Yearly Archives: 2012

Meet Liz Thaete – Coronado’s Very Own Penguin Trainer at SeaWorld

Even though Coronado is famous for sunny weather, usually in the 70’s, Liz Thaete wakes up on work days and has to wear a pair of long underwear and a couple of pairs of socks to her 6:30am shift in the 40 degree penguin enclosure at Sea World. … She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara and graduated in 2009. more

TEMECULA: January students of the month honored

Ten Temecula high school seniors were honored recently as January’s students of the month by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. … Alex Bush The Linfield Christian High School student is a skilled baseball, football and basketball player whose future plans include attending Westmont College or George Fox University. more

Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. more

A golden anniversary on the diamond : Westmont to honor 1962 club at annual alumni game

The 1962 baseball season had an inauspicious beginning for the Westmont Nine. … The Warriors had traveled up the road to face UC Santa Barbara for their season-opener and the Gauchos quickly grabbed a 9-0 lead. more

Westmont professor to host reading

Westmont English professor and Santa Barbara poet laureate Paul Willis is slated to host the sixth annual community reading honoring poet William Stafford. The reading, titled “Remembering William Stafford,” will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off State Route 154, a Westmont College news release said. more

‘Grand Night’ performance – Jan. 31

“It’s a Grand Night for Music” returns to the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The annual showcase of Kern County’s finest high school musicians and singers can be seen for a $5 donation. … Guest conductor for the Orchestra will be Paul Mori, Westmont College chamber ensemble, wind and brass teacher and coach. more

Poet Laureate to Host ‘Remembering William Stafford’ Community Reading

Paul WillisWestmont College professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, will host the sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. Local writers Christine Kravetz and Greg Orfalea will be featured readers. Willis invites members of the community to share their favorite Stafford poems as well. more

ART REVIEW: Light, Sight, Sound and Space meet the Road – Cheryl Calleri and Thekla Hammond’s ‘Continua in Light’ present a hypnotic video installation at the Westmont Museum of Art

In its young life, barely a year-and-a-half in the line of museological duty, the Westmont Museum of Art — the most exciting new Santa Barbara art space in years — is inherently engaged in laying out a series of “firsts” in the new venue. At present, the “first” in question is a hypnotic sight/sound installation work, qualifying as the first singular installation taking over the space, and transforming it in the service of the artists’ spatial-sensory-musical vision. Entering into the museum’s darkened main gallery, we become enveloped in the sight/sound experience poetically and properly titled “Continua in Light,” created by Bay Area artists Cheryl Calleri and Thekla Hammond. For the exhibition opening last Thursday, a dance element was interwoven in the work, choreographed by Westmont Dance professor Erlyne Whiteman and performed by Westmont dance students. more

A peek into the future: Super-smart devices that blend into your life seamlessly

Cyber-technologists have long anticipated an era when individuals manage every aspect of their information through userfriendly, interactive “lifestyle” devices that merge seamlessly into our everyday lives. The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show made a strong case that such an era is upon us, if not already in place. … David Newton is a professor of business and entrepreneurship at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Artistic Touch: Ventura artist’s sculptures are all about the process

Cheryl Ann Thomas’ sculptures are more about the process than the result and more about form than function. In her Ventura studio, she starts each sculpture by tearing off a bit of porcelain clay and rolling it on a slab to form a spaghetti-like strand. One by one, she coils and pinches the pieces together, building it higher and higher until it is ready for the kiln, where it will collapse upon itself, draping like fabric. … Thomas came late to art and even later to sculpture. She got a degree in elementary education at Westmont College. more