Monthly Archives: July 2017

Davies Kabogoza Death Ruled an Accidental Drowning: Kabogoza Improperly Fastened His Belt-Pack Flotation Device, Coroner’s Report Says

The death of 30-year-old Davies Kabogoza, who fell into Santa Barbara Harbor while stand-up paddle boarding on April 29, has been ruled an accidental drowning, according to the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s report. Kabogoza did not know how to swim, and he had improperly fastened the belt-pack flotation device that was provided with the board rental from Santa Barbara Sailing Center, according to the report. Such flotation devices are worn around the waist, to be inflated with a pull cord in case of emergency. more

Farmbelly Cooking School’s Tasty Lessons: Michelle Aronson Teaches How to ‘Eat Like a Farmer’

Growing up, Farmbelly Cooking School creator Michelle Aronson did not know how to cook at all. You would never know that watching her gracefully mince garlic, sharpen knives, and whip up a vinaigrette, while joyfully welcoming guests to her gorgeous table complete with aprons for all, plus a spread of homemade snacks including romesco sauce, chopped veggies, and fresh bread. … She attended culinary school in Ireland and moved to Santa Barbara in 2013. Aronson is now the garden manager and sustainability coordinator for Dining Services at Westmont College and teaches Farmbelly cooking classes monthly at Municipal Winemakers, private classes in people’s homes, and for different organizations. more

College Update: Burbank’s Hurtado earns discus title

Andy Hurtado (Burbank High, 2014) Azusa Pacific track and field junior: The former Pacific League discus champion added a new title with the Cougars. … Prior to the NAIA Championships, perhaps Prystupa’s next biggest meet was the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Westmont College in Santa Barbara on April 28. There, Prystupa finished third with a mark of 10-11 3/4 (3.35 meters), tying her with Westmont’s Dana Bowers (took second due to attempts) while she only trailed Westmont’s Chena Underill (11-5 3/4, 3.50 meters). more

Vernon Mansell Visick: Minister, teacher, ethics expert, tireless organizer

Vernon Mansell Visick died peacefully in his sleep on June 18, 2017 in Ontario after a brief kidney infection. He was 78. … He attended public schools in California, started college at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane. more

Personnel File


Ten faculty members were honored recently with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service. Rebecca S. Beal, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Adapting Classic Principles of Jesuit Pedagogy into the Curriculum: The Magis Award. Beal, professor of English and theater, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1983. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Westmont College, her master’s degree at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas. more

How Cinemark’s CEO is changing the way you go to the movies

Since taking Plano-based Cinemark’s top role in 2015, CEO Mark Zoradi has worked to improve the theater experience. … Hometown: Sacramento, California Education: Bachelor’s degrees in economics and sociology from Westmont College. Read More

Salud Carbajal honors nearly two dozen new Americans at ceremony

With Congress on holiday recess, Rep. Salud Carbajal was in town to honor a small crowd of new American citizens at the Sunken Gardens on Monday with his first Citizen Recognition Ceremony as congressman… Mr. Carbajal turned the microphone over to one new citizen, Avad Ramirez, who worked for many years at Westmont College cafeteria. more

New World Composition Challenge Winners

Composer and jazz pianist Joel Pierson has worked with artists of great repute (The Kronos Quartet, The NY Philharmonic), & artists of not-so great repute (Wayne Newton, Ke$ha)… He has a doctoral degree in music composition from the University of Maryland, a masters degree in jazz piano from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in classical piano from Westmont College. more

Beach reads for techies 2017

As summer kicks in and professionals get a chance to kick back, some may find their thoughts turning to… books?  Dr. Reed A. Sheard Vice president for college advancement and CIO, Westmont College Vacation plans: “I’m going to be doing a three-week driving/camping vacation to Yellowstone, where I’ll hike, then over to Oregon where I’ll golf and fly fish. I met my wife 32 years ago at a job at Yellowstone, so we’re going to go back.” more

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