Yearly Archives: 2014

Talk by Historian/Author Jon Meacham to Launch Westmont Leadership Series

Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing editor at Time magazine, will speak about “The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Jefferson and Jackson” at noon Friday, Oct. 10 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. more

Registration Open for Providence School’s Citywide Santa Barbara Youth Races

Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School, sponsors the annual Santa Barbara Youth Races from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 4.

This citywide track meet is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade from any school. …The meet draws hundreds of participants and families to the state-of-the-art track at Thorrington Field at Westmont College. more

IN BRIEF: Public education subject of lecture

Several local educators will examine and analyze the challenges facing public education in a free public lecture next month. “Challenges Facing American Public Education” will examine possible solutions for improving both elementary and secondary education locally and nationwide, according to a Westmont College news release. more


Global Warming Soaks Up Attention: Planning Commission Approves Energy and Climate Action Plan

If there was a week to be hip to climate change, this was it. With the echo of the 400,000 activists who marched through New York City streets on Sunday hitting the South Coast, three planning commissioners on Tuesday gave the green light to the county’s plan ​— ​years in the making ​— ​to combat global warming, forwarding the final decision to the Board of Supervisors. Gathered ahead of this week’s United Nations Climate Summit ​— ​where President Barack Obama said global warming was an “issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other” ​— ​100 supporters of Measure P, the November ballot measure aiming to ban all new fracking, acidizing, and cyclic steam injection operations, rallied in Plaza Vera Cruz Park. And on Wednesday, Representative Lois Capps joined Supervisor Salud Carbajal at UCSB to discuss how Santa Barbara County can gird itself against the ravages of a warming world. … Westmont College doesn’t adhere to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment, which advocates against investing in the energy sector, and invests in a managed fund rather than individual companies. more

New desktop application for emergency notifications

CSUN has just installed a new desktop application to all campus PCs, with Macs soon to follow. Alertus is a warning system that relays immediate emergency messages to students via pop-up alerts on campus computers. … Jamie Underwood, an employee at Alertus, said almost 500 higher education campuses are now using the system including Purdue University, Azusa Pacific University, CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) and Westmont College. more

Providence School Hosting Santa Barbara Christian College Fair

For the fifth year, Providence is pleased to host the Santa Barbara Christian College Fair.

Representatives from 34 Christian colleges and universities across the country will be present at the fair, held at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29….Sean Smith, director of financial aid at Westmont College, will make a presentation on the college financial aid process at 6:30 p.m. more

Golden Gate Bridge has new face in Priya David Clemens

The Golden Gate Bridge has a new public face, and it’s familiar to Bay Area residents. Priya David Clemens — a former KTVU Channel 2 and CBS News national reporter — has been selected as the new spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. …Clemens was born in Chennai, India. Growing up she spent time in Virginia, California, Brussels and London. She graduated with honors from Westmont College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in 2002. more


Star Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Zoom In on Summer Triangle

A triangle of constellations that holds some of the finest open clusters in the night sky will be the starring attraction of this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning after 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. more

Your Westmont: Star Viewing Zooms in on Summer Triangle

A triangle of constellations that holds some of the finest open clusters in the night sky will be the starring attraction of this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, September 19, beginning after 7:30 pm and lasting several hours. more

IN BRIEF: Observatory holding viewing

A public viewing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Westmont Observatory as a triangle of constellations holding some of the finest open clusters will star this month. The viewing, which is free to the public, is held the third Friday of each month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, according to a Westmont College news release. more