Santa Barbara Independent

Obituary: Richard B. Welch

Richard (Dick) Welch passed away at Samarkand Skilled Nursing Facility in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. He was born on December 6,1939, to Donald B. Welch and Genevieve Hinkle Welch at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. … He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Cottage Health Care System, Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of Westmont College Foundation, Chair of the YMCA Capital Campaign to renovate the “Y”, and Chair of the Planned Giving Committee of Family Service Agency. more

A Double Life: Local Lawyer is Longtime Volunteer for Habitat Santa Barbara

Graham Lyons makes no secret of the fact that he leads a double life—as a lawyer and a long-time volunteer with Habitat Santa Barbara.

During the week, he specializes in real estate law and land use planning as a partner in the firm of Mullen & Henzell, and in his spare time he pitches in at Habitat Santa Barbara, the nonprofit that works to provide affordable housing for everyone in southern Santa Barbara County…more.

Paul J. Willis’s ‘To Build a Trail’ Author Ponders Love and Wonder in Essay Collection

Paul J. Willis is acquainted with tragedy and loss. During the Tea Fire in 2008, Willis watched a wall of wind-driven flame sweep toward his faculty house on the Westmont College campus where he has lived and taught English since 1988. The house — and everything in it — was destroyed. more

Maury Ornest Ruled the Diamond and Easel

HONORS GALORE: If it seems as though UCSB and Westmont College are high achievers on the field of play, the accolades bestowed on them by their respective conferences confirm it. UCSB has been awarded its 10th Big West Commissioner’s Cup — the most garnered by any member school — and Westmont received its seventh consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award. more

SBCC Foundation Hosts President’s Circle Garden Party: Foundation Seeks to Make Promise Program Sustainable and More Robust

On May 19, The Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Foundation held a delightful Garden Party for its major individual donors, who make up its President’s Circle, at the lovely Hope Ranch home of Board President-Elect Scott Vincent and his wife, Rachil Vincent. … SBCC student Ana Zepeda also shared her gratitude to donors. … Upon graduating from SBCC, Zepeda hopes to continue her studies at Westmont College. more

Cultivating Hope in Damaged Landscapes

Thomas Woltz, one of America’s leading landscaping architects, spoke at the Westmont Global Leadership Center on March 12th, offering hope and inspiration to community members still reeling from the devastating Thomas fire and 1/9 debris flow. The garden club of Santa Barbra offered the free public event so that Woltz, with his thoughtful and creative approaches to resurrecting damaged land, might provide encouragement as the community finds its way forward. …. more

Ami Lakoju Aspires to Inspire

Two words are useful to aid the recall of Ami Lakoju’s name: Amiable and likable. They fit the demeanor of the UCSB basketball player, a bear (6′9″ and 260 pounds) of a man. … more

‘The Magic Flute’ at the New Vic

Using the stage at the New Vic as a blank canvas, the team responsible for Westmont’s production of The Magic Flute painted a vivid and memorable moving picture full of delightful details and striking images.  … more

Game of the Week: William Jessup at Westmont Baseball

Two NAIA top 25 teams meet in a four-game showdown this Friday and Saturday. William Jessup ranked No.13, is the defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion, while No.25 Westmont finished second last year from the Warriors from Rocklin. … more

Westmont Show Conveys Relationship Between Humans and Environment

Among the daily deluge of news regarding environmental
degradation and climate change, the latest exhibit at Westmont College’s Ridle-Tree Museum of Art feels like a breath of fresh air. The countless studies, articles, and books that roll out of academia and news rooms across the nation can be overwhelming and exhausting. The exhibit, “Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography,” confronts these issues from a different angle, expressing the many ways that humans interact with and impact their environment without the jargon. From bootprints in the mud of Montecito after the debris flow to abandoned churches in the American South to lonely villages spread out over an expanse of snow, the photographic images illuminate both the beauty and the tragedy of humans and their relationship with the landscapes around them. .. more