Westmont College evacuation brings back memories of Tea Fire

The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty, and staff at Westmont College. Three evacuations were put in place Sunday, but this isn’t the first time this campus has been threatened by wildfires. The Tea Fire in November 2008 damaged and burned several buildings on campus. So far, the campus is not in the destructive path in the Thomas Fire, but it is close to the burn zone. watch video

Westmont College uses Tea Fire experience in evacuation preparations

The Thomas Fire has forced mandatory evacuations for students, faculty and staff at Westmont College, but the school’s President says this isn’t the first time his campus has been threatened by a wildfire.

The Tea Fire back in 2008 damaged and burned several buildings on Westmont’s campus.  So far, the campus has not been in the destructive path of the Thomas Fire, but it’s close. more

Preliminary report details moments leading up to Santa Barbara helicopter crash

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on the May 5 helicopter crash in Santa Barbara that injured the three people on board… Recent Westmont college grad Courtney Crosby and 2016 graduate Turner Conrad were the two passengers inside. more

Students displaced after fire breaks out at Westmont dorm

Around 200 Westmont students were displaced Monday when a fire broke out inside a storage closet at one of the college’s dorms, leaving a student with burns to his feet, according to school officials.  more 

Victim in UCLA murder-suicide had South Coast ties

The victim of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at UCLA is described as “a very lively, lovable, likable guy” who once called the South Coast home.

The victim of the murder-suicide was a mechanical engineering professor named William S. Klug.

Colleagues say Klug was a kind, married father of two. He was an alum of Westmont College in Montecito. His attacker — a student — has not been identified. Their bodies were found in an office next to a note and a gun. more

UPDATE: Gibraltar Fire containment remains at 90 percent

Westmont College said on Twitter, Montecito Fire Department will use Westmont’s Lovik Field for helicopter support during the Gibraltar Fire. more

Local college opens up observatory for eclipse viewing

The fourth and final eclipse of the year takes place this week.
On Thursday, October 23, most of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The new moon will hide part of the sun from view. The best views will be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada. This makes for two solar and two lunar eclipses this year.
If you’re interested in checking it out, Westmont College in Santa Barbara is opening up its observatory to the public for free. The observatory will be open from 2:15 until 5:00 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will be at about 3:30 p.m.Westmont College is located at 955 La Paz Road in Santa Barbara. The observatory is between Russell Carr Field and the track and field/soccer complex. Parking is free. more

Westmont hosts high school students for “Let’s Talk Teaching”

Westmont College is hosting a “Let’s Talk Teaching” workshop Thursday.

The workshop is open to high school students who are interested in becoming a teacher. more

US women’s hoops wins 89-58 over Turkey, Westmont’s Canitez scores 2 points

Tugce Canitez, a senior-to-be at Westmont College in Montecito, played 10 minutes for Turkey. The 6-2 forward scored 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the loss.

Canitez was named the 2012 NAIA Player of the Year after averaging 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior. She helped the Warriors to a 31-4 record and their first appearance in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship quarterfinals. more

Legend in the Making: Templeton lead-off hitter Michael Frigon

Frigon will play at Westmont College (NAIA) in Santa Barbara next year, he didn’t get much interest from other schools. “They see a skinny 145 pound kid and think no he can’t do it but I just have to prove them wrong” said Frigon. more