Monthly Archives: June 2018

Westmont DoE wins accreditation 

The Westmont College Department of Education received full accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, officials reported Monday. “The education department has worked hard to cultivate a strong relationship with the local community and the local schools over the years, and that is apparent in the exceptional record of job placements,” Westmont College Provost Mark Sargent said in a statement. The report stated that the education department offered clear benefits to the local community. more

Former MHS Basketball Players Shooting for College Hoops Dreams: Weeks after graduation, practice isn’t slowing down for four recent alumni.

The only sound that emanated from the Malibu High School gym one early afternoon last week was the dribble of a basketball followed by a swoosh of nylon. Former Malibu High basketball player and 2018 MHS graduate Jake Hughes worked on his craft all alone. … With every dribble and shot made Hughes, a sharp-shooting forward on the Sharks hoops squad the past few seasons, hopes he gets closer to his dream of joining the basketball team at Westmont College in Santa Barbara this fall. more

WAY TO GO: College students win awards, inducted into honor societies

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, many local students received honors at their colleges.

The following students were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: …  Emma Donelson, of Woodinville (Westmont College) more

Westmont alum part of ‘New Way’ Republican movement 

A Westmont College graduate is taking a lead role in helping former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger try to take California in a more centrist direction. New Way California is a movement that seeks to establish common interests of freedom, responsibility, educational excellence, environmental stewardship, efficient government and an open economy. According to the group’s website, advocates are seeking to help once again instill relevance in other center-right individuals in California. more

Cynthia Grutzik appointed dean of SF State’s Graduate College of Education

Cynthia Grutzik has been appointed dean of San Francisco State University’s Graduate College of Education (GCOE), the University announced today. She succeeds Interim Dean Nancy Robinson, who has served in the position since January 2017. Her appointment is effective August 6, 2018. … Grutzik received a bachelor’s degree in diversified studies from Westmont College, a teaching credential from Fullerton State University, a master’s degree in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in education and information studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. more

Pastor Jerry Tankersley will retire after 46 years at Laguna Presbyterian Church

After 46 years at Laguna Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Jerry Tankersley is retiring. The senior pastor will give his last sermon Sunday and officially retire June 30. … He received a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and a bachelor’s of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, followed by a master’s of theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and doctorate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and its theology school. more

Oilers pitcher Merrill battles adversity with blind eye

Austin Merrill seems like a natural on the mound. As a high school senior, Merrill led the pitching staff on the La Costa Canyon varsity baseball team with a sparkling campaign — a minuscule sub-1.00 ERA over 40 innings of work that netted him six wins in seven decisions along the way of a 23-7 season for the Mavericks. …An assistant coach at U.C. San Diego said he felt for Merrill after the offer was gone, and tried to reach out to other teams, including Westmont College in Santa Barbara, which could offer him a full-ride scholarship. more

ART REVIEW: Art About Town and County, Under One Official Roof Westmont Museum of Art’s annual juried show of regional artists, this year called “Night and Day,” is another strong affirmation of the power of Santa Barbara’s art scene.

“Night and Day”

When: through June 23

Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd.,


Unrequited Love Story: ‘Bull Durham’ at 30 Three decades after the film’s release, writer-director Ron Shelton reflects on the making of the (maybe) best sports movie of all time

Ron Shelton has always told the truth about baseball. Before a morning spring training game in Winter Haven, Florida, in the early 1970s, the Orioles farmhand noticed Red Sox All-Stars Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Smith in uniform, chatting. … The filmmaker was equipped to plumb Crash’s mind because he once was Crash. Shelton, who grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and became a basketball and baseball star at nearby Westmont College, spent five years in the Orioles organization. more

Vote for the 2018 Girls High School Athlete of the Year: The 25 seniors nominated by their schools were standouts both in their sports and in the classroom

Here are the seniors nominated for The Herald’s 2018 Kristi Bartz Memorial Girls Athlete of the Year Award. You can vote for your choice below.

The Herald’s 2018 Boys and Girls High School Athletes of the Year, selected by the sports staff, will be announced later this month. The winners of the online voting also will be recognized at that time.

Kaitlin Larson, Stanwood … She maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and will continue her basketball career at Westmont College in California. more