Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk

Bill Cirone: Toxic Rhetoric Takes Steep Toll on Teacher Retention, Recruitment

Our country has changed. Given the proliferation of “rant radio,” angry television commentaries, strident columnists and bloggers, along with comment sections that spew hate, it’s clear that the civility, manners and humanity once the hallmarks of American society are now in short supply. …Westmont College is one of several institutions tackling this issue head-on. The college hosted “Let’s Talk Teaching!” conferences twice in the past three years, partnering with Partners in Education and high school guidance counselors to find interested high school students to take part and receive motivation to pursue a career in teaching.

Westmont Professors to Lead Panel Discussion on Presidential Leadership

Westmont College professors Tom Knecht and Rachel Winslow will explore presidential leadership in a free, public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-­come, first­-served basis. For more information, please call 805.565-.6051.

Westmont Honors Kids Helping Kids with Excellence in Education Award

The Westmont College Education Department honored two Westmont alumni by giving the Excellence in Education award to their innovative, student-­run non­profit organization Kids Helping Kids at a lunchtime gathering Tuesday at Westmont.

Alumni Jamie DeVries, class of 1995, and Jillian Wilber, class of 2013, who teach AP economics at San Marcos High School and advise KHK, brought nine of their students to the ceremony. more

Westmont Named Among Top Colleges in Two New Rankings

Two new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation.

Business Insider names it one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, and Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-­Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” more

Gerald Carpenter: Westmont Stages One-Act Operas of Pergolesi, Menotti

Westmont College Theatre Arts and the Music Department have joined forces to produce an evening’s entertainment that should please and delight just about anybody who has their full compliment of senses.

They will be offering “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan 30-31, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 in Porter Theater on the Westmont Campus. more

Jenelle Robertson: The Role of Online Marketing for Santa Barbara Start-ups

Santa Barbara is known for its breathtaking views and beachside culture, but it’s quickly becoming famous for its thriving community of up-and-coming tech start-ups and international brands. Santa Barbara attracts budding entrepreneurs from UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College, as well as those escaping blustery winters elsewhere. more

Westmont Theater, Music Departments Join Forces to Offer ‘One-Act Opera Classics’

The Westmont College theater and music departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of Pirates of Penzance, combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30-31 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 1, all in the Porter Theatre. more

Susan Miles Gulbransen: Why Santa Barbara Needs the Children’s Library Project

What is the richest resource available to all readers no matter their income? Books from the public library. All you need is a library card, easily obtained, and the world will literally open to you page by page. …Each year, a group led by Paul Willis, a Westmont College professor and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, celebrate Stafford and his poetry. The ninth “Remembering William Stafford: A Community Reading” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the camp area across the road from Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road. more

Students in San Marcos Teacher-Education Class Explore Local Colleges

San Marcos High School students enrolled in an Introduction to Education course enjoyed field trips to both Cal State Channel Islands and UCSB, learning more about education degrees and teaching certification programs. Days later, the class hosted 13 Westmont College education majors to hear about their teacher education offerings. more

3rd Annual Father Virgil Remarkable Life Awards to Honor Gerd and Pete Jordano

Gerd and Pete Jordano are being honored this year at LifeChronicles’ third annual Father Virgil Remarkable Life Awards Gala for all of the positive impact they have made on the Santa Barbara community through their volunteer efforts and service to many important community causes. …Together they have both been involved with Westmont College for over 20 years. more

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