Yearly Archives: 2012

GDP drives government, not the other way around

The Commerce Dept. just reported GDP “grew” at a paltry 1.5 percent annual pace for the second quarter 2012. That means the economy is larger by less than eight-tenths of 1 percent from January through June. … David Newton is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and heads the entrepreneurship program at Westmont. more

IN CONCERT: Rounding the Five-Year Mark, Musically – The Montecito International Music Festival is in full swing

For 65 years the Music Academy of the West has entrenched itself as a much-valued institution in the community’s summer cultural calendar, apart from its lofty status in the classical music world at large. In the past few years, another much smaller and humbler, but not dissimilar, operation has been establishing itself in another corner of Montecito, on the Westmont College campus. more

That sinking feeling

A sinkhole has led to a two-week closure of Sycamore Canyon Road at Westmont Road, according to Caltrans. The 3-foot-diameter sinkhole, which developed Wednesday evening, “has completely closed the roadway,” according to a statement. more

Sinkhole Closes Highway 192 at Westmont Road in Montecito Caltrans says roadway is expected to reopen in about two weeks

A sinkhole 3 feet in diameter has closed Highway 192 at Westmont Road, nearWestmont College in Montecito. Caltrans said Thursday that a traffic detour is available along Sycamore Canyon Road, Alameda Padre Serra and Barker Pass Road. more

Giant Sinkhole Closes Highway 192: Will Be Closed For Next One-and-a-Half to Two Weeks

Highway 192 will be closed for the next one-and-a-half to two weeks due to a giant sinkhole that developed Wednesday at the intersection of Westmont Road, said Caltrans officials. During the closure, drivers can take a detour along Sycamore Canyon Road, Alameda Padre Serra, and Barker Pass Road. There are electronic notices about the closure on the road, and the California Highway Patrol is helping to mediate any traffic. more

Sinkhole closes 192

A 3-foot-diameter sinkhole has closed State Route 192 at Westmont Road for about two weeks. Caltrans officials said today that the sinkhole, which developed Wednesday evening, “has completely closed the roadway.” more


Connie brightened everyone’s day with her unconditional love and beautiful smile! After enduring Alzheimer’s for many years, she passed away June 8th, in Santa Barbara, at the age of 89. …  She met her husband Jack Siemens at BIOLA College in Anaheim. In 1953 they moved to Santa Barbara where Jack coached at Westmont College, Connie was the school nurse, and they raised 4 children. more

Notes for Notes Hires New Team Member: Westmont Grad Juliana Lee Named Director of Making Awesome Things Happen

Notes for Notes recently named Juliana Lee their first “Director of Making Awesome Things Happen.” The Westmont grad will work in S.B., Nashville, and Detroit to foster communication and support between the community and the nonprofit. more

Two local athletes to compete for European nations in London Olympics

Westmont College’s Tugce Canitez is competing for her native country of Turkey in women’s basketball. Turkey earned a berth by defeating Argentina 72-58. more

Westmont College Music Majors Focus on Worship Leadership: New program will help students explore careers as worship leaders, ministers of music and liturgists

The National Association of Schools of Music and the Westmont College Curriculum Committee have approved a music major emphasis in worship leadership. This new program, which is open to students from any church background, will begin in the fall of 2013. Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, encourages students interested in a career in church music to explore the new emphasis. more