Monthly Archives: July 2015

OUT TOWN: ‘Visual Monologues’

“Visual Monologues,” hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, is a group art exhibition featuring works by Abstract Art Collective members. The free exhibit was juried and curated by Judy Larson, director of the Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art. The show runs through Aug. 25 at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St. more

Sparks truck driver takes top honor in 3-axle race

Stephen Bardsley of Sparks placed first in the Three-Axle Tractor Semitrailer Division of the Nevada State Truck Driving Championship, a safety-based driving competition. …Leandra Marshall of Eureka, who attends Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif., will receive the Nevada Heritage Foundation agriculture scholarship this fall. more

Jessup coach selected for basketball mission trip abroad

Lance Von Vogt, William Jessup University’s head men’s basketball coach and associate athletic director, was selected by News Release Basketball (NRB) to lead a team of NAIA, NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II student-athletes on a missions trip touring through Germany. …Coach Von Vogt’s team is comprised of accomplished college basketball players from across the nation including players from Purdue University in Indiana, Liberty University in Virginia, Tarleton State in Texas, York College in Nebraska, Barclay College in Kansas, and fellow Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) teams Hope International and Westmont College. more

Short-Term Rental Meetings Open to Public

The county’s Long Range planners are looking for community input on what to do about controversial vacation rental housing, or “short-term rentals” as the county terms them. An ordinance is in the works, and the planners have been examining noise, parking, and traffic issues, as well as the effects on tourism, income, and revenue. …The next workshop occurs on Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m., in Westmont College’s Page Hall Multipurpose Room, 955 La Paz Road. more

Golf outing in Bay County is a day WWII vet won’t ever forget

Over the years, Alvin Sprague’s memories have faded a bit.

That’s not to say the 92-year-old World War II veteran isn’t still full of spunk. He remains quick with his one-liners, still spins a pretty good story and can turn on his gentlemanly charm at a moment’s notice.

It’s some of the finer details that have escaped him — like what kind of degrees he earned in college, the circumstances surrounding his return home from Japan after the war and what year he retired as principal from Bay City’s T.L. Handy High School. … After completing his studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and then at Central Michigan University, Al Sprague began a career in education, working for Kawkawlin Village Schools. more

Providence Announces New Girls Volleyball Coaching Staff

Steve Stokes, Providence athletic director, is pleased to announce the hiring of three new girls volleyball coaches. “In our coaching search, we focused on finding the right group of people to build a great volleyball program here at Providence. We have found that dynamic group,” he says, announcing the appointments of head coach David Goss, head JV coach Luke Sunukjian, and assistant coach Madison Serrano. …Madison Serrano comes to Providence after playing for Westmont the past four years. She graduated this past spring with a degree in political science. more

Providence revamps girls volleyball coaching staff

Steve Stokes, Providence athletic director, is pleased to announce the hiring of three new girls volleyball coaches. …Luke Sunukjian, the new head coach of the Junior Varsity team, was raised in Santa Barbara and grew to love playing volleyball while at San Marcos High School. He played on an elite-level club team while studying business and economics at Westmont. more

How a hiker and a dancer got into Justice

Welcome back! This month, we are featuring a two part series to introduce our new staff: two last week and two this week. …I recently graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology. more

Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. more

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries.

The Santa Barbara delegations come from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. The athletes will stay at Westmont, use the college’s facilities for training, and tour Santa Barbara with a dinner dance at the Cabrillo Arts Center, trips to the Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Zoo, and a barbecue on Leadbetter Beach. more