When called to professional music ministry, Jasmine Guerrero was apprehensive. “I am a pretty anxious person,” she admitted. She was plagued with “so many questions and doubts, seasons of trust and HUGE steps of faith.” … It wasn’t until she enrolled in Westmont College, a Christian institution of higher learning in Santa Barbara, that she began to thrive in academics, she says. She loved the communications major. more
Matt McCall says he was always interested in current events. He grew up reading The Wall Street Journal and watching the evening news. “I think it’s just in people’s nature,” he told the American-Statesman. “It was a matter of being interested in the world around me.” … Matt McCall, 54, owns and operates a company that supplies surgical products to U.S. military hospitals overseas. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, Calif. more
Westmont College celebrates commencement following Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides 328 students graduated on Saturday
The class of 2018 graduated from Westmont College on Saturday despite tragedies that marked their senior year.
Students evacuated at least 5 times during the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides that almost took the life of one of their own.
The ceremony took place on Carr Field. more
Westmont students were treated to some de-stress activities on campus Wednesday, including a visit from therapy dogs.
It’s all in an effort to help students cope with finals and bring some positivity after a tough semester filled with evacuations from the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide. more
Westmont has received $2 million toward a Center for Student Success from an anonymous donor with close ties to the college.
A presidential initiative establishes the new center, which will coordinate all facets of the college experience to supercharge student success on campus and after graduation. more
Mid-Valley athletes make college selections
April was a busy month for Mid-Valley High School athletes signing letters of intent to continue pursuing their sports in college. … Silverton: Spencer Clements and Kobe Garcia (football, George Fox), Colton Meyer (football, Linfield), Cade Roth (men’s basketball, Westmont College), Brooke McCarty (women’s basketball, Linfield) and Will Wright (track and field, Westmont).
Cascade: Damian Ball (men’s basketball, Corban).
Central: Krista Omlid (volleyball, Western Oregon).
Salem Academy: Sydney Brown (women’s basketball, Westmont) more
A South Coast university has received a two million dollar grant to beef up the success rate for students.
The money will be used for Westmont College’s new Center for Student Success. The center will help students with support inside and outside of the classroom. more
TMU freshman Seanna Nalbandyan was shocked when she noticed Westmont College’s Emily Parks in her periphery as the runners reached the final barrier in the 400-meter hurdles last week.
“I didn’t hear her coming up through the race,” said Nalbandyan, a Canyon High graduate. “When I saw her, it kind of shocked me. But I was like, ‘I worked too hard this season to get second.’” more
As one lap turned into three and three to five, it became clear that a Mustang was going to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championship. It was just a question of which one. … TMU’s Tim Gutierrez runs his leg of the 4×800 relay Thursday at Westmont College. more
Proponents of a new conversion therapy bill that passed in the California Assembly earlier this month say that, if signed into law, will add the practice to the state list of what’s considered consumer fraud. … It’s not clear how it would affect religious institutions. Scott Craig, the manager for media relations at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, told the News–Press that they will need more time to read and understand the bill to determine if it might apply to the college. more