Family Service Agency has announced Tricia Thorsell Price, former superintendent of Cold Spring School District, has joined its board of directors. … Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Price earned her bachelor of arts and multiple subject teaching credential at Westmont College. She completed her masters degree in education administration at California State Channel Islands and her Ed.D. at Fielding University. more
The Hancock College board of trustees on Tuesday received a report on the state of their emergency response protocols and update on the consideration of a bond measure for the November 2018 election. … With the Thomas fire and 1/9 Debris Flow still at the forefront of the county’s collective consciousness, Underwood said she reached out to faculty and staff at Westmont College — who were not only affected by the fire and mudslides but, also, successfully addressed and mitigated impacts from the Tea fire in 2008 — for advice. “This last graduating class from Westmont College was evacuated five times,” she said. “[They] have all types of experience dealing with this.” more
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