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SSP @ Westmont (CA) Open House Day

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, join students, faculty, and alumni on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, for a day and evening of stimulating interaction. The schedule includes:
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Welcome & sign-in
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with students and faculty
  • 1:00 - 2:30 College Roundtable
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Annual Membership meeting: announcement of Trustee election results, Faculty and Trustee Q&A
  • 4:30 - 5:30 break
  • 5:30 - 7:00 Reception and dinner
  • 7:00 - 9:00 After-dinner program, including guest lecture by Dr. Jacob Scott, Research Fellow, Moffitt Cancer Center, Univ. of Oxford: "What We Can Learn About Cancer from the Stars"
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Stargazing from the deck of the observatory building
RSVP Required
If you plan to attend, RSVP online no later than July 7. An accurate advance head count is necessary to plan the meals. Families are welcome! Admission includes lunch and dinner: $35 for adults and $15 for children age 4-10.

Good news and bad news. Santa Barbara is a chic, highly prized summer destination, "the American Riviera". Hotels are plentiful but range from moderately expensive to outrageously expensive, especially on weekends, and often sell out in advance. If staying Saturday night, most require a two-night minimum. And the local room tax is 12%. Try visiting tripadvisor.com. If the web fails you, try Hot Spots Reservation Service at 800-793-7666.

For better value, stay outside of Santa Barbara itself. In order of increasing distance: Goleta (near the SBA airport), Carpenteria, Ventura, Oxnard, all less than an hour's drive from campus in normal traffic.

Getting There
Westmont College is located in the hills above Santa Barbara, at 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, 93108. Maps are online here. Try to arrive by about 11:30 am.

Take US 101 to the Olive Hill Road exit, which is on the Montecito side of Santa Barbara. Turn right (inland). Go about mile then turn left on Hot Springs Road. Go about 1/8th mile then turn right on Sycamore Canyon Road. Go just over 1 mile (through one stop sign) then turn right on Cold Springs Road (note the fire station at the intersection).

After about mile uphill you will see the College on the left. There are two entrances. Pass the Cold Springs Road (south) entrance, continue uphill on Cold Springs Road, stay left at the "Y" which is La Paz Road, and shortly see the stone wall marking the main entrance on the left. Turn into the entrance. Take the first left into the parking lot. Parking at Westmont is free. The Dining Commons is the building on the downhill side of the parking lot. Check-in and pick up your nametag at the table set up outside of that building. Lunch will be served in the Founders Room, which has its own entrance near the check-in table.

Returning to Hwy 101: Exit the College, turn right, go down the hill to the T (facing the fire station). Turn Left on Sycamore Canyon Road. Go just over a mile then turn left on Hot Springs Road. Go about 1/8th mile to T intersection; turn right on Olive Hill Road and follow it down to a traffic circle just before the freeway. Go around about 270 degrees and turn south. Continue until you see the 101S entrance.

Questions? Email sspalum [at] summerscience.org.