March marks National Women’s History Month and during Westmont's 80th anniversary year we celebrate the life of Westmont’s founder, Ruth Kerr.Mrs. Kerr provided the seed money and vision for Westmont's founding in 1937. Her commitment to Christ and to education for Christian service was unflagging. Without her passionate involvement, it is unlikely Westmont could have survived. "It was Ruth Kerr's vision, warm heart, vast business experience, network of friends, and most of all her prayers and gifts that brought the college into being and sustained it over many years," remarked former college historian and Professor Emeritus Paul Wilt. Her early vision for Westmont was of a college that was "thoroughly scholarly, thoroughly evangelical, where Christian young men and women would be prepared for a complex, multi-cultural world." It is the same vision that lives on today at Westmont.
This week is spring break for our students and the campus is quiet. While many students have left campus for a much needed break, many students are using the time to give back. "It is a testament to our students' faith that they continue to use their gifts and talents serving other communities," says Angela D'Amour, Director of Student Life. In a year of campus challenges with the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides, over 260 students are choosing to spend their Spring Break giving back this week in Ensenada, Mexico with Potter's Clay and with Urban Initiative working with the homeless, marginalized communities, and in interfaith dialogue in the communities of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
This week is also a big week for the Men's and Women's Basketball Teams in the NAIA National Tournaments. The Women's Basketball team finished first in Golden State Athletic Conference standings and won the GSAC Tournament Championship for the third year in a row.Westmont Women's Basketballhas received one of four number one seeds in the 2018 NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship taking place in Billings, Montana. The Warriors will take on the Phoenix of Cumberland University in Tennessee in the first-round game on Thursday, March 15. Men's Basketballwas runner up in the GSAC tournament and earned a berth at the NAIA Division I Men's National Championship in Kansas City, Mo. This is the first time in school history that the Men's Basketball program has advanced to the national championship four years in a row. The Men begin the first round against Dillard University on March 14.
This week's GiftLegacy discusses some interesting strategies for gifting a home or condo when considering a lifestyle change or downsizing. The examples discussed in the article show different ways that this idea can provide ways to offset capital gains taxes, create more cash flow, and help your favorite charity.
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