Recent Press

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

Excitement filling the gym at Moorpark

The buzz at Raider Pavilion is that the Moorpark College men’s basketball team has its best team since the 2001 group that completed back-to-back state Final Four appearances. Pirates anew: If score had actually been kept, the Ventura College men’s basketball team might have lost to Westmont College on Tuesday night over five 10-minute periods by 15 points. more

Education 10-30

Attorney Barry Cappello on 10/22 argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of Concerned Citizens over Westmont Expansion. The group appealed a December 2007 decision by Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle in which he opined that the school’s environmental impact report for its 345,000-square-foot campus expansion was thorough enough and that the planned construction was consistent with the Montecito community plan. more

Blue Tempest Rages at Westmont

Since 2005, the Lit Moon Theatre Company has produced three distinct interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Last Friday’s was a comic one that director John Blondell said was designed to emphasize the play’s “fantasy, playfulness, exuberance, and its hope for a happy ending.” Lit Moon’s entertaining and quirky theatrical storm was dubbed Blue Tempest. This year’s Blue Tempest whirled with creativity and the immense skill of actors who can switch not just player roles but also gender roles quickly and naturally. All six performers, including James Connolly on banjo, piano, and percussion, delivered impeccable performances. more