Yearly Archives: 2009

JAMES, Elbert Alonzo (Al)

Long time resident of Santa Barbara passed away on April 29, 2009 at the age of 93 after a short illness. Al was born September 4, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, the 9th child of Bessie Rappe and Gabriel Alonzo James. In lieu of flowers friends may wish to donate to Westmont College. more

UCSB tennis get a chance to give back today

Kevin Johnson, three-time NBA All-Star and mayor of Sacramento, will be the featured speaker at the 18th Annual Westmont Athletic President’s Scholarship Challenge. The two-day event begins May 31 with a dinner at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort featuring Johnson as the keynote speaker. more

IN CONCERT :The defiant 'Requiem' – Verdi's choral masterpiece receives a special anniversary performance

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem stands in the canon — of classical music, of choral music, of requiems — as a soaring masterpiece, a work the composer brought to bear the emotion and grandeur he knew so well from the world of opera. “I consider (my part) a role like Othello or Aida,” says Eduardo Villa, one of the four lead singers who will perform the work this weekend. “I’m always there when the Chorus calls me, or Westmont, or the Opera,” he says. “I love to come back to Santa Barbara.” more

Biblical Ambiguity Doesn’t Diminish Authority

Marilyn McEntyre, author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies: Stewardship of Language in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans, May 2009), is a Fellow at the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, Westmont College. She writes about the importance of distinguishing, in our scriptural and theological debates, between matters of opinion and matters of fact. more

Reynolds Gallery Hosts Juried Art Exhibit

Montecito’s only annual juried art exhibition, “Views and Visions: Interior Space,” opens with a reception Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Reynolds Gallery on the Westmont College campus. The reception will include an awards ceremony announcing winners of the $1,000 first prize and other cash awards, chosen by juror Elyse Gonzales, curator of exhibitions at UCSB’s University Art Museum. more

Review: 7 paths to guide us toward a spiritual life

Bebee confesses to the profound effect the manuscript made on him, and now, three decades down the road, he is president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and co-author with Foster of a newly released book, “Longing for God.” In it, Foster and Bebee point us down “seven paths” that emerge from their reflections on the great saints of the church, ancient and modern, paths that guide us toward the spiritual life, from a number of perspectives.more

Santa Barbara Endures Its Most Threatening Natural Disaster Ever: Jesusita Fire, Day by Day

The Jesusita Fire forced an estimated 30,000 South Coast residents from Goleta to Montecito out of their homes and put another 30,000 on warning. 9:49 a.m.: Nick Welsh reports that Westmont College is scrambling to evacuate 500-600 students on the eve of its graduation ceremonies within the three-hour window allotted by law enforcement. more

Palos Verdes High celebrates Athletes of the Year

Palos Verdes High School has released the nominees for Athlete of the Year honors. In all, 25 Sea Kings made the list, including Matthew McNab for boys soccer. McNab will be attending Westmont College through a Provost Scholarship ($10,000) and Athletic (total: $34,000). more

Time to Recognize : Hall of Fame inducts new class; Wolf, Gannon get coach of the year nods

Westmont College’s Dave Wolf and Santa Barbara’s John Gannon, both of whom overcame huge obstacles on the road to championships, were honored on Monday night as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s Coaches of the Year. more

Greg Miller gets the ‘ayes’

Greg Miller could have done a lot of things when he completed his optometry education at the University of California, Berkeley… Miller and his wife Sharon have three daughters – one currently attending classes at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more