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All in a day's work : Requests for volunteers up for 18th annual Day of Caring

More than 1,000 local volunteers are expected to turn out Sept. 19 for the Day of Caring, sponsored by the United Way of Santa Barbara County. The annual event is the biggest, single-day volunteer effort in the Santa Barbara-Ventura-San Luis Obispo counties area, according to event organizers. Students from Dons Net Cafè at Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College will be pitching in on projects ranging from planting gardens, decorating playgrounds with stencils, assembling learning kits for pre-schoolers and more. more

COHOON, Virginia Mae

Virginia went peacefully and quickly to be with her Savior and Lord in the early morning of September 2, 2009 while at home with family.Virginia was born to Robert and Harriet Long January 27, 1932 in Pasadena, California. One of four children, she is survived by a brother, Robert Long and a sister, Jean Messenheimer. A brother, Norman Long preceded her in death. She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and received her Registered Nurses Degree. more

Dancing with the Otas : Couple still teaching ballroom steps and martial arts after 45 years

Welcome to the Cultural School, headquarters for ballroom dance and martial arts classes. It was founded by Ken and Miye (MEE’-ay) Ota in 1964. …  Students learn more than just dancing, added his wife. … Which is good news for parents like Dr. Kathy Mora, a dentist, and her husband, Assad, of Montecito. Their daughter, Clara, 16, took the dance classes before graduating from Laguna Blanca School in June. She is a freshman at Westmont College. more

Virginia Mae Cohoon

Virginia MaeCohoon, 77, died Sept. 2, 2009 at her home in Central Point. She had been a long-time resident and activity community member in White City. She was born on Jan. 27, 1932, in Pasadena,Calif., to Robert and Harriet Long. She was one of four children. Mrs. Cohoon attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and received her degree to become a Registered Nurse. more

BENTON Ph.D, Clifford S.

Professor emeritus of Chemistry (from 1956-1981) at Westmont College died September 1, 2009. He leaves behind four children, David, Joseph, Fay Ruth and Michael; eight grand children and 16 great grandchildren. He was born December 7, 1919 in Seattle, WA and raised in the Chicago, IL area. more

Medea Creek Middle School welcomes dean

Tim Chevalier has been hired as dean at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park. … Chevalier earned a business degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After graduating he worked as a stockbroker for a private Santa Barbara firm. After 18 months he decided to make a change. more

Jesus Girls “Un-testify” about Growing Up Female and Evangelical in New Book by Cascade Books

A collection of personal essays by up-and-coming female writers, Jesus Girls offers a window into a world of flannel board Jesuses, Christian “rap” music, faith healing, and Bible memorization competitions.Evangelicals are taught to tell their life stories as “testimonies,” inspirational tales of dramatic conversion. But this formula leaves out a lot of stories–and a lot of voices, especially female voices, according to editor, Hannah Faith Notess. Notess is the creative writing editor of The Other Journal. She earned a BA in English at Westmont College, and an MFA in creative writing at Indiana University, where she was the poetry editor at Indiana Review. more

Azusa Pacific and the LA Fires

A little over nine months ago, the Westmont College campus in Santa Barbara, California was the victim of the Montecito Tea Fire.  The campus was closed, buildings were burned, and schedules were disrupted. more

Westmont College students return to a changed campus : Recovery from November's Tea Fire is evident on eve of new school year

After a tumultuous year that had them evacuating not once, but twice due to local fires, returning Westmont College students have found that their campus has undergone some radical changes. The changes affect where students will live, take classes and participate in or watch athletics. But according to several students of the faith-based college , it is a minor inconvenience compared to being together, back on campus, with classmates. more


The 320 first-year students representing the class of 2013 are moving into Westmont this week before the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 31. The incoming class includes 11 National Merit Scholars, 80 students of color and 65 students from the Tri Counties. Westmont welcomes six international students from England, Tokyo, Cairo, Kenya, China and Korea. more