Yearly Archives: 2012

ONSTAGE: An Incurable Fever – Wallace Shawn’s ‘The Fever’ started as underground theatre experiment

There’s a moment in Wallace Shawn’s play “The Fever” when the lone character says this: “Artists who create works of art that inspire sympathy and good values don’t change the life of the poor.” … It’s this complexity and acknowledgement of complicity in the problem that attracted Westmont College’s Mitchell Thomas and Genesis West’s Maurice Lord to “The Fever.” more

ART REVIEW: Art Cavalcade in a Ripe Context – Enticing diversity presented in Westmont Art Museum’s senior exhibition

Funny how context does matter in the care, feeding and presentation of fine art — a truism that surfaces in the current Westmont Museum of Art show “Senior Exhibition 2012: The End?” This is only the second time that the annual showcase of senior art students has graced the space of the wondrous and still-new museum on campus, and the enticing diversity of art filling the venue somehow gains gravitas and intrigue, courtesy of the environmental surroundings. more

Striving for Racial Harmony at Evangelical Colleges

Although Joshua Canada is ambivalent about his experience at Taylor University, he returned there for graduate school and now serves as an adviser to the Black Student Union at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he is also a residence director. He said not all students of color struggle with the racial dynamics on their campuses and some students rarely do.

Bluffton names VP for student life, dean of students

Dr. Julie DeGraw, a dean at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., has been named vice president for student life and dean of students at Bluffton University. She will assume her new duties in mid-July. … From 1997-2004, she was director of first-year programs and disability services at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

Striving for Racial Harmony at Evangelical Colleges

“Bittersweet” is how Joshua Canada describes his memories of working to improve the experience of students of color at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, when he was a student there. … Although Joshua Canada is ambivalent about his experience at Taylor University, he returned there for graduate school and now serves as an adviser to the Black Student Union at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he is also a residence director. more

4th Annual School Games Competition for Children With Special Needs: Hosted by Special Olympics Santa Barbara

Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30am at the Santa Barbara City College Track followed by track and field events for all ability levels including wheelchair races. … The event has been organized by Special Olympics staff and volunteers including Arts for Humanity, Deckers Outdoors, Jenny Schatzle and Team Schatzle, National Charity League, UCSB, SBCC, & Westmont students, Starbucks, Sports Authority, Kiwanis of Santa Barbara, UCSB EOP Staff, Vetronix Etas Group, Law Enforcementand, and many community volunteers. more

OUT and ABOUT: Thompson to chair polo event

Jo Thompson has been named chair of Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara’s annual Polo Invitational and Luncheon. She has been a member of the Auxiliary for three years. She is co-founder of the Westmont Adopt-a-Warrior program for the women’s basketball team and she is a volunteer and docent at Casa del Herrero. more

24-hour event aids cancer research : Survivors, supporters walk for cure

Participants of Santa Barbara’s 13th annual 24-hour Relay For Life to benefit cancer research have been camped at the Bishop Diego High School athletic fields since Saturday morning. … Westmont College had a tent selling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-decorated cupcakes, and the Santa Barbara Police Department erected a “Hall of Justice” tent. more

North County supervisor candidates to meet in SM forum

In what is shaping up to be a political game of musical chairs, five candidates vying for two North County seats on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will gather Tuesday for a forum in Santa Maria to answer questions and discuss issues. … Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr, and 4th District Supervisor Joni Gray represent a large portion of the North County including the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez valleys. … Farr had wide-ranging business experience prior to joining the Board of Supervisors. She is co-owner of the Goleta Valley Voice newspaper, she has also served as a partner in a pair of local radio stations and Victoria Street Theater. Farr also worked as a financial aid counselor at Westmont College and a planning consultant for the city of Goleta. more

CONCERT REVIEW: Liturgical lights

Choral music fans in Santa Barbara have much to be thankful for, and one of the suppliers of musical goodness is the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, going strong in its 27th season under the guidance of director Stephen Hodson. … Mr. Hodson is on the faculty at Westmont College, a source of musical talent and resources for both the choral and orchestral ranks in the Master Chorale, alongside professional musicians. As heard on the Sunday afternoon performance, what results is a joyful noise and some fresh maneuvers, repertoire-wise. more