Monthly Archives: August 2010

New Medieval Lit Professor at Westmont: Jamie Friedman Joins College As Assistant English Professor

Jamie Friedman, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of English this fall, became fascinated by medieval studies when an English professor visited her history class to discuss Beowulf, the Old English epic poem. “He had us beat on the desks while he chanted the verse,” Friedman says. “The content of the poem and the sounds reverberated in my gut, and I was hooked.” more

1st day of classes at Westmont

Weeks after it was ranked 99 out of 266 in the category of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, Westmont College Monday held its first day of classes for the 2010-2011 school year. “The overall impression is that students and faculty are very excited to be able to work and learn in spaces that will really transform the way students are educated here at the college,” said Scott Craig, Media Relations Manager for Westmont. The “spaces” to which Mr. Craig referred Monday include the new Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall. The Adams Center houses the art department and the Westmont Museum of Art. more

Scholars and ‘Snake-Handlers’: Society of Biblical Literature accused of evangelical pandering—and secular bias.

A professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of California–Berkeley quit the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), voicing concern that North America’s leading organization for biblical scholarship had welcomed “the views of creationists, snake-handlers, and faith healers.” In an op-ed in the July/August 2010 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Ronald S. Hendel complained that SBL had ended its annual joint conference with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) after 2007 and reached out to “evangelical and fundamentalist groups” to boost its numbers. … As for Hendel, he got an earful—in person—from at least one evangelical scholar. Tremper Longman III, professor of biblical studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, said he and his friend Hendel talked about the article at dinner, and then exchanged e-mails about it. more

Westmont Construction Complete In Time For Start: Adams Center and Winter Hall Ready for Fall Semester

Workers put finishing touches on two new buildings at Westmont College, the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, before students arrived for the fall semester. Monday, August 30, was the first day of classes. Faculty in four departments moved into their new offices in earlier this month. While dramatically improving the learning environment for students, the buildings also enhance the beauty of the campus. Workers have relocated and planted olive trees near the library entrance, which includes a path down to Adams Center. A subtle artistic, sandblasted pattern in the terrace walkway weaves around a grassy area inside the top level of Adams. Along the edges of the terraces of both buildings, landscapers have planted grasses, rosemary and salvia, and sedums, small succulents, grow atop the copper roof fascia. more

Doug Jones Joins Advisory Council for Rabobank: Westmont Administrator Will Aid Regional President’s Advisory Board

A senior Westmont college administrator has been appointed to the Rabobank Regional President’s Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara, announced Don Toussaint, regional president for Rabobank, N.A. Doug Jones, vice president for finance at Westmont, joins the 12-member advisory board. more

Editorial: U.S. News knows our colleges are tops

Our region’s four-year colleges and universities fared well in the latest rankings from U.S. News &  World Report — yet another indication that over the long haul, the tri-county region’s economy is likely to be stable and that our tradition of successful entrepreneurship remains intact. … The region is also home to two of U.S. News’ top 100 national liberal arts colleges: Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula was No. 71, and Westmont College was No. 99. more

Happy Hour Housewives of Santa Barbara : Local women scout out places to sip, nibble

They call themselves the Happy Hour Housewives of Santa Barbara, and if the name sounds like a comparison to the reality TV shows “Real Housewives of Orange County” … or New York … or Atlanta … or New Jersey … or Washington, D.C.” the similarity is intentional.

Where they differ, say Taryn O’Flaherty, Shelley Eschelman and Bonnie Kearns, is in their goals and their slogan, a take-off on the popular beer slogan that promises “Great taste, less filling.”

“Our motto is ‘Great taste, less drama,’ ” said Mrs. Kearns, 27, a graduate of Westmont College who is married to Joe Kearns. more

The upper crust of higher education

Two local universities have been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report. … Westmont College came in number 99 out of 266 in the category of “America’s Best Colleges.” more

CAREY, Claire Michelle

Claire passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 14, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Claire is survived by her husband Cameron, her brothers Phillip Gibson, Mathias Gibson, sister Beth Gibson and mother Patrice Gibson.

Claire was born in Pacific Grove, CA to Steve and Patrice Gibson. Her family moved to La Cañada, CA where Claire graduated from La Cañada High School in 1993. Later that year, Claire came to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College, graduating in 1997 with a degree in Biology. more

U.S. News Ranks Westmont in Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

Westmont College has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2011 Edition.”

Of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth straight year the college has ranked in the most prestigious group. more