Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Students Lauded for Servant Leadership

The Westmont Student Life Office awarded 10 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The 12th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards are given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward next year’s school expenses. more


Alex Moore, who joined the Westmont faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of kinesiology, died today, May 9, from complications following surgery. Moore was 31. His wife, Kirsten, survives him; the couple met at Westmont in 2005 when she became the college’s head women’s basketball coach. They got married in 2008, and their first child is due in July. “The Westmont community has been devastated by the news, and we lift our thoughts and prayers for Alex, Kirsten and their families,” says President Gayle D. Beebe. more

MFD Responds to Trailer Fire

The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a report of a trailer fire at 315 E. Mountain Drive at 10:53 p.m. The call was reported by a neighbor utilizing 9-1-1. … Although Montecito Fire did not initiate any evacuations for this incident, Westmont College chose to initiate their own evacuation of students to their gym at approximately 11:07 p.m. more

5X5: An Invitational

Small-scale creations from artists across the country will be featured in “5X5: An Invitational” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. A public reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-6 p.m., kicks-off an online auction of the artwork (×5) with proceeds benefitting the museum. more

Westmont Venture to Istanbul

Alumna Heather Keaney ’93 is back in Santa Barbara as assistant professor of history at Westmont, but in January she and husband, Jim Wright, venture back to the Middle East to co-lead Westmont in Istanbul. Keaney has spent the past 11 years living and teaching in Cairo at the American University in Cairo and at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ (CCCU’s) Middle East Studies Program (MESP). more

Alex Moore Joins Westmont Faculty

Alex Moore, who joins the Westmont faculty this fall as assistant professor of kinesiology, is no stranger to the college. Moore, a Wheaton College alumnus, was an adjunct instructor at Westmont for both the kinesiology and biology departments from 2004-06. He taught a wide range of classes, including anatomy, tennis, physiology, biochemistry lab and Fit for Life, a freshman wellness class. more

Kristi Lazar Returns to Westmont

As a student, Kristi Lazar ’00 says the unique living and learning environment at Westmont shaped her life. “Being a part of this community is special,” she says. “I felt blessed to have four years here to devote my time to learning and growing as a person. My professors encouraged me every day.” more

New Volleyball Coach at Westmont

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Patti Cook has been named the Westmont Volleyball Head Coach, effective immediately. Cook, a three-time NAIA All-American, graduated from Westmont in 2004. more

Jackson Joins Westmont Foundation Board

Susan Jackson, a long-time volunteer in the Santa Barbara community, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between the college and the community. Jackson is married to Palmer Jackson Jr., chief operating officer for Cogi, a technology start-up he co-founded in 2007. more

Westmont Students Arrive This Week

Orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 25, for the 335 first-year students representing the class of 2015 and 65 transfer students. The first day of classes for all students is Monday, Aug. 29. more