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Westmont leadership awards

Westmont College announced Friday the names of 12 students who, for their leadership during the past year, were awarded $2,000 scholarships toward tuition. The David K. Winter Character Through Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. more

Westmont Honors Students For Outstanding Leadership

The Westmont College’s Student Life Office has honored 12 outstanding students for their leadership during the past year. The David K. Winter Character Through Servant Leadership Award is given each spring to students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. Each student receives $2,000 toward tuition during the next school year. more

Biola says “goodbye” to Rafe Payne

Dr. Rafe Payne, who has taught in the science department for 38 years, is retiring from Biola at the end of the year. Payne received a bachelor’s degree at Westmont College, and did masters work at UC Santa Barbara. more

Three Reasons to Check Out Westmont’s Fringe Festival

Westmont’s annual Fringe Festival is a great (albeit smaller) way to get a dose of original alt-theater and art a little closer home. more

Busy start of school year already underway at university

Willis has taught at Westmont College since 1988. He has published poems in journals such as “Poetry,” “Ascent, Askew,” “Wilderness” and “Christian Century.” more

Dr. Gayle Beebe Named Westmont’s Eighth President: A Chat With the New Head of Montecito’s Only College

On July 1, Dr. Gayle Beebe, 48 assumed the leadership of Westmont College, becoming it’s eighth president. He succeeds Stan Gaede, who departed in July 2006 to teach at Gordon College in Massachusetts. more

Words, words, words: Ojai welcomes literary rock stars to its third biennial Poetry Festival

Rummel is just one of a half-dozen regional poets who will read at the festival Saturday afternoon, one of whom, David Mason, is flying in from Colorado. Paul Willis, a professor at Westmont in Santa Barbara will read, along with Enid Osborn, also from Santa Barbara. Florence Weinberger will come from Los Angeles, and Kimberly Young, formerly of Ojai, will come from the San Fernando Valley. Young credits Taggart and the Ojai journal Rivertalk for helping her “to continue to place poetry in the center of my life.” more

Westmont Gets New Telescope: Carroll Observatory Adorned with New 24-Inch Reflector Telescope

Montecito — A powerful 24-inch reflector telescope was gingerly lowered by crane into Westmont College’s Carroll Observatory this morning. Westmont reports the new high-tech telescope will be the most powerful one between San Francisco and Los Angeles. more

Dig that ’70s show

It was the spring of 1971 and a young coach with one year of college coaching experience was given a new job.

Jim Larson of Westmont College in Santa Barbara accepted the challenge of starting the Cal State Bakersfield basketball program. more

The Lion, the Witch, and the wardrobes

The wardrobes were both purchased in the mid-1970s, following the sale of the late author’s Oxfordshire home. One resides at Wheaton College, Illinois, while the other is the property of Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts establishment in Santa Barbara, California. Each has attracted several thousand Lewis devotees each year. more

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