Yearly Archives: 2012

Village News: Laguna Blanca to launch Pre-K program; MUS tries to different Pre-K model

Montecito schools are making plans for children in the preschool range children in the upcoming school years. … Westmont College will celebrate the 150th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s culture with a day of fun activities, crafts, music, dance, storytelling, food and more on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. “Días de México: A Family Festival” is free and open to the public. more

Holding Court : Westmont president Gayle Beebe is beyond passionate for Warrior athletics

When Westmont president Dr. Gayle Beebe goes to any Warriors sporting event, the love from the crowd is given just as much as it is received. Whether it is cheering on the teams, firing up the crowds or providing free playoff tickets for students, the positive presence of the popular fifth year head of the Montecito college is felt throughout campus. “Sports have given me some of the greatest lessons in life,” Beebe said. “And through them, I have been able to apply them to the lives of others or at least use sport as an analogy to connect with students while trying to provide them with a positive, supportive atmosphere at Westmont.” more

ANN ABOUT TOWN: Forging the way for new art

It’s located on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega, across from Paradise Café—no, not the corner that has the French crepe place, not the one with Seagrass restaurant and the parking garage, but the other corner. You’ve probably gone past it more than a few dozen times and thought nothing of the unassuming building with lightly painted corrugated metal siding, but it’s worth another look. And this 1st Thursday is the perfect time to take a peek. … Tonight, they’ll be featuring the artwork of several Westmont College students. more

The Founding of Westmont: In 1945, Montecito Became Home to the Christian College

Westmont College is largely the result of one woman’s vision. In August 1937, Ruth Kerr awoke from a sound sleep. God had spoken to this deeply religious woman and had told her the time was right to open a Bible school. This was the beginning of Westmont College. Ruth Kerr became president of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company (anyone who does canning or preserving should recognize the name) in 1930, five years after her husband’s death. Using funds from her successful company, she opened the Bible Missionary Institute in Los Angeles in 1937 with 72 students and 16 staff. Two years later, the school added some liberal arts courses and changed its name to Western Bible College. The metamorphosis continued the following year under the leadership of Dr. Wallace L. Emerson. The school moved to larger facilities in Los Angeles, became a four-year liberal arts college built upon Christian principles, and changed its name one last time to Westmont College. more

International Chiari Association Announces Board Member: New Nonprofit Organization’s Board of Directors Coming Together

The International Chiari Association (ICA) is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine O’Connor Morgan to its Board of Directors. This new Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization was recently launched to educate both the general public and the medical community about this little-known, serious neurological disorder. Katherine Morgan has been an elementary teacher for sixteen years and feels blessed to be able to work with children everyday. Morgan is excited to be a part of the International Chiari Association and will be the team leader in creating programming specifically developed for children. She feels enriched by working with others around her and is eager to spread awareness about Chiari malformation to the general public and to those in the field of education. Morgan received her BA in English from University of California, Santa Barbara (with a year at St. Patrick’s College in Ireland) and acquired her teaching credential from Westmont College. more

Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Names Winners of Business Star Awards: Honorees include Laura McIver, Dr. Sumita Pennathur, Penny Jenkins and Dr. Kurt Ransohoff

The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the winners of the quarterly Business Star Awards. … Jenkins was honored by the community as Santa Barbara’s 1993 Woman of the Year as well as the 1993 Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women, and the Soroptomist International 1993 Woman of Distinction and named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Westmont Medal given by Westmont College for her leadership in enlisting the resources and commitment of community leaders to participate in a citizen’s task force to confront the problem of alcohol and drug abuse in Santa Barbara. more

Providence Hall Thespians to Stage ‘The Diviners’: The play will be performed March 9-10 in Westmont’s Porter Theater

Providence Hall thespians will present The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr., a powerful tragic drama leavened with humor, on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. The play tells the story of Buddy Layman (played by Chad Heath), who almost drowned as a young boy. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. Ironically, he becomes empowered to seek out water as a “diviner.” A friendship with a disenchanted preacher, C.C. Showers (played by Micah Park), is the dramatic catalyst for this Depression-era story. more

Aiding family, friends through eating disorders: Support system key

“You just need to ____ (fill in the blank with acceptable, rational food behavior).” To an anorexic: “You just need to eat.” To a bulimic: “You just need to keep it down instead of throwing it up.” … In Santa Barbara, the Central Coast chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals will host an interview with and book signing by Carolyn Costin, followed by a screening of the documentary “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.” Costin is co-author of “8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder” and other books, and clinical director of the Monte Nido treatment center in Malibu. 6 p.m. Monday at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara. Free for Westmont students; $5 for others. more


Westmont College has set the stage for a musical adaptation of George Orwell’s famous book, “Animal Farm.” Entry costs $10 for the general public. more

OTTMAN, Eleanor M.

Eleanor May (Vincent) Ottman, formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on February 15th in Monterey California. ‘Elly’ was born a daughter of Eber and Addie Vincent on August 9, 1913 in Sunnyside, Washington. …  In 1955 they moved to Santa Barbara, and when the youngest daughter started school, Elly returned to teaching, this time at Westmont College where she taught part-time for ten years until her other part-time work in project proposal writing became a full time job for thirteen years. more