Santa Barbara Independent

Game of the Week 5/9-5/12

Westmont College earned the right to host this tournament after winning the regular-season championship while compiling the best record in school history (41-9 overall, 25-5 in the GSAC). The Warriors’ opening-round game will be at 3 p.m. Monday against the winner of a 9 a.m. game between Menlo and Biola. more

Gaucho Hall of Fame Welcoming Volleyball and Soccer Stars

Only once has a UCSB team experienced the thrill of playing for an NCAA Division 1 championship in front of a home crowd: the men’s volleyball final between the Gauchos and UCLA Bruins at Robertson Gym on May 11, 1974. …Westmont College is already assured of a bid to the NAIABaseball Championships and will host four other teams in an opening-round tournament beginning May 17. more

Prep Baseball Gets Heated

In high school ballparks last week, it was like late August in the major leagues — warm weather and heated competition. … It was a weekend of sweeps for the highly ranked UCSB and Westmont College baseball teams. The Gauchos (25-7-1), ranked as high as No. 9 in NCAA Division 1 after a 5-1 start in the Big West Conference, will play three at Cal Poly this weekend. Westmont (35-7, 20-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference) is No. 7 in the NAIA. The Warriors will host Biola in a Friday-afternoon game and a Saturday double-header.  more

Innovations That Could Benefit Santa Barbara

Matthew Stotts, a lecturer in UCSB’s Technology Management Program, recently wrote an excellent article, “How Startups Survive and Thrive,” regarding the maturing start-up industry in the Central Coast region. He observes that Santa Barbara reaps benefits from its position as a stable, growing environment for new businesses. …The new local MBA program offered by Pepperdine University Graziadio School in partnership with Westmont College will develop individuals to fill executive positions right here in Santa Barbara. more

Couple Eyes Olympic Gold

Spring training has begun in Santa Barbara for Olympic gold-medal hopefuls Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the power couple of track and field. …The SBTC hosted the fifth annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont College last weekend. The club’s own Thomas FitzSimons Jr. won the decathlon (7,576 points), and Lindsay Schwartz won the heptathlon (5,991). more

Janice Roberta Gibson Cloud

Jan died of ovarian cancer February 23, surrounded by her family and beloved cat, Wally. Up until a week before her passing, she was able to enjoy her favorite activities – her genealogy study group and lunch with her former students at IHOP. …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

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