Yearly Archives: 2009

Need Help Getting Holiday Packages in Shipshape?

Despite the economy, Santa Barbara Pack & Post’s business is up more than 100 percent from last year, and it’s clear its loyal following and assortment of services are flourishing for good reason. Its success stems from offering not only standard carriers such as FedEx and UPS, but also LTL freight, ocean carriers, armored transport and DHL services. Besides carrier comparison, a detailed database complete with clientele shipment history provides patrons with information via e-mail or text message about package arrival and address recollection. “We can stock the items. …You can just e-mail your order and we will pull it, pack it and ship it,” said Bodenhamer, a Westmont College graduate who earned his shipping education at Montecito Executive Services before opening Pack & Post. more

Meet and Tweet : You've seen the cute little icons. But who are the faces behind S.B.

A few years back, the only twittering and tweeting was done by birds in trees. Now “to tweet” has taking on a new meaning with the advent of Twitter, a quick and easy way to share thoughts, ideas, location, plans and status through the Internet. There’s a catch — only 140 characters or less are allowed, making Twitter much like text messages sent out to the world.

Account: Westmont College

Twitter name: WestmontNews

Following: 451

Followers: 484

Person behind the tweets: Scott Craig, manager of media relations

Why tweet? “You have to keep up-to-date and fresh with the times and attract students to the college.” more

Tremblay joins St. Francis board

Troy Tremblay has been named to the board of directors of the St. Francis Foundation. Mr. Tremblay works with his father’s investment firm, Tremblay Financial Services in Santa Barbara, founded in 1997. He recently participated in the Bishop Diego/Carpinteria High School Alumni Football Game to raise money for the schools’ athletic programs. Through advertising and ticket sales, he helped raise more than $70,000. In his spare time, he coaches his sons’ football team. A fourth-generation Santa Barbara native, Mr. Tremblay earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Westmont College. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Jenise, and his three children, Tyler, Noah and Madison. more

Letters: Stimulus could annul outsourcing

It was gratifying to read the article in Friday’s News-Press about the three Westmont College students’ invention. But it was disappointing to read they had found a company in China to manufacture their solar cooker. Why aren’t our stimulus dollars going to them? What an opportunity to show the sincerity of our government. An empty building probably would be put to good use and new jobs created. more

Ugo Melchiori, 1940-2009

Ugo Melchiori, founder of the ubiquitous Santa Barbara construction company that bears his name and a longtime local philanthropist, died Saturday. He was 69, and friends said he had been in ill health. … The company portfolio includes commercial, hospitality, institutional, medical and residential buildings, as well as seismic rehabilitation work. Among its clients are the Braille Institute of America, Canary Hotel, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Chapala One, Chase Palm Park Carousel Building, Crane Country Day School, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort Hotel, Fidelity National Title, Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, Garden Court on De la Vina, La Casa de La Raza, Maravilla Senior Living, Marymount of Santa Barbara, QAD Inc., St. Vincent’s Gardens Family Housing, Sansum Medical Research Foundation, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Mission and Westmont College, as well as renovating The Granada. more

OUR TOWN : Quilts on display at Westmont

An exhibition of “Gee’s Bend Quilters: Selections from Paulson Press,” on display through Friday in Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, celebrates the work of four black women from rural Gee’s Bend, Ala. The quilters worked side by side with printmakers at Paulson Press in Berkeley to create soft-ground etchings from their original quilt designs. Descended from slaves on the Pettway plantation, residents of Gee’s Bend developed a tradition of colorful handmade quilts that have been exhibited to critical acclaim in museums across the nation. more

UCSB moves foward on designs for aquatic facility

UCSB Athletics is proud to announce the hiring of Blackbird Architects for the conceptual designing of a future intercollegiate aquatics facility on campus. The planned site is behind the Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) building and will face east towards the recreation fields. … About Blackbird Architects The Santa Barbara-based firm is led by founder and former Gaucho swimmer Ken Radtkey. Blackbird has been recognized nationally for design excellence in several master planning design competitions. Blackbird’s local work has included Westmont College Master Plan, Westmont College Gym Renovation and UCSB Arbor Expansion. more

Hot product : Solar cooker wins trio top prize in Westmont Collegiate Business Plan competition

Three Westmont College students — Michael Guisti, Sammy Acosta and Garrett Floyd — calling themselves SOlutions Corp.– won Thursday’s 20th annual Westmont Collegiate Business Plan competition. Their winning idea is a prototype for a parabolic-shaped solar cooker for use in the Third World. Their concept would have the most applicability in parts of the globe where firewood is scare and fuels — such as propane — are expensive. A panel of judges suggested that the product also has a huge upside for the developed world, especially for campers and backup cookers for when the power goes out. more

Letters: College education without the drama

Thank you to the News-Press for the well-deserved good coverage of Westmont College. The past weekend’s free Christmas concert again sold out. It was a resounding success and a blessing to the community — one of many successes attributable to Michael Shasberger’s blossoming music department. We are fortunate to have Westmont as a shining light in this city. Contrast this with the sad events at UCSB with students’ disappointment over budget decisions and class cancellations, overcrowding, protests, drunken revelry, beach destruction from flotillas and Halloween parties running up bills for Santa Barbara residents to pay to clean up. more

Are educated youth leaving California?: TWO MORE WHO CAME HOME

I heard from Carol Dokolos who added her two sons to the long list of local kids who went off to college and later home to contribute to our community. Nick Dokolos is a North High graduate who earned his teaching credential at Biola University and is now teaching at Columbia Elementary School. Brother Marcus Dokolos is also a North High grad, majoring in engineering at beautiful Westmont College and is now working for Porter and Associates Engineering. more