Santa Barbara Independent

Education 8-28

The 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of 1,476 of the country’s institutes of higher learning ranked Westmont College tied with four other schools for the 111th best liberal arts school and was one of the eight California liberal arts schools to be listed. more

Santa Barbara’s Studio Artists Open Their Doors

The 7th Annual SBSA Open Studios Tour takes place Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, from 11 a.m.-5pm. John Moses remembers becoming acquainted with printmaking in courses with Tony Askew at Westmont College, and today cites Askew as among the most influential of his teachers. more

UCSB, Westmont Make List of Top Colleges

Both UCSB and Westmont College were recognized in U.S News & World Report’s annual listing of the country’s top colleges and universities. Westmont was one of only three liberal arts colleges in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to crack the top liberal arts schools in the rankings. 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

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

New Instruments for a New Quartet at Westmont

The late Hubert Schwyzer, former UCSB professor of philosophy, beloved community member, and passionate musician, was given an incredible legacy when Westmont commissioned a string quartet in his honor in the spring of 2007. “My father was not a musician by profession,” explains his son Hugo Schwyzer, “but it was his passion.”

When Westmont began toying with the idea of commissioning some instruments, Nona Pyron, Westmont cello professor and Hubert’s teacher, suggested that a quartet be created in honor of Schwyzer. While there was no direct connection between the UCSB professor and Westmont’s music program other than the loose link that Pyron provided, Hugo explained, “My father and Westmont both have a commitment of bringing music to Santa Barbara.” more

Miramar Opponents Claim Montecito Association Failing Its Mandate

While Rick Caruso waits for his Miramar Hotel project to head to the Montecito Planning Commission on August 6, some are questioning whether the Montecito Association  is being diligent in protecting the unique qualities of the community. Past Montecito Association president  J’Amy Brown, who had the Coral Casino, Westmont College, and Music Academy projects crawl through the county pipeline on her watch, said the association usually holds steadfast to the community plan. more

Memorable Events in S.B.’s History: A Chronology

To many who sat through the interminable high school history classes learning the names of Roman emperors or what centuries denote the Middle Ages, history is nothing more than names and dates. It is to these readers, who performed the dance of joy on completing their last required history class, that we offer this history of Santa Barbara: stripped down to the bone and sinew, to names and dates. 1945-Westmont College and Brooks Institute of Photography are founded. more

A Wedding Makes Opera Cinematic: Bolcom Unbound

The Music Academy of the West will stage William Bolcom’s effervescent opera A Wedding next week at the Lobero Theatre. Violinist Philip Ficsor, a member of the Westmont College music faculty, knows Bolcom’s music well, having recorded all of his works for violin and piano. more

News to Yous: "M" is for Music

The Hubert Schwyzer Quartet, which was commissioned by Westmont College last spring, is now nearing completion. The collection—made up of a cello, a viola, and two violins—is being handcrafted by master violin maker and Santa Barbara resident James Wimmer. more