Monthly Archives: April 2014

College Notebook: Ex-Mustangs star Schlemer shines in all-star games

Cal Poly first-year women’s soccer assistant Lindsey Smith was named a Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Co-Athlete of the Year after posting a 0.56 goals against average as a first-team All-American goalkeeper at NAIA program Westmont. more

Westmont Tops Forbes Magazine’s List of Best ROI Colleges

For the second straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont College in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey “The 100 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The Grateful Grads Index.”

Westmont, No. 81, is one of three Christian colleges in the list and just one of eight schools in California, including Claremont McKenna, Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona, Mills, USC and Occidental. more

SANTA BARBARA ATHLETIC ROUND TABLE LUNCHEON : Walsh’s thoughts on Johnson a stark reminder about life

The luncheon was focused on baseball and swimming, and some of the more impressive reports came from the college ranks, which included the Westmont baseball team, where coach Robert Ruiz has the program one win away from tying the most in the program’s history. more

Schulze Named Westmont VP of Student Life

Edee Schulze, who has served as Bethel College’s vice president of student life for six years, is Westmont’s new vice president of student life. President Gayle D. Beebe made the announcement in an all-campus email April 22 as students returned from Easter vacation.

Schulze replaces Jane Higa Mannoia who retired in August 2013 after being diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tim Wilson has served as interim vice president and dean of students since September 2013. more

SB swimmer’s moving words lift spirits of coach Walsh

Westmont survived the desert heat, swept Arizona Christian in Phoenix last week and find themselves in the hunt for first place in the GSAC.

Coach Robert Ruiz said the team can finish in first place or fifth after this weekend’s regular-season series finale against The Master’s at Russ Carr Field. With a record of 33-14, the Warriors’ next win will tie the program record for most wins in a season. more

Tatum Souza, Napa track standout, shines at UCLA

Competing against Olympic-level athletes in the women’s heptathlon at the Sam Adams Invitational at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, she had a personal-record time of 13.85 in taking fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. She was eighth in the high jump (5-6 1/2, personal record). She ran the 200 (25.04). more

TMC Insider: Baseball plays for a conference title

Currently, the fifth-ranked San Diego Christian Hawks (35-11, 22-11 GSAC) sit first in the conference standings, while the 12th-ranked Mustangs (35-13, 21-12) are just one game behind in second place. One game behind TMC is the tied-for-third-place-race between Westmont (33-14, 20-13) and the 16th-ranked Concordia Eagles (33-15, 20-13). more

Good Friday breakfast offers message of hope

Sharing a message of hope, Westmont College President Dr. Gayle Beebe addressed a sold out crowd during Channel Island YMCA’s 37th annual Good Friday Breakfast, held at The Fess Parker in Santa Barbara. The event focused on the significance of the death of Jesus Christ, the biblical history of Good Friday and the celebration of Easter Sunday. “The message of Christ is a universal message, and I think people who do not consider themselves Christians gain incredible inspiration from the life and spirit of Jesus,” Dr. Beebe said. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Hicks, Furukawa power Laguna

The Warriors (33-14, 20-13 GSAC) swept the season series against the Firestorm with Russell Harmening earning his 11th win of the season — tied for the most in the NAIA — and Devin Matson earning the win in the second game in relief.

Westmont recorded 28 runs on 27 hits over the doubleheader. Steven Pollex and Brandon Gildea were each 5-for-9 with Pollex driving in four RBI with five runs and Gildea notching one RBI and one run. more


Coming up with a suitable exhibition title for a gathering of art and artists as inherently diverse as a student art show — such as the current Westmont College Senior Art Show — can be tricky business, and fodder for clever outside-the-box thinking. Last year, the graduating class opted for “12 Speed,” linked to the clean dozen-fold number of artists involved.

This year, the going gets rather unrepeatable, with “34° 26′ 59.33″N, 119°39’43.29″W.” Try saying that five times in rapid succession. In fact, though, the mouthful, mathful title has a particular and telling relevance, being the precise longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates of the Westmont Museum of Art, a grand structure — as well as aesthetic, inspirational power spot on campus, and magnet for visiting art-seekers — that opened in synch with this graduating class’ entry to studies here. read more