Recent Press

School uniforms raise questions of conformity

For the first time in my 17 years of life, I have come to an astonishing realization that I now actually have to think about what I am going to wear to class. Because I am going through arguably the biggest transition of my life, I have to conscientiously navigate through this puzzling, new quandary…Come August 28, on my first day at Westmont College, will I end up wearing flip-flops and jeans to class? Or leggings and a sweater? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if I gravitate toward comfort or couture. more

Warriors men’s basketball gets home-court advantage

William Jessup University men’s basketball head coach Lance Von Vogt announced a schedule that will bring the most games to Warrior Arena in program history… To begin conference play, the Warriors take on nationally recognized Westmont Jan. 4 and The Master’s Jan. 6 on the road. more

Westmont Closes Out Road Trip With Another Draw

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) No. 25 Westmont Men’s Soccer (1-1-3) tied No. 22 Marymount (Calif.) (3-2-2) this evening by a score of 1-1. This is Westmont’s third double overtime draw in their past four games. The Warriors finished their three game road trip undefeated, having tied twice and won once. more

The 50 Smartest People of Faith

A few years back, “New Atheist” authors Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett helped to publicize a movement to rechristen atheists as “Brights” (see our feature article on influential atheists here).This was no doubt mainly because the word “atheist” still has a harsh and aggressive ring in the ears of most ordinary people… William Lane Craig (b. 1949). Craig was born in East Peoria, Illinois. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, and two master’s degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He studied under John Hicks at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he received a PhD in philosophy in 1977, and with Wolfhart Pannenberg at the University of Munich, where he received a doctorate in theology in 1984. He has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Westmont College, and the University of Louvain, Belgium. more

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’

More than 60 institutions from across Southern California came together in 2011-2012 for Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the Getty’s first Pacific Standard Time (PST) initiative, and the cultural impact was immediate and intense…Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and Community Arts Workshop. More than 70 artworks organized into nine thematic clusters and shown in 8,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across three Santa Barbara venues. more


Cal Poly again named best in the west

U.S. News & World Report has once again named Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the best public, master’s-level university in the West…Westmont College in Santa Barbara tied for 96th place on the list of best liberal arts colleges. more

A Metric for Home-Plate Umpire Consistency

When calling balls and strikes, consistency matters. As long as an umpire always calls borderline pitches the same way within a game, players seem to accept variations from the rule book strike zone…David J. Hunter, Ph.D., is Professor of Mathematics at Westmont College, where he teaches courses in mathematics, computer science, and data analytics. More

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center ready to open

Next week is “move-in” week and the first patient will be admitted into a new health facility in Santa Barbara — welcome to the new Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. … The center, a collaborative effort between the Cancer Foundation and Sansum Clinic, is a significant development in the local care and treatment of cancer patients, the result of roughly two decades of effort. The $53 million project — of which $47 million has so far been raised — was given its greatest boost by an $11 million donation from Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, whose name graces the center, as it does the Ridley-Tree Westmont Museum of Art and other institutions around town. more

Santa Barbara remembers 9/11

A field of American flags was displayed at West Beach Monday to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. … According a Young America’s Foundation report, 206 high schools and universities are participating in the project including UCSB, UC Berkeley and Westmont College. more

12 new faculty welcomed to Lee University campus

Of the 19 new faculty members that Lee University welcomed to its campus this fall, one has been added to the Helen DeVos College of Education, three to the School of Business, two to the School of Music, four to the School of Nursing, and two to the School of Religion. …

Dr. Susanne Burgess joins Lee’s School of Music as an associate professor of music education. … She held the position of director of music education at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) from 2000 to 2015. Burgess has also taught at Westmont College and the University of Memphis (UM). more