Monthly Archives: March 2010

Good things come in pairs for this mad March

Did you know that there are two local basketball players who will be starting for their respective college teams heading into March Madness? Jeff Lavender quizzed the audience at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon, and no one was able to come up with both answers. Lavender was there to talk about the Santa Barbara High boys golf team (he’s an assistant coach for the team), but as a former Westmont basketball player and coach for the Dons and San Marcos, he couldn’t help but slip some hoops into his turn at the podium. more

Westmont Spring Sing 2010

This year’s theme is “The Whole Nine Yards.” more

Calendar: Theater and stage

CLASSICAL MUSIC + DANCE Ventura County WESTMONT COLLEGE ORCHESTRA AND CHAPEL BAND: Music students from Santa Barbara’s Westmont College will present a concert in Camarillo featuring hymns, worship songs and works by Johannes Brahms, Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland and Linda Robbins Coleman. more

What's Right: Students Plan Spring Break Around Volunteering

Hundreds of Westmont students will be “paying it forward” during their spring break. About 340 Westmont students will spend March 15-19 volunteering for various service projects in Mississippi, Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. more

Orchestra to perform at arts center

The Westmont College Orchestra and Chapel Band will give a free concert at the Esplanade Art Center in San Jacinto on Sunday. The concert is part of the orchestra’s Southern California tour during spring vacation. The tour includes 65 student performers, directed by Michael Shasberger, former choral director at Hemet High School. more

Master Chorale Performs Theodorakis’s Canto General

Great art involves sacrifice, but few artists have given their lives and freedom for principle the way Mikis Theodorakis and Pablo Neruda did for the magnificent work to be performed by the Santa Barbara Master Chorale next week…Steven Hodson, the S.B. Master Chorale’s conductor, explained his decision to perform the work this season..Hodson, a professor of music at Westmont College, is well-known conductor of classical, jazz, and world music. more


SOUTH COAST Malcolm Gladwell Talk 8 p.m. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. Author of “Outliers — The Story of Success” offers insight into our understanding of business, culture and successful people. Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and Westmont College. $33 general, $18 UCSB students. 893-3535 or more

Westmont students serve communities for Spring Break

SANTA BARBARA – About 340 Westmont students will spend spring break, March 15-19, volunteering for various service projects in Mississippi and Alabama, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. More than 60 students will stay in Santa Barbara during their week-long break from school, leading service projects and volunteering with A Rocha, a Christian environmental initiative. more

Professor adopts Ethiopian sisters

Tucked away in the suburbs of Ventura, a white picket fence borders the home of a family that has come together in an atypical way. A professor, her husband and their adopted Ethiopian daughters live inside…As a Westmont and Pepperdine graduate, 33-year-old Hock has lived in Spain, Hawaii, and traveled to nine different countries. more

Guest Opinion: Promoting education

Calls to retain existing levels of funding for education are entirely appropriate. Our society has changed much in recent decades. As recently as 1970, about 45 percent of American households had children under the age of 18 residing in them. Now, the figure is closer to a quarter of households…Moreover, there are the college students who live on the South Coast as a result of UCSB, City College, Westmont, Brooks and other institutions. more