Monthly Archives: March 2015

Westmont Opens Downtown Program Focused on Capital and Social Entrepreneurship

Westmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu St. in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above The Fund of Santa Barbara.

The first class of students will enroll in the program in fall 2015, and each one will be involved in an internship 20 hours a week downtown. They will also take classes on Anapamu Street. more



Largest Business Employers, Government Leaders, Developers among Hundreds Attending Conference to Address Workforce Housing in Santa Barbara

Hosted by the non-profit organization Coastal Housing Coalition, this year’s Santa Barbara Housing Conference is expected to be attended by over 200 prominent attendees including the area’s large, mid, and small employers, housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, non-profit leaders, architects, real estate professionals, and financial institution representatives. …Sponsors and attendees of the event currently include: Westmont College more


Four Top Scholars Earn Full Tuition to Westmont College

The Westmont College Office of Admission has offered four-year, full-tuition scholarships to four top high school seniors.

The new Monroe Scholars are Noel Hilst of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Bethany Le of Carlsbad, Léal Makaroff of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Olivia Stowell of Fort Collins, Colo. They earned a combined average honors GPA of 4.5 and an average SAT score of 1530 (out of 1600). more

Michelle Swanitz Promoted to Senior Project Director at DMHA Architecture

Award-winning Santa Barbara architecture firm DMHA Architecture + Interior Design recently announced the promotion of Michelle Swanitz to senior director of projects. Michael Holliday FAIA, a principal architect with the firm, made the announcement Friday, March 27, 2015. …At DMHA, Swanitz has managed such noteworthy local projects as the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department tenant improvement, CMC Rescue offices and manufacturing, Westmont College Dining Commonsrenovation, and the Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Goleta. more

Westmont’s Moore duo taking the right road to success

If life really is all about the journey and not just the ending, it would be difficult to top Westmont College’s wild ride to the NAIA National Basketball Championships. It became only the fifth college to put teams from both genders into the NAIA’s “Fab Four,” although neither one returned home from Missouri with a title. more

Professor to Discuss Whooping Cough Research, Vaccine in Talk at Westmont

Steve Julio, associate professor of biology atWestmont College, will examine current research aimed at improving the whooping cough vaccine in a free, public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. more

Kiely leaving Westmont

In five years as head coach, Kristi Kiely took the Westmont women’s soccer team to the NAIA national championship tournament four times. As a standout player for the Warriors, Kiely helped the program win three straight NAIA national titles from 2001-2003. On Thursday, the school announced that Kiely will be leaving the program to take an assistant coaching position with SEC school Arkansas. more

Living without Worry

Identifies when godly concern turns into sinful worry and how Scripture can be used to cast our concerns upon the Lord. …“THIS IS A READABLE YET PROFOUND BOOK, SPEAKING BIBLICALLY AND PERSONALLY TO OUR STRUGGLES WITH WORRY.” Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

Enduring Nick Johnson’s Epic Workout

Against my better judgment, I recently got involved in a Nick Johnson workout. When he was one of the most active young men on the planet, Johnson blazed a trail in the mountains above his Santa Barbara home. …The NCAA basketball tournament is a long, drawn-out affair compared to the NAIA Championships, and Westmont College was at the cutting edge of the chaos in Kansas City during the past week. more

Moving on from Mitchell

UCSB’s season of record-setting women’s basketball defeats led to one final loss on Wednesday as director of athletics John McMutcheon announced the dismissal of fourth-year coach Carlene Mitchell. …Westmont College coach Kirsten Moore was the other finalist when Mitchell was hired in 2011, and her stock has risen considerably since then after winning the 2013 NAIA National Championship and making this year’s semifinals. McCutcheon, however, wouldn’t speculate about any possible candidates. more