Pacific Coast Business Times

Downtown Santa Barbara goes to school with two colleges on the move

Westmont College is creating a post-bachelor’s nursing program, and the program will open in the college’s new space in downtown Santa Barbara, making Westmont the second college to move recently into new space downtown. The new nursing program is a major expansion for Westmont, which created it in conjunction with Cottage Hospital. more

Alzheimer’s disease crisis growing across U.S. and Tri-Counties

Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third in California, is increasingly being recognized as a global public health crisis. … At Westmont College, Assistant Professor of Biology Yi-Fan Lu conducted Alzheimer’s research with two students last summer, which will continue this summer. more

Westmont honors Nobel economics laureate

“(Kahneman’s) insights on how the mind works formed the basis for the subfield of behavioral economics,” said Martin Asher, professor of economics and business at Westmont College. “It was a rare privilege for Westmont College.” … more

Westmont gets $750K for building renovation

Westmont College in Santa Barbara has been awarded a $750,000 grant by the Fletcher Jones Foundation to aid in the completion of the second phase of the Whittier Science Building renovation, which includes additional classrooms, laboratories and storage space. more

Expert Jeremy Siegel says stock market still the safest bet

Trade policy battles. Budget deficits. White house infighting. War. Recession. None of those things should discourage the individual investor from investing in the stock market, one of the world’s best known names when it comes to investing told an audience at Westmont College on March 2. more

Mudslides bury Montecito and leave 17 dead

Officials warned residents in mandatory evacuation zones for the Montecito and Summerland mudslides that rescue and repair efforts could take up to two weeks. … Water quality in the area served by the Montecito Water District was so severely compromised that residents were ordered to boil water before using it. The inability to supply potable water was a key factor that triggered the evacuation of the Westmont College campus. more

Westmont takes on global leadership training

Westmont’s Global Leadership Center partnered with local institutes and donors to provide funds for a brand new dorm and brand new educational programs — not only for students, but also for business leaders in the area. The Santa Barbara-based undergraduate college raised a total of $155 million for the construction of the dorm and also endowments, scholarships and programmatic costs, or what will go on inside the building. more

McChrystal talks technology, globalization at Westmont

Technology is changing life on the battlefield and the American workplace, retired four-star Army Gen. Stan McChrystal told 700 people in a speech at the Westmont President’s Breakfast. “Most of the manufacturing jobs we’ve lost have been from robotics, not foreign labor,” McChrystal said. “Technology has changed how we work.” more

Faith-based colleges in Tri-Counties could lose funding

Religious-based colleges across the Tri-Counties stand to lose state funding or be exposed to anti-discrimination lawsuits if Senate Bill 1146 becomes law. SB 1146 went before the Assembly Appropriations Committee for review Aug. 3, preceding a vote before the session ends this month. … Between 13,000 and 16,000 students attending faith-based schools qualify for Cal Grants and could be prevented from enrolling if the bill moves forward, said Westmont College President Gayle Beebe in a letter sent to the Business Times on July 27. more

Mass shootings taking terrible toll in America

Two years ago it was Isla Vista. This year it is San Bernardino and Orlando. Mass shootings have become a way of life in America — and that is a tragedy. 17This year’s shootings have a particularly troubling twist: the targeting of LGBTQ victims in a nightclub by a young American-born Muslim who apparently was radicalized online.

It’s worth noting that the murder of UCLA professor and Westmont College alum William Klug by a former student might itself have become a mass killing but for the quick thinking of a professor who prevented the shooter from leaving a room. more