Recent Press

ON THE TOWN : Rescue Mission

Karl Willig, board chairman of Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, said it best as he welcomed supporters to the Bayou Italiano benefit: “This celebration has a twofold purpose: to support the life-changing work of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and this year to honor (Santa Barbara Police) Chief Cam Sanchez for being a key partner (in) fighting substance abuse, addiction and homelessness in our community.” Companies and organizations that have received the award were represented, including  Westmont College. more

Spring Arbor president leading the way

As president of Spring Arbor University, Charles Webb could have any seat in the house for the school’s twice-weekly chapel service. Webb took over this summer for Gerald Bates, who served a one-year interim appointment after Gayle Beebe left to become president of Westmont College in California. more


Westmont College professor of biology, Jeffrey Schloss, recently received two grants totaling $222,338 to study issues related to science and faith. He will be exploring “The Adaptive Logic of Religious Belief” with the faculty from the University of Edinburgh. more

College to build 2 structures

Groundbreaking ceremonies are planned for 10 a.m. Oct. 23 for the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics at Westmont College. The college board  Oct. 9 approved groundbreaking for both buildings. The ceremony will be at Porter College on the Montecito campus. more


Reed Sheard has been named vice president of institutional technology for Westmont College . He was previously vice president for technology services at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. more

Lit Moon’s Shakespeare Festival to Light Up Santa Barbara

The wild and wooly Lit Moon Theater Company is up to its brilliant shenanigans again. It has been just two years since the first Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival surprised and delighted Santa Barbara audiences, and here it goes again, making good on its promise to go biennial. Blue Tempest (new production), produced by Lit Moon Theatre Company/John Blondell, in Westmont College’s Porter Theater, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and 4 p.m. Oct. 26. more

IN BRIEF : Grants to fund science of religious belief study

Westmont College professor of biology Jeffrey Schloss has received two grants, totalling $222,338, to study issues related to science and faith, the college announced on Thursday. Dr. Schloss is researching “The Adaptive Logic of Religious Belief” with faculty from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland through a John Templeton Foundation grant of $875,000 that the university received. more

Public Square: You Should Know

Dwight Radcliff will present a free talk on the cycle of homelessness among U.S. veterans and lessons from the Vietnam War at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Westmont College’s Hieronymus Lounge. Mr. Radcliff is the president and CEO of the U.S. Veterans Initiative, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans. more

Soldwisch returns as LHS athletic director

The Lahainaluna High School faithful could never get used to seeing Scott Soldwisch dressed in Maui High blue in his position as the Sabers’ athletic director over the last three years. It is a homecoming of sorts and a natural progression for Soldwisch, who graduated from Westmont College with a degree in history and also played baseball there, after his years at the historic Lahainaluna campus. more

The State Theatre of Georgia Visits S.B.

Shielded for nearly 70 years behind the iron curtain, long overshadowed by its northern neighbor Russia, and now struggling once again for political stability, the Republic of Georgia has been beset with challenges to its independence for all of modern history. John Blondell had earned his PhD at UCSB in 1990, and has been teaching modern theater theory and practice at Westmont College ever since. more

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