Santa Barbara Independent

Drew Edelman Earns Second Golden Eagle Ring: UCSB Basketballer Achieves Top Athlete GPA; Plus, Track & Field and the State Street Mile

After signing a contract to play professional basketball in Israel, Drew Edelman had another piece of business to finish up. The UCSB senior submitted her master’s thesis at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. … Westmont College sophomore Pieter Top won the decathlon at the NAIA Championships. His final score of 6,833 was the best by a Warrior in 35 years. Also finishing as All-Americas were Westmont’s Michael Oldach (second in the men’s 1,500), Seth Wilmoth (third in the pole vault with a school-record 16′¾″), and Emily Parks (third in the women’s 400 hurdles). more

UCSB Student Art Exhibition Takes Center Stage Art MFAs Present Graduate Works in ‘The Chess Club’

The student exhibition can be a pivotal moment in the life of an artist. Being in it teaches pupils that being an artist requires more than just creating work. From framing and mounting to writing text descriptions and artist statements, the process of putting on a show is paramount to art’s reception. And while some student shows are simply a learning process for the amateur aficionado, others, particularly at the graduate level, can be the moment when an artist’s career is launched. … At Westmont College, 14 graduating seniors presented in Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition from April 5 through May 5. Working in media ranging from yarn bombing to stop-motion animation, the students tackled themes including mental health, environmentalism, gender stereotypes, and faith. more

The Nuts and Bolts of Success with Lady Ridley-Tree

“I don’t think of myself as a philanthropist. I think of myself as having the enormous privilege of sharing, and sometimes I get very emotional about it because … I wish I had more to give,” said Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree. … As part of the “old guard” of Santa Barbara philanthropists, Paul and Leslie Ridley-Tree have given to myriad organizations, among them the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (including its Ridley-Tree Education Center), Santa Barbara City College, Westmont, UCSB, more

Sports — Summer Camp 2018

Cate Sports Academy
Bring your child to the next level of sports. Located on a mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Cate Sports Academy offers tennis, basketball, water polo, swimming, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, volleyball, softball … Westmont Summer Sports Day Camps
Westmont College is offering 10+ sports camps this summer! Directed by mostly Westmont varsity coaches, campers will be taught basic sport skills as well as how to excel at a sport they already have an interest in, including baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, archery, cheer, dance, soccer, track, and more. more

‘J’ Is for Journalism

Three years at Westmont College landed Julia Lee a degree in business and good friends through track competitions, but she found her passion in racial justice. more

Santa Barbara Grunion Rugby Turns 40

Forty years after its founding, the Santa Barbara Grunion Rugby Football Club continues to have a bloody good time. … After finishing a tremendous season with a defeat in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Basketball National Championship game, Westmont College sophomore Joy Krupa received what she considers the greatest honor ​— ​the NAIA Hustle Award. more

Wilhelmina “Willa” (Olson) Ray

Wilhelmina “Willa” Ray, resident of Big Bear City, California, battled ovarian cancer for several years prior to her death on March 22nd, 2018 at age 63. She went to meet Jesus with her family surrounding her. … After marrying her high school sweetheart Mark Ray, both graduated from Westmont College. more

Gaucho Baseball Is Struggling

Since their exhilarating romp in the NCAA’s Big Dance Around the Bases two years ago, the UCSB Gauchos have not been favored by the baseball gods. Injuries to key players, compounded by the breaks of the game, have pushed their winning percentage under .500. … Defense carried Westmont College into the NAIA women’s tournament, but the Warriors also made shots when they needed them. more

January Sadness to March Madness

In the wake of destructive flames and deadly debris flows, the resiliency of the greater Santa Barbara community has been manifest in many ways. … Westmont College will be dancing with the stars in both NAIA national basketball tournaments next week: the women’s team at Billings, Montana, and the men’s at Kansas City. Coach Kirsten Moore’s Warrior women (22-6) assured themselves a high seeding among the 32 teams by winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament in Phoenix on Monday night, edging Vanguard 48-46. more

Virginia Marie Hayes

Virginia Marie Hayes passed away at her home in Ojai on February 21, 2018 after a brief illness. Virginia was born on October 4, 1950 in the Central Valley of California in the town of Modesto. … After graduating from high school and ready to leave small town life, Virginia enrolled in Westmont College in Santa Barbara where her older brother, Jerry, was a student. While at Westmont, Virginia met and married David Shelton. more

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