Santa Barbara Independent

Local Heroes 2015: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Versatile Philanthropist

Keeping track of all the generosity and leadership lavished on our community by Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree could potentially keep a staff of journalists working full-time. One writer would cover what she’s done for the arts, such as endowing Westmont College’s Ridley-Tree Museum, or lending her Barbizon design collection for an exhibition there this January. more

Art Exhibition “Given to the Light” Opens at Hospice of Santa Barbara

Raised in Santa Rosa, CA, Savage earned her Master of Fine Arts at UCSB and has lived in Santa Barbara for 47 years. A retired Westmont College Professor Emeritus, Savage pursued various forms of media in her early teaching career before focusing on painting. more

Game of the Week

11/21: College Women’s Soccer: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) at Westmont Five-time national champion Westmont enters theNAIA women’s tournament for the 18th time. The Warriors (14-3-2) are the only team to defeat defending champion and top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.). Senior forward Kelsey Steck (20 goals) will lead Westmont’s attack against a stout Embry-Riddle defense. The Eagles are 13-3-3. The winner on Saturday will advance to the second round of the tournament at Orange Beach, Alabama. Noon. Thorrington Field, Westmont College. Free-$8. Call 565-6010. more

Game of the Week

11/21: College Women’s Soccer: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) at Westmont Five-time national champion Westmont enters theNAIA women’s tournament for the 18th time. The Warriors (14-3-2) are the only team to defeat defending champion and top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.). Senior forward Kelsey Steck (20 goals) will lead Westmont’s attack against a stout Embry-Riddle defense. The Eagles are 13-3-3. The winner on Saturday will advance to the second round of the tournament at Orange Beach, Alabama. Noon. Thorrington Field, Westmont College. Free-$8. Call 565-6010. more

‘Good Day’ and ‘Mad & a Goat’: Playwright Diana Small Brings Two to Westmont

If you have ever made the trek up La Paz Road to Westmont College for a theater performance, then you know the campus is a special place to see a show. Perhaps you were there for Mitchell Thomas’s fine 2014 production of Electra, which took place in a purpose-built outdoor amphitheater, or possibly you were one of the bold people who piled into a car’s backseat for the outrageously innovative Car Plays that graced Westmont’s Fringe Fest of 2007. more

Westmont’s Student-Run LGBTQ Nonprofit Looks Outward: Spectrum Ministries Welcomes Queer Christian Youth on Campus

Earlier this month, Westmont College students filled the auditorium at the First Congregational Church on State Street for the Spectrum Ministries launch party. Founded two years ago by three friends — then sophomores Donald Scherschligt, Maddie Coates, and Brynn Mitchell — in part to make gay friends after Scherschligt came out as the first openly gay student at Westmont, Spectrum Ministries is the first group for queer students at the interdenominational Christian college’s Montecito campus. Originally intended to raise awareness about LGBTQ students at Westmont, to educate the college’s community about LGBTQissues, and to provide a safe space for students to meet new friends and to come out, Spectrum recently achieved nonprofit status and is looking to integrate itself into the larger Santa Barbara community. more

Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli: ‘tug’ at Westmont Art Duo Builds Unlikely Ark

The selection of works included in tug, the new Keith Puccinelli and Dane Goodman show at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, is as delightfully thought provoking as it is wildly unexpected. Even for those familiar with their 2013 collaboration — the series of 110 trace monotypes known as eating fresh peaches and tomatoes talking about death drawing together — it would seem impossible to predict what they’ve gotten up to now.

This year’s show manages to magnify the scale, vary the media and process, and raise the stakes on that brilliant beginning while remaining true to the sour/sweet, happy/sad tone of the original encounter. Their repertoire of curves, sliders, and knuckleballs keeps coming, but with this exhibition, the duo has added a fastball. And like their other pitches, it’s a strike. more

College Crowns and Frowns Stock Dumped by UCs; S.B. Higher Ed Ranked

Both UCSB and Westmont College improved their 2016 rankings over last year in the annual tally published by U.S. News & World Reports, and on Thursday, Fossil Free UCtrumpeted the news that the University of California had dumped from its portfolio nearly $200 million in tar sand and coal companies. …. Likewise, Westmont College proclaimed it had leaped three spots in U.S. News’ top 100 best liberal arts colleges, jumping to number 93 out of the 245 such colleges in the U.S. The top spots went to schools in New England — Williams, Amherst, and Swarthmore (1, 2, and 3, respectively) — with Californian Pomona tying for fourth with Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Wellesley. Westmont stated its ranking improved along with its better assessment scores, 2014 graduation rate (78 percent), and class sizes. more

College Crowns and Frowns

Both UCSB and Westmont College improved their 2016 rankings over last year in the annual tally published by U.S. News & World Reports, and on Thursday, Fossil Free UC trumpeted the news that the University of California had dumped from its portfolio nearly $200 million in tar sand and coal companies. more

College Crowns and Frowns: Stock Dumped by UCs; S.B. Higher Ed Ranked

Both UCSB and Westmont College improved their 2016 rankings over last year in the annual tally published by U.S. News & World Reports, and on Thursday, Fossil Free UCtrumpeted the news that the University of California had dumped from its portfolio nearly $200 million in tar sand and coal companies. more

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