Recent Press

Fire destroys homes in Montecito, S.B. : Crews from far and wide help to battle worst blaze in many years

As many as 70 structures were destroyed in a wildfire that broke out Thursday evening in the hills above Montecito. At last report, the Tea Fire had burned between 500 and 1,000 acres as it moved from Montecito into the Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Westmont College students Olivia Haverly, Natalie Johnston and Laura Floyd were running at the beach when something on the hillside caught their attention. “We saw just a little bit of flame, then it grew, and then I said, ?Oh, watch, it’s going to our school,'” said Ms. Haverly, 18. more

Fire Destroys Homes in California Enclave

A wildfire swirled through this celebrity enclave Friday, leveling 100 homes, several mansions among them, and setting off a wave of anxiety among the rich, the famous and the ordinary alike. At Westmont College, a Christian school on 110 acres with about 1,000 students, people rushed out of a dormitory and other buildings and “sheltered in place,” as Mr. Wallace put it, inside a gymnasium designed to withstand fire. more

“Photos of Westmont” by Westmont – Tea Fire Blog

Here are some photos from students who were on Westmont’s campus yesterday evening and this morning. As the Horizon continues to get photos, more will be added to this blog. more

Westmont Structures Lost, Students Safe: 236 Reportedly Remain in Fireproof Campus Gym

As of approximately 9:30 a.m., 14 homes of Westmont College faculty (known as Las Barrancas) have been confirmed to be burned completely, with another two likely to be severely damaged. more

Major Losses for Westmont Faculty Housing: Tough Mornings-after for Some Longtime Residents

Independent reporter Chris Meagher reported from Westmont Road, where many Westmont College professors and faculty live with their families. The neighborhood is called Las Barrancas, and Dave Wolf, the college’s men’s and women’s soccer coach, has lived there with his wife, Jill, and their five children since 1996. more

Art by BiJian – Tickle your fancy ?

Camarillo artist BiJian Fan shares his weekly art creation with the community, this week’s artwork is a paper sculpture, “Tickle your fancy?” The exhibition was judged by Ed Inks, Chair of the Art Department at Santa Barbara City College and Tony Askew, Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus and Longtime Director of the Reynolds Art Gallery at Westmont College. more

Galleries and Art Exhibits

Essence: The Heat of Morocco in Color is an exhibit opening Sunday in the Gerd Koch Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. It’s being curated by Ed Inks, chairman of the art department at Santa Barbara City College, and Tony Askew, a former art professor at Westmont College. more

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