Monthly Archives: April 2009

Teens Take Artistic Reins in Choreographers’ Showcase

A group of talented teens will present their original choreography at the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s 14th Annual ON THE VERGE: Teen Choreographers’ Showcase, May 30th at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at 8 p.m. The teens are all local, and many are already veteran performers and scholarship winners. They range in age from 13 to 19, and come from local schools and dance studios, including San Marcos High, Nordhoff High in Ojai, Westmont College, Santa Barbara Dance Arts, 14K Jules Dance, Cruz Dance & Entertainment, Linda Vega School of Dance, Gustafson School of Ballet, and UCSB. more

Sizing up the past at SBHS

Some Santa Barbara High School athletes heard a great message over the clatter of the dishes they were busing during Saturday’s Ye Ole Gang banquet at the Page Center. Ron Shelton’s road to stardom as a writer, director and producer of some of history’s greatest sports films began in the Dons’ lockerroom during the fall of 1960 when he was a 5-foot-3, 97-pound sophomore trying out for the basketball team. He continued on to play both basketball and baseball at Westmont College, and later worked his way up to Triple-A Rochester of the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. more

S.B. County Bar Foundation to host week of events : Annual Law Week's theme is "A Legacy of Liberty"

The Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation will host a week of free law themed discussions and events through Friday during its annual Law Week. The events this week are held in association with several Santa Barbara County legal groups, as well as Westmont College. more

The Amazing Nasons: Serving Others Is a Way of Life for Goleta Couple

The story of Don and Judy Nason is an amazing one. It is the story of a lifetime focused not only on themselves and their family, but also on those who live around them. “We loved this city since the beginning,” said Judy. “Although Don was new to the area I wasn’t. I am a Westmont graduate, so I felt at home around here. It is so beautiful!” more

Westmont Professors Discuss Legacy Of Lincoln

Richard Pointer, professor of history, and Jesse Covington, assistant professor of political science, will lead a discussion, “Lincoln’s Legacy: Race, Liberty, and the Rule of Law,” Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. The discussion is part of Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation’s Law Week and is free and open to the public. more

Used Restaurant Grease Fuels Local Recycling Business

When you’re chomping on a mouthwatering cheeseburger or some fried chicken, you probably aren’t pondering what happens to the grease it’s cooked with. But that’s exactly what Craig Boyce and Mark Craig are thinking about, because recycling restaurant grease and giving it a new life is key to their business, Coastal Byproducts. Boyce and Craig are locals who graduated from Santa Barbara High School. Boyce went to Westmont College. more

Westmont’s Virtual Recycling

Not all video games are simply pure distraction. Some, like Rudy’s Recycling Roundup, are meant to entertain while they educate. On April 7 as part of Westmont College’s Creation Care Week, the school launched its online educational video game to teach its student players about recyclables, mainly what can and cannot be recycled. more

Final Scene: On the Fringe

Pushing the envelope: The festival’s closing night features five short plays, five dance pieces and two experimental films created by students and faculty in the theater arts department. more

ART REVIEW : Learning curved – At annual year-end senior art show, edginess prevails

As spring rounds the corner, and local institutions of higher learning veer toward the year’s end, we can expect to find student art gracing college and university walls in Santa Barbara, and that’s generally a wonderful thing. Currently at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, the annual Senior Exhibition is unfolding in all its diverse directions, with some impressive and also slightly disarming results. more

Westmont Employee Develops Video Game to Teach Recycling

After seeing many students unknowingly place non-recyclable items in the recycling bins, Westmont employees, Phil Walton and Joel Patterson, came up with an idea for a video game that promotes recycling education. Mr. Walton decided to run with the idea and develop the game for the Westmont College website, as well as to promote a competition among students coinciding with Earth Day. more