Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Do You Believe in Miracles?

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? In Miracles, a new book releasing on October 28, Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, offers compelling – sometimes electrifying – evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. … The Fall Forum event itself is exciting. It is so much more than a lecture. The fun “Just Desserts and Just Swing” themed program features cheese boards and desserts, listening and dancing to the Big Band-era music of John Enrico Douglas and the Westmont Jazz Ensemble, and book signing with Eric Metaxas. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Bacara Resort. more

2014 Veterans Day Concert

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Presents the annual free Veterans Day Concert – this year’s theme is “Honoring Women in the Military.” …Bring the entire family to the free program of patriotic songs produced by PCVF Board member Marilyn Gilbert performed by soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and complemented by The Westmont Orchestra to end the Veterans Weekend of events on a high note. more

Total Lunar Eclipse

Don’t miss the total lunar eclipse tonight (tomorrow morning), with totality from 3:25 to 4:24 AM. Partial phases extend from 1:15 AM to 6:34 AM.

Westmont’s observatory, by their baseball field, will be open for public viewing, starting at 1 AM. more

Monthly Public Telescope Night

Westmont Public Telescope Night. See cool stuff in the night sky through
telescopes set up by the Astronomical Unit, the local amateur astronomy
club sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Most
months the large telescope at the observatory is also available for viewing,
run by the Physics Department at Westmont. Observations are weather
permitting, are held on the third Friday of each month, and are free to the
public. The observatory is next to the baseball field. more

TV Santa Barbara

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) is Santa Barbara’s non-profit 501(c)3 media arts center, helping everyday people to create, connect and communicate through media featuring their local community. TV Santa Barbara provides access to local TV services, educational seminars, and state-of-the art media production equipment to empower the Santa Barbara community. Santa Barbara area nonprofits, businesses and individuals use TVSB to produce television programs, website and promotional videos, and public service announcements. TVSB distributes programming both online and through two community media channels, TVSB Voice (local public access TV on Santa Barbara Cox Cable Channel 17/103.17) and TVSB Culture (educational access TV on Santa Barbara Cox Cable Channel 71/104.21). … Other educational institutions that have used the channel include Fielding Graduate University, SBCC Scheinfeld Center, SBCC Construction Technology Department, Westmont, Stanford University Nonprofit Management Institute, and Santa Barbara High School. more

Westmont College is Fire Ready

Westmont College in the Montecito hills has a full scale emergency response plan. Students and staff have been given specific safety instructions and duties. The campus was in the eye of the 2008 Tea Fire and lost some buildings while winds violently blew flames into homes from Montecito to Santa Barbara. The campus was also caught up in the 1964 Coyote Fire. more

9/11 Memorial at Westmont

The Westmont College Student Association has sponsored and will be installing a temporary memorial of 2,977 flags on Kerrwood Lawn tomorrow to honor those killed in the attacks. more

Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

Fifteen new Westmont students are traveling to the Eastern Sierra (Aug. 14-26) for a unique, 12-day backcountry adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. One of its goals is helping participants get to know students they can trust. By sharing experiences in the mountains, participants will develop relationships with people they can rely on during the toughest first few weeks of school. more

Schulze Named Westmont VP of Student Life

Edee Schulze, who has served as Bethel College’s vice president of student life for six years, is Westmont’s new vice president of student life. President Gayle D. Beebe made the announcement in an all-campus email April 22 as students returned from Easter vacation.

Schulze replaces Jane Higa Mannoia who retired in August 2013 after being diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tim Wilson has served as interim vice president and dean of students since September 2013. more

ISS and Total Lunar Eclipse

Some good news about the total lunar eclipse on the night of Mon/Tue, April 14/15. Westmont College will open up their Observatory for public viewing, from 10:30 PM to 2 AM. Smaller telescopes set up by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will also be set up to view the eclipse, Mars (at its closest for this year that evening), and Saturn. The Westmont Observatory is adjacent to their baseball and athletic fields, on the downhill side of the campus, with parking available nearby. more

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