Yearly Archives: 2008

Griego encouraged to race, despite fire near her college

For Westmont College runner Lisa Griego of Mountain View, the most difficult part of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championships was whether to compete at all. The week before the race, the Tea Fire in Santa Barbara destroyed her coach’s house and Griego was given 15 minutes to evacuate the nearby home in which she was living. more

ON STAGE : Music Club to hear Westmont students

Westmont College students will perform during the Santa Barbara Music Club’s free concert at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu. The program includes string quartets by Smetana and Ravel, performed by the Siloam String Quartet; “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, sung by the Westmont Chamber Singers. more

When a dying coach brought his team back to life

Sports are supposed to be a metaphor for life. Sometimes it’s easy to embrace that notion, but often it’s best just to strangle it. When a basketball player makes a game-winning shot, should he be defined as courageous? Shouldn’t that laurel be reserved for soldiers who dive onto hand grenades, or those who wade into danger for rescue? Or maybe for a coach who gave his players peace of mind during his most difficult hours. Every year at this time, I am reminded of such a man. Tom Byron. He coached basketball at Westmont College for only six seasons, but the school has wisely kept his memory alive with an annual basketball tournament. more

Biographer Walter Isaacson to Speak at Westmont Breakfast

Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of Time magazine, will speak at Westmont College’s fourth annual President’s Breakfast at 7 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Tickets, which are $75 per person, go on sale at 8 a.m. Jan. 6 and can be purchased by calling 805.565.6895. Seating is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. more

Looking Back at the Tea Fire, One Month Later

It’s a cool morning at Fire Station 7 in the foothills of Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara City Fire public information officer John Ahlman is ruminating over the recent news that officials have declared fire season a year-round phenomenon. “There certainly was a lot of finger-pointing,” said Scott Craig, Westmont College media relations manager. After the sheriff’s revelation in November that the people responsible for the blaze were from some local school, Westmont’s name, because of the college’s proximity to the fire’s point of origin, came up. more

Bargains Galore Pre-Christmas

Although a bit crisp, the weather on Monday afternoon, December 22, was sunny and pleasant in Santa Barbara, making it easy for the holiday shopping crowd to navigate between sales. “There’s not as much stuff in here as there has been — people have been shopping,” said customer Kathy LeSage, a Westmont College teacher. Her situation is different from most people this holiday season, though, as she and her family lost their home, which was on Westmont Road, and most of their belongings in the Tea Fire. more

Most Valuable Parent: Rechelle Ringer, Monroe School

Rechelle Ringer is a woman of many skills. She holds degrees in art and English from Westmont College, and has earned a teaching credential from the school. For years, she has sung in ensembles and a cappella choirs at her church and around town. more

Theater and stage events

“HUMBUG! A (LIT MOON) CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Lit Moon Theatre Company presents its take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” integrated with live music and puppetry. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Porter Theatre, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara. Free; donations for fire-relief organizations accepted. 565-7040; more


Breakers Holiday Hoops Du Jour Camp for boys and girls age 4-14 will take place Dec. 22-24 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Westmont College Gymnasium. Games, contests, fundamentals taught, and prizes and camp gift to each camper. $95 membership fee. Call Curt Pickering at 252-7669 or Jeff Azain at 565-6107. more

On Par with Bob Chilcott

Westmont College grad Ron Shelton, the screenwriter and director (Bull Durham, Tin Cup), could hardly have conceived a more hokey script than this: Westmont’s junior guard Christopher “CJ” Jackson, who had not scored a point all night, hit a last-second jumper to lift the Warriors to a 63-61 victory over Cal State San Bernardino before a Murchison Gym crowd that turned out Saturday to celebrate the dedication of Kammerer Court in honor of Chet Kammerer, the school’s all-time winningest coach. more