Yearly Archives: 2017

Gauchos, Warriors kick off: UCSB women’s soccer team beats Westmont in exhibition, 3-1

Two late goals lifted the UCSB women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Westmont in their annual exhibition match Wednesday night at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos don’t start school for over a month, and Westmont has only been in training camp for four days, but that didn’t stop the two crosstown foes from fiercely competing throughout the contest. more

Farewell to Fiesta

With the help of some very special guests, the West Coast Symphony performed an array of classical pieces for hundreds of concert goers on Sunday for the 51st annual Fiesta concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. People of all ages brought picnic baskets and blankets while the 45-piece ensemble of brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings serenaded hundreds of Fiesta concert goers with movie themes, concertos and Spanish guitar. After performances from the Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta, ballerina Emma Rodriguez, 5, also danced on the sunlit stage, but with a yellow dress and white tights. While Emma banged a tambourine on her tiny leg, the Cielo Foundation symphony opened with the theme from “Cowboys,” a movie starring John “Duke” Wayne. more


San Diego State women’s soccer head coach Mike Friesen has added a pair of coaches to his coaching staff in Cole Schmit and Cameron Roget. Schmit joins the program as an assistant coach, while Roget will perform volunteer assistant coach duties. Schmit arrives at SDSU from up the coast in Santa Barbara where he was a women’s soccer assistant coach at Westmont College, which is an NAIA institution that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). more

Westmont College plans to build 13 condos in Santa Barbara: Employees will move in late summer 2018

13 Westmont College faculty members and their families will become neighbors with Oak Park Drive residents in Santa Barbara. The private Christian college hopes its second employee housing project will help it retain and recruit employees. “Unfortunately, there are several instances over the years where we’ve had some folks who have not been able to come because of the housing prices,” said Doug Jones, vice president of finance for Westmont College. more

Weiss’ son also rises in another baseball comeback

Brody Weiss was too young to remember his first big moment in a baseball stadium. He wasn’t quite 4 years old when he waved at his dad from his mother’s lap at Denver’s Coors Field. Walt Weiss struggled to control himself as he waved back, the touching scene having stirred the largest ovation during the player introductions for Major League Baseball’s 1998 All-Star Game. Walt, then a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, would later describe it as “a miracle” that his son was even there — or alive, for that matter — after having just recovered from a near-fatal infection of E. coli bacteria. more

Total solar eclipse coming in August

The sun will disappear behind the moon on August 21, creating the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. “The sky will go somewhat dark, you will see stars even through its 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning, and a sunrise or sunset in all directions,” said Ken Kihlstrom, head of the physics department at Westmont College. more


Linda Anne Lindberg, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in Santa Barbara on July 14, 2017, at the age of 74. In the words of one of her granddaughters: “She taught me so much about the love of Jesus and will always be my best example of how God redeems brokenness and makes it beautiful.” Linda was born in New York City on June 20, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Raney. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, and from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1965. more

New supe focuses on classrooms and community

Superintendent Diana Rigby always wanted to get back to Carpinteria. The longtime educator lived in Carpinteria from 1986 to 2003 before returning to Massachusetts, where she’d grown up, to care for family. She pledged to come back to Carpinteria within three years. After 14 years in Massachusetts, where she presided over the 3,300-student Concord Public Schools and Regional School District as superintendent, she successfully landed the position of Carpinteria Unified School District superintendent. … She taught special education instruction at Westmont College and worked as an administrator in the areas of professional development, instruction assessment and curriculum in Ventura County. more

Baseball notebook: Hector Lujan has breakout season out of bullpen for Cedar Rapids Kernels

His cutter has gotten better, as has his ability to command it. But Hector Lujan says the biggest reason for his breakout season has been an improvement between the ears.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher could very well be the next guy to get a promotion to high-Class A Fort Myers. There have been nine of them this summer. … Lujan, 22, was a 35th-round draft pick of the parent Minnesota Twins in 2015 out of Division II Westmont College in California. He began his college career at D-I California-Santa Barbara before transferring. more


Summer is the prime time for a Santa Barbara star party. The nights are usually cool and pleasant, and the skies are often clear and steady. The friendly amateur astronomers of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit hold numerous public events where you can indulge your need for a deeper look into the Universe. Unless otherwise noted, all of these events are free. … On the third Friday of every month, it’s time for the Public Telescope Night at the Keck Observatory, at the Westmont College campus, next to the baseball field. more

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