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Santa Barbara County Neighborhood becomes First and Largest Fully Solar Community

After 14 homes in the Las Barrancas neighborhood were destroyed in the Tea Fire in 2008, the rebuilt homes are now seeing the finishing touches of solar energy. The community at Las Barrancas, many of whom are Westmont Professors, gathered together after the fire and decided to collectively go solar. more

With Snow, Carols and a 150 Foot Christmas Tree, Westmont College Kicked off the Holiday Season

Among a big snow ball fight, apple cider, cookies and carols, Westmont College kicked off the holiday season with the eight annual Christmas tree lighting. The WCSA arranged for 20 tons of snow, which was delivered to the campus to create a snow play environment area behind the Dining Commons were hundred of students gather to throw snow balls at each other. After that, hundreds of students, alumni, and neighbors joined the celebration as the lights on the 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as The Giant Pickle, were turned on. Meanwhile, Santa Claus was inside the Kerrwood Hall posing for pictures with people who brought canned goods and unwrapped toys to donate to The Unity Shoppe to help the less fortunate in Santa Barbara. more

Final Stages take place on Westmont's Keck Telescope

A crane lowered the final pieces of Westmont’s powerful new Keck Telescope on Thursday. The telescope will give students of Westmont, and eventually others, a chance to accelerate their science classes while working on a world-class research instrument. more

Westmont Employee Develops Video Game to Teach Recycling

After seeing many students unknowingly place non-recyclable items in the recycling bins, Westmont employees, Phil Walton and Joel Patterson, came up with an idea for a video game that promotes recycling education. Mr. Walton decided to run with the idea and develop the game for the Westmont College website, as well as to promote a competition among students coinciding with Earth Day. more

Westmont Students Spring Into Action

More than 300 Westmont students are spending spring break volunteering for various service projects in places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mississippi and Ensenada Mexico. These projects are aimed to help the most needed and to immerse the students in the lives and realities of people who otherwise they would not come into contact. New this year is a student-led service project in Santa Barbara, Spring Break on the West Side. More than 40 students are volunteering at the Village Apartments, low-income housing complexes on Santa Barbara’s west side helping the residents in the neighborhood in more ways than one. more

Westmont College holds Service of Hope and Renewal as students return to class

Nearly 3 weeks after the Tea Fire claimed campus buildings and faculty homes, students returned to class Monday, after a Service of Hope and Renewal. video

Diversity and academic excellence

The 333 members of the class of 2012 arrive at Westmont College this week. This incoming class is one of the most talented academically, but also one of the most diverse. There are 111 students of color, a third of the freshman class, and an overall 33% of underrepresented groups. more

New state-of-the-art court being completed at Westmont

Finishing touches on a brand-new state-of-the-art court are being completed in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. more