Santa Barbara Independent

Shannon Griggs: ANOTHER TWO YEARS IN PARADISE:

Friendly and quick to smile, Shannon Griggs is a recent addition to The Independent’s advertising staff. Time is flying and she’s having fun – Griggs has already been here for more than a month developing her style and design skills. The Westmont College grad has been back in S.B. for a few years after some hometown time in Santa Cruz. more

Three Reasons to Dig Poetry at the S.B. Poetry Series at CAF

Now in its 11th year, the Santa Barbara Poetry Series regularly hosts readings by area poets and visiting ones, both those whose work has received national recognition and those who are just getting started. Paul Willis has taught at Westmont for 20 years, but only recently published his first collection of poems, Visiting Home. more

Kokkonen vs. Capps: Longtime 23rd District Congressmember Faces Challenge from North

To say Republican Matt Kokkonen is a long shot in his quest to unseat Lois Capps as the representative of California’s 23rd U.S. Congressional District might be understating it. Kokkonen, an immigrant from Finland, left his country as a teenager and moved to New York. He transferred to Westmont College where he met his wife and eventually graduated. more

Off-Axis 2008: Santa Barbara’s Contemporary Art Biennial

Whether the dialogue centers on politics or religion, art or psychology, there’s one question that’s always relevant: “What’s really happening right now?” “Looking ahead,” gallerist Edward Cella mused, “what does 2010 look like? We’re looking at a city with a new director at SBMA, a new director at Westmont, Elyse Gonzales [at UAM], plus Kathryn Kanjo, Dane Goodman, Miki Garcia …” more

Rosy Boa: Bright Colors

Since venturing off into side projectville, Westmont alum and Senior Year guitarist Kevin Funkhouser has been keeping mighty busy. In between playing cover band axe man around town, Funkhouser has managed to assemble a complete, delightfully original album of pop rock tunes that, well, resonate just a tiny bit more than a rock ’n’ roll rendition of “My Humps.” more

Education 9-18

Westmont poli sci professor Susan Penksa addressed the European Parliament in Brussels on 9/10 on issues of security operations in the Balkans as well as security relations between the United States and the European Union (EU). The talk was part of Penksa’s two-week visit with EU officials, which is hosted by the minister of European Parliament, Germany’s Angelika Beer. more

Westmont Professor Speaks Before EU Panel in Brussels

Westmont political science professor Susan E. Penksa spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, addressing the Subcommittee on Security and Defense about European Union (EU) security operations in the Balkans. During her talk, part of the scholar’s two-week-long visit with EU officials that began on Wednesday, Penksa also covered the subject of security relations between the U.S. and the EU. more

Going South: Art off the Wall

Down the winding road and through the quiet, canopied pathways of Montecito, Italian restaurant Piatti in the Upper Village has formed an artistic partnership with John Carlander, longtime painter and professor of art at Westmont College. more

Cuts, A Musical Docu-Comedy!

Directed by Westmont Theater graduate Casey Caldwell, Cuts focuses on the poignant and silly stories people share about their hair. The play is based on real-life interviews conducted by Caldwell and his cast (Sarah Halford, Marie Ponce, and Nolan Hamlin), combined with original choreography and songs by Greg Wadsworth. more

How a Group of Ex-Catholic Nuns Saved Their Famous Montecito Retreat Center

For half a century, seven of these acres have been home to a small but quietly famous retreat center called La Casa de Maria. Westmont College has booked new faculty retreat sessions there. more