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Golf and disc golf will be playing side-by-side to benefit the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Fund at Westmont College. The “Don’t Just Innovate. Collaborate! Tournament” will be held on Oct. 6 at the Montecito Country Club. “This best ball-best disc tournament is an innovative one that puts traditional golfers and disc golfers on the same course at the same time,” said Tom Wiersma. ” more

Rio schools welcome new principals

The Rio School District started the 2008-09 school year with two new principals and one new assistant principal. David Baldwin has taken over as principal at Rio Vista Elementary School. Baldwin received a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from California Lutheran University and a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College. more

Three Reasons to Dig Poetry at the S.B. Poetry Series at CAF

Now in its 11th year, the Santa Barbara Poetry Series regularly hosts readings by area poets and visiting ones, both those whose work has received national recognition and those who are just getting started. Paul Willis has taught at Westmont for 20 years, but only recently published his first collection of poems, Visiting Home. more

Kokkonen vs. Capps: Longtime 23rd District Congressmember Faces Challenge from North

To say Republican Matt Kokkonen is a long shot in his quest to unseat Lois Capps as the representative of California’s 23rd U.S. Congressional District might be understating it. Kokkonen, an immigrant from Finland, left his country as a teenager and moved to New York. He transferred to Westmont College where he met his wife and eventually graduated. more

Heat GM Randy Pfund resigns, Pat Riley takes over

Heat general manager Randy Pfund, who helped Miami win the 2006 NBA championship as the highlight of his 13 years with the franchise, resigned Monday. Pfund began coaching at a high school in Illinois in the mid-1970s, then went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he worked for Chet Kammerer, who currently serves as the Heat’s vice president of player personnel. more

11 Santa Barbara Channels-Produced Programs a Step Closer to WAVE Awards

Eleven locally produced television programs have been named finalists in various categories for the annual WAVE Award competition for all public access stations in a six-state region, according to Hap Freund, executive director of The Santa Barbara Channels, the nonprofit that runs Channel 17 and Channel 21. SB Newswire, which was a collaboration of staff members and interns from Westmont and SBCC, shot with a virtual set, are all finalists in different categories. more

Gaucho Green – UCSB and other local colleges are making dorms and dining halls more eco-friendly

In college, students devote countless hours to analyzing environmental issues and researching ways society can lighten its eco-footprint, developing anything from innovative, energy-efficient technology to potential public policy reforms. Though not as extensive as UCSB, both Santa Barbara City College (which doesn’t have student dorms) and Westmont College have made efforts to green their living and eating areas. more

ART REVIEW : Etching messages – Blending traditional and innovative uses of print, Martha Ensign Johnson shows work at once subtle, strong

In what amounts to a strong yet subtle kickoff to the new academic season at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, Southerner-turned-Santa-Barbaran Martha Ensign Johnson showcases her unique art, in the line of printmaking duty — but with caveats attached. more

IN BRIEF : Organization to assist Haitian children

Two Carpinteria women have started a nonprofit corporation called Destined for Grace Children’s Relief, which aims to alleviate the pain and suffering that Haitian children endure. The co-founders are Rebecca Costa, who recently graduated from California Lutheran University, and Lindsey Connolly, a recent graduate of Westmont College. more


Five stone artworks are on display on the grounds of the Westmont College campus this fall. “Donald Davis Sculpture Garden” is the third annual exhibition of outdoor sculpture by Westmont’s Reynold Gallery. more