Monthly Archives: June 2010

Foundation Welcomes Three New Members

Santa Barbara County residents Kathy Clenet, Jacques Habra and Herb Tews have joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between Westmont and the community. Clenet and her husband, Alain, have eight children, one an alumna of Westmont. Kathy and Alain have been entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara for more than three decades. more

Rock band Cedar Avenue returns to Apple Valley for July 9 concert

When it came time to name their band, Jesse Mathews and Kyle Wachter paid homage to their hometown. … Cedar Avenue got its start shortly after Mathews enrolled at Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, Calif. Mathews and Wachter, who remained in Minnesota, began e-mailing audio tracks they’d created back and forth and building up a song repertoire. more

WENNBERG, Robert Nils

WENNBERG, Robert Nils 1935-2010 Passed away after a brief illness in Santa Barbara on Sunday, July 18, surrounded by a family who loved him dearly. Bob was born in Santa Barbara on April 25, l935, the son of Paul and Ida Wennberg. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School where he lettered in track, was elected a Sealbearer and chosen as graduation speaker. After earning his college degree and receiving two seminary degrees he was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and for four years served a yoked parish in Oxford, New Jersey. After receiving an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Santa Barbara to complete his doctorate in philosophy from UCSB. He taught in the philosophy department at Westmont College for thirty-five years, retiring in 2005. He specialized and wrote primarily in the area of ethics, contemporary moral problems and philosophy of law. He enthusiastically invested his life in the college and in his students. His commitment to the Christian liberal arts tradition, to academic excellence and to strong faculty governance resulted in his election as chair of the faculty on four occasions. Bob co-led with a historian eight Mayterm study tours of Europe. He was Researcher of the Year in 1986, selected five times teacher of the year, chosen Baccalaureate speaker on four occasions, and invited in his final year at the college to be Commencement speaker. During his retirement he enjoyed continuing to write and being active in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, both preaching occasionally and teaching frequently in the adult education program. His much-loved sister, Susan Peterson, passed away in 2009. Bob is survived by his wife, Eleanore, of fifty-two years; his daughter, Siri Pratt and her husband Allan of Tucson, Arizona; his two grandchildren, Sarah Bryn Pratt and Dylan Wennberg Pratt; his two nephews David Breck of Boise, Idaho, and Loren Breck of Carpinteria. In addition there are many family members in Sweden, the birthplace of Bob’s father. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 30, at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara. A graveside service for family members will be held at Santa Barbara Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara or to Westmont College. more

ENGAGEMENT: Bowen-Diaz

John and Gail Bowen of Goleta are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica, to Rolando Diaz, son of Rolando and Mariana Diaz of Moravia, San Jose, Costa Rica. Jessica, a graduate of DPHS, Westmont College and Cal Lutheran University, is a teacher at Vista Real Charter School in Oxnard. more

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL NEWS : Westmont reloads with list of recruits

It’s not a complete face-lift for the Westmont College women’s volleyball team, but it’s pretty close. Warriors coach Jim Smoot announced the signing of ten additional recruits on Friday. Combined with two players (Tessa Martin and Marie Trudelle) who signed last month, the Warriors will have 12 new players to go along with four returners for the 2010 season. more

Chumash students achieve academic success : Each is aided financially by the Santa Ynez Band's casino, resort, restaurant ventures

Maya Sotelo is going off in the fall to California Lutheran University and Skyler Jacobsen has enrolled at Westmont College. Felicia Garcia is leaving Santa Ynez and heading to Reed College in Oregon. They, and a number of other descendants of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, are heading off to earn higher education degrees in the coming months. Some are going to technical school, others to culinary academies or vocational programs. more

Homeowners Breathing Easier After Council Votes to Amend Conejo Landslide Ordinance

Six homeowners on Conejo Road can breathe a sigh of relief after the Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to amend the Conejo Landslide Ordinance and allow the reconstruction of homes destroyed in the Tea Fire….The home was built by Santa Barbara vaquero Leo Flores for his sister, Barbara, in 1946. The Flores family owned and ranched large tracks of Sycamore Canyon between Parma Park and Westmont College since 1869. more

Talk Nerdy to Me: Westmont Hosts Monthly Telescope Viewing

On Friday, June 18, Westmont Observatory held a free, public telescope viewing, a monthly event hosted by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU). About 100 to 150 people dropped by to view Westmont’s new, research-grade telescope. The Keck telescope — not to be confused with the one in Hawaii — uses segmented primary mirrors and a 24-inch reflector, and is thought to be one of the most powerful telescopes on the Central Coast. more

Westmont Observatory to Host Astronomical Star Party

Saturn and a first-quarter moon will be the star attractions at Westmont College’s observatory during a free public viewing on Friday, June 18. The Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful public telescopes along the Central Coast, also may catch a glimpse of globular clusters in Hercules, Ophiuchus and Scorpius. more

Westmont hosts free star-gazing session

A clear view of Saturn and a first-quarter moon are among the glittering attractions that Westmont College officials hope to offer to the public during a free public viewing at the campus observatory tomorrow evening. Using the recently installed Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes in the region, participants will search out globular clusters, galaxy groups and double stars. While free viewings are offered every third Friday of the month, students and faculty typically use the 24-inch reflector telescope to conduct astronomical research. more