Recent Press

Calculating for college: Hidden costs

When parents figure out how much college is going to cost, they usually factor in tuition, room and board, and books, but sending a child to college has hidden costs. This fall, Shannon Hickey, 19, a junior at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, will study abroad in England. more

Westmont’s Beebe Elected to Board of Directors at United Way

Gayle Beebe, Ph.D., has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of Santa Barbara County. Beebe is the president of Westmont College in Montecito. He previously served as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan for seven years and as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. more

Medina ready for women’s team after serious knee injury

After tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee early last season, Anglea Medina had to make a choice: have her knee fixed with tissue from other parts of her body or someone else’s. “I know a little bit about the differences in surgeries,” said Cougars coach Ron Pulvers, who tore both ACLs in the mid-1990s as a player at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. “Most elite athletes use the patellar method, but each athlete is different.” more


Sarah Ruth Tabb, daughter of Waller and Mary Tabb of Lakeland, graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya, with highest honors July 12. She played varsity basketball, soccer and field hockey. Tabb plans to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., in September. more

Teen idol contestants sing Saturday at the Fox

Teenagers from Visalia and Tulare will compete for the Visalia Teen Idol title Saturday at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Kylie Castro graduated from Exeter High School and will attend Westmont College in the fall. more

Lyle Charles Hillegas 1934 – 2008

Dr. Lyle Charles Hillegas served as the fifth president of Westmont College from 1972 to 1975. At 37, he was the youngest person ever appointed to the position and the only one to come directly from the ranks of the faculty. During his tenure, he recruited a strong team of administrators, began the process of increasing enrollment from 800 to 1,200 and worked on preserving Westmont’s gardens and beautifying the campus. more

Bellevue Resident Selected as Rotary World Peace Fellow

Jacob Johnson from Bellevue, Washington has been selected as one of Rotary’s World Peace Fellows to study peacemaking and conflict resolution at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Johnson is a 2003 graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, majoring in Engineering Physics. more

7 Christian bikers arrested in Orange County raid

Ronald Enroth, a sociology professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara who featured Set Free in his 1992 book “Churches That Abuse,” said the group is a “control-centered, authoritarian organization” that has displayed cult-like behavior, even as it cozied up to mainstream evangelical groups and Aguilar appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network programs. more

Westmont Rolls Out a New Game Plan for Soccer

Don’t expect the moniker “Westmont United” to be applied anytime soon, but changes in the coaching staff have provided an opportunity for a different approach to the school’s soccer programs. Dave Wolf, who has served as the men’s head coach since 1991, has been named the director of soccer and this coming season will serve as the head coach for the men’s and women’s programs. more

Wolf named Westmont's director of soccer

Dave Wolf, Westmont College’s head men’s soccer coach since 1991, will also be in charge of the women ‘s program this fall as the director of soccer, the university announced on Monday. “The word that comes to my mind immediately is collaboration,” said Wolf. more