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Westmont’s Pickle Tree, Spared in Fire, the Focus of Holiday Lighting

Westmont College’s famous 150-foot redwood known as the Pickle Tree survived the Tea Fire and will be the focus of attention at the seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free and open to the public. Warm apple cider, cookies and pickles will be available. Santa will be inside Kerrwood Hall posing for pictures with children who bring a canned good to donate to The Unity Shoppe, a local volunteer program that helps the needy in Santa Barbara. more


Westmont College will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerry Lawn tonight at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The campus’ famous 150-foot redwood affectionately known as the Pickle Tree survived the Tea Fire and will be the focus of attention at the event. more

Benefit set for professor who lost literature in fire

To the list of things lost in the Tea fire, add the library of contemporary poetry books and other volumes belonging to Paul Willis, an English professor at Westmont College. Willis’ home was one of 14 faculty residences destroyed last month when fire swept through the Montecito campus and neighboring areas, ultimately claiming 210 homes and causing millions of dollars in damage. more

Westmont keeps improbable postseason run alive : Warriors make Sargent's early goal stand up as they advance to national quarterfinals

It apparently doesn’t matter what kind of adversity gets thrown their way because the Warriors keep on winning. Sophomore forward Dan Sargent scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute and goalkeeper Justin Etherton notched his eighth shutout of the season to send Westmont College to a 1-0 victory over Baker in the second round of the NAIA men’s soccer championship tournament Tuesday afternoon at Fresno Pacific University. more

Westmont College holds Service of Hope and Renewal as students return to class

Nearly 3 weeks after the Tea Fire claimed campus buildings and faculty homes, students returned to class Monday, after a Service of Hope and Renewal. video

'HOPE AND RENEWAL' : Westmont service recognizes efforts of firefighters

Nearly three weeks after the Tea Fire claimed eight Westmont College buildings and 15 faculty homes, students and community members who were tightly packed into the school gymnasium on Monday offered firefighters a standing ovation at what organizers called a Service of Hope and Renewal. On Nov. 13, about 800 students were evacuated into Murchison Gym because of the fire, but Monday — the day classes resumed — the building was stuffed to standing-room-only capacity with more than 2,000 people. The service included performances by the Westmont College Choir and Worship Team band, along with words from campus officials. more

Advent of an arts tradition: Gloucester artist at heart of Gordon festival

The work of Gloucester painter Bruce Herman merges contemporary art with faith — two terms not always used together. His newest work will be unveiled this week during the Advent Festival of the Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, where his exhibit celebrates the birth of Christ and honors his mother, Mary. Herman, a Gordon art professor for 24 years, plays a leading role in this expanded Advent celebration, which includes a panel discussion as well as the opening of his exhibition of the Virgin Mary.

After the show at Gordon College, the exhibit will travel to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., then on to Italy, where it is slated to be installed at a monastery in Orvieto. more


Westmont College students return to class after Tea Fire closure

Students return to class at Westmont College for the first time since the Tea Fire burned parts of the Montecito campus. The college said the fire destroyed eight buildings and 15 faculty homes. Over 60 students, faculty and staff lost their residences because of the fire. more video


Classes Resume At Westmont After Tea Fire Destruction

Westmont College re-opened it’s doors Monday with “hope and renewal.” Monday was the first day back to class since the Tea Fire closed school for more than two weeks. The Montecito Fire Department received a standing ovation during Monday’s re-opening events. more video

Westmont Students Return after Tea Fire Devastation

Most of the small, scenic campus escaped the flames and remains intact. But students returning for the first time since the fire walked through blackened portions of the wooded campus. Foundations and debris are all that’s left where the Physics and Math Buildings once stood. Three student residences were also reduced to ashes. more video