Santa Barbara Independent

Hayes Commercial brokers assume new roles on board of CALM

Two brokers with Hayes Commercial Group have been contributing their talents and personal time to CALM(Child Abuse Listening Mediation), a non-profit organization providing child abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout Santa Barbara County. … Liam Murphy was elected Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Liam joined the board in 2015 and was active as a volunteer for several years prior to that. A Westmont College alumnus, he has been a commercial real estate broker for nearly 10 years and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). more

William Cress Alexander 1920 – 2016

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord on June 30, 2016. Bill was born on October 20, 1920 in Mooresville, North Carolina to Nancy Belle Brown and Phi Alexander. He had two younger brothers, Phi Jr., and Felix. As a boy, his mother died tragically in an accidental death, and his father later married his beloved stepmother Myrtle. … He served on the boards of the Samarkand Retirement Community (where he was a founder and board chair for 17 years,) Santa Barbara Community College, Westmont College, Valle Verde Retirement community, the Rescue Mission, Channel City Club, Santa Barbara Club, Memorial Rehabilitation Foundation, Las Positas Park, and the long range planning committee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. more

The Foresters’ Fulfilling Formula: How Santa Barbara’s Semi-Pro Baseball Team Keeps on Winning Big

There is no question that the Santa Barbara Foresters have been the foremost summer-league baseball team in the western states for the past decade. Five times since 2006, they have brought home the championship trophy of the National Baseball Congress, dominating teams from Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Alaska, and Washington in the annual NBC World Series at Wichita, Kansas. … (photo caption) SHEEHAN THE MAN: Right-hander Sam Sheehan, who set a Westmont College record with 12 saves, pitches in an early Foresters game. Sheehan was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round. more

Westmont Alum Killed in UCLA Shooting

The June 1 murder-suicide at UCLA hit close to home for Santa Barbara’s Westmont College as authorities identified the murdered victim as alum William Klug, who graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. Klug had earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at UCLAand a doctorate at CalTech before returning to UCLA, where he was an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Klug, 39, was married with two children. more

Game of the Week 5/9-5/12

Westmont College earned the right to host this tournament after winning the regular-season championship while compiling the best record in school history (41-9 overall, 25-5 in the GSAC). The Warriors’ opening-round game will be at 3 p.m. Monday against the winner of a 9 a.m. game between Menlo and Biola. more

Gaucho Hall of Fame Welcoming Volleyball and Soccer Stars

Only once has a UCSB team experienced the thrill of playing for an NCAA Division 1 championship in front of a home crowd: the men’s volleyball final between the Gauchos and UCLA Bruins at Robertson Gym on May 11, 1974. …Westmont College is already assured of a bid to the NAIABaseball Championships and will host four other teams in an opening-round tournament beginning May 17. more

Prep Baseball Gets Heated

In high school ballparks last week, it was like late August in the major leagues — warm weather and heated competition. … It was a weekend of sweeps for the highly ranked UCSB and Westmont College baseball teams. The Gauchos (25-7-1), ranked as high as No. 9 in NCAA Division 1 after a 5-1 start in the Big West Conference, will play three at Cal Poly this weekend. Westmont (35-7, 20-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference) is No. 7 in the NAIA. The Warriors will host Biola in a Friday-afternoon game and a Saturday double-header.  more

Innovations That Could Benefit Santa Barbara

Matthew Stotts, a lecturer in UCSB’s Technology Management Program, recently wrote an excellent article, “How Startups Survive and Thrive,” regarding the maturing start-up industry in the Central Coast region. He observes that Santa Barbara reaps benefits from its position as a stable, growing environment for new businesses. …The new local MBA program offered by Pepperdine University Graziadio School in partnership with Westmont College will develop individuals to fill executive positions right here in Santa Barbara. more

Couple Eyes Olympic Gold

Spring training has begun in Santa Barbara for Olympic gold-medal hopefuls Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the power couple of track and field. …The SBTC hosted the fifth annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont College last weekend. The club’s own Thomas FitzSimons Jr. won the decathlon (7,576 points), and Lindsay Schwartz won the heptathlon (5,991). more

Janice Roberta Gibson Cloud

Jan died of ovarian cancer February 23, surrounded by her family and beloved cat, Wally. Up until a week before her passing, she was able to enjoy her favorite activities – her genealogy study group and lunch with her former students at IHOP. …Jan continued singing with the local Opera Workshop and performed in many operas over the years as well as teaching voice, both privately and at Westmont College. more

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