Recent Press

Sports: Athletes With Area Ties

Anna Stumbo, the former West Salem cross country runner, was awarded the dean’s award upon graduating from Westmont College (Calif.), with a degree in biology. more 

Bowdoin’s Intellectual Firebrands Revive Historic Debate Society

Westmont Students Serve Overseas for the Summer →. Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine… more

Alumni Receives Master's Degree

Jayme Nichole Poppin, who studied physics at Westmont for two years before transferring to Florida Tech, received her master’s degree in space systems from Florida Institute of Technology on May 3. more 

Burglar With an Untrained Eye

A Westmont College art teacher reported that his laptop computer was stolen after the building had been locked for the evening. more

Santa Barbara Music Club

The Santa Barbara Music Club has been going strong for nearly 40 years, drawing on the generosity and talent of Santa Barbara’s classical musician population. Recently, the program closed with Beethoven’s Sonata in G, Opus 30, No. 3, luminously performed by violinist Philip Ficsor, a wonderful musician and professor at Westmont College. more

Poet Laureate Charles Simic Shares His Latest Book

Paul Willis will be reading from his debut full-length book, “Visiting Home” at the Wildling Museum in Los Olivos. His poetry is well-known for his intense observation of nature and keen sensitivity to its nuances. He is a professor of writing and literature at Westmont College and was chosen by Image Magazine as the Artist of the Month in April of this year. He will be joined by veteran poets Bettina Barrett, Michael Hannon, and Lois Klein. more

Lit Moon Theatre At Home and Abroad

For John Blondell and Victoria Finlayson, the husband-and-wife team who have run Lit Moon Theatre for the past 16 years, just about every day is “take your children to work day.” Culling such talent as actors Finlayson and Stanley Hoffmann from Santa Barbara and Erin Brehm and Kate Paulsen from the Westmont College drama program that he chairs, along with designer Yevgenia Nayberg from the international theatrical world, Blondell creates his work in an atmosphere of total collaboration and intense creative ferment. more

Oak Park students chosen for conference

Two students from Oak Park’s Gifted And Talented Education program will attend the 10th annual GATE Leadership Conference.The students will meet other GATE students from the region at Westmont College in Montecito and participate in events and skillbuilding meetings. more

Warriors get first-round win

The No. 12 Westmont women’s tennis team survived a nightmare of a road trip and kept its dream of playing at the NAIA National Tournament alive with a gutsy 6-3 win over host and No. 25 Mobile (12-6) in the first round on Monday. The Warriors (11-10) will play familiar foe and No. 3 Azusa Pacific in second-round action in Mobile. more

Room, board and barre for Ballet students

There’s a well-kept multistory building in Pacific Heights that could easily be mistaken for one of the many comfortable family homes that loom along the blocks overlooking the bay. But Jackson Manor, as the house has been fondly dubbed, isn’t your average Pac Heights mansion. Once owned as part of an off-campus, urban program for Westmont College, it’s now in its fifth year as an official residence for dancers in the San Francisco Ballet School’s trainee program, as well as advanced students. more