Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk

UCSB, Westmont Rank Among Top Schools in the Nation

UCSB and Westmont College are among the highest-ranked schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue. In the category of liberal arts colleges, which, according to the magazine, “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study,” Westmont College ranked 111 out of 265, keeping its status as a Tier 1 school. more

Brothers’ New Recycling Business Puts Waste to Good Use

Brothers Craig Boyce and Mark Craig have launched Coastal Byproducts, an earth-friendly recycling business specializing in the free recycling of grease and cooking oil from restaurants, hotels and other locations where food is served. Craig, 38, is a graduate of Westmont College, and Mark, 30, graduated from UCSB. Both have economics degrees and a strong track record as partners in a power-washing service for Central Coast businesses. more

Westmont’s Beebe Elected to Board of Directors at United Way

Gayle Beebe, Ph.D., has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of Santa Barbara County. Beebe is the president of Westmont College in Montecito. He previously served as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan for seven years and as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. more

Westmont Rolls Out a New Game Plan for Soccer

Don’t expect the moniker “Westmont United” to be applied anytime soon, but changes in the coaching staff have provided an opportunity for a different approach to the school’s soccer programs. Dave Wolf, who has served as the men’s head coach since 1991, has been named the director of soccer and this coming season will serve as the head coach for the men’s and women’s programs. more

Two Months in South Africa with 30 Teens No Typical Retirement Plan

Living and working in a campus environment felt familiar to Jan and Ron Cronk, shown here with three students and their bikes. The Cronks had spent years associated with Westmont College, where Ron was a longtime administrator. more

Retired Westmont President Tapped To Lead Year-Old Providence Hall

Providence Hall, Santa Barbara’s only Protestant high school, has hired former Westmont College President David Winter to lead the year-old school on an interim basis, officials announced Thursday. Winter, 77, served as Westmont president from 1976 to 2001, and joined Providence Hall’s board of directors four months ago. He said he had no intention of being the school’s headmaster. more

Instruments Taking Shape In Hands of Santa Barbara Craftsman

The Hubert Schwyzer Quartet, a unique ensemble of instruments commissioned by Westmont College, is taking shape under the hands of master violin maker James Wimmer at his workshop in Santa Barbara. Named for a former UCSB philosophy professor and cellist, the quartet will be used by Westmont faculty and students during the school year and loaned to the Music Academy of the West in the summer months. more

Westmont College Awarded National Music Accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation has granted associate membership to Westmont College after a four-year review process. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of more than 600 colleges and universities that establishes national standards for degrees and credentials. more

Westmont Awards Scholarships to Five Computer Science Students

Westmont College’s computer science department awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 to five students. The recipients are first-year students Erick Brownfield and Morgan Vigil, juniors Josh Carver and Toby Lounsbury and senior Michael Gardner. more

Westmont Foundation Welcomes Four Santa Barbara Residents to Board

The Westmont Foundation welcomes four prominent Santa Barbara residents to its board. Brad Frohling, Andria Kahmann, Bill Loomis and Alice Van de Water join the 26-member board. more

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