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Nolite timere: Tolle lege, Verbum Domini sit

“As a Protestant biblical scholar, I found Hahn’s exposition of Pope Benedict’s biblical theology both informative and inspiring. In spite of differences, Protestants need to read this book to understand how deeply we can agree on the primacy of Christ and the Word. Through Hahn, I have a new appreciation for the mind and heart of Pope Benedict.”–Tremper Longman III, Westmont College. more


Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery was recently awarded a grant to the tune of $113,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The money, which will be matched by the school, will be put toward managing the gallery’s permanent collection. more

West Coast University Welcomes New President/Chief Executive Officer

West Coast University has appointed Barry T. Ryan, J.D., Ph.D., as President/Chief Executive Officer of West Coast University. Dr. Ryan will be responsible for all operations and strategic development for the 100-year-old institution. Dr. Ryan holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History from Westmont College. more

Network of friends helps Tides graduate deal with wildfires at Westmont college

Kate Stuart may have felt ready for her freshman year at Westmont College. But there’s no way she could have been prepared for what was to come. Stuart was an academic and athletic star for the Tides before she graduated in 2008. In her four years as a cross country runner, the Gig Harbor girls won three consecutive Class 4A state championships and also had a second-place finish. more

A More Humble Reading

Diana Butler Bass is probably not as much a household name in most Roman Catholic circles as she is in mainline Protestant ones. She is perhaps most noted for her previous books, Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighboring Church Is Transforming the Faith and Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community, among others. Theologically trained as a church historian, she taught at Westmont College. more

Westmont alum goes down at the line : Dahlz, Swigart get victories

Ryan Borger will learn. He’ll have to if he’s going to make this triathalon thing a profession. The Summerland resident collapsed and fainted at the East Beach finish line and had to be attended to upon completing the long course on Saturday, eventually being helped by several volunteers into the medical tent nearby. Another lesson for him is what Borger felt caused his fainting spell. “I lost my water bottle,” the former Westmont College runner admitted. “I hit a pothole on my bike and it flew off.” more

Reuse, recycle, ReStore: Habitat outlet celebrates 1-year anniversary

Sales have exceeded officials’ expectations at the ReStore, a home improvement outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County. The store also provides materials for those homes. The Southern Santa Barbara County chapter completed its first three condominiums in 2007, at 3965 Via Lucero, and plans to complete four more condominiums in 2010 at 618 San Pascual. Construction will begin as soon as building permits are approved; all of the windows for the project were formerly used in faculty housing at Westmont College, Ms. Davis said. The college donated them. more

Westmont, UCSB move up in rankings

College students bound for UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College this fall can rest assured that the institutions charged with educating them are among the top of their kind in the nation. According to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2010 Edition,” Westmont ranked 92nd out of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges, while UC Santa Barbara, in the category of “Top 50 Public National Universities,” finished at 11, statements from the schools said. Westmont leapfrogged 19 spots, busting into the top 100, making it one of only two liberal arts colleges among the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to reach that bar. more

UCSB, Westmont rate well in magazine's annual rankings

UCSB, Westmont rate well in magazine’s annual rankings FILE PHOTOS UCSB, above left, and Westmont College moved up in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. Taking a step up, UCSB takes the No. 11 spot in the annual listing of the “Top 50 Public National Universities” in the country, as ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2010 Edition.” Westmont College, meanwhile, jumped a whopping 19 places in the rankings for best liberal arts colleges. Westmont sits at No. 92. more

Friendship Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Friendship Adult Day Care Center in Santa Barbara introduces the new members of its board of directors. Dana Vander Mey has been manager of Volunteers for Hospice of Santa Barbara Inc., a volunteer hospice organization, for eight years. Married to a Westmont College professor, she has four grown children and two grandchildren. more

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