Recent Press

Brush fire erupts in hills near Santa Barbara

A brush fire roared into the hills of Montecito Thursday night, burning an estimated 60 homes within three hours after it was first reported at 5:45 p.m. The fire also spread to the campus of Westmont College, forcing students and staff to take refuge inside a gymnasium, reported to be fire resistant. At least one building on the campus burned down Thursday night. more

Calif. wildfire torches more than 100 homes, injures more than a dozen

Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Bill Brown, who flew over the burn area early today, said the Mount Calvary Benedictine monastery appeared to be completely destroyed and that he counted more than 80 homes burned to the ground, many in the winding streets around Westmont College. more

Sterling College names its 11th president

The Sterling College board of trustees has named Dr. Paul J. Maurer of Springfield, Ill., as the school’s new president, effective Feb. 2. Prior to his work at Trinity, Maurer was at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he directed a successful $57 million capital campaign. more

Westmont Rakes in $1.5 Million Donation

Westmont College has received $1.5 million from the T.B. Walker Foundation and others to support the development of a new chair in natural and behavioral sciences. “The T.B. Walker Foundation Chair in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding faculty member in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics or psychology,” explained Westmont spokesperson Scott Craig in a press release. more

Santa Barbara Scene: Donald Davis.

Artist Donald Davis invites you to view his sculpture garden at Westmont College. more

NEWS-PRESS HOLIDAY FUND : Jenkins honored for work in alcohol, drug abuse

Penny Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for 23 years, knows the effects of drinking all too well. “We deal with some 30,000 people county-wide each year,” says Ms. Jenkins, who has won innumerable awards, including Santa Barbara’s Woman of the Year and the 1999 Westmont Medal for her leadership. “Much of it is tied to gangs and the economy.” more

Westmont College Receives $1.5 Million to Endow Chair in Science

The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and others have committed $1.5 million to Westmont College toward the creation of the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker Foundation Chair in the Natural & Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding faculty member in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering/physics, mathematics or psychology. more

IN BRIEF : Foundation, others give Westmont $1.5M

Westmont College will receive $1.5 million in grants for the school’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences from the T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and others, the college announced Thursday in a release. The T.B. Walker Foundation Chair in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding faculty member in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering/physics, mathematics or psychology. more

Graduate Returns to Westmont as Chemistry Professor

Makoto Masuno returns to Westmont College as assistant professor of chemistry after graduating from the college in 1997. Masuno transferred to Westmont in 1995 as a junior and chose chemistry as his major, but admits he hadn’t completed a single college chemistry course when he arrived. more

Westmont grad named new chemistry professor

A 1997 Westmont College graduate is returning to the school as assistant professor of chemistry. Makoto Masuno had transferred to Westmont as a junior in 1995 and although he quickly chose chemistry as his major, he had not completed a single chemistry course upon his arrival. more

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