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Obit: Harold “Hal” E. Free

Dr. Harold Earl Free was born on August 28, 1928, in San Diego, California, the third child and only son of Earl Free and Edna McLaughlin Free. He was graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA (BA, 1950), Multnomah University in Portland, OR (Certificate, 1951; Diploma, 1953), and the University of Connecticut in Hartford, CN (MSW, 1958). Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, in Portland, OR, conferred upon him an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1973. more

Marisol Perez: Spanish teacher, Mother, and world traveler

Spanish teacher Marisol Perez’s passion for learning about other cultures jumps right off the wall, literally. When you walk into her classroom, the first thing you notice is the poster of “East Side Sushi” describing a movie that involves the breaking down of race barriers. Then there are posters discussing the life stories of influential Latin American artists such as Julie Alvarez. … After living in San Jose with her parents, Perez attended Westmont College where she majored in psychology and Latin American literature. Before going to graduate school, Perez took two years off to ensure she wanted to pursue teaching. She attended UCLA for graduate school. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Westmont posts shutout in opener

The No. 7-ranked Westmont women’s soccer program opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Marymount, giving first-year coach Chantel Cappuccilli her first win as boss. more

Westmont Summer Chemistry to Offer Fellowships

Intensive summertime classes offer more continuity than regular school-year classes, and Westmont College hopes its newly endowed summer chemistry fellowships will provide that benefit to 8-10 students. The school has worked since 2012 to raise $500,000 to match a grant from the Pasadena-based John Stauffer Charitable Trust, giving the program a million-dollar endowment. The students chosen for the fellowships will be able to apply themselves to full-time research with Westmont faculty. “If something surprising happens during the summer,” said Michael Everest, Westmont professor of chemistry, “the student can do more than merely guess at what might be going on. [He or she] can come in the next day and try new experiments to test various hypotheses.” more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors take two in first round

The 16th-ranked Westmont women’s volleyball team opened its 2016 campaign with a pair of sweeps at the Biola Summer Slam, held in La Mirada. Westmont (2-0) opened with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 victory over No. 8 Eastern Oregon in the morning, then scored a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Great Falls (Mont.). more

 

Donors fund $1M research grant

Westmont College raised $500,000 of matching funds to complete a challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust, endowing $1 million to the chemistry department’s summer research program.

The endowment will provide a fellowship stipend each year for eight to 10 students to work with chemistry faculty members to conduct full-time research during summer months, Scott Craig, college spokesman, said in a press release. more

S.B. Soccer Club Wins National Championship: Coach Rudy Ybarra Leads U-18 Team; Plus Water Polo and Track Updates from Rio

Penalty-kick shoot-outs deciding the outcome of a soccer match can bring out the worst in somebody — we heard you, Hope Solo — but when the Under-18 Boys National Championship came down to PKs last month, it brought out the best in Lalo Delgado, the strapping goalkeeper of the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. … Ybarra has exchanged ideas with other coaches, including UCSB’s Tim Vom Steeg and Westmont College’s Dave Wolf. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Court’s in Session Westmont to open volleyball season today with No. 16 ranking

Westmont College will swing into the 2016 fall sports season today when the Warriors’ nationally ranked women’s volleyball team opens play at the Biola Summer Slam in La Mirada. Westmont was ranked No. 16 in this week’s NAIA preseason national poll, which was second-highest among all Golden State Athletic Conference schools. Vanguard came in at No. 9. more

William Jessup’s New MBA Dean: Dr. Steve Strombeck

William Jessup University, the Sacramento area’s only residential four-year private university recently  announced that Dr. Steve Strombeck has been named Dean of the Masters of Business Administration degree program. … Dr. Strombeck holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College, an MBA with a concentration in international business from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. more

Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara Announces New Trustees

The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of the newest members to its Board of Trustees. Since 1949, the Cancer Foundation has been the partner and financial backbone of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. … David W. Grotenhuis is partner in the real estate investment and development company of Santa Barbara Capital. Santa Barbara Capital has developed and invested in numerous real estate projects over the past 40 years in the Santa Barbara area, the Midwest and in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Grotenhuis graduated from Westmont College where he was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award as the outstanding graduate in Business and Economics. more

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