Yearly Archives: 2018

Fiesta ends on a good note: West Coast Symphony performs at Sunken Garden

Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at the Courthouse Sunken Garden for the annual West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert, a tradition dating to 1966. Led by Michael Shasberger, artistic director of the symphony, the West Coast Symphony treated the audience to “festive and celebratory” tunes, as Dr. Shasberger called them, to close out Fiesta celebrations. “It is wonderful to be outdoors in the beautiful Courthouse gardens,” Dr. Shasberger said. “The symphony is just delighted to be here.” more

OUT and ABOUT: Postma joins Friendship Center board

Hank Postma has joined the board of directors of the Friendship Center. Mr. Postma is vice president and senior asset manager at MUFG Union Bank, where he manages all real estate assets in the Central Coast region for the Private Bank. He has also worked in international sales and real estate. A graduate of Westmont College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, Mr. Postma lives in Carpinteria with his wife and two young daughters. more

The Rev. Martin M. Garber

The Rev. Martin M. Garber of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, passed away at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, at the age of 93.

He was born June 14, 1925, in Ripon, Calif., to Alma Cover Garber and George Garber. On Oct. 18, 1946, he was married to Beverly Jean Wooley, who survives.

Martin proudly served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated from Westmont College in California and Grace Seminary in Winona Lake. more

Gerald Carpenter: West Coast Symphony to Celebrate Fiesta in Courthouse Sunken Gardens

In observance of Fiesta, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Westmont College’s Michael Shasberger (artistic director), will present a wonderful — and free — concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 in the Sunken Gardens of Santa Barbara’s unique courthouse. more

Westmont Women’s Soccer Reloads Roster

When Westmont Women’s Soccer steps on the field for the first game of the 2018 season, nearly half of its players will be donning a Warrior uniform for the first time. Head coach Chantel Cappuccilli has announced the addition of 11 new student-athletes to the roster – two transfers and nine incoming freshmen.

“What excites me is their drive, competitive nature, experience, and work ethic,” said Cappuccilli. “They are eager and have the potential to contribute immediately. Since we graduated a large senior class that developed a winning culture within the team, it was imperative to bring in a group that has the same mentality and will assist the program moving forward. more

New Westmont Center Examines U.S. Democracy

Westmont’s new Center for American Democracy will help students understand the unique ideas, ideals, institutions and practices of democracy in the United States.

The center begins launching programs in the fall 2018 thanks to a gift from an anonymous couple with new ties to the college. more

Best bets for Fiesta: Officials give tips on must-see events

Dancers, singers, equestrians.

Parades, performances, mercados.

There’s a lot to see and do during Old Spanish Days. But there’s only one of you.

So if you can only experience five things this Fiesta, which kicks off Wednesday, what should they be? …

On Sunday, the current conductor, Michael Shasberger, the Adams Professor of Music and Worship at Westmont College, will lead the ensemble as it plays highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen”; Saint-Sa’ns’ Cello Concerto, featuring 2018 Cielo Performing Arts Scholarship winner and cellist Timothy Beccue; Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture”; and Mitch Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha” suite. more

Grants Kick Off New Sports at Westmont: Names Family Funds go toward swimming, golf programs

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Wash., has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of men’s and women’s golf.

Megan Shagren ’18, the daughter of Mark and Erin (Names) Shagren (a co-trustee of the Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation), graduated from Westmont in May with a degree in liberal studies. more

The Golden Mic of John Martony Santa Barbara Foresters’ Announcer Calling Games with Style for Nearly Four Decades

It was a game that the Santa Barbara Foresters would just as soon forget, but one that the Coastal Cubs will long remember. The Foresters were ambushed last Friday night in their final appearance of the summer on their home diamond at Pershing Park. They lost 5-2 to the Cubs, a team of community college ballplayers, supposedly inferior to the Division 1 talent on the Foresters. … His gigs include SBCC football and Westmont College basketball (lately on 1290-AM radio, as are the Foresters), high school football games televised by Cox, and special events like Magic Johnson’s first on-court appearance since his HIVdiagnosis, an exhibition game at UCSB in 1992. more

South Coast College Gets Gift To Expand Athletic Program

A half million dollar plus grant is going to set the stage for a South Coast university to expand its athletic program. A family from Washington State whose daughter graduated from Westmont College gave it $575,000 towards adding a women’s swim team, and men’s and women’s golf. more