Yearly Archives: 2011

UCSB’s Tough Loss Not Anything Like the Lakers’

After going to the absolute limit in their quest for a national volleyball championship, UCSB’s Gauchos could feel much better about their effort than the Los Angeles Lakers could feel about their embarrassing exit from the NBA playoffs. more

UCSB’s Masterson third in Big West decathlon

IRVINE — Derek Masterson finished third in the decathlon with 7,295 points on Saturday’s portion of the Big West Combined Event Championships hosted by Anteater track at UC Irvine. more

WESTMONT GRADUATION: Nearly 300 form Christian college’s class of 2011

Westmont College bid farewell Saturday to nearly 300 graduating students at Russell Carr Field. more


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Science and math center dedicated at Westmont

Hundreds of Westmont College students, faculty and staff gathered Thursday to dedicate the David K. Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics. The dedication of Winter Hall is the culmination of a four-year building project and marks the end of an even longer approval process, said former Westmont President Stan Gaede. “Something has happened here that is pretty close to a miracle,” Mr. Gaede said. “Some pretty strong forces were assembled to make sure that this day would not come to pass — but it has.” more


Dinosaur makes impressive debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

Duncan the dinosaur made his public debut in front of a mesmerized pre-school audience Thursday at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Duncan, a life-size puppet made by Burbank-based Chiodo Bros. Productions Inc., is the centerpiece in the zoo’s new live stage show “How to Train Your Dinosaur,” opening at 11 a.m. today. “It’s geared to all ages,” said Kimberly Huff, 19, a sophomore biology major at Westmont and Duncan’s zookeeper. more


Providence Hall names headmaster

Prep school Providence Hall on Thursday announced a Westmont College alumnus as its new headmaster. David K. O’Neil was chosen by the Providence Hall board of directors to take over the headmaster post from David K. Winter, who is retiring, a school news release said. more

SOUTH ON 101: Mother’s Day weekend beacons

At a Bach concert – As a special Mother’s Day treat, West Coast Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 30th anniversary with All Bach concerts Sunday at the Presidio Chapel. Guest Conductor Dr. Michael Shasberger, from Westmont College, directs a lovely program including the Triple Violin Concerto. This glorious work was “reverse-engineered” from harpsichord arrangements made during Bach’s time from the original, now lost, concerto. more


O’Neil Next Providence Hall Headmaster

The Providence Hall Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David K. O’Neil to serve as the next headmaster at Providence Hall, a growing private Christian college preparatory school, founded in 2007. Mr. O’Neil will take the helm from Dr. David K. Winter, who has guided the start-up school for the past three years. … O’Neil is a graduate of Westmont College, with a degree in business and economics. He also holds a master’s degree in international marketing from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. more


San Marcos High’s Desa Mandarino Named County Teacher of the Year

Desa Mandarino, a ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at San Marcos High School for 16 years, was named 2011-12 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year on Thursday. … In addition to monthly trainings, workshops and presentations, and numerous mentorships with Dr. Jane Wilson’s Teacher Education Program at Westmont College, Mandarino has invested extensively with the UCSB teacher education program and was a mentor teacher for BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment). more