Yearly Archives: 2012

Rio Mesa sweeps titles at Pacific View swim finals

The Pacific View League championship trophies sat on a table under the scorer’s tent at the Rio Mesa Aquatic Center just waiting to be won. In the end, the trophies were already at home. … Alicia Lewsadder, who was part of three consecutive Camarillo league title teams, won the 200 individual medley in 2:21.75 and 100 butterfly in 1:00.57. Both were CIF consideration times. … It was a nostalgic afternoon for the senior who is giving up swimming after this season and focusing on academics at Westmont College. more

Review: Casey Caldwell Puts New Spin on Storytelling in ‘Laws of Motion’

The founder of Ratatat Theater Group intertwines the lives of historical figures with his own in the new one-man show. Casey Caldwell’s original one-man show, Laws of Motion, presented last weekend at Westmont College, is difficult to describe. It was not difficult to watch or to enjoy, nor do I feel any reservation in praising it highly. But attempting a coherent description seems like a dicey proposition at best. more

The Fever: Mitchell Thomas in Wallace Shawn’s Cautionary Monologue

The illness has now incubated for more than a year, and Mitchell Thomas’ delivery of the unyielding monologue The Fever Saturday night was contagious. Following playwright Wallace Shawn’s own approach twenty years ago, Thomas first performed The Fever last year in private living rooms for small audiences in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Spokane and even London. But this week the quarantine was breached, and the gyrations of the nameless narrator, made sick by his own hypocrisy, went public at Westmont’s Porter Theater black box ‘The Space,’ Trinity Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, and at Municipal Winemakers. more

LEECH, Patricia Sarah

The youngest of three children, Patricia was born February 16, 1943 in Trinidad, Colorado to Lazaro and Betty Gomez. Her father died before she was born. … Moving to Santa Barbara in late 1990, she served as the administrative assistant to the Provost of Westmont College, where in 1992 she received the Employee of the Year award. more

John Stott, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien: Why American Evangelicals Love the British

John R. W. Stott’s death last July, at the age of 90, prompted an outpouring of grief and fond memories all over the Christian world. … The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, an evangelical school near Chicago, houses the largest trove of Lewis’ papers outside the Bodleian Library at Oxford (along with collections representing the other Inklings and British Christian mystery writer Dorothy Sayers). It also boasts a small museum displaying Lewis’ pipe, teapot, desk, ale tankard, and other holy artifacts. In 1973 Wheaton purchased a wardrobe from Lewis’ estate that his brother Warren said inspired the magical entryway into Narnia featured in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe—for Lewis fans, the equivalent of the True Cross. Shortly thereafter, Westmont College, an evangelical school in southern California, acquired a differentwardrobe from the current owners of the Lewis home and proclaimed theirs the authentic model. more

Why We Shouldn’t Be Without Music

Have you ever pictured a world without music?  Initially, this doesn’t sound like a catastrophic nightmare, but in reality, it is.  …   According to Michael Shasberger, a music and worship professor at Westmont College, studies show that students who have musical training or experience have an advantage in subjects that require spatial-temporal reasoning such as math and science.  If music is theoretically helping engineers build rockets and architects construct skyscrapers, we should probably keep it around. more

The Role of Being a Youth Soccer Coach with Michael Duggan, Marc Gomez and Ron Pulvers

In a continuing series on the role of a youth soccer coach, SoccerNation talks with top coaches about this important position. Youth soccer coaches have great influence over their players, and the best ones take that very seriously. … Ron Pulvers: I am sometimes asked how I got involved in coaching. Of course, mostly it was for the love of the game, and staying around soccer and giving back what the game had given me. As a college player, I was heavily influenced by my college coaches Jimmy Millinder at El Camino College (now women’s coach at the University of San Francisco) and Dave Wolf at Westmont College.

First Click and the Fine Art of Web Marketing: Web Development Firm Boosts Business in Santa Barbara

Business consultant Jacques Habre’s greatest marketing triumph may have been finding his lost cat, Majnoon, who disappeared for six weeks. After an all-out electronic media blitz, Habre found enough people who had spotted his cat that he could triangulate its location. … One of the typical indices for whether web browsers are staying on a website is called “bounce rate.” It measures how many viewers leave a website (or bounce) rather than click to a page on the same site. First Click, however, focuses on “conversions,” some tangible contact with a potential customer — an email, a phone call, an RFP. They do their best to create media that engages customers such as the weekly web video on the real estate market featured on their client, Pacifica Real Estate Group’s website. Other area customers include Westmont College and Steve Handelman Studios. more

Noozhawk Talks: Habitat for Humanity’s Joyce McCullough Draws Strength from Community

At the beginning of every volunteer workday, Habitat for Humanity’s Joyce McCullough tells the troops that they’re going to walk away feeling “tired, dirty and happy.” … McCullough and her husband, Bill, sold their medical supply business in the Bay Area and moved to Santa Barbara about 10 years ago, joining daughter Allison, a Westmont College graduate, and her young family. They also have a grown son and daughter-in-law who live in Portland.

Olsen, Mateo face off in redrawn district

Call it a dry run or a formal poll at taxpayers’ expense. But whatever voters in the newly configured 12th Assembly District think of the June 5 primary, they’ll get a do-over five months later. That’s because there are just two candidates in the partisan race, Democrat Christopher Mateo and Republican Kristin Olsen. And both will appear again on the general election ballot Nov. 6. That’s the vote that will count. … Education: Modesto High School; Westmont College, Santa Barbara, B.A. in communications. more