Monthly Archives: October 2009


Students get chance of a lifetime at workshop. On Oct. 17 and 18, Santa Ynez High School Theatre students participated in a very special workshop in Santa Barbara at the invitation of John Blondell, Westmont Theatre Department chairman and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Lit Moon Theatre. more

Montecito planners take up Westmont trail

The Montecito Planning Commission reviewed its options Wednesday regarding the Westmont College Trail, a woodland area path that stretches along the west side of the college from Mountain Drive to the southern tip of the campus. The commission might have the option of incorporating the trail into the Conditional Use Plan in the future, which would allow it to regulate the uses and upkeep of the trail. The trail winds through a forest area and into a meadow. It is between 2 and 4 feet wide, and is 35 feet from the property line of the nearest homeowner. It is open to both students and residents. more

Communities That Care found in all corners of MI

The Mercer Island city, school district and community have taken a vocal stand against underage drinking and drug use. Although the problem may seem unavoidable, it is not. Studies have shown that the choice to use is heavily influenced by various factors in a youth’s social environment: community and family norms, mass media messages, the accessibility of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The Mercer Island Communities That Care (CTC) project addresses each of these factors head-on. … “It was a mutual deal; me wanting to have the job and people saying that I’d be a great fit,” said Jamieson, who graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

Simulating Service Providers: Professors Discuss Getting Good Help in Virtual World

What is good service? We can certainly name examples of it: a mechanic that fixes cars on time, a restaurant that accepts special food orders for its customers. But according to Wayne Iba, associate professor of computer science at Westmont College, good service is not as easily defined as we think. “We know it when we see it,” says Iba, “but we can’t always define it.” On October 19, Iba gave a talk at Westmont College on exploring service rendered by artificial intelligence in simulated environments. more

Choirs to gather at Westmont

About 450 high school singers, representing 13 California schools from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Salinas, will perform with the Westmont College Choir at the Fall Choral Festival at 7 p.m. Friday. The free concert will be at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. The program will feature the college choir, the Westmont Men’s and Women’s Chorales, Westmont Chamber Singers and seven of the visiting high school choirs. A different set of high school choirs, along with the Westmont ensembles, will perform another free concert, also at 7 p.m. Friday, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. more

Famous Chef At Westmont on Thursday

Mai Pham, world-renown Thai and Vietnamese chef and restaurateur, will sign cookbooks, offer special tastings and hold cooking demonstrations Thursday, (10/29/09), from 11:15 a.m.-1 Westmont’s Dining Commons. The guest appearance is courtesy of Sodexo, which is contracted by Westmont’s dining services. more

World-Renowned Chef Mai Pham to Get Cookin’ at Westmont

Mai Pham, world-renowned Thai and Vietnamese chef and restaurateur, will sign cookbooks, offer special tastings and hold cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Westmont College’s Dining Commons. The guest appearance is courtesy of Sodexo, which is contracted by Westmont’s dining services. more

St. Francis Foundation Appoints New Board Members

The St. Francis Foundation has appointed four new board members. Troy Tremblay – Tremblay works with his father’s investment firm, Tremblay Financial Services in Santa Barbara, a boutique-style firm founded in 1997. A fully licensed registered representative with FINRA, Tremblay holds his series 7, series 63 and series 65 licenses. He also holds his life, variable and disability licenses in California. A fourth-generation Santa Barbara native, Tremblay earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Westmont College upon graduating from SBCC, where he also played football. He attended Bishop Diego High School and graduated in 1994. more

The Bald Soprano at Westmont: Eugène Ionesco’s play at Porter Theatre, Friday, October 23

Eugène Ionesco’s one-act masterpiece The Bald Soprano delivers enlightened and thoroughly addled hilarity in the hands of director Mitchell Thomas and an enthusiastic cast of Westmont theater students. Ionesco perfected the genre of the sketch about non-communication exemplified in such classic vaudeville routines as Who’s On First? In this instance, two very different yet disturbingly similar British couples, the Smiths and the Martins, meet and discuss things until they are interrupted either by the Smith’s maid (Marie Ponce) or the fire captain (Sam Martin). In one sequence, the Smiths put a lot of energy into working out the complexities of the relationships within a rather large clan of people—husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers, daughters, uncles, nieces, and grandmothers—all of whom happen to be named Bobby Watson. more

Christian Perspectives on Animal Treament

A five-person panel of experts will discuss “Christian Perspectives on the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Factory Farms and Scientific Laboratories” Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. The discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists include: Christine Gutleben, director of faith outreach for the Humane Society of the United States; Bob Wennberg, Westmont distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy; Tom Fikes, Westmont professor of psychology and neuropsychology; Maurice Lee, Westmont assistant professor of religious studies; and Westmont alumna Amanda Sparkman, a post-doctoral fellow at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. more