Santa Barbara News Press

Westmont becoming a special destination

Westmont College is fast becoming a home to all types of special athletes.

Earlier this year, Westmont hosted some of the world’s top track and field athletes, including US Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton. In July, 2015, the college in the hills of Montecito will host 100 international Special Olympics athletes in the region for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

“This is a perfect fit for Westmont College,” Westmont president Dr. Gayle Beebe said at a press conference announcing Santa Barbara as a host city for the World Games on the college’s picturesque Kerrwood Lawn. “It so reflects who we are and who we want to be.” more

Santa Barbara named Host Town for Special Olympics

The city of Santa Barbara has been selected to participate as a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Host Town program will run July 21-24 next year, as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California for the Special Olympics. As a Host Town, Santa Barbara will provide visiting athletes the opportunity to experience American culture and share their own cultures with the community. Westmont College has agreed to provide housing and training facilities for the 100 visiting Special Olympics athletes.more


For a little town Los Olivos has a lot to offer. While the wine industry has put the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley firmly in the sights of travelers and day trippers alike, an array of galleries, boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and hotels gives them plenty of reason to linger.  … Lauren Danson, co-founder and chief product purveyor at Mizuba Tea Company, recently set up at the store, offering samples of her fine Japanese green tea. While attending Westmont College, Ms. Danson hosted a twice weekly tea gathering. A subsequent visit to Japan found her in the Uji region, and a frothy cup of Matcha revealed the depth of tea’s complex and nuanced flavors. more

On the Town: Women who shaped artin America

Tapping her vast knowledge of women who shaped art in America, Prof. Judy Larson, who holds the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College and directs the Westmont Museum of Art, gave a dinner presentation on the topic to the Santa Barbara Club. The 110 guests were treated to lots of history, a video of the artists and even some art. more

Westmont grads to lead GOP legislators

Westmont College, nestled between the hills of Los Padres National Forest and the bustle of State Street, may have a small student body but is having an outsized impact on state politics. On July 1, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, was unanimously elected to serve as the next Assembly Republican leader starting in November. more

Supreme Court weakens Obamacare contraception mandate

A sharply divided Supreme Court rules Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement. … Westmont College spokesman Scott Craig said that he did not believe the ruling would affect the college’s insurance plans. more

VANDE BEEK, Corrie Ploeg

Cornelia “Corrie” Ploeg Vande Beek went to be with our LORD on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 after valiantly fighting cancer for several years. A strong, graceful and gracious woman, she warmed any room with her spirit and a joyfulness that was infectious. Corrie made a difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be missed by all. … In 1967 Everett and Corrie moved their family to Santa Barbara, California. There Everett taught at Westmont College and Corrie worked as a school nurse at the Santa Barbara Christian School.more

Snyder and Pirates head All-CIF team

The All-CIF-Southern Section honors lists for baseball, softball and boys volleyball were announced on Monday, and the Santa Ynez High School baseball team was given four more reasons to celebrate. Pitcher Zach Snyder was named the All-CIF Division 5 MVP while center fielder Colby Barrick and pitcher Zach Torra were named to the first team. Head coach Warren Dickey was named the Division 5 Coach of the Year.  … “It was a dream season for a lot of different reasons,” Dickey said. “I appreciate the honor, it’s very humbling. I owe it to a lot of local coaches. I played at Santa Barbara High for coach (Fred) Warrecker, I played at Westmont for coach (John) Kirkgard, and I hope that a little bit of their legacy goes toward this, because they all had a part in it. And then the players drove, and I was just along for the ride.” more

ON STAGE : One-man play at Museum of Art

Mitchell Thomas, Westmont College theater arts chairman, will perform “Thorn Pain (based on nothing),” a one-man play about a boy’s anguished journey into adulthood, at 6:30 p.m. more

Westmont president visits Pope Francis

It’s a rare occasion when Catholics and Protestants seek to find common ground on an issue, but that was the case on Thursday as Westmont President Gayle Beebe joined 14 others in a private visit at the Vatican. In a group of politicians, theologians and pastors from all over the world, Dr. Beebe was included for his strong background in higher education, along with his publications addressing great leaders in history who were members of the Roman Catholic Church. more