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Big 12 Will Have First Female Official

Remember what your parents used to say about lies, you shouldn’t tell any and that honestly is always the best policy. If Cat Conti had been honest to her friends and other inquirers regarding her plans after graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., then she might have never become the first female football official to work a Big 12 Conference football game. more

Stephen Eric Griffis

Stephen Eric Griffis, 60, died Friday, July 11, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, under the care of Tridia Hospice. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Eric graduated from Wasson High School and Westmont College. He entered Princeton Theological Seminary, worked in Korea under mission coworkers Sam and Eileen Moffett, and returned to Princeton where he met his future wife, Katherine Bauman. They were married June 4, 1981, two days after their graduation. more

Name Change Could Be Game Changer For Tech Company: Curvature is the new name of the old Network Harware Resale Company

Network Hardware Resale grew out of a garage in the 1980s and this year it grew out of it’s name. The Goleta-based company consulted with professionals as it considered hundreds of names.  The company doesn’t just sell one-and two-year old technology equipment, it services equipment and officers IT services around the globe. … The family-owned company is known for giving UCSB and Westmont College graduates a place to launch their careers. more


For a little town Los Olivos has a lot to offer. While the wine industry has put the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley firmly in the sights of travelers and day trippers alike, an array of galleries, boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and hotels gives them plenty of reason to linger.  … Lauren Danson, co-founder and chief product purveyor at Mizuba Tea Company, recently set up at the store, offering samples of her fine Japanese green tea. While attending Westmont College, Ms. Danson hosted a twice weekly tea gathering. A subsequent visit to Japan found her in the Uji region, and a frothy cup of Matcha revealed the depth of tea’s complex and nuanced flavors. more

On the Town: Women who shaped artin America

Tapping her vast knowledge of women who shaped art in America, Prof. Judy Larson, who holds the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College and directs the Westmont Museum of Art, gave a dinner presentation on the topic to the Santa Barbara Club. The 110 guests were treated to lots of history, a video of the artists and even some art. more

Westmont grads to lead GOP legislators

Westmont College, nestled between the hills of Los Padres National Forest and the bustle of State Street, may have a small student body but is having an outsized impact on state politics. On July 1, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, was unanimously elected to serve as the next Assembly Republican leader starting in November. more

Love of the game drives San Bruno’s Burns

It was an evening like no other for San Bruno Joe DiMaggio pitcher Kyle Burns. The right-hander’s two-hit shutout — leading San Bruno to an 8-0 win over the San Francisco Barbarians Wednesday at Lara Field — was almost an aside from his career night at the plate. In four plate appearances, Burns reached base four times, going 2 for 2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. … As a senior, Burns did not try out for the Padres, but instead took a baseball operations role as the team’s statistician. Currently, the right-hander is gearing up for a tryout at the collegiate level. He will be attending Westmont College in the fall and is hoping to crack the roster with the NAIA powerhouse Warriors. more

Sports: Peak Performances S.B. Track Club Stars Score Big in National Track & Field Championships

Josh Priester had such faith in Barbara Nwaba’s potential in the heptathlon that he quit his job as associate director of track and field at UCSB and launched a nonprofit program to train post-graduate female athletes, the focal trainee being Nwaba. It was called the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation (WAPF). … Nwaba welcomed the change. Tom FitzSimons, a decathlete from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, joined the club. “Having guys train with us is a good thing,” Nwaba said. “Tom and I ran a lot of hills here [above the club’s training track at Westmont College] to get ready for the season.” more

Pope Francis meets US televangelists, and the first-ever ‘papal high-five’ follows

What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A meeting with American televangelists, apparently. The gesture came during a three-hour meeting of Pope Francis and Texas televangelists Kenneth Copeland and James Robison, just weeks after the pontiff met with televangelist Joel Osteen and other religious leaders. At the June 24 meeting, Robison said he was so moved by Pope Francis’ message of the Gospel that he asked the translator to ask Francis for a high-five. The pope obliged, raised his arm and the two men smacked hands. … Osteen’s meeting with Francis on June 4 was part of a larger gathering coordinated by the International Foundation, also known as “the Fellowship.” Osteen was joined by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a Mormon; California pastor Tim Timmons; and Gayle D. Beebe, president of evangelical Westmont College. more

Brewers complete second workout at Westmont

It was a second day of workouts for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team at Westmont College (Montecito, Calif.), where 90 additional players from Southern California headed up the coast for a shot at the final tryout next week. In total 191 players worked out for approximately 90 spots next week at USC. It is from that workout that the final team will be decided upon. more

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