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
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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
Vanguard University men’s basketball coach Rhett Soliday is proud of the fact that his players have developed a reputation for competing right up to the breaking point… Soliday said Shacquille Dawkins, a 5-10 freshman out of Bishop Alemany High, and Billy Keller, a 6-0 junior transfer from Westmont College, are battling for the starting nod at point guard, where both will see plenty of playing time. more
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
Several sources identified the victim in the UCLA murder-suicide as William S. Klug, 39, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who studied the interaction between mechanics and biology and was the father of two young children. …Klug, an El Segundo resident who was married with two young children, loved surfing and frequently took his family to Los Angeles Dodgers games. He earned his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Westmont College in 1997, his master’s degree in civil engineering at UCLA in 1999 and his Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Caltech in 2003. more
David Winter, the long-serving president of Westmont College who oversaw an era of growth and expansion at the small Christian college, has died at the age of 84.
Winter died Saturday in Santa Barbara as a result of cancer, Westmont announced.
During his administration, the Montecito-based college was pledged what then was thought to be one of the largest donations made to a liberal arts college in America — $75 million. When the donation was announced in 2006, only DePauw University in Indiana had received a larger gift. more
David Winter, the long-serving president of Westmont College who oversaw an era of growth and expansion at the small Christian college, has died at the age of 84. more
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Standing just 5 feet 3, Lauren Saiki was sometimes the smallest player on the basketball court. …”This community is like a family,” said Sato, who will play next year at Westmont College. “Through one connection, there were so many doors.” more
Sophomore guard Cory Blau hit the game-winning jumper with 7.1 seconds remaining to lift unseeded Westmont to a 70-69 victory over No. 1-seeded Hope International on Monday in the semifinals of the NAIA Division I men’s basketball championship in Kansas City, Mo. more
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” by Westmont College in Santa Barbara was a runner-up in three production categories, including best musical and best director. more