Yearly Archives: 2016

Innovations That Could Benefit Santa Barbara

Matthew Stotts, a lecturer in UCSB’s Technology Management Program, recently wrote an excellent article, “How Startups Survive and Thrive,” regarding the maturing start-up industry in the Central Coast region. He observes that Santa Barbara reaps benefits from its position as a stable, growing environment for new businesses. …The new local MBA program offered by Pepperdine University Graziadio School in partnership with Westmont College will develop individuals to fill executive positions right here in Santa Barbara. more

Local woman works with global group to reduce female poverty

Admiration for a friend’s bracelet has led to Melanie Sunukjian’s role as a Compassionate Entrepreneur for Trades of Hope, which empowers women around the globe out of poverty while creating business opportunities for American women by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home decor. …As a Compassionate Entrepreneur, Ms. Sunukjian sells Trades of Hope items at informal house parties and special events like the Fair Trade Boutique at Westmont College last Christmas. more

ON STAGE: Westmont on the Fringe

More than 80 Westmont College students will perform in theater, dance, film and performance art selections at the Westmont Fringe Festival Thursday through Sunday at the college, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. The number of artistic works has grown to 33 from last year’s 23. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase, go to For more information, call the college at 565-7140. more

Westmont Finishes Off Sweep of William Jessup on Sunday

Zach DeMarcus picked up his fourth win of the year as NAIA 7th-ranked Westmont Baseball defeated William Jessup, 11-5, to complete a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference sweep. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, had been postponed due to inclement weather.

DeMarcus (4-0) pitched five innings for the Warriors, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out three and did not surrender a walk. Alex Bush was awarded a save after pitching the final four innings. Bush, who also served as the designated hitter for the first five innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, struck out six and walked one. more

Judy Crowell: ‘Casting the Light of Faith’ at St. Mark’s University Parish in Isla Vista

Turning around for the third time in search of St. Mark’s University Parish, at 6550 Picasso Road in Isla Vista, alongside the UC Santa Barbara campus and neighboring streets of fraternity and sorority houses, it dawned on me. …Since his graduation from Westmont College and studies at St. John’s Seminary and Catholic University of America, he has served in countless other parishes and now finds himself the shepherd of a flock made up of 80 percent college students. more

Four Named to Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

Four accomplished individuals have been elected to the Santa Barbara Symphony board of directors. Don Gilman, George Konstantinow, Michelle Richardson and Robert W. Weinman will each serve a three-year term. …Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. more

Westmont Sweeps William Jessup, Takes Over First Place

Seventh-ranked Westmont Baseball recaptured first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standing by sweeping William Jessup (3-25, 3-17) in a doubleheader at Yuba College.

With the dual wins, Westmont (30-7, 16-4 GSAC) overtook No. 13 Vanguard (27-9-1, 16-5) moving one-half game ahead of the Lions. Vanguard has a bye from GSAC play this week.

Despite giving up five runs in the bottom of the first, Westmont pitchers put up donuts the rest of the way while Warrior hitters served up a baker’s dozen to claim a 13-5 win in the opener. The Warriors scored 13 runs on 15 hits and took advantage of key Jessup miscues. more

‘Qualities of Mercy’ gets stage reading at Solvang Festival Theater

The DramaDogs theater company is giving a stage reading of a new play by Jinny Webber from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Solvang Festival Theater. …Santa Barbara Reads is an annual community reading program started by the Santa Barbara Public Library System in 2002 and now includes UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College. more

The cities where women are out-earning men

Baseball: Eagles to play at Petco Park

Steve Whitley might have a hard time doing it, but the Maranatha Christian High baseball coach is going to try his best to beat his players to the top of the dugout steps at Petco Park Friday afternoon. …The probable starting pitcher for the Eagles is senior Aaron Polley. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 205-pound right-hander recently signed with Westmont College, an NAIA school in Santa Barbara. His fastball sits between 85-88 mph. more