Monthly Archives: May 2014


Things are relatively calm and quiet up in the idyllic hillside acreage with a view that is Westmont College these days. Although a pared-down “May session” is underway, the official school year ended a few weeks ago, and the Museum of Art sent off the student body with an annual Senior art show. Thus, according to the museum’s calendar, the time is nigh for a visitation from artists in the community, via the annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition. Going by the winking, but fitting title “Made You Look,” this year’s sampling of locally-based artists was chosen by Meg Cranston, an artist, curator and critic who also chairs the art department at Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design. more

$8.6 million in scholarships handed out

Nearly 3,000 students from Santa Barbara County will continue their education with help from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. The organization handed out a record $8.6 million dollars in scholarship money this year and recipients had the chance to thank the donors during a ceremony Wednesday in the Courthouse Sunken Garden. … Jasmine Lozano is among those students who needed the extra help with college tuition. She will graduate from San Marcos High School this year and plans to attend Westmont College in the fall. more

HAJIC, Winifred Jacqueline

Winifred Jacqueline Hajic, 83, died Mother’s Day morning May 11, 2014 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She is survived by her loving family: husband Earl J Hajic & three sons – Gregory J (Barbara), Kenneth J (Christine Alexander) and Steven J (Margaret); and her latest two joys – grandson Zachary J and step great-grandaughter Sofia Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry L & Evelyn E Schwenker (nee De Klyen) of Rosemead, CA, her grandmother Catherine De Klyen and her Uncle Charles Novak & Mabel De Klyen Novak.  … She enjoyed reading Gothic mysteries, completing crossword and scenic puzzles, sewing & knitting, cooking & baking, shopping, bowling, swimming at Westmont and strolling on the beach collecting stones & shells with one or more of the family. She was a caregiver to many. more

THE POLO SET: Brecheen grabs the nice silverware on Mother’s Day

To many, it was fitting that Leigh Brecheen — a mother of two — won the Maserati Cup on Mother’s Day at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. She led the Film Finances/Antelope team to a 13-9 victory over Wildcat. Her team took all of the tournament awards: Jesse Bray was named Most Valuable Player, and Santiago Trotz’s horse, Pampiano, was best playing pony. … Patrick Uretz, a regular for Westmont College’s team during the winter, is rated at three goals. The Maserati Cup-winning patron said, “Jesse and Patrick lived up to their reputations as rising stars of polo.” more

Letters : Opinion : For Mr. Sterling’s apology, I apologize

I apologize for this column. If I hadn’t been duped, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t be typing these words. I’m not really like this. I’m Someone Much Better, a person you’d like if you just forgave me one tiny mistake. As we consider Donald Sterling’s muddled apology (and mine), a couple of reminders are in order. Not all apologies are equal – and forgiveness doesn’t eradicate the need for consequences. Mr. Sterling might like us to forget these truths. …

There’s a choice that might actually be redemptive.

Greg Spencer is Professor of Communication Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

The Lab breaks new ground in health of athletes

Dave Odell is a man who wears many different types of running shoes (hats): Husband, father, businessman, Westmont College athletic director and, until recently, San Marcos High boys basketball coach. The one thing you wouldn’t normally associate him with is a revolution. But in a way, Odell may be on the verge of a few different things that could change not only fitness, but wellness, serious disease and possibly an alternative fuel source. I only half-jokingly asked recently if he ever slept. He just laughed while sitting in The Lab-a center that he owns with John Tynan, Mike Swan, proprietor and physical therapist of Elite Performance and Rehab, and Dr. Marcus Elliott of the Peak Performance Project (P3). more


This summer, 70 Westmont College students, some of whom are pictured at right, will serve in 13 countries in the student-led, staff-directed Emmaus Road program. The program, in its 16th year, sponsors activities that increase awareness of global concerns, broadening the worldview of students and promoting the value of diversity, according to a news release. more

ORSO, Nancy Jean

On April 18, 2014, Nancy Jean Orso of Goleta died peacefully at home at the age of 79, stepping into eternity to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to face in the indescribable glory of heaven.

Nancy was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 24, 1934 to the late Donald and Florence McGee. Nancy spent her early years at local schools in Chicago until her family headed west to Santa Barbara when she was 14 years old. Nancy attended Santa Barbara High School, graduating in the class of 1952. She went on to attend Westmont College, and over the next 49 years was employed as a technical executive secretary at Aero Physics, Curtis Wright, General Electric, General Research International, and AT&T. more

805 BOUND: May 11, 2014



By Paul J. Willis

Cascade Books, $14

Westmont English professor and former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Paul J. Willis’ third collection of poems is all about reckoning with the past, the skeletons in the closet as well as celebrating children and kindness. more

Lompoc Youth Theater to host sixth summer musical camp

Hairdos and excitement will be on the rise when Lompoc Youth Theater and Lompoc Recreation Division hold auditions Saturday, May 17, for this summer’s musical production, “Hairspray Jr.” … Miller James, who has been on the artistic team at Opera Santa Barbara, Westmont College Theatre and Ensemble Theatre will be designing the costumes. more