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UCSB Named A Top Public National University

UCSB has been named a “Top 50 Public National University” by U.S. News & World Report. According to the report, UCSB was ranked 10. It was also ranked 42 in the “Best National Universities.” The university’s engineering school was ranked 38 on the “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate.” Of the “Top 30 Public National Universities,” UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked at 1 and 2, UC San Diego at 8 and UC Davis at 9. Other local colleges that ranked well were Westmont College at 90 and Cal Poly at 19. more

Powerful Telescope Available For Viewing Friday

A powerful telescope will be the focus of attention at Westmont College Friday night.The Keck Telescope will be available for viewing starting at 8:30 p.m. According to Westmont Physics instructors, stargazers will have the opportunity to view the nearly full moon, the Great Globular Cluster, the Ring Nebula and Saturn’s moons. The observatory is open to the public every third Friday of the month. The viewing lasts for several hours. more

Condoleezza Rice Visits Tri-Counties

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Santa Barbara on Friday. She was the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Westmont President’s Breakfast at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Organizers say more than 860 people attended the event including Rep. Lois Capps and Sheriff Bill Brown. Rice discussed several topics including the current instability in the Middle East, and the importance of education. more

Art Show at Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes local artist Jan Clouse, who will display her art in its Leigh Block Room art gallery space. Clouse is the fifth local artist to display her work in the spacious art gallery. more

Local College Gets Generous Gift

One Santa Barbara resident is giving a local college a generous gift.
As another example of What’s Right in our community, Westmont College was the recipient of a multi-million gift on Sunday.
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree is pledging $5 million to “Bright Hope For Tomorrow,” through Westmont College. more

Free Star Gazing At Westmont's New Observatory

Westmont College’s new observatory, which houses the powerful Keck Telescope, will be available for a free, public viewing Friday night.  After the sun goes down, viewers may catch a glimpse of Mars, and after 9 p.m. Saturn and its rings should be visible. more

What's Right: Students Plan Spring Break Around Volunteering

Hundreds of Westmont students will be “paying it forward” during their spring break. About 340 Westmont students will spend March 15-19 volunteering for various service projects in Mississippi, Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. more

Vicente Fox Talks NAFTA, Drug Trade And Immigration

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox stopped off in Santa Barbara and Montecito Friday morning. Fox spoke at the annual Westmont College President’s breakfast at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, then addressed students during a convocation on campus. more

Solar Panelling Tea Fire Rebuilds Will Power Neighbohood

On Tuesday, Westmont officials, faculty and community leaders celebrated the installation of solar panels on 40 Westmont faculty homes. 14 of those homes, were rebuilt after being destroyed in the 2008 Tea Fire. more

Santa Barbara Theatre’s "Our Town"

OUR TOWN won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and went on to become one of the best loved American plays…Director John Blondell is head of the theatre program at Westmont College and the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed troupe Lit Moon Theatre Company. He will give a free, pre-show lecture about OUR TOWN on Friday, March 5 at 7 pm. more

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