Santa Barbara Independent

‘Women Sculptors’ at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art: Westmont Show Features Major Works by Kiki Smith and Asta Gröting

Boldface names and high taste unify theWomen Sculptors, currently on view at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Inspired by Revolution in the Making, a major show of abstract sculpture by women currently on display at Hauser Wirth &Schimmel in Los Angeles, Ridley-Tree director Judy Larson shuffled the museum’s programming to put this selection of works by women from its permanent collection on display. more

Lit Moon Tackles Tennessee Williams John Blondell Brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to Westmont Stage

When and where does The Glass Menagerietake place? As trivia questions go, that would seem to be an easy one: the squalid, Depression-era St. Louis apartment of Amanda Wingfield and her two grown children, restless aspiring writer Tom and emotionally stunted Laura. … As is his wont, John Blondell, artistic director of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, is taking a different approach. When he premieres his production of The Glass Menagerie this weekend at Westmont College, Tom will be played by Stan Hoffman — a man in his seventies. more

Westmont Summer Chemistry to Offer Fellowships

Intensive summertime classes offer more continuity than regular school-year classes, and Westmont College hopes its newly endowed summer chemistry fellowships will provide that benefit to 8-10 students. The school has worked since 2012 to raise $500,000 to match a grant from the Pasadena-based John Stauffer Charitable Trust, giving the program a million-dollar endowment. The students chosen for the fellowships will be able to apply themselves to full-time research with Westmont faculty. “If something surprising happens during the summer,” said Michael Everest, Westmont professor of chemistry, “the student can do more than merely guess at what might be going on. [He or she] can come in the next day and try new experiments to test various hypotheses.” more

S.B. Soccer Club Wins National Championship: Coach Rudy Ybarra Leads U-18 Team; Plus Water Polo and Track Updates from Rio

Penalty-kick shoot-outs deciding the outcome of a soccer match can bring out the worst in somebody — we heard you, Hope Solo — but when the Under-18 Boys National Championship came down to PKs last month, it brought out the best in Lalo Delgado, the strapping goalkeeper of the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. … Ybarra has exchanged ideas with other coaches, including UCSB’s Tim Vom Steeg and Westmont College’s Dave Wolf. more

Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara Announces New Trustees

The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of the newest members to its Board of Trustees. Since 1949, the Cancer Foundation has been the partner and financial backbone of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. … David W. Grotenhuis is partner in the real estate investment and development company of Santa Barbara Capital. Santa Barbara Capital has developed and invested in numerous real estate projects over the past 40 years in the Santa Barbara area, the Midwest and in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Grotenhuis graduated from Westmont College where he was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award as the outstanding graduate in Business and Economics. more

Hayes Commercial brokers assume new roles on board of CALM

Two brokers with Hayes Commercial Group have been contributing their talents and personal time to CALM(Child Abuse Listening Mediation), a non-profit organization providing child abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout Santa Barbara County. … Liam Murphy was elected Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Liam joined the board in 2015 and was active as a volunteer for several years prior to that. A Westmont College alumnus, he has been a commercial real estate broker for nearly 10 years and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). more

William Cress Alexander 1920 – 2016

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord on 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

The Foresters’ Fulfilling Formula: How Santa Barbara’s Semi-Pro Baseball Team Keeps on Winning Big

There is no question that the Santa Barbara Foresters have been the foremost summer-league baseball team in the western states for the past decade. Five times since 2006, they have brought home the championship trophy of the National Baseball Congress, dominating teams from Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Alaska, and Washington in the annual NBC World Series at Wichita, Kansas. … (photo caption) SHEEHAN THE MAN: Right-hander Sam Sheehan, who set a Westmont College record with 12 saves, pitches in an early Foresters game. Sheehan was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round. more

Westmont Alum Killed in UCLA Shooting

The June 1 murder-suicide at UCLA hit close to home for Santa Barbara’s Westmont College as authorities identified the murdered victim as alum William Klug, who graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. Klug had earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at UCLAand a doctorate at CalTech before returning to UCLA, where he was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Klug, 39, was married with two children. more

Game of the Week 5/9-5/12

Westmont College earned the right to host this tournament after winning the regular-season championship while compiling the best record in school history (41-9 overall, 25-5 in the GSAC). The Warriors’ opening-round game will be at 3 p.m. Monday against the winner of a 9 a.m. game between Menlo and Biola. more