Neither Rain, nor Thomas Fire: Westmont Mail Delivers

Vice Presidents Chris Call and Doug Jones

Two Westmont vice presidents and several other college employees retrieved and loaded up more than 550 packages from the Westmont Post Office ahead of a mandatory evacuation due to the massive Thomas Fire. Some of the packages included important medications and a particulate mask. When the college evacuated Dec. 10, Joanne Gish, assistant director of… [Continue Reading]

Important Information from Student Life

Students pray at Murchison Gym ahead of the campus evacuation (photo by Edee Schulze)

Dear Westmont Students, This has been quite a week for all of us–faculty, staff and students–along with the communities from Santa Paula to Santa Barbara. The fire and smoke have affected so many.  We extend our prayers to all those who have had their lives shaken by the Thomas Fire. We are confident of God’s… [Continue Reading]

Fire Brigade Activated for Thomas Fire

The Westmont Fire Brigade

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created following the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. Less… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Fire Letter

Dear Members of the Westmont Community, Since the beginning of the Thomas Fire, we have been monitoring its developments closely and posting updates to Westmont’s website. Having experienced the ravages of the 2008 Tea Fire, we know first-hand how fast and how destructive wildfires can be. At no time has the fire itself been a… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Fire Q&A

Q & A Update About Access to Campus, December 11, 9 a.m. Westmont remains under mandatory evacuation for the Thomas Fire, and the campus is closed with all services discontinued. All faculty, staff and students have left. Students who need housing this week can contact Thomas Staffileno at tstaffileno@westmont.edu. Faculty and staff members have offered… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Cancels Classes Due to Thomas Fire

President Gayle D. Beebe addresses the Westmont community about canceling classes

President Gayle D. Beebe announced at an open forum on Dec. 7 that Westmont has canceled classes through Friday due to poor air quality in Santa Barbara stemming from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The college expects final exams to take place as scheduled beginning Tuesday, Dec. 12. Professors may decide to reschedule their… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes New Board Member

Denice Fellows

Santa Barbara resident Denice Fellows has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which helps build connections between Westmont and the greater Santa Barbara community. Fellows, a California native, earned a bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before working in Sacramento as a volunteer coordinator for Sutter Health and as a district executive… [Continue Reading]

Kawasaki Offers Leadership Tips, Apple Insight

Renowned entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki explored leadership and innovation at a sold-out luncheon Nov. 3 in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. Kawasaki’s speech, part of the Mosher Center’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, offered practical ways to influence and persuade people and change their minds in a moral and ethical way. Kawasaki said… [Continue Reading]

Dance Concert Canceled this Weekend

Weekend performances of “On the Edge,” Westmont’s Fall Dance Concert,  have been canceled. A free, one-time only showing has been tentatively rescheduled to Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. If you have already purchased a ticket for the weekend and would like a refund, please email bwhitcomb@westmont.edu.. Susan Alexander, adjunct dance professor and… [Continue Reading]

Augustinian Painting Unveiled for Beebes

Gayle and Pam Beebe pose with the painting after chapel

Westmont trustee Walter Hansen and Bruce Herman, Lothlorien distinguished professor in fine arts at Gordon College, presented President Gayle D. Beebe and his wife, Pam, with a commissioned portrait of Saint Augustine on Oct. 27 in Westmont chapel. The gift honors the couple’s 10 years of service at Westmont. In Beebe’s book “Longing for God,”… [Continue Reading]