September's report slips in just before the end of the month—closer to Columbus Day than to the opening day of the semester. Four weeks into his voyage Columbus had already faced a mutiny and was keeping two logs, largely to deceive the crew about the length of the journey. I hope your first four weeks have been smoother sailing.
In so many ways, the year is off to a good start. As of this moment, our soccer and volleyball teams collectively are 22-2-1, and many cross country runners have exceeded expectations at invitationals. The faculty's opening chamber concert received a laudatory review from the journal CASA, with special notice for new colleague Han Soo Kim's "maturity of interpretation" and "irresistably dynamic and colorful" work on violin. Similarly, the Santa Barbara Independent praised the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art's current show, including the "intriguing gauntlet" in the entryway that juxtaposes the "rugged" Stations of the Cross with the "deeply poetic" and "radiant still life paintings" of Sue Savage.
Mindful of good starts, I have summarized below some of the work done by our colleagues to insure that our new students and colleagues embark well. And, if the interval between the Dodgers' leap into the Diamondbacks' pool and their Series showdown with the Red Sox has gotten dull, you can enjoy some baseball at the first "Reel Talk" event of the semester—a showing and discussion of the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" at 7:30 on Thursday, September 26, in Page.