Santa Barbara Independent

2016 Spring Happenings

The following is a mere smattering of the goings-on in our county from now through May 31. Be sure to read The Santa Barbara Independent each week in print and every day online for the full slate of events. …Westmont Senior Art Graduates’ Exhibition 2016 Reception These are the capstone projects of Westmont College’s graduating studio art majors. more

Ruth E. Caldwell

Ruth E Caldwell, noted Santa Barbara American Red Cross volunteer for many years in Water Safety Services and Aquatics specialist at Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College, passed away peacefully Feb 28, 2016 more

Janice Roberta Gibson Cloud

A full life. A colorful life. A beautiful life. Jan died of ovarian cancer February 23, surrounded by her family and beloved cat, Wally. …Jan continued singing with the local Opera Workshop and performed in many operas over the years as well as teaching voice, both privately and at Westmont College. more

Four Visionaries Are Preserving Santa Barbara’s Dance Landscape

In 1908, a reticent teenage girl entered her freshman year at Santa Barbara High School, determined to make a fresh new start. Her family had just moved to town from Pittsburg, hoping the sea air might alleviate her sister’s troublesome respiratory ailments. …These days, the prodigious Sanchez heads contemporary dance classes for students at both UCSB and Westmont College, and in 2011, she signed on to perform with Santa Barbara Dance Theater under the direction of Christopher Pilafian. more

The Dido Project

The story of Dido’s tragic love for Aeneas, and of the way that he betrays her in obedience to the gods, has resonated with artists in diverse media ever since Virgil introduced it in his great Latin epic, The Aeneid. …Opera/Theater Double Feature at Westmont. more

Tom FitzSimons Jr. Breaks World Record on Westmont Track

The decathlon is a track-and-field event that purportedly produces the World’s Greatest Athlete — a title currently held by Ashton Eaton, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder. Last Saturday morning at the Westmont College track, the decathlon training of Tom FitzSimons Jr. helped him become the World’s Greatest High Fiver. more

Game of the Week

1/23: College Basketball: William Jessup at Westmont

So far this season, it’s been “home sweep home” for the Westmont Warriors. Their women’s and men’s basketball teams are a combined 16-0 on their home floor. To keep their record clean, they’ll have to hold off the upset-minded Warriors from William Jessup University in Saturday’s Golden State Athletic Conference double-header. more

Community Arts Workshop Gets Gates

Shelton attended Santa Barbara High School, then Westmont, and then narrowly avoided going to Vietnam after attending art grad school at the University of Montana at Missoula, where he studied with influential professors such as the poet Richard Hugo. “My interest moved from painting to sculpture there,” said Shelton, who credits an eclectic array of visiting professors such as Robert (“Spiral Jetty”) Smithson, who hung out at Missoula. He went on to grad school, married, and had children but came back to Santa Barbara, where he kept an art studio yet needed a job; he found one in a Goleta welding firm. After he made some money, Shelton gave back to the woodlands that inspired him by helping to physically build the Westmont art department when there was only one art professor, John Carlander. “It makes me feel really good,” he said, “that I did something for an art department up there.” more

Three Join Westmont Board of Trustees

The Westmont Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Dave Gehring, advisor for Guardian News and Media; Tom Nguyen, managing director of U.S. sales for China International Capital Corp. (CICC); and Jim Richardson, senior management consultant and director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities. The 29-member board oversees the operations of the college. more

Conflict Solutions Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Journey, Esq.

Conflict Solutions Center (CSC) has recently welcomed Alicia Journey, Esq. to its team as the Director of the Restorative Community Network. Journey holds a BA from Westmont College in Psychology and an advanced degree in Law and Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Her experience as a former Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill, as a Prosecutor and a Civil Practitioner in Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties, and as a parent of two young children, allows for her to bring a unique perspective to her role at CSC. more

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