Yearly Archives: 2016

SB Foresters Must Find a New Home

In just a matter of days the Santa Barbara Foresters will no longer call UCSB home. … The Foresters could also run into the same issue at Westmont over wear and tear on the facility. more

Profiles in Design: Blackbird Architects President Ken Radtkey’s Diverse Practice Focuses on Change and Challenging Projects

Notable Projects: Master plans at Westmont College and Crane Country Day School campuses, the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and the Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics at Westmont College, and UCSB’s Montell Lab. more

Spontaneous Westmont Ridley-Tree Exhibit Showcases Women Sculptors

Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has unveiled a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening. more

Santa Barbara Symphony to Commence Season With Bit of Beethoven

Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion Oct. 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9, featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at The Granada Theatre. … The season-opening performance of Beethoven’s uplifting Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UC Santa Barbara and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelsen (mezzo soprano), Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more

Obituary: Thomas Embrey (1944 – 2016)

Tom Embrey passed peacefully on June 7, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. Born March 28, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Ore., he grew up in Madera, Calif., on a small dairy farm. He graduated Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1967, studied at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., 1966-68, and obtained an Master of Arts in Counseling in 1974, from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. more

A Taft vote for Trump: Jacob Lopez goes to Cleveland as a voting delegate in California delegation

Taft is going to be represented on the floor of the Republican Convention this week. Jacob Lopez, a 2014 Taft Union High School graduate is going to be in Cleveland as a voting Donald Trump delegate. Lopez, a member of the California College Republicans at Westmont College is Santa Barbara, is the son of Jerry and Kelly Lopez of Taft and the grandson of Fred and Barbara Holmes. more

Obit: William C. Alexander

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord June 30, 2016.

Bill was born on October 20, 1920 in Mooresville, North Carolina to Nancy Belle Brown and Phi Alexander. He had two younger brothers, Phi Jr., and Felix. As a boy, his mother died tragically in an accidental death, and his father later married his beloved stepmother Myrtle. … He served on the boards of the Samarkand Retirement Community (where he was a founder and board chair for 17 years,) Santa Barbara Community College, Westmont College, Valle Verde Retirement community, the Rescue Mission, Channel City Club, Santa Barbara Club, Memorial Rehabilitation Foundation, Las Positas Park, and the long range planning committee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. more

Olympics Fever! Gigi Hadid Meets the World’s Greatest Athlete, Ashton Eaton

As Gigi Hadid tries out some moves in the season’s best performance looks, Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton gives her some pointers.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that Gigi Hadid, the model who may be the biggest face in fashion right now, can’t possibly have much in common with an Olympic decathlete, except for the obvious, given that Ashton Eaton is poised to be the face of the 2016 games in Brazil. … I stop by a practice at Westmont College, on the edge of town, and watch the husband-and-wife duo practice their shot puts. more


Westmont College, fresh off a pair of Fab Four finishes in the last four NAIA National Women’s Basketball Tournaments, look a big step to more success by signing three high school standouts: Ellie Sears of Jesuit High from Portland, Ore.; Maud Ranger of Anaheim’s Fairmont Prep, and Joy Krupa of Montclair’s South Hills High.

“This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships,” Warriors coach Kirsten Moore said. more

Former doctor, All-American athlete Brandy Pierce is only female MMA promoter in Arizona

From Ronda Rousey to Holly Holm to Mischa Tate and new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, women have dominated this year’s headlines in the mixed martial arts world. But the influence of women in MMA isn’t limited to the fighting that takes place inside the octagon. Meet Scottsdale resident Brandy Pierce, the only female MMA promoter in Arizona. … After she graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Pierce attended Phoenix College and later Westmont College in California, where she ran track and cross-country and became a two-time All-American. more