Yearly Archives: 2014

Montecito Miscellany: Ridley-Tree Belle of Birthday Ball

Titian-haired altruist Leslie Ridley-Tree celebrated a major landmark birthday when 55 friends turned out at the Biltmore to laud the philanthropist, who, over the decades, has donated millions of dollars to Santa Barbara causes – including the Museum of Art, Cottage Hospital, City College, Westmont, UCSB, the zoo, the symphony, and the chamber orchestra. more

Concordia women have added pressure on them this season

Last season was the perfect storm for the Concordia University women’s soccer team. The side was dominant, caught a few breaks in the national tournament and finished the year 22-1-1, raising the NAIA championship trophy.  … Before that, though, comes a showdown Sept. 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif., with host Westmont College, the No. 2-ranked team that lost 1-0 to the Cavs in last year’s NAIA finals. more

North Penn senior aims for the stars

A North Penn High School senior’s future is looking up. Literally. When 17-year-old Anthony Flores went to summer camp, he charted an asteroid’s orbit and sent data to Harvard University. … talented high school students during the Summer Science Program at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Students listened to college-level lectures by an astrophysicist and a Yale University astronomy…more


Tim Timmons Meets With Pope Francis and His Leadership Team at the Vatican in Rome

Tim Timmons, national bestselling author and speaker, meets with Pope Francis and his leadership team to discuss the opportunity of spreading the message of Jesus around the world. Timmons brought an international delegation with him that included Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church and bestselling author, Mike Lee, US Senator of Utah, Dirk Kempthorne, Governor of Idaho, Dr. Gayle Beebe, President of Westmont College, and several other business leaders around the world. more

Westmont College Student Researchers to Present Summer Findings

Twenty Westmont College student researchers, who have worked over the summer with their professors in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, will present their findings from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in the Winter Hall Rotunda and Darling Lecture Hall. more

International diversity at Westmont College

Carrying pillows and clothes baskets, coffee makers and computers, 379 first-year students arrived at Westmont College for orientation Thursday, in advance of the start of classes on Monday. The class of 2018 includes students from 29 states and eight foreign countries: Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the U.K. more

Edison Work Continues

In an effort to avoid continues road closures during the first week of school, Southern California Edison (SCE) says the trenching work on the Cold Spring Road will be finished by the end of this eek, according to a company spokesperson. “We’ve tried hard to make sure the work is finished before both Westmont and Cold Spring School students head back to class,” says Rondi Guthrie, SCE’s Local Public Affairs regional manager. more

Franklin welcomes alumni as teachers

Franklin Elementary School bustled with excited returning and new students and teachers Wednesday.Ricardo Alcaraz and Marlen Lim-n, who moved on from Franklin in 1995 and 2001, respectively, are first year, fourth grade teachers. Both went on to Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. Mr. Alcaraz received his bachelors degree is education from Westmont College, while Ms. Lim-n received her bachelors in sociology and education from UCSB. Both received their teaching credentials from Antioch University. more

Preview: The Cherry Orchard Lit Moon Takes On Chekhov

For serious theater fans, the great dramas of Anton Chekhov — The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard — are absolutely essential plays representing the highest pinnacle of achievement in the dramatic arts. For nearly everyone else, especially in the English-speaking world, they are mystifying riddles widely known to induce outbreaks of “maybe I just don’t get theater” syndrome. People with complex, similar-sounding double names and other nicknames gather and talk for three hours. Curtain.While it’s not necessarily quite that bleak, even experienced directors understand the need to do something special in order to bring what Chekhov’s contemporary Leo Tolstoy described as “a theater of mood” to life on the American stage. For Lit Moon Theatre Company’s John Blondell, who is directing The Cherry Orchard in a production that will be performed at Westmont’s Porter Theatre this weekend, September 4-6, the trick is “to maintain the humor but keep it character driven.” more

Your Westmont: Unique Westmont Wilderness Trek Turns 40

Fifteen new Westmont students are in the Eastern Sierra through Tuesday, August 26, for a unique, 12-day back-country adventure that submerses students in the wilderness while they earn academic and physical education credit. Inoculum, created by alumnus Dave Willis ’74, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. more