Recent Press

Reaching for the stars; Musketeers, with new head coach, chase big goals

Chris Dehner entered his first season as head coach of Moorpark High girls’ volleyball team with lofty goals. … “We’ve been working really hard,” said senior captain Mia Medina, a setter and second-year captain. … Medina, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who maintained a 4.1 GPA as a junior, aspires to become a physician’s assistant or physical therapist. She’s considering attending Cal Lutheran, Westmont College or the University of San Diego. more

77-year-old Ojai man is out every day chasing his dreams

(Steeplechase athlete Everett “Doc” Murdock clears a barrier during a track meet at Westmont College in Montecito in 2017.) 

Everett “Doc” Murdock, of Meiners Oaks, is setting a pace runners half his age can only dream of.
Nearly every afternoon, the 77-year-old college professor runs as fast as he can, uphill on Lomita Avenue, as part of his training regimen.
He’s preparing for the steeplechase competition at the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships in Málaga, Spain. more

Strong home debut for Westmont College Volleyball

After winning six of their first seven matches of the year away from campus, the Westmont College women’s volleyball team cruised in their 2018 home opener. Watch the Video

Easy win for Westmont College volleyball

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Make State Street Unique

Thank you so much for your honest coverage of what’s happening. I’m not local, but I love Santa Barbara and graduated from Westmont College. Been visiting as a “tourist” since I was 5 years old, over 60 years, when my grandmother would take me on the train. more

Mary Blanton: A gifted El Morro teacher pays it forward and back

Eight years ago, my son, a student at El Morro Elementary School since kindergarten, showed up for his 3rd grade year. His teacher, a woman named Mary Blanton. The sign on her door read “Club 54.” I had no idea then, but figured it out pretty quickly, that he was going to have one of the best scholastic years of his life. … Blanton tells me of how she spent this past New Year’s Eve. The Blantons – all of them – and two other families, made the trek to Westmont to spend the night with Noah. “He’s in college…I’m sure he had a lot of other things he could have been doing,” says Blanton, laughing. more

Know Your Rights: T-U Features Writer, Matt Soergel

The sun has not quite appeared in full as I climb the hill near Hanna Park’s beachfront Dolphin Plaza and catch my first glimpse of the horizon. It’s a windless morning and the only activity interrupting an otherwise placid Atlantic Ocean is a solo seafarer, paddling south and facing east from atop a stand-up paddle board. The SUP’er is Florida Times-Union features writer, Matt Soergel, for whom I’ve risen at this ungodly hour to share a surf session with. … While earning an English degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara—a stone’s throw from Hammond’s Reef—Soergel was engrossed in the local surf culture, adapting many of the area’s esoteric style markers (black wetsuits, white surfboards). more



Beloved Santa Barbara artist Tony Askew, Westmont professor emeritus, offers a retrospective of new and old creations in an exhibition Aug. 30-Nov. 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening exhibition for “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew” is Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. more

New students flock to Westmont College orientation to open school year

It was a first day of smiles and sunshine for incoming Westmont College first-year students at the school’s orientation and move-in day Thursday.

“Everyone here is just so nice,” said Jennifer Huang, a first-year student from Brazil. “[Everyone here] welcomed us in.” more

Westmont welcomes diverse class

Westmont College welcomes one of its most racially diverse classes for orientation today.

According to a college news release, the 420 first year students hail from eight countries and 31 states. Nearly 18 percent identify as first generation college students and 37 percent identify as Hispanic, Asian, Black, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed-race. more

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