Santa Barbara News Press

Westmont students solving thorny problems for their college

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And 15 of Westmont College’s best and brightest are working in downtown Santa Barbara as a part of CATLab to solve some of the toughest problems facing the liberal arts college. CATLab takes its name from Westmont’s Center for Applied Technology. It is a summer lab that is designed to help Westmont solve problems that normally would be extremely expensive. This year’s team is using the software SalesForce to help the admissions office manage data more efficiently, according to a news release. These students are led by senior business and computer science major Dante Poleselli, who was a part of the pilot program last year. The pilot program included seven students who helped create software that “dramatically improved the donor relations, donor tracking and fundraising systems,” according to the news release. more

ON STAGE: ‘The Dream of America’ at Sunken Garden

Westmont College students, graduates and professors will join the West Coast Symphony Orchestra for “The Dream of America,” its free concert at 5 p.m. more

Westmont’s Morison earns NAIA Gold Glove

Bryce Morison, a centerfielder from Santa Barbara High who led Westmont College to a 36-16 season this spring, was selected to the ABCA-Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team, it was announced on Thursday. Morison, who also earned Second Team NAIA All-America honors, is just the fourth Warrior to earn NAIA Gold Glove honors. He is the first Westmont player to win both awards in the same season. more

CURRAN, Pamela Hannah Foxen

On May 14, 2019 Pamela Hannah Foxen Curran died unexpectedly and went to be with the Lord. Pam was born Oct 20, 1946 in Los Angeles to Patrick Thomas Foxen and Mildred Elsie Gustafson. She lived-in close-knit neighborhood, and developed life long friendships with a group of ladies, who named themselves the “Vine Street Gang.” In 1965, Pam graduated from West Covina High School. She went on to Westmont College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in elementary education in 1969. more

League awards 10 scholarships

The nonprofit Assistance League of Santa Barbara has awarded 10 students with scholarships, the organization said in a press release. … The eight others are already attending college and received renewed scholarships: Madison Cleek, Westmont College; Ryker Dacus, UCLA; Perla Gill, UCSB;, Dane Pederson, Loyola Marymount; Sam Johnson, UC Berkeley; Cheyenee Marmolejo, Cal State Fresno; Jacqueline Hernandez, Cal State Channel Islands; and Carleigh Ornelas, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, according to the news release. more

ART REVIEW: Outsider Eye on Insider Art At “Body & Soul,” this year’s Annual Tri-Counties Juried Exhibition at the Westmont Museum of Art, the diverse spread of regional work once again fascinates.

There are far more challenging and less scenically-endowed ways of checking out the diversity of artists on the Central Coast region-from Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties—than making the pilgrimage out to Westmont College each year around this time. This is the region-focused moment, after the college’s academic year has ended and before summer programming begins on this lovely, wooded campus in Montecito, when the Museum of Art opens its portals and venue to the annual Tri-Counties Juried Exhibition. more

HEALING AND GROWING: Chandra Fetter injuries as ballet dancer leads her to open Core Sport

This business owner is helping the community through pilates and ballet. Core Sport owner Chanda Fetter suffered several injuries throughout her dance career, but the pain brought her to pilates, where she found therapy not only for her body but also her soul… After two years, however, she hung up her ballet shoes and moved to Santa Barbara to join her sister, who was attending Westmont College. more

Students to compete in Math Superbowl

Today, 351 fourth- to sixth-grade students from across Santa Barbara County are expected to participate in the 38th Math Superbowl. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Warren Hall at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. … The event was first held at Westmont College in 1982 with 120 students. more

Mammoth mural Local art expert restores historic AIDS painting near Hollywood Bowl

The challenges Scott M. Haskins faced when he was asked to restore the graffiti-covered “Blue Moon Trilogy” mural across from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles seemed overwhelming. … With the help of his staff and interns from UCSB, Westmont College, Santa Barbara City College and students from abroad, FACL works on 400 to 500 projects — here and away — in a year. more

NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK: CELEBRATING ‘RICH CULTURAL LIFE’ CAMA ends milestone 100th anniversary season with a free celebration at Sunken Garden Sunday

Officially, the concert programming portion of the grand 100th anniversary season of the presenting organization CAMA (Community Arts Music Association) ended last week, with the recital of cellist Mischa Maisky and his daughter Lily. … Music for the afternoon comes locally sourced, including Opera Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West’s “Sing!” program, faculty musicians from UCSB and Westmont College, and members of the Santa Barbara Symphony. more