Santa Barbara Independent

Doug Jones Joins Advisory Council for Rabobank: Westmont Administrator Will Aid Regional President’s Advisory Board

A senior Westmont college administrator has been appointed to the Rabobank Regional President’s Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara, announced Don Toussaint, regional president for Rabobank, N.A. Doug Jones, vice president for finance at Westmont, joins the 12-member advisory board. more

Westmont in Top 100 Colleges: U.S. News & World Report Names Christian Liberal Arts College #99

For the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News &World Report’s “American’s Best Colleges, 2011 Edition.” Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth straight year the college has ranked in the most prestigious group. more

Bob Wennberg 1935 – 2010: Author, Professor of Philosophy

Robert Wennberg, who taught philosophy at Westmont College for 37 years and authored several books—Life in the Balance: Exploring the Abortion Controversy; Terminal Choices: Euthanasia, Suicide and the Right to Die; God, Humans and Animals: An Invitation to Enlarge Our Moral Universe; and Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters—died on July 18 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. Bob’s retirement in 2005 did not keep him from continuing to write and lecture about difficult issues of morals and faith. He had earned a doctorate in philosophy from UCSB in 1973 and held master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. more

Week in Sports: Bergmann Court to be Dedicated

Major league scouts and college baseball coaches will be heading to Westmont College’s Russ Carr Field on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 6-7) to observe the cream of the crop from Southern California high schools at the 2010 Area Code Tryouts. On Tuesday, tryouts will be held for Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley region players. Tryouts for players from Orange County, Riverside, the Inland Empire and San Diego regions will be held on Wednesday. Both sessions begin at 9 a.m. and are open to the public. more

Talk Nerdy to Me: Westmont Hosts Monthly Telescope Viewing

On Friday, June 18, Westmont Observatory held a free, public telescope viewing, a monthly event hosted by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU). About 100 to 150 people dropped by to view Westmont’s new, research-grade telescope. The Keck telescope — not to be confused with the one in Hawaii — uses segmented primary mirrors and a 24-inch reflector, and is thought to be one of the most powerful telescopes on the Central Coast. more

Supreme Soccer: The World Cup Kicks Off in South Africa

Soccer, they say, brings out our tribal loyalties. It awakens pride. This month, when South Africa hosts the World Cup, it will also unify nations. more

UCSB Installs Emergency Alert Speaker: System May Eventually Include Four Additional Units

UCSB has installed the first of five campus communication speakers on the roof of Kerr Hall, designed to alert students and staff in the event of an emergency. The speakers have a range of 2,400 feet, and are tentatively planned to be located at the Recreation Center, Kohn Hall, Santa Rosa Hall, and the Faculty Club within the next 12 months. more

John Wooden: a Great Coach, a Greater Man

If he were just a basketball coach, John Wooden’s death still would have made headlines in the sports pages. But the stories would not be replete with testimony to the profundity of his character. His passing would not be felt so pungently by so many people. more

Week in Sports: Foresters Open Season at UCSB Diamond

Cox Channel 8 is broadcasting a taped replay of last Saturday’s Alumni Big Game, the 10-10 tie between football teams from San Marcos and Santa Barbara Highs. Three more telecasts are scheduled – today (Fri., June 4) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. more

Screenwriters Assn. of S.B. Meeting

Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, teacher, published poet and former director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She will speak about her new book Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books, 2010). more