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Westmont College Changes Policy to Offer Housing Assistance to More Faculty, Employees: College has 13 condo units under construction near Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to add to its 41 single-family homes near campus

Westmont College is trying to make it easier for faculty members and employees to buy homes.

The Santa Barbara Planning Commission last week agreed to let the private Christian college change its specific plan to offer housing assistance to more of its employees and faculty. more

Westmont Ranks Among Top National Colleges

The recently released 2019 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities confirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation.

PayScale’s Best Colleges in California by Salary Potential lists Westmont as No. 19, nearly 40 spots above its closest California competitor in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and fourth among all faith-based schools in the state. more

Museum of Art’s Art Matters Lecture Series Moves to Evenings

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s (SBMA) adult education lecture series Art Matters is moving from a morning timeslot to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in an effort to better serve the schedules of students and working adults. … Working together with their colleagues at UCSB, Ventura College, SBCC and Westmont College, Kahng and West hope to attract area students to Art Matters. more

Westmont’s Michael Oldach Wins Season-Opening Nationball Classic

For the first time since 2013, a Westmont runner won the men’s race in the traditional Nationball Classic at Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park.

Michael Oldach finished first in the 4.2 mile race in a time of 21:13 and Blake Fonda finished third (second among college athletes) in a time of 21:37. Westmont’s third finisher was freshman Jason Peterson who crossed the finish line in a time of 22:36 (11th overall, ninth among college athletes) in his college debut. more

Susan Miles Gulbransen: Poetry in Santa Barbara — Putting Pen to Paper, and Local Happenings

Do you or have you thought of writing a poem? In this world of sound bites and texting, poetry offers a balance, a way to convey experiences and thoughts — broad and deep, big and small — through imagery with words used like music. Poetry allows us to focus on details in small poems like haiku to large matters in poems like epics. … Paul Willis, popular English professor at Westmont College and former poet laureate (2011-13), has two books out, both reflecting his love of the mountains and walking/hiking while the mind studies life, including the good and sometimes difficult. more

Gerald Carpenter: West Coast Symphony to Celebrate Fiesta in Courthouse Sunken Gardens

In observance of Fiesta, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Westmont College’s Michael Shasberger (artistic director), will present a wonderful — and free — concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 in the Sunken Gardens of Santa Barbara’s unique courthouse. more

New Westmont Center Examines U.S. Democracy

Westmont’s new Center for American Democracy will help students understand the unique ideas, ideals, institutions and practices of democracy in the United States.

The center begins launching programs in the fall 2018 thanks to a gift from an anonymous couple with new ties to the college. more

Grants Kick Off New Sports at Westmont: Names Family Funds go toward swimming, golf programs

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Wash., has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of men’s and women’s golf.

Megan Shagren ’18, the daughter of Mark and Erin (Names) Shagren (a co-trustee of the Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation), graduated from Westmont in May with a degree in liberal studies. more

Girls Inc. Carpinteria Names Board President, Members

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has announced the election of a new board president, Theresa Huerta, and three newest members to its Board of Trustees: Dawn Howards, Chris Jacobs and Diana Rigby. … Diana Rigby is the current Carpinteria Unified School District superintendent and a former Carpinteria resident with a career in education administration in Ventura, Santa Barbara. and Concord, Mass. … She worked as the director of student services and assistant superintendent in Santa Barbara School Districts and has taught special education courses at Westmont College. more

94th Old Spanish Days Fiesta Has Something for Everyone, And Much of It’s Free: Santa Barbara celebrates traditions with music, dancing, parades, horses and countless cascarones just waiting for their break

Cascarones (confetti eggs), mercados, parades, authentic food, music, dancing and the rodeo are an essential part of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Traditions continue as the five-day celebration begins Wednesday, running through Sunday. …

Sunday

» The West Coast Symphony will hold its annual Fiesta concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. Music is conducted by Michael Shasberger, a Westmont College professor of music and worship who conducts the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra. more

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