Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Op Ed: In Support of LGBT at Westmont

A group of 131 Westmont College alumni have signed an open letter in support of LGBT students at the Christian liberal arts college. The letter appears here (it can also be viewed at the end of this op ed) and is expected to be published in the February 8th issue of the Horizon, Westmont’s college newspaper. more

Featured Artist Scott Anderson Talks Artistic Education, Sensibilities, and Illustration

We’re bringing back our Featured Artists feature with a bang. Scott Anderson is not only a heck of an artist, he’s a full-time faculty member at Westmont College’s art department. He has a background in commercial art, and still takes on plenty of commissioned work (examples peppered throughout the interview, all courtesy Scott Anderson). more

Westmont Recognized by Forbes

Forbes has selected Westmont as the second-best college for minorities to earn a degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (known colloquially as STEM). more

Call for Entries

Buenaventura Art Association has announced a “Call for Entries” for their 25th Annual Open Competition at the Buenaventura Gallery. The exhibit will run from January 11 – January 29 with the bring-in for the artists on Sunday, January 9 and Monday, January 10 from 11 am – 2 pm. The awards ceremony (with $1,500 in prizes awarded) will be on Saturday, January 9 from 4 – 7 pm. John Carlander, art professor at Westmont College will be the juror. more

Sportscaster Allen Hopkins Joins Trustees

Allen Hopkins, sportscaster for ESPN and FOX Sports, joins the Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. Hopkins, a 1995 Westmont graduate, has been a member of Westmont’s Board of Advisors since 2007. “I came here (as a student) and had a tremendous, life-changing experience, and that’s why I believe in this place so much,” Hopkins says. “It allowed me to grow and to find my gifts.” more

William “Bill” Kerr

William “Bill” Kerr, a longtime college trustee and the son of Westmont founder Ruth Kerr, died Nov. 5. He was 95. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. more

$1M Donation Given to Bright Hope

Montecito neighbors Harold and Annette Simmons, whose primary residence is in Dallas, Texas, have given $1 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow, Westmont’s campaign that provides funding for Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, athletic fields, a new observatory and improvements required under the master plan. more

Man and Woman of the Year

The Santa Barbara Foundation and KEYT honored two exceptional individuals for their long-standing commitment to community volunteerism on Thursday, September 30, at the 68th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Awards.
A large crowd gathered at the Four Seasons Biltmore to recognize Dr. Robert J. Emmons and Jane Habermann for the significant impact they have had throughout the community…A fierce advocate for education, Dr. Emmons has shared his time and talents with Westmont College assisting them with planning a major symposium. more

Westmont in High Standing

For the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “American’s Best Colleges, 2011 Edition.” Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth straight year the college has ranked in the most prestigious group. more

Foundation Welcomes Three New Members

Santa Barbara County residents Kathy Clenet, Jacques Habra and Herb Tews have joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between Westmont and the community. Clenet and her husband, Alain, have eight children, one an alumna of Westmont. Kathy and Alain have been entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara for more than three decades. more