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Ralph Moore Passes Away at 102

Ralph Moore, “the father of the miniature rose,” passed away in Visalia Monday night at the age of 102. In a career that spanned more than 70 years, Moore developed more than 500 miniature rose varieties which were available at his Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, as well as through nurseries all around the world. The Sequoia Nursery, which he founded in 1937, closed last year. … But Moore didn’t get lost in his success. “I didn’t realize that he was that much different from anybody else for quite awhile,” said his daughter, Eleanor Bergthold, who talked about some of the institutions which benefited from her father’s roses. “He donated the rights to his roses to Texas A&M for research,” she said, adding that he donated proceeds from his roses to establish a scholarship at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Afghanistan's Son : 'Kite Runner' author Khaled Hosseini talks about his work, literary and humanitarian

Khaled Hosseini didn’t set out to be a novelist. He was a graduate of UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, practicing internal medicine and penning short stories in his off-hours when he wrote “The Kite Runner” in 2001. … For UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 46th annual Edwin and Jean Corle Memorial Lecture, Dr. Hosseini will give a talk at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Arlington Theatre, followed by a conversation with scholar Reza Aslan. The event coincides with Arts & Lectures’ 50th anniversary opening week celebrations and is co-presented by Westmont College. more

OCHI, Jack Minoru

Jack was born in Taft, CA on August 25, 1933 and was a resident of Santa Barbara for most of his adult life. Jack met Suzi Tamura in Santa Barbara. He proposed to her before she left on a music research project that took her on a trip around the world. They made Santa Barbara their home, with Jack working for the city and Suzi teaching music in the Santa Barbara City School Districts and at Westmont College. more

$1.5M for Westmont chair

Westmont College received $1.5 million from The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and other supporters to create the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker Chair in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding professor in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering-physics, mathematics or psychology. more

Final Stages take place on Westmont's Keck Telescope

A crane lowered the final pieces of Westmont’s powerful new Keck Telescope on Thursday. The telescope will give students of Westmont, and eventually others, a chance to accelerate their science classes while working on a world-class research instrument. more

Keck Telescope has new home : Powerful device moved to all-new observatory at Westmont College

Engineers lowered Westmont College’s Keck Telescope into an all-new observatory near the campus baseball field Thursday, and the instrument should soon be calibrated and ready for a public viewing next month. The yet-to-be named observatory — featuring a downstairs classroom and outside viewing platform — is the first structure to be completed as part of Westmont’s Master Plan, according to a news release. Using a large crane, a crew from Colorado-based DFM Engineering lowered the telescope into the new facility and installed it under a moveable metallic dome. Physics professor Michael Sommermann will work with students for about two weeks to calibrate the device. more

Old mastery, on the humble side : Rembrandt's etchings of beggars, some tiny in scale, make for a surprisingly rich show

In recent years, Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery has launched its academic seasons auspiciously, with notable shows from notable artists, including Richard Diebenkorn and Georges Rouault. Suddenly, this Fall, comes an artist no less celebrated than Rembrandt, in a surprisingly rich display of etchings dating from 1629-54. With the exhibition “Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings,” humility of subject and scale prevail. Magnifying glasses are available, the better to see some of the miniscule studies, scarcely larger than a driver’s license, but touched by the artist’s uncanny eye for form and character. The theme of the show, a traveling exhibition drawn from the John Villarino Collection, is beggars, presented in their element on mean Dutch streets, and occasionally in fanciful Biblical settings. more

Baseball coach hired

Jason Lefkowitz, an assistant coach and camp director at Brown University, was added to the baseball staff at UCSB, coach Bob Brontsema announced. John Kirkgard, who has worked as a Gaucho assistant for the past 13 years, will serve as director of baseball operations. Kirkgard, a former head coach at Westmont College, has worn many caps at UCSB, coaching the pitchers and outfielders as well as serving as hitting coach. more

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

Westmont College’s burgeoning art program is poised to enter a brand-new space in 2011, and its current show, Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings, opens the Reynolds Gallery’s last full season on a triumphal note with works by the Dutch master on display now through Saturday, October 31. more

All in a day's work : Requests for volunteers up for 18th annual Day of Caring

More than 1,000 local volunteers are expected to turn out Sept. 19 for the Day of Caring, sponsored by the United Way of Santa Barbara County. The annual event is the biggest, single-day volunteer effort in the Santa Barbara-Ventura-San Luis Obispo counties area, according to event organizers. Students from Dons Net Cafè at Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College will be pitching in on projects ranging from planting gardens, decorating playgrounds with stencils, assembling learning kits for pre-schoolers and more. more

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