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Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available. The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting ofFriedrich Schiller‘s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more

Lillywhite Named GSAC Offensive Player of the Week

Brooke Lillywhite was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two Westmont victories this past week. more

Rona Barrett Foundation Welcomes Roger Battistone as New Board Member

The Rona Barrett Foundation is pleased to welcome Roger Battistone as a new board member. … He attended the University of Denver and Westmont College, then served two years in the US Navy in Sasebo, Japan, Subic Bay, Philippines and Vung Tau, Vietnam. more

National Swimming Pool Foundation Awards 2016 Scholarships And Fellowships Grants

Colorado Springs, COLORADO, September 14, 2016 – Six university students have been awarded scholarship and fellowship grants through the National Swimming Pool Foundation ® (NSPF®) for the fall 2016 semester. Mia Cann, Emily Sara Cooke, Timothy Hiu Yeung Metz, Tiffany Robinson, Joshua Santillo, and Jennie Wung were notified in August of the $1,000-$2,000 grants that would be provided to each individual. … The recipients hail from the following schools: Mia Cann of Shenandoah University, Virginia; Emily Sara Cooke of University of Utah; Timothy Hiu Yeung Metz of Westmont College, California;Tiffany Robinson of University of Arkansas; Joshua Santillo of Georgia Institute of Technology, andJennie Wung of University of California, Los Angeles, California. more

Veteran wealth advisers launch Bridgepoint Wealth Strategies

Two experienced wealth advisers, Matt Gazaway and Greg Dillard, decided to head out on their own to launch Bridgepoint Wealth Strategies in Lenexa. … Gazaway spent the last 14 years at Valic Financial Advisors in Overland Park. He’s got a degree in economics and business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. and is a past board member for the Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City. more

125 GEORGE FOX STORIES: Read about the people who have helped make our university what it is today

Becky (Thomas) Ankeny
Association: Alumna/Faculty
Dates of Association: 1979-Present
 … She taught at Westmont College from 1986 to 1988 before returning to her alma mater, George Fox, to work as a professor of English and as an administrator from 1988 to 2011. more




Westmont College swept the Golden State Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week Awards. Sophomore middle blocker Libby Dahlberg was voted Attacker of the Week, sophomore Amy Buffham was tabbed as Setter of the Week, and senior libero Kami Troesh earned Defender of the Week honors. more

Karen Kay Smith: Sept. 6, 1941 — Aug. 27, 2016

Karen Kay Smith of Beaverton died at home on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, surrounded by family. Karen graduated from Albany Union High School in 1959, and attended Oregon State University and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Her first job was as a secretary at the Oregon State Capitol Building. more


Theodore J. Smith Sr. Reunited Again Mr. Theodore (Ted) Smith Sr. died peacefully on August 27th, 2016, in Portland, Oregon shortly before his 95th birthday. Ted is survived by his brother-in-law, Ed Potts; daughter Jan Smith, Portland OR; daughter Linda Carrol, Seattle, WA; daughter Jennifer Baughman, Nurlu, France; son Ted Smith Jr., Gig Harbor, WA; fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Ted was born on September 12th, 1921 in Los Banos, CA, and after service in World War II graduated from Westmont College (Santa Barbara) and Dallas Theological Seminary. more

Breckenridge art show highlights Colorado watercolorist artist and jeweler

Watercolorist Carmel Walden refers to her work as “art for the soul.” Continuing from an early age, Walden finds sanctuary and inspiration in the mountains surrounding her family’s Colorado ranch. … Walden encourages viewers to stop by her booth to see a collection of work that spans nearly 20 years. Although she always loved art, her love of painting didn’t blossom until after receiving her bachelor’s degree in fine art from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, teaching a few years, and then moving to Arizona, where she found a quiet space to explore watercolor. more

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