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Westmont’s Alex Moore dies at 31

Alex Moore, who joined the Westmont faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of kinesiology, died May 9 from complications following surgery. Moore was 31. His wife, Kirsten, survives him; the couple met at Westmont in 2005 when she became the college’s head women’s basketball coach. They got married in 2008, and their first child is due in July. more

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks foreign policy at Westmont event

Former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the rounds in Santa Barbara yesterday with a speech at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree and a Q&A in front of a panel of Westmont students about the difficulties concerning American foreign policy. “Our country’s leadership and influence are being questioned in ways we have not seen in a very long time,” Gates said. In addition to serving as Secretary of Defense under two presidents from different political parties, Gates also spent 26 years working for the CIA and National Security Council before retiring as director of the CIA in 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. more

ANN ABOUT TOWN: Forging the way for new art

It’s located on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega, across from Paradise Café—no, not the corner that has the French crepe place, not the one with Seagrass restaurant and the parking garage, but the other corner. You’ve probably gone past it more than a few dozen times and thought nothing of the unassuming building with lightly painted corrugated metal siding, but it’s worth another look. And this 1st Thursday is the perfect time to take a peek. … Tonight, they’ll be featuring the artwork of several Westmont College students. more

Ann About Town: Bidding High Five (by Five)

Be there and be square. There’re only a few hours left until Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s “5×5: An Invitational” online auction comes to a close, with pieces going home with the highest bidder. “The initial idea was to have a Christmas card show, which morphed into the idea of just having a show of work that all measured 5″x5″, letting the artists decide what the content of their work would be,” shared Chris Rupp, collections manager and curator of the exhibition. more

THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN: Murchison Gym Will be Rocking This Winter as Both Westmont Basketball Teams Eye National Championships

When the final horn ended a game against Azusa Pacific University late last month and the fans spilled out of the stands to celebrate, everything changed at Westmont, Montecito’s gentle college in the hills. more

MIKE ON THE MOVE: Let’s have a frank talk about religion and tolerance

You are going to have to hide the women and children on this one because I’m going to talk about (gulp!) religion. The other evening I cruised up to Westmont, the gorgeous little Christian college in the woods above Montecito, to do a story for the Montecito Messenger on the men’s and women’s basketball programs, which both have a shot at NAIA (small college) national titles this year. more

MIKE ON THE MOVE: Let’s have a frank talk about religion and tolerance

You are going to have to hide the women and children on this one because I’m going to talk about (gulp!) religion. … The other evening I cruised up to Westmont, the gorgeous little Christian college in the woods above Montecito, to do a story for the Montecito Messenger on the men’s and women’s basketball programs, which both have a shot at NAIA (small college) national titles this year. Coach Kirsten Moore was kind enough to let me watch the women practice. more

Santa Barbara honors its veterans

At the Veterans Day Concert in the United First Methodist Church, there’s no sound other than a trumpet playing taps as hundreds take a moment of silence to remember the American troops that defended their country and never saw home again. The somber mood is broken by inspiring numbers from the Westmont Orchestra and San Marcos High School Chorus such as “An American Salute” and “America the Beautiful.” more

Santa Barbara’s CEC launches bottled water campaign at area schools

Most people by now are aware of the perils of plastic bags, but bottled water remains a source of environmental and public debate. more

Westmont professor is Santa Barbara’s new poet laureate

Paul J. Willis, the city’s new Poet Laureate, may not have been born in Santa Barbara, but the city was the birthplace of his poetry. more

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