Recent Press

Singer from Isla Vista Worship glorifies God with ‘rough cut’ EP

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 hopes third run for Congress is the charm

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 end a stressful semester with furry friends

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

$2 Million Gift to Westmont Targets Student Success

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

Prep notebook: Brandon Eyre, Ashley Zhu win GVC district golf titles

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

South Coast College Gets $2 Million Dollar Grant

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 Insider: Mustangs win six titles at GSAC Championships

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

TMU’s Trio of Titles Highlight Day 1 of GSAC Championship

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

Faith based groups say new conversion therapy bill threatens free speech, religious freedom

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 NewsPress that they will need more time to read and understand the bill to determine if it might apply to the college. more

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