Yearly Archives: 2008

Fashion show will showcase work of Brazilian lace-makers, MassArt students

Nilda daSilva of Terra Prometida, Brazil, uses techniques brought over with Portuguese settlers centuries ago and embellished by Native Brazilians to create the vibrant colors and intricate design of distinctively Brazilian bobbin lace. A 27-year-old, Annie Doran of Westport, convinced Ms. DaSilva to teach her neighbors how to do bobbin lace. Then she facilitated a program where students and graduates from schools, such as Westmont College, visit the village to experience its culture and art form. more

Religiously Affiliated Colleges

Many private colleges were founded by religious groups, and while a lot of these schools are secular institutions today, religious affiliation is a factor for students to consider as choose they a college. One of my transfer students began her college career at Westmont College, which encourages students to learn more about the Christian faith and to develop Christian commitments. more

City recognizes solar energy projects

A slate of single-family homes, commercial buildings and institutional facilities earned recognition from Santa Barbara city leaders yesterday for installing solar energy systems. Those earning the city’s highest award included David Vanderlaan’s home on Westmont Road. more

Lyle Hillegas 1934-2008: Former Westmont College President and El Montecito Presbyterian Church Pastor

Lyle Hillegas has been celebrated as teacher, college president, pastor, and college ministry founder, but it was not these accomplishments that made him large, at least to me, and he would not want them rehearsed here. In his last days, as the tributes poured in, he repeatedly quoted the warning of Jesus to “beware when all men speak well of you.” This was not false humility, but an earnest belief that the part he played in the enrichment of others was as a channel of Christ’s love. more

Calculating for college: Hidden costs

When parents figure out how much college is going to cost, they usually factor in tuition, room and board, and books, but sending a child to college has hidden costs. This fall, Shannon Hickey, 19, a junior at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, will study abroad in England. more

Westmont’s Beebe Elected to Board of Directors at United Way

Gayle Beebe, Ph.D., has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of Santa Barbara County. Beebe is the president of Westmont College in Montecito. He previously served as president of Spring Arbor University in Michigan for seven years and as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. more

Medina ready for women’s team after serious knee injury

After tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee early last season, Anglea Medina had to make a choice: have her knee fixed with tissue from other parts of her body or someone else’s. “I know a little bit about the differences in surgeries,” said Cougars coach Ron Pulvers, who tore both ACLs in the mid-1990s as a player at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. “Most elite athletes use the patellar method, but each athlete is different.” more


Sarah Ruth Tabb, daughter of Waller and Mary Tabb of Lakeland, graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya, with highest honors July 12. She played varsity basketball, soccer and field hockey. Tabb plans to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., in September. more

Teen idol contestants sing Saturday at the Fox

Teenagers from Visalia and Tulare will compete for the Visalia Teen Idol title Saturday at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Kylie Castro graduated from Exeter High School and will attend Westmont College in the fall. more

Lyle Charles Hillegas 1934 – 2008

Dr. Lyle Charles Hillegas served as the fifth president of Westmont College from 1972 to 1975. At 37, he was the youngest person ever appointed to the position and the only one to come directly from the ranks of the faculty. During his tenure, he recruited a strong team of administrators, began the process of increasing enrollment from 800 to 1,200 and worked on preserving Westmont’s gardens and beautifying the campus. more