Recent Press

Goats Hired To Protect Westmont

Westmont has hired brush-eating goats to clear defensible space around the campus, better protecting the college from future wildfires. Brush Goats 4 Hire, a Santa Barbara County company, will deliver a herd of penned goats during the week of July 27. The goats are expected to chew their way through several areas targeted by the Montecito Fire Department and will finish by the end of August. more

Construction site hit by thieves

Several construction companies were victimized between July 10 and 13. According to the Sheriff’s Department, about $18,000 worth of tools were stolen at a construction site at Westmont College in the 900 block of La Paz Road after someone broke onto the site and opened the locks on several storage containers. more

Westmont Graduates Live, Learn in Costa Rica

Four Westmont College students hoping to become teachers completed their final semester last month, six weeks after other graduating seniors picked up their diplomas at commencement. The students, liberal studies graduates Courtney Ochs, Deborah Pope, Sage Johnson and English major Heather Cochran, took part in Westmont’s Costa Rica program. more

Westmont College Selects Meraki for 802.11n WiFi Network to Cover 111-Acre Campus

Meraki, the could-based wireless networking company, has been selected by Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., for its campus-wide, indoor/outdoor 802.11n network. After careful consideration and testing, Westmont College (Westmont) chose Meraki over Enterprise WLAN providers Aruba Networks and Cisco Systems.more

C.A.: Insurer Need Not Provide Infertility Coverage

This district’s Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by a woman struggling to conceive a child challenging the limited insurance coverage for infertility treatment offered by the group health plan provided to her employer. Div. Eight held that Blue Cross of California had satisfied its statutory obligations under Health and Safety Code Sec. 1374.55 by offering to provide group coverage for infertility treatments to Deborah Yeager’s employer, which the employer declined. … Yeager was employed by Westmont College, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, and was a member of her employer’s group health plan with Blue Cross. more

Westmont history professor to serve as acting provost

Westmont College history professor Richard Pointer will serve as acting provost for two years beginning Aug. 1. He replaces Warren Rogers, a physics professor who has served in this role since January 2007. Mr. Rogers has returned to teaching and research. In his new position,, Mr. Pointer will supervise the college’s academic program, including the budget, faculty development and the curriculum, and he will serve on Westmont’s executive team, according to a news release. more

All Saints-by-the-Sea Rector Recovering After Bike Accident

The Rev. Jeff Bullock doesn’t remember much of what happened last Monday before he flew over the handle bars of his bicycle and landed on the pavement, breaking ribs and his scapula. … But Bullock’s cycling partner says he saw Bullock hit a pothole at high speeds while he was coming down Mountain Road behind Westmont College. He took a fall that landed him in the intensive care unit for two days. All sides of his body had road rash, and Bullock said the doctors had to cut him out of his clothing when he arrived at the hospital for treatment. more

Westmont College Names New Acting Provost

Westmont College history professor Richard Pointer will serve as acting provost for two years beginning Aug. 1. He replaces Warren Rogers, a physics professor who has served in this role since January 2007. Rogers is eager to return to his teaching and research. A new search for a permanent CAO will resume in the latter part of 2009-10 academic year. more

Chris Bergmann Named Head Coach of Forester Men’s Soccer Team 13-year coaching career includes four seasons as collegiate head coach

Lake Forest College Athletic Director Jackie Slaats announced Friday (July 10) that Chris Bergmann has accepted the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the College. Bergmann replaces Derek Niepomnik, who resigned on May 29. … Bergmann graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and added a master’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. Due to an injury, he did not play soccer in college but played several seasons internationally for teams in Holland, France, Sweden, Germany, and Brazil. more

POINTER TO SERVE AS ACTING PROVOST

Richard Pointer, professor of history at Westmont, will serve as acting provost for two years beginning August 1. He replaces Warren Rogers, a physics professor who has served in this role since January 2007. Rogers is eager to return to his teaching and research, so the college asked Pointer to serve. A new search for a permanent CAO will resume in the latter part of 2009-2010 academic year. more

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