Monthly Archives: May 2014

Boucher Takes Over Royals Basketball Program: Odell Retires From Coaching, Assistant Moves Up

The transition is complete as Dave Odell passes the head coaching baton at San Marcos High School to his assistant Landon Boucher. Boucher played at Westmont College and was the head basketball coach at Providence Hall before being an assistant coach for the Royals last year. more

Edwin Robert Fritts Moro, Ore. August 27, 1928 – April 30, 2014

Edwin R. Fritts, 85, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his home in Moro, Oregon. … This is where he met and married his wife of 63 years Shirley Leone (Maxim) Fritts. After their June 1951 wedding they went to Westmont College in Santa Barbra for 2 years. more

Westmont graduates more than 350

At Westmont College”s Russell Carr Field on Saturday, 367 members of the Class of 2014 made their way to the podium to receive their diplomas and head out into the world while friends and family cheered. The Christian college”s commencement featured choirs, awards, tributes to faculty both living and dead, and a rousing commencement speech by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: LPL track prelims offer glimpse of sprint showdown




The Warriors needed to win twice on Saturday to capture the Golden State Athletic Conference title and they did just that.

Chris Stroh belted a three-run homer in the first game and DH Alex Bush added a 4-for-5 day with three runs batted in. more

THE POLO SET: Maserati Cup revs up for 12-goal season

The first weekend in May is a horse lover’s dream. What more could you ask for: The Kentucky Derby, The Rancho Vistadores ride, and opening day at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.  … The Film Finances team will be rounded out by Patrick Uretz (3-goals), who is just back from leading the Westmont polo team to its second win in a row as the United States Polo Association Collegiate Champions. more

The New Post-Tenure Review

Post-tenure review is viewed by many professors with skepticism. To some, it seems like an attack on tenure; to others, a waste of time. And recent announcements by two colleges, Ball State and Suffolk Universities, that they’re considering adopting post-tenure review policies that could in some cases lead to dismissal have brought out those skeptics.

But at another college, administrators say they’re hoping to shore up an existing post-tenure review policy not in an attempt to weed out the bad professors, but to make the good ones better. So Westmont College’s newly mandatory, peer-led reviews for full professors raise the question: Can post-tenure review win faculty backing?

Mark Sargent, Westmont’s provost, says yes. more

Sports Highlights: May 2-17 UCSB-UC Irvine Opener to be Broadcast on ESPN3

It’s a serious series time for Santa Barbara’s three college baseball teams. SBCC (23-13) will host a best-of-three series against San Bernardino Valley College (26-10) at Pershing Park.  … Westmont College strengthened its argument for a berth in the NAIA National Championships by eliminating No. 2 seed The Master’s from the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.more

Local juniors aim high at Ojai Invitational

STRATMANS HONORED: Westmont College sophomore Lauren Stratman, who won the Ojai’s Independent College Women’s Singles Championship, has been named player of the year in the Golden State Athletic Conference by a vote of league coaches.more

Bradfords make it in time for two championships

Paul and Susan Bradford were in a dilemma of sorts on Saturday. Their eldest son, Evan, was running in the 1,500 meters at Westmont College for the Warriors sometime past 1 p.m. in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. A few minutes later, one of their younger sons, Tyler, was representing Dos Pueblos High in the 800 meters at the Santa Barbara County Championships a few miles away at Carpinteria Valley Memorial Stadium. more


On April 25, 10 Westmont College students earned the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Award for their leadership at the college and in the community. The students received $1,000 each to go toward school expenses. Read More