Recent Press

$2 Million Gift to Westmont Targets Student Success

Westmont has received $2 million toward a Center for Student Success from an anonymous donor with close ties to the college.

A presidential initiative establishes the new center, which will coordinate all facets of the college experience to supercharge student success on campus and after graduation. more

Prep notebook: Brandon Eyre, Ashley Zhu win GVC district golf titles

Mid-Valley athletes make college selections

April was a busy month for Mid-Valley High School athletes signing letters of intent to continue pursuing their sports in college. …  Silverton: Spencer Clements and Kobe Garcia (football, George Fox), Colton Meyer (football, Linfield), Cade Roth (men’s basketball, Westmont College), Brooke McCarty (women’s basketball, Linfield) and Will Wright (track and field, Westmont).

Cascade: Damian Ball (men’s basketball, Corban).

Central: Krista Omlid (volleyball, Western Oregon).

Salem Academy: Sydney Brown (women’s basketball, Westmont) more

South Coast College Gets $2 Million Dollar Grant

A South Coast university has received a two million dollar grant to beef up the success rate for students.

The money will be used for Westmont College’s new Center for Student Success. The center will help students with support inside and outside of the classroom. more

TMU Insider: Mustangs win six titles at GSAC Championships

TMU freshman Seanna Nalbandyan was shocked when she noticed Westmont College’s Emily Parks in her periphery as the runners reached the final barrier in the 400-meter hurdles last week.

“I didn’t hear her coming up through the race,” said Nalbandyan, a Canyon High graduate. “When I saw her, it kind of shocked me. But I was like, ‘I worked too hard this season to get second.’” more

TMU’s Trio of Titles Highlight Day 1 of GSAC Championship

As one lap turned into three and three to five, it became clear that a Mustang was going to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championship. It was just a question of which one. … TMU’s Tim Gutierrez runs his leg of the 4×800 relay Thursday at Westmont College. more

Faith based groups say new conversion therapy bill threatens free speech, religious freedom

Proponents of a new conversion therapy bill that passed in the California Assembly earlier this month say that, if signed into law, will add the practice to the state list of what’s considered consumer fraud. … It’s not clear how it would affect religious institutions. Scott Craig, the manager for media relations at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, told the NewsPress that they will need more time to read and understand the bill to determine if it might apply to the college. more

DP’s straight family line to success

Isaac Coffey didn’t pretend to be Babe Ruth and call his third home run against Ventura last week.

A triple-shot order of Coffey would’ve been out of character for the steady hand of the Dos Pueblos High School baseball team.

But he did receive a call — from older brother Luke, who is having a Ruthian season of his own at Westmont College — about his biggest day at the plate.

“It was pretty cool,” Isaac said. “He was just saying that he was proud of me for having a three home-run game, and asked me about the details, and how it felt ? What it was like.” more

Mustangs Fall to Westmont in Golden State Athletic Conference Finale

In light of two days and 25 innings of mostly forgettable baseball, Master’s catcher Ryan Bricker summed up the weekend the best he could. “It’s better that this happened now,” Bricker said Saturday after the Mustangs fell, 8-5, to Westmont College in the Golden State Athletic Conference finale at Russ Carr Field. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Dons take consi title at Kiraly event

Host Santa Barbara won the consolation bracket of the annual Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions on Saturday, beating San Marcos 3-1 on set scores of 25-23, 25-16, 26-28, 25-20. … Scott Singh went 2-for-4 with a game-tying two run home run in game two and Henry Hedeen went 3-for-7 on the day with two home runs and six RBIs as Westmont (33-14, 25-11 in Golden State Athletic Conference) swept the double-header at Russ Carr Field. more

American Riviera Bank Promotes Michael Viebeck

Michael Viebeck, who started his career with American Riviera Bank interning as a credit analyst, has been promoted to a full-time position as a commercial banking officer with the Santa Barbara-based community bank. Viebeck graduated from Westmont College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business in May 2016. more