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MARK PATTON: Basketball is still kids' play for Kammerer

There was a lot of kid still left in Chet Kammerer when he coached basketball at Westmont College. Randy Pfund learned that the hard way after he signed up as an assistant, walking the halls with Kammerer at their Kansas City hotel during the NAIA National Tournament. “He’d start running and knocking on all the doors,” Pfund once pointed out, “and if you weren’t right behind, you’d get caught by the people opening the doors.” more

MARK PATTON: Basketball is still kids' play for Kammerer

There was a lot of kid still left in Chet Kammerer when he coached basketball at Westmont College. Randy Pfund learned that the hard way after he signed up as an assistant, walking the halls with Kammerer at their Kansas City hotel during the NAIA National Tournament. more

2008 Goleta Teen of the Year Is Driven to Succeed

Danielle “Dani” Gemberling
School: San Marcos, senior
Parents: Donna and Gary Gemberling
Community Service: Westmont College athletics, Santa Barbara Youth Track Club, San Marcos Parent Child Workshop, California Lemon Festival more

Westmont plan approved

California’s Second District Court of Appeal unanimously supported Westmont’s plan to update its campus facilities, reaffirming a December 2007 Santa Barbara County Superior Court ruling that upheld unanimous approvals by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the Montecito Planning Commission. A three-judge panel issued its finding after hearing arguments in Santa Barbara Oct. 22. more

A Month After Fire, Support for Westmont Continues

Chris Call, vice president of Westmont College, says that he and the rest of the school community are grateful for the support they continue to receive a month after the wildfire that burned roughly 30 percent of the campus. “I don’t think anyone here is feeling like they’re going it alone,” says Call, who also serves as chair of the Montecito Covenant Church. “I have just felt upheld by prayer both physically and spiritually. I’ve seen this in others as well.” more

FINAL SCENE: Eat, Sing and Be Merry

Santa Barbara Master Chorales annual holiday concert,sing-along and party. The Chorale, directed by Steven Hodson, will be joined by another of Hodsons choral groups the Westmont Chamber Singers. more

United Way Celebrates Campaign Season With Holiday Bash

United Way of Santa Barbara County hosted its annual Holiday Bash event on Wednesday at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. More than 170 guests gathered to celebrate the holiday season and get an update on United Way’s 2008‐09 Community Campaign. The evening began with holiday themed songs from the John Douglas Quartet. » Outstanding Volunteer Organization: Westmont College more

BUDGET WOES HIT HIGHER EDUCATION

The ever downward spiraling economy has tightened belts from coast to coast, and institutions of higher education are preparing for the worst. Though the school is private, Doug Jones, vice president for finance at Westmont College, said fundraising has become more difficult right now. “The current state of the economy has made fundraising more difficult, but certainly there are many people interested in continuing to support the college,” Jones said in an e-mail.

County 12-11

A year after a Santa Barbara Superior Court judge rejected a lawsuit from the group Concerned Citizens over Westmont Expansion, the California Court of Appeal on 12/3 denied an appeal of that decision by the same group, meaning Westmont College can proceed with its master plan, which calls for the addition of 345,000 square feet of buildings to the campus. more

Chet Kammerer Gets Floored: Former Westmont Basketball Coach to Be Honored This Weekend

Chet Kammerer, a man of considerable modesty, was floored when Westmont College wanted him to be the men’s basket­ball coach, and now he is being floored again. On Saturday, December 13, the playing surface at Westmont’s recently renovated Murchison Gym will be dedicated as Kammerer Court. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. before the Warriors play Cal State San Bernardino in a non-conference game. more

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