Santa Barbara News Press

Westmont falls to region’s top seed in opening-round loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A furious comeback by Westmont College came up just short as Benedictine, Kan. outlasted the Warriors 90-85 in the first round of the NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament. … more

Westmont falls to region’s top seed in opening-round loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A furious comeback by Westmont College came up just short as Benedictine, Kan. outlasted the Warriors 90-85 in the first round of the NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament. … more

SBART: San Marcos prepares for Channel volleyball showdown with SB

Westmont had 15 of its athletes win NAIA Indoor All-America honors, which included Seth Wilmoth’s first place in the pole vault with a mark of 16 feet, 6 3/4-inches. … more

Prominent locals open their homes for Westmont’s new House Concert Series

Four spectacular homes in the Montecito area belonging to prominent locals will provide intimate backdrops for concerts by members of the Westmont College Music Department in the first series of its kind. … more

Right Note

Four spectacular homes in the Montecito area belonging to prominent locals will provide intimate backdrops for concerts by members of the Westmont College Music Department in the first series of its kind. It’s called the Westmont Music Select House Concert Series, said Michael Shasberger, chair of the Music Department. “Only 30 tickets will be sold for each performance and they all begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoons once a month through June,” said Mr. Shasberger. “Individual tickets are $40, and a subscription package is $150. Proceeds will go to scholarships for Westmont music students. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors sweep GSAC road twinbill

The defense wasn’t always there for the fifth-ranked Westmont baseball team in Friday’s Golden State Athletic Conference series opener at Menlo College, but the offense made up for things in a twinbill sweep, 9-8 and 6-4. The Warriors (21-2) built up a seven-run lead in the opener, only to have the Oaks rally with six runs in the final three innings, Bailey Reid entered with the winning run on base, but got a strikeout to end the threat and the game. Austin Muller went 2-for-5 in the opener, hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning that broke open a one-run Westmont lead. Isaiah Leach added two hits, scoring twice in the win. more

Westmont grad’s art on display at brew house

Paintings by Westmont College graduate Sharon Schock will be on display at Island Brewing Company, 5049 6th St., in Carpinteria today through April 21. Known for her oils, which will be in abundance, Ms. Schock is using this show for the public debut of her gouache work, a method using opaque watercolors. An opening reception will be held 5 p.m. Friday more

OUR TOWN: Leadership conference

David Brooks, Jon Meacham and Erin Meyer headline Westmont’s fifth annual Lead Where You Stand Conference from June 5-7 at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. The three-day event, “Pursue the Greater Good in Challenging Times,” will offer insights on leadership. Tickets to the conference, which is sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, cost $349 per person before March 15 ($449 after) and can be purchased online at westmont.edu/lead. Mr. Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The Road to Character,” is one of America’s most prominent political and social commentators more

All the buzz

Prized for its unique health properties, manuka honey comes from the nectar of the manuka flower in the pristine forests of New Zealand. So why is there such a buzz over it? “Manuka is largely based on its unique nonperoxide (antibacterial) aactivity,” said Corey Blick, senior vice president of Comvita North America, which has an office in downtown Santa Barbara. “Comvita is the global leader in manuka honey, which was founded in 1974.” more

High schools to compete in Westmont mathematics contest

More than 100 students from California high schools will arrive at Westmont College on Feb. 9 for math competitions. The 31st annual Westmont College Mathematics Contest will have a record total of 12 high schools competing, according to a news release. They include Cate, Crescenta Valley, Dos Pueblos, La Canada, Mark Keppel, Oaks Christian, Pacific Bay Christian, Providence, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Synergy Quantum Academy and Thatcher high schools. That is significantly more than the seven high schools that competed in last year’s competition, a growth that Westmont spokesman Scott Craig credited to Westmont professors being heavily involved with outreach to California high schools. more