Yearly Archives: 2008


The ever downward spiraling economy has tightened belts from coast to coast, and institutions of higher education are preparing for the worst. Though the school is private, Doug Jones, vice president for finance at Westmont College, said fundraising has become more difficult right now. “The current state of the economy has made fundraising more difficult, but certainly there are many people interested in continuing to support the college,” Jones said in an e-mail.

County 12-11

A year after a Santa Barbara Superior Court judge rejected a lawsuit from the group Concerned Citizens over Westmont Expansion, the California Court of Appeal on 12/3 denied an appeal of that decision by the same group, meaning Westmont College can proceed with its master plan, which calls for the addition of 345,000 square feet of buildings to the campus. more

Chet Kammerer Gets Floored: Former Westmont Basketball Coach to Be Honored This Weekend

Chet Kammerer, a man of considerable modesty, was floored when Westmont College wanted him to be the men’s basket­ball coach, and now he is being floored again. On Saturday, December 13, the playing surface at Westmont’s recently renovated Murchison Gym will be dedicated as Kammerer Court. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. before the Warriors play Cal State San Bernardino in a non-conference game. more

Art Event Commemorates the Life of Wes Nishimura

I remember very clearly the day Wes Nishimura died. I was standing in front of the cafeteria at Westmont College, listening in disbelief as a friend told me that Wes had killed himself by siphoning the exhaust from the tailpipe into a car with the windows rolled up. His father, Allan, a chemistry professor at Westmont, had found him in the family’s garage. more

IN BRIEF : Fundraiser to be held at Crystal Cathedral

Crystal Cathedral will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from its Sunday showings of “Glory of Christmas” to Westmont College for Tea Fire repairs. Tickets are $20 and can be picked up at the box office on the night of the performance one hour prior to show time. more

Three Reasons to Celebrate Form and Function at Westmont College

Although the Tea Fire ravaged many parts of Westmont College’s campus, the school’s faculty and students have forged forward toward as much normalcy as possible. One of the departments affected by the fire was Reynolds Gallery, which, after being closed for two weeks, has reopened to the public. Rising from the ashes, both figuratively and literally, Reynolds is currently featuring the exhibition Ceramics: Form and Function as its annual fundraiser to support the gallery, one of Santa Barbara’s richest venues for the visual arts. more

Frown and Gown

I felt that not releasing the names of the 10 adults allegedly responsible for the Tea Fire was appropriate until formal charges were filed, mainly because of the debacle caused by an overzealous district attorney during the Duke Lacrosse team misconduct incident. It was necessary but not sufficient. Had the 10 students been from UCSB or Westmont, both schools would take a proactive approach because both schools understand the importance of town-and-gown relations for their universities. more

Sempra helps student fire victims

Sempra Energy Foundation provided $20,000 to Westmont College students affected by the Tea Fire. According to college spokesman Scott Craig, flames damaged the residences of 62 students — destroying computers, books, clothing and other personal items. more

Foundation Gives $20,000 to Help Westmont Students Affected by Tea Fire

The Sempra Energy Foundation has given $20,000 to Westmont College students affected by the Tea Fire. Flames damaged the residences of 62 students, destroying computers, books, school gear, clothing and other personal items. more

Westmont students hope they have the right business stuff

Westmont College is giving undergraduates a place to grow their business ideas outside the classroom. “It really lights a fire under them,” said David Newton, professor of entrepreneurial finance, referring to the college’s 19th annual business plan competition scheduled for Dec. 11 in Kerrwood Hall. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. Four student venture teams from Westmont’s entrepreneur class, chopped down from about 20 plans submitted in the first round, are putting the finishing touches on their pitches in advance of the scrutiny from a panel of five business experts. more