Recent Press

Darwin Week

This Sunday kicks off the S.B. Museum of Natural History’s (2559 Puesta del Sol) special Darwin Week celebration—a series of fun and educational events to celebrate the 200th birthday of the legendary naturalist, as well as the 150th anniversary of his groundbreaking book, The Origin of Species. Tuesday, February 10, at 7 p.m.: Teaching Evolution in the 21st Century: Forum on science in modern education with biologists from UCSB, SBCC, and Westmont College. more

College Buys Fire Pumper Truck

Truck Westmont has purchased a 350-gallon water-pumper truck to better protect the college’s shelter-in-place program in the event of another wildfire. Westmont is still completing an after-action report following November’s Tea Fire, but campus emergency officials say they immediately saw a need to enhance the college’s fire-suppression ability. more

Westmont purchases water-pumper truck

When flames roared down the hillside and across the Westmont College campus in mid-November, eucalyptus trees lit up like kindling and cut off dozens of faculty, staff and neighbors from the safety of Murchison Gym. And while Westmont officials certainly aren’t hoping for a repeat of the Tea Fire, they have already started preparing for one with the purchase of a 350-gallon water truck. more

Westmont primes its pump : College gets truck, officials say it can't replace firefighters

Following up on lessons learned from the Tea Fire, Westmont College purchased a 350-gallon, water-pumping pickup truck to fortify campus fire defenses, officials announced Tuesday. The Dodge truck is equipped with a large hose and infrared camera, and Westmont officials say they were able to get it for $28,000 — $72,000 below its value, according to the school. more

Local College Gets New Fire Truck

In response to November’s devastating Tea Fire, Westmont College has added a new firefighting tool. The Montecito College bought a 350-gallon water-pumper truck in the event of another wildfire. more

Westmont buys a pumper truck

As part of its Tea Fire after-action plan, Westmont College has purchased a 350-gallon water-pumper truck. “We’re not planning on being a firefighting force and will not be involved in battling structural fires,” says Troy Harris, director of risk management. “But the Tea Fire showed us that we need to have the ability to deliver water from a safe distance. Our ambitions are understandably narrow.” more

Out & About : Rehfeld joins Westmont board

Joe Rehfeld has joined the Westmont College board of trustees. Mr. Rehfeld is a general partner of Noble Investments, an investment management business. He worked in product management at Microsoft in the 1980s and turned to corporate mergers and acquisitions in the 1990s. more

Big week ahead in high school basketball

It’s an exciting week for high school basketball fans, with lots of rivalry games and battles for first place in league. It starts Wednesday, with No. 12-ranked Sonora playing at La Habra in the Freeway League, with high scoring Jordan Sachs of La Habra trying to help his team pull off the upset. Sachs, headed to Westmont College, is averaging 28.0 points a game. Also on Wednesday, Taft plays at Cleveland in the City Section, Loyola is at Crespi, Long Beach Poly is at Long Beach Jordan and Capistrano Valley is at Tesoro. more

Starving Student Specials

Members of the Westmont College Choir and Westmont Orchestra will perform the musical The Secret Garden at First United Methodist Church (305 E. Anapamu St.) on Friday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, January 31, at 6 p.m. $10. more

Poetry Matters: Upcoming Poetry Events

The annual Remembering William Stafford Reading on Saturday, January 31 from 2-3 p.m., features Lois Klein and Phil Taggart. The reading is held at the First Crossing Day-Use Area, Paradise Road, Los Padres National Forest. more

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