Yearly Archives: 2012

Westmont Gets New High-Tech Equipment

Westmont has installed a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer in the Whittier Science Building thanks to a $383,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. The new 400 MHz spectrometer, which replaces a 300 MHz spectrometer that had reached the end of its 14-year life expectancy, allows researchers to peer into the molecular world and determine the structure of molecules. more

Jesus Burgers : Isla Vista Church seasons free hamburgers with love on Friday nights

It’s Friday night. Masses of UCSB students are walking the streets of Isla Vista, and you can hear them laugh, holler and chatter. Follow them, and you can end up on Del Playa Drive — or the “D.P.” There, loud music rocks the houses up and down the long street known for its parties. As midnight approaches, students leave their gatherings and head to yet another house, which offers something other than booze. Soon, a long line forms in front of the barbecue in the small front yard. For the next several hours, students will be making the pilgrimage to the barbecue, beckoned by the trail of smoke, to grab one of about 200 freshly barbecued hamburgers at this two-story house at 6686 Del Playa Drive. On the buns are hearts shaped from ketchup and crosses formed from mustard. more

Trail Quest: Above Tangerine Falls

There are a number of ways to explore Cold Spring Canyon, but the road less traveled leads above Tangerine Falls, where one can find the remains of an old homestead deep within the canyon. Cold Spring Canyon, like many canyons in the Santa Ynez Mountains, represents a riparian corridor through the chaparral. The creek supports a variety of trees such as bay laurel, sycamore and maple, and other plants, which in turn support a range of birds and other wildlife. The hike to the homestead ruin, often referred to as the Root Cellar, is about 3.5 miles round-trip. From the ruins one can extend the hike along a nearby, and somewhat steeper trail to East Camino Cielo Road, for a longer hike of about six miles round-trip. more

Gerald Carpenter: Westmont Makes ‘Much Ado’ About Its Diamond Jubilee

Westmount College is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and one of the centerpieces of the celebration will be the Westmont Festival Theatre’s new production ofWilliam Shakespeare’s free-swinging comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Mitchell Thomas, with an excellent cast of students and a production team that includes many recent alumni. more

From billboards to board bags: Rareform recycles signs into surf gear

A Ventura County startup is turning old billboards that would otherwise be headed to landfills into snazzy surfboard bags. Rareform launched its products a few weeks ago, but the idea has been brewing for much longer. After Alec Avedissian graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, he traveled to El Salvador. While there, he noticed people along the coast putting the vinyl from discarded billboards to a creative new use: roofing material. more

Westmont Gardens Get Fruitful Additions

Volunteers will be planting more than 40 fruit trees, providing a variety of campus-grown produce for Westmont’s dining services. Alumnus Anthony Waldrop ’11 will lead the planting on Friday, Oct. 26, from noon until 3 p.m. at two vegetable gardens he built last spring. more

Hundreds of teens join to sing in SB

About 300 high school singers will join the Westmont College Choir and perform at the 8th annual Westmont Fall Choral Festival at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu St. and 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian, 21 E. Constance Ave. Both Santa Barbara performances are free and open to the public. The afternoon performance features Oaks Christian Advanced Women’s Chorus (Westlake Village), Highland High School Chamber Choir (Bakersfield), San Marcos High School Madrigal Singers and A Cappella Choir (Santa Barbara), Santa Susana Vocal Ensemble (Simi Valley), Frontier High School Concert Choir (Bakersfield), Westmont New Sounds and the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces. more

Surfer takes billboards from freeways to ocean

It’s his love of the ocean that makes him—and most surfers— so committed to keeping the water blue and the beaches clean, Avedissian said, and what inspired him to create an ecologically friendly company.

Avedissian traveled abroad regularly while he was a business student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

And it was during those travels that he thought of the idea for his company—Rareform—which uses recycled billboard material to make surfboard bags. more

Surfer takes billboards from freeways to ocean

Avedissian traveled abroad regularly while he was a business student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Early Registration Deadline Approaching For Bryan’s Critical Thought And Practice Symposium

Speakers include Dr. Diane Langberg, a faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary and director of Langberg and Associates, a group practice in suburban Philadelphia; Dr. Mark R. McMinn, professor of psychology at George Fox University; Dr. Gary W. Moon, executive director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College; more