Recent Press

HTC Associates

HTC currently has student associates researching a variety of topics, including the intersection of labor rights and trafficking, country-specific human rights violations, trafficking interventions, and rescue and rehabilitation projects. …Sarah Davis is a first-year M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking and International Security. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Westmont College. more

Commscope : The Role of Intelligent Lighting in Singapore’s Green Initiative

Last month, CommScope participated in the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia event held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. BEX Asia is a global business sourcing, networking and knowledge-sharing platform for the sustainable built environment in Southeast Asia that saw more than 350 companies from around the world showcasing their latest green products and technologies to more than 10,000 building professionals from the region. … About the Author Brent Boekestein. Brent Boekestein is the director of global markets for Redwood at CommScope. Brent holds dual undergraduate degrees in Entrepeneurship and Communications from Westmont College (US) and a Masters degree in Globalization from the University of Manchester (UK). more

Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager. … The combined company will continue to operate from West Coast Asset Managment’s office on Coast Village Road in Montecito; Helfert and WCAM chief investment officer Atticus Lowe will be joined by the Lucia team. … Founded in 2000, WCAM developed a value-oriented strategy for equity and fixed income investing. Lowe, a Westmont College graduate, was a key architect of the strategy. more

Do You Believe in Miracles?

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? In Miracles, a new book releasing on October 28, Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, offers compelling – sometimes electrifying – evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. … The Fall Forum event itself is exciting. It is so much more than a lecture. The fun “Just Desserts and Just Swing” themed program features cheese boards and desserts, listening and dancing to the Big Band-era music of John Enrico Douglas and the Westmont Jazz Ensemble, and book signing with Eric Metaxas. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Bacara Resort. more

The Mother Lode Attracts Emerging Leaders in the Farm to School Movement by Keeping it Local

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally grown service members – one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado. … FoodCorps recruits nationally and had well over 1000 applications for the 182 service positions in 16 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014/2015 service term. This year both UCCE service members, Emily Metzger (Calaveras) and Monica Drazba (El Dorado) have Northern California roots. … Metzger was born and raised in Calaveras County and is a graduate of Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp. She got her BA degree in Liberal Studies/Education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more


2014 Veterans Day Concert

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Presents the annual free Veterans Day Concert – this year’s theme is “Honoring Women in the Military.” …Bring the entire family to the free program of patriotic songs produced by PCVF Board member Marilyn Gilbert performed by soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and complemented by The Westmont Orchestra to end the Veterans Weekend of events on a high note. more

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living Hosting Concert with Westmont College

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living is hosting a musical concert with Westmont College at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The concert will feature Aaron Wilk (piano),Rebecca Shasberger (cello), Isaac Kay (violin), Lalia Mangione (violin), Chyna Charbonneau (oboe), Samantha Wilson (viola), Lalia Mangione (violin) and Alexandra Nieuwsma (harp). more


It’s no coincidence that automobiles play a major role in the Fourth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower. The event pays tribute to the fact that polo fans like things that go fast. … Sunday’s action will feature Julio Arellano, the top polo player in the U.S. and Patrick Uretz of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the top college polo player in the U.S. more


Dena passed from this world to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ on September 25th. She was a devoted Christian and a humble servant of Christ. She had a special fondness for animals, especially Jack Russell Terriers, and formed a rescue foundation for them in Tucson, Arizona where she had lived for the past 25 years…. Dena was born in Kansas City, MO and spent her childhood there. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1977, attended Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School and went on to study English Literature at Westmont College. She moved to Tucson, AZ in the mid 1990’s and became a successful businesswoman. Although she loved the desert, she also called Santa Barbara her home and loved to visit with her family here.  more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Mexico tricks Firestorm

Santa Ynez High product Kacie Mexico delivered a hat trick as the Westmont women’s soccer team thumped visiting Arizona Christian 7-0 Saturday afternoon in Golden State Athletic Conference play. more

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