Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Drill Planned at Westmont

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Special Enforcement Team (SET) will join Westmont College staff for an emergency response drill. more

Westmont Dedicates Facilities

In a ceremony held outside the new Westmont Observatory, Westmont President Gayle Beebe presided over the dedication of four new facilities on the Westmont Campus – Westmont Observatory, Westmont Track, Thorrington Field and Russ Carr Field. more

Four SBHS math students receive Google awards

Yesterday, in a surprise presentation, two male and two female students in Richard Johnston’s third-period BC Calculus* class at Santa Barbara High School were identified as winners of a Lenovo laptop computer as well as a Google backpack containing McAfee anti-virus software and a student version of Microsoft Officer 2007…Caroline Teti received a “5” on the AP Calculus AB Exam. She represented Santa Barbara High School’s mathematics program at the Westmont Math Competition by doing the Chalk Talk. 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

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

Westmont Gets An App

Westmont has released a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides easily accessible information about the college and campus events. By clicking on the app, users can read the latest news stories and find calendars for chapel, athletics, academics, and arts and lectures. There is also a campus map, a faculty/staff directory, menus for the dining commons and Study, and emergency information. more

Westmont Receives $5 Million Donation

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who has been deeply involved in the Santa Barbara community for more than two decades, has pledged $5 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow: The Campaign for Westmont. The college made the announcement at its campaign kick-off dinner April 10 at the Santa Barbara Biltmore, beginning a nationwide tour to raise $40 million to finish funding the essential facilities under construction. more

Exploring the Ethics of Selling Organs

“The Morality of Organ Trafficking,” Thursday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The free, public lecture is part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations About Things That Matter. Nelson, who began teaching at Westmont in 2006, says there is a shortage of kidneys for transplant all over the word. more

Westmont Chamber Singers at Presidio

Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m., at the Santa Barbara Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. The concert is free, however a donation of $10 is suggested. The performance features a musical setting of the Passion, the story of Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion by Spaniard Luis Coronado, composer at the Mexico City Cathedral from 1643 to 1648. Director Grey Brothers, Westmont associate professor of music, recently edited this work from a manuscript he found in the archives of the cathedral. Needless to say, it’s been rarely heard in this century. more

Westmont Gets New Track

Westmont opens its new state-of-the-art track and field/soccer complex Saturday, March 27, with a 10 a.m. ceremonial first lap, following speeches by President Gayle
D. Beebe and former track coach Jim Klein. The first competition on the synthetic, all-weather, 400-meter track will be a predict-your-time mile that’s open to the public. Westmont then hosts an official track-and-field meet with teams from Biola, George Fox and Fresno Pacific Universities beginning at 11 a.m. with field events; running events begin at noon. more