Yearly Archives: 2011

MFD Responds to Trailer Fire

The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a report of a trailer fire at 315 E. Mountain Drive at 10:53 p.m. The call was reported by a neighbor utilizing 9-1-1. … Although Montecito Fire did not initiate any evacuations for this incident, Westmont College chose to initiate their own evacuation of students to their gym at approximately 11:07 p.m. more

House Fire & Strong Winds Prompt Campus Evacuation

University students are back in their dorms this morning after a trailer caught fire Wednesday night.
Montecito Fire officials say a 20-foot travel trailer was fully engulfed in flames shortly after 10:50 p.m. in the 300 block of Mountain Dr. The location is near Page Hall on the Westmont College campus. more

Making the Business Case for the Cloud

“Positive, but not utopian.” That’s how Reed Sheard, vice president for college advancement and chief information officer of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, sums up his two-year experience with six different cloud initiatives, including Google Apps for EducationMeraki‘s cloud-managed 802.11n wireless network, and more

5X5: An Invitational

Small-scale creations from artists across the country will be featured in “5X5: An Invitational” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. A public reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m., kicks-off an online auction of the artwork (×5) with proceeds benefitting the museum. more

Cloud Strategy: Look Before You Leap

Reed Sheard, vice president for college advancement and CIO of Westmont College (CA), a small liberal arts college with about 1,300 students, says that, after a thorough assessment by his staff, he was convinced the college’s data “will be much safer in the cloud than in anything we could afford to do here.” more

CALIFORNIA DREAM: Belgrade’s Prickett to play soccer at Westmont College

Shortly before the prep soccer season began in late August, Annie Prickett had decided where she’d be playing college soccer next fall. The Belgrade High School senior is headed to Santa Barbara, Calif. where she’ll join one of the premier NAIA programs in the country. The 18-year-old signed a letter-of-intent to play at Westmont College, which has won five national titles and is currently competing in the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala. more

Math professor contributes to new book

Dr. Kim Jongerius, professor of mathematics at Northwestern College, is among 10 members of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences who contributed to a new book, “Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith.” … “Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith” was edited by Dr. James Bradley, professor emeritus of mathematics at Calvin College, and Dr. Russell Howell, professor of mathematics at Westmont College. more


This Wednesday, November 30-Sunday, December 18, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art (955 La Paz Rd.) will host 5×5: An Invitational, a collection of more than 450 small-scale works by artists from across the country. All pieces will be auctioned off online, with proceeds benefiting the museum. For info, visit more


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4 p.m. photos with Santa for all who donate canned goods, 4:30 p.m. ceremony. Westmont College, Kerrwood Lawn, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. Includes Westmont Gospel Choir, “Pickle Address” and flipping the switch to light up the 150-foot redwood tree, known as “The Giant Pickle.” Free. 565-6056. more

ON STAGE: ‘Messiah’

“Messiah,” the seventh annual Westmont Christmas Festival, will feature the Westmont College orchestra and choirs performing selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and other seasonal musical works at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets for the program are free, but must be reserved at No reservations are required for a dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. more