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International diversity at Westmont College

Carrying pillows and clothes baskets, coffee makers and computers, 379 first-year students arrived at Westmont College for orientation Thursday, in advance of the start of classes on Monday. The class of 2018 includes students from 29 states and eight foreign countries: Argentina, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and the U.K. more

Franklin welcomes alumni as teachers

Franklin Elementary School bustled with excited returning and new students and teachers Wednesday.Ricardo Alcaraz and Marlen Lim-n, who moved on from Franklin in 1995 and 2001, respectively, are first year, fourth grade teachers. Both went on to Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. Mr. Alcaraz received his bachelors degree is education from Westmont College, while Ms. Lim-n received her bachelors in sociology and education from UCSB. Both received their teaching credentials from Antioch University. more

Glow in the Park: Hot air balloons to brighten night sky for Doctors Without Walls benefit

Maria Long wants to take health care to new heights. Just look up. She’s arranged for a dozen or so hot air balloons to glow and rise at night above Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Road, to raise $75,000 for Doctors Without Walls: Santa Barbara Street Medicine. The nonprofit provides care for the homeless. … Doctors Without Walls relies on nearly 200 volunteers, most of them pre-med students at UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College, as well as approximately 20 doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. more

Megan Alexander Tapped as CBS Newspath Special Correspondent: Veteran reporter will continue to contribute to ‘Inside Edition’

Megan Alexander has been tapped to serve as special correspondent for CBS Newspath. Alexander will continue contributing to the television syndicated magazine Inside Edition in addition to her duties for CBS Newspath, the 24-hour TV newsgathering service for all of CBS’ stations and broadcasters. … Alexander, a graduate of Westmont College, also previously worked at Metro Networks and Nashville’s WZTV-TV. more

Westmont College Staffers Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge Tuesday morning. He was called out in Monday’s ice bucket challenge from a former co-workers husband. Beebe, along with nine other faculty and staff members, took part in the challenge on Kerrwood Lawn on the campus. more

Gauchos and Warriors Battle in Preseason Match Gauchos and Warriors Battle in Preseason Match

The UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team opened its 2014 campaign with a solid 2-0 shutout win in an exhibition game against nearby Westmont College on Saturday night at Harder Stadium. Sophomore Dakota Griggs scored in the first half off a corner kick to put UCSB ahead 1 to nothing early on. Both teams will open the regular season this week at home. more

Eagle Scouts welcome three new members: Campbell Gorlinski of Tustin, and Kyle Hefner and Jonas Nadler, both of Santa Ana from Troop 235 were recently recognized.

Troop 235 recently recognized three members as Eagle Scouts: Campbell Gorlinski of Tustin, and Kyle Hefner and Jonas Nadler, both of Santa Ana. To become an Eagle Scout, troop members must earn 21 merit badges, be active for six months after receiving the title as a Life Scout, follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law in daily life, and complete an Eagle Scout Project. These requirements must be met before the Boy Scout turns 18.  … Nadler has graduated from Foothill High School and will be attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Top seed bows out to leg cramps in Modesto Open championship match

The men’s title match at the 52nd annual Modesto Open had it all – two players piercing shots from baseline to baseline, swinging away for more than an hour in what was a treat for the fans at the Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club on Sunday afternoon. … The women’s final was never in doubt. Top seed Lauren Stratman overpowered 15-year-old Madeline Almeida 6-0, 6-0 to win a tournament she entered at the last minute. The Goleta resident planned to play in a tournament in Mexico when she checked her passport and saw that it had expired. “It was so last-minute, and I wanted to play a tournament so I found this one and came up here,” she said. Stratman played at Columbia University in New York and last spring at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she was named to the NAIA All-America team. She’s taking this year off from school to focus on tennis. more

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LEADING ASSEMBLY MINORITY: Olsen gearing up for party’s top leadership role in Assembly

Kristin Olsen is making her mark at the State Capitol. The 40-year-old Modesto mother who represents Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop and Escalon as well as Stanislaus County in the Assembly has been selected to become the Republic Assembly Leader in November. She is sharing the job and its responsibilities until then with Connie Conway, R-Tulare. … Staff members made note of the piano keyboard tucked against the wall to the right of Olsen’s chair with a set of headphones set close at hand.  Olsen minored in Music at Westmont College and makes use of that musical talent to reduce the stresses of the job. more

Santa Barbara County Researcher Says Baking Soda May Provide Endurance Boost For Athletes

It’s been an ongoing struggle to try to stop the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports. But, a Santa Barbara County researcher says a perfectly legal substance that’s in your kitchen right now might make a big difference for pro basketball players. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a study by a Westmont College professor shows something as simple as baking soda may improve a player’s endurance. more

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