Planet Santa Barbara

Westmont students serve communities for Spring Break

SANTA BARBARA – About 340 Westmont students will spend spring break, March 15-19, volunteering for various service projects in Mississippi and Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. More than 60 students will stay in Santa Barbara during their week-long break from school, leading service projects and volunteering with A Rocha, a Christian environmental initiative. more

Wesmont PolySci Prof Wins Fulbright award

SANTA BARBARA – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Susan Penksa, Westmont professor of political science, a follow-on Fulbright grant, allowing her to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina to build on the work of her 2007 fellowship and further the Fulbright mission of worldwide mutual understanding. Penksa will be in the Balkans March 14-28, presenting research and lecturing at the University of Sarajevo and the University of Tuzla, initiating a new research project focused on post-conflict reform in Bosnia and its future accession to the European Union and NATO, and conducting a feasibility study regarding the establishment of a Westmont study abroad program in Sarajevo. more

Students honor Martin Luther King

Westmont students are honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. with several events on and off campus. Westmont Student Ministries and Intercultural Programs are collecting new or used children’s books for the Neighborhood Clinics as part of the city’s “Honor the Dream, Be Great” Day of Service. more

Reed Sheard – Westmont's new CIO

Reed Sheard has become vice president of college advancement and chief information officer at Westmont, assuming the management of the college’s fundraising, communication and external relations programs in addition to overseeing Information Technology.  “Reed brings an extensive background in sales and marketing to this assignment,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. more

Westmont Faculty Panel Probes Human Trafficking

Three Westmont faculty members, Alister Chapman, Edd Noell and Helen Rhee, discuss human trafficking in a free event, “Modern Slavery Through Faculty Eyes,” Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room. The talk will be moderated by Scott McClelland, director of Westmont’s San Francisco Urban program, which is sponsoring the discussion. The talk will take an inter-disciplinary look at what Christians should know about human trafficking today. The discussion follows a similar talk in September by Westmont alumnus David Batstone. more

Famous Chef At Westmont on Thursday

Mai Pham, world-renown Thai and Vietnamese chef and restaurateur, will sign cookbooks, offer special tastings and hold cooking demonstrations Thursday, (10/29/09), from 11:15 a.m.-1 Westmont’s Dining Commons. The guest appearance is courtesy of Sodexo, which is contracted by Westmont’s dining services. more

Christian Perspectives on Animal Treament

A five-person panel of experts will discuss “Christian Perspectives on the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Factory Farms and Scientific Laboratories” Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. The discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists include: Christine Gutleben, director of faith outreach for the Humane Society of the United States; Bob Wennberg, Westmont distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy; Tom Fikes, Westmont professor of psychology and neuropsychology; Maurice Lee, Westmont assistant professor of religious studies; and Westmont alumna Amanda Sparkman, a post-doctoral fellow at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. more

Westmont Wired(less) – First on Country

Westmont has suddenly emerged as a leader in wireless technology, becoming the only school in the country to completely move to an 802.11n wireless network that creates a wireless cloud over the entire campus. This computing technology, which the college began installing in August, offers many benefits to faculty, staff, students and visitors, who are increasingly using laptop computers and handheld, Internet-based devices such as an iPhone or Palm Pre. more

Golfers and Frizbee Fund Raiser for Westmont

Local stick and disc golfers come together for a golf tournament at Montecito Country Club Thursday, Oct. 15, benefitting a scholarship at Westmont. The first annual William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament raised more than $10,000 last year for the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Westmont. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m., following a light lunch at noon. Hors d’ oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., while awards and prizes are handed out. Greens fees are $150, $115 for recent college graduates (’05-’09) and $75 for current students. more

New Provost for Westmont College

Richard Pointer has been named to replace Warren Rogers as Provost at Westmont college for a temporary term of two years while a new search for a permanent Chief of Academics.  Pointer will replace Warren Rogers who has held this role since January, 2007. more