Yearly Archives: 2014

UCSB ranked No. 10 public university in nation

UCSB ranked No. 10 out of the top 30 public national universities in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report on best colleges released Tuesday. … U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont College in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges for the sixth year in a row. Westmont placed No. 96. more


Westmont Hits Top 100 in College Rankings By U.S. News & World Report

For the sixth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont College in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. more

Review: The Cherry Orchard at Porter Theatre Lit Moon Theatre Company Showed its Chops on September 4

The Lit Moon Theatre Company’s distinctive aesthetic — quirky, visually inventive, more expressionistic than naturalistic — isn’t an obvious fit for the plays of Anton Chekhov. But the troupe’s first production of the great Russian dramatist’s work — The Cherry Orchard, which it performed last weekend at Westmont College — is nothing less than a triumph. more

Former Westmont VP Passes Away From ALS

A former vice president for student life and dean of students at Westmont College lost her battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease over the weekend. Jane Higa retired a year ago after 24 years at Westmont. She was the longest-serving vice president in the college history. You may recall we featured a video in her honor a few weeks ago as part of the ice bucket challenge. more

Former Westmont VP Jane Higa Dies of ALS

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe announced Saturday that Jane Higa, former vice president for student life and dean of students, died Sept. 5 of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 63. more

ADs take the stage in first SBART luncheon

With the return of the Fall 2014 athletic season comes the return of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheons at Harry’s Plaza Café. Monday’s kickoff luncheon began by honoring all of the area athletic directors who help make the SBART and local athletics what they are. … Similarly, the Westmont women’s soccer team has a big test on Friday. After the undefeated No. 2 Warriors defeated the 13th- and 3rd-ranked teams in the NAIAA last week, they will face last year’s national champion, Concordia. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: No. 2 Westmont wins again

Another day, another win for the Westmont women’s soccer team. The Warriors — ranked No. 2 in the lastest NAIA poll — picked up a 2-0 victory over third-ranked Lindsey Wilson at the Wilson Stanno Classic on Friday afternoon, improving to 5-0 on the season. Westmont scored both of its goals in the first 20 minutes, the first coming in the seventh minute on a Christine Adams goal on a rebound off a Brooke Lillywhite shot. more


Devereux Point: Former Estate of the Colin Campbell Family

This area’s recent history begins in 1919 with the arrival to American shores of the wealthy Colin Campbell family. Campbell was a retired British army officer who had served in India and Afghanistan, and as a British military attaché in Tsarist Russia. His wife, Nancy, was the daughter of Levi Leiter, a partner in the highly successful Marshall Field retail chain based in Chicago. One of her sisters married Lord Curzon, a viceroy of India. In England, the Campbells made their home in an imposing seaside castle in Kent and led the kind of sumptuous lifestyle that money and blue blood connections could bring. … The school’s roots go back to New Jersey, where Helena T. Devereux opened her first school for slow-learning children in 1912. A residential school opened in Pennsylvania in 1918, and in 1945 a West Coast campus was begun on property that now is part of Westmont College. more

ART REVIEW: High five, into the future: Westmont Art Museum marks its fifth anniversary season with a special exhibition of 300-strong small works

Numbers count for much, including the designated basis of scale, in the current Westmont Art Museum exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five Years.” In this creative and resourceful fundraising show marking this wonderful museum’s fifth season, there are in excess of 300 of these hand-holdable, 5-by-5-inch artistic inklings, inviting the visitor to get lost in stroll and squint mode, visually and literally. more

Your Westmont: Students Offer Summer Research

Twenty student reseachers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physiscs, and psychology, will present their findings on Thursday, September 11, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. more