments from 2004-06. He taught a wide range of classes, including anatomy, tennis, physiology, biochemistry lab and Fit for Life, a freshman wellness class. more

Kristi Lazar Returns to Westmont

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. “Being a part of this community is special,” she says. “I felt blessed to have four years here to devote my time to learning and growing as a person. My professors encouraged me every day.” more

New Volleyball Coach at Westmont

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Patti Cook has been named the Westmont Volleyball Head Coach, effective immediately. Cook, a three-time NAIA All-American, graduated from Westmont in 2004. more

Jackson Joins Westmont Foundation Board

Susan Jackson, a long-time volunteer in the Santa Barbara community, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between the college and the community. Jackson is married to Palmer Jackson Jr., chief operating officer for Cogi, a technology start-up he co-founded in 2007. more

Westmont Students Arrive This Week

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for the 335 first-year students representing the class of 2015 and 65 transfer students. The first day of classes for all students is Monday, Aug. 29. more

Public Viewing with SB Astronomical Unit

Last night the Westmont Observatory opened to the public and a steady stream of people patiently waited to view the skies! Robert Bernstein photos. more

Westmont Awards Students

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. The recipients were selected from over 50 nominations submitted by faculty, staff and students. Each recipient receives $1,000 towards next year’s school expenses. more

Westmont Construction

By mid-July, strains of music will replace the sounds of construction at the historic Art Center, which has been transformed into Westmont’s new music building. The center, which housed Reynolds Gallery, will be a hub for Westmont’s burgeoning music department. The art department moved to Adams Center for the Visual Arts last fall, freeing up the two-story structure to provide office and practice space for the music department’s five full-time professors and 26 adjunct instructors. Various gifts to the college are funding the project as part of the Bright Hope for Tomorrow campaign. more

Westmont Names Dean of Admission

Silvio Vazquez, a consultant in enrollment management and former vice president for enrollment at Gordon College, is the new Westmont dean of admission. Vazquez served at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., for two decades in various roles before consulting for Scannell & Kurz of Pittsford, N.Y. more

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