Monthly Archives: April 2010

Would Legal Organ Market Be Ethical? Could Cure Kidney Shortage

In a free market society, would selling organs be an ethical way to supply the high volume of transplant patients? In his lecture, “The Morality of Organ Trafficking,” Westmont professor Mark Nelson, delivered at the University Club in downtown Santa Barbara on April 8, laid out the moral and economic arguments surrounding the idea of an organ market and whether it should be pursued in the United States. more

Westmont Receives $5 Million Donation

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, who has been deeply involved in the Santa Barbara community for more than two decades, has pledged $5 million to Bright Hope for Tomorrow: The Campaign for Westmont. The college made the announcement at its campaign kick-off dinner April 10 at the Santa Barbara Biltmore, beginning a nationwide tour to raise $40 million to finish funding the essential facilities under construction. more

2010 Boys Basketball All-Star Team

Clovis East High senior is The Bee’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Robert Sandoval. Team: 25-8 (co-Tri-River Athletic Conference championship; Central Section Division I championship)…Pacific has expressed interest, and NAIA schools Westmont and Azusa Pacific have offers on the table. more

Gerald Carpenter: April Brings Shower of Westmont ‘Masterworks’

Student musicians at Westmont College have channeled their spring fever into a monthlong marathon of “Masterworks Concerts,” most of them free of charge. The first concert, by the College Choir and Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, reunites old English tune collectors Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. more

The Working Life: Michelle Magnusson

Looking back, Michelle Magnusson remembers always wanting to be a teacher of some sort. She knew early on that she wanted to be an educator and help create equality for the masses through public education…Magnusson’s job includes matching requests from more than 1,000 teachers in 45 schools and agencies throughout the Central Coast with community resources, such as Westmont College with Los Prietos Boys Camp. more

Venture-Backed JackBe Mashes Up $3.5M – cbl

JackBe Corporation, a privately-held provider of enterprise mashup software, has raised $3.5 million in a mixed securities offering, according to an SEC filing.Listed in the filing are Luis Derechin, co-founder, president and chief executive officer; Kevin Routhier, chief financial officer; Wayne Jackson, executive chairman; and directors Jonathan Whittle, Darby Technology Ventures; Joseph Adam; Christopher McCleary, Blue Chip Ventures ; Thomas Roberts, Harbert Management Corporation; and Pascal Luck, Core Capital…Mr. Whittle holds a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

Out & About : Chirgwin joins aikido board

Chris Chirgwin has joined the board of directors of Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara, a local nonprofit organization that teaches the martial art of aikido to adults and children…He earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and business from Westmont College in 1995 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Portland in 1998. more

Assembly candidates line up

Six Republicans have entered the race for Assembly District 25, which represents the communities of Modesto, Riverbank, Oakdale, Chowchilla, Mammoth Lakes, Waterford, Sonora, Hughson, Angels Camp and Madera…Modesto City Councilmember Kristin Olsen was first elected in 2005…Olsen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westmont College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. more

NOTEBOOK: Whittier Christian's Atwood will attend Fordham

Start spreading the news. Emily Atwood is leaving … well, in a while. Whittier Christian High School’s girls volleyball star recently announced she has verbally committed to Division I Fordham University of New York, where she will continue both her education and sports career…Atwood chose Fordham over an array of other colleges that included Westmont, Point Loma Nazarene, Southern Oregon University and Long Beach State. more

MODEL STUDENT : He recently landed a contract with a major NYC modeling agency. But college comes first for S.B. resident Michael Oster

Michael Oster, a graduate of San Marcos High School and former barista at NorthStar Coffee Co. in downtown Santa Barbara, could be on the verge of a successful modeling career…Besides enjoying his studies at Antioch, he spends time with his girlfriend, Kelli Durham, a student at Brooks Institute. “Kelli is from Houston. She came here to go to Westmont. more