Monthly Archives: April 2010

Philanthropist Michael Towbes to Receive Westmont Medal

Michael Towbes, one of Santa Barbara’s leading philanthropists, will receive the Westmont Medal at commencement, returning to the college’s newly renovated Russell Carr Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8. Last year, construction and rebuilding from the Tea Fire forced the graduation ceremony off campus. Towbes, chairman of The Towbes Group and Montecito Bank & Trust and chief financial officer of The Towbes Foundation, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, and he attended graduate school at MIT. more

Towbes to Receive Westmont Medal

Michael Towbes, one of Santa Barbara’s leading philanthropists will receive the Westmont Medal at Commencement, which returns to the college’s newly renovated Russell Carr Field Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m. Last year, new construction and rebuilding from the Tea Fire forced the graduation ceremony off campus. Towbes, chairman of both The Towbes Group and Montecito Bank & Trust and chief financial officer of The Towbes Foundation, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University who attended graduate school at MIT. more

Providence Hall ChallengeBall

Providence Hall’s ChallengeBall event on Friday night at Westmont was a huge success.  The exhibition basketball game fundraiser pitted the Providence Hall All-Stars against the Past Prime Time Players.  There were over 500 people packing the stands, representing  a wide range of basketball fans. more

Judge Rules Permit Charge Irrelevant in Jesusita Case

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that county hot-work permit statutes don’t apply in the case against two men accused of using power tools to clear trails near the origin of the May 2009 Jesusita Fire…The defense drove home their point of confusion and improper notice with the testimony of George Davidson, a Montecito resident and former Carpinteria/Summerland fire captain. He said he has used chain saws, weed wackers and other tools to clear brush on his land near Westmont College, and that he was never aware a permit was needed. more

ON THE TOWN : Junior League is 85 years young

WESTMONT COLLEGE
Only a few insiders knew of the $5 million gift for the Westmont College campaign “Bright Hope for Tomorrow.” So the announcement by Dr. Gayle D. Beebe, president of the college, brought people to their feet in applause for Santa Barbara’s beloved red-haired philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree at the kickoff dinner held at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. more

ON STAGE : Poetry reading to benefit Haiti

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate David Starkey and others will present their works at “A Poetry Reading for Haiti Soleil” at 7 tonight at Hieronymus Lounge at Kerrwood Hall at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road. Haiti Soleil is a Berkeley-based nonprofit. more

LITERARY EVENTS

Poetry Reading for Haiti Soleil: 7 p.m. Westmont College, Kerrwood Hall, Hieronymus Lounge, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. Readers include David Starkey, poet laureate of Santa Barbara. All proceeds go to raise funds for Haiti Soleil’s nonprofit library in Haiti more

NOBS, Lily Frieda

Passed away in Santa Barbara at age 90. She was born in Thun, Switzerland and raised in Van Nuys, California. She graduated from UCLA and was employed as a lab technician at the Jules Stein Eye Center at UCLA. She later moved to Santa Barbara where she attended Westmont College. more

Westmont Fringe Festival 2010

The 2010 Westmont Fringe Festival, modeled on fringe festivals throughout the world, features a dynamic interplay of new works for theater, dance and performance art April 22-24 from 7-10 p.m., beginning at Porter Theatre. Nightly admission is $10. Westmont students, faculty and alumni have created original pieces for this year’s Fringe Festival, “Fresh Space,” set in conventional and unconventional theater spaces. more

Local tennis phenom hitting his way to the top

Following his sixth-place finish at the United States Tennis Association National Open tournament, 14-year-old Granite Bay native Carson Williams is blazing a trail through Advantage Tennis Academy. Based in Irvine, ATA provides a training environment for high-level athletes like Williams poised for personal and national success…Williams’ sister Moorea readies to potentially accept a full-ride scholarship to such tennis universities as Eastern Washington, Westmont College and University of Southern Mississippi. more