Monthly Archives: September 2010

Integrating Cloud Software Applications

Should companies purchase pre-integrated applications or integrate best in class solutions?
An interesting article in Campus Technology, Cloud Computing in Education: A Practitioner’s View describes an implementation involving Datatel ERP, Salesforce CRM, and connecting technology provided by Cast Iron Systems…These problems, make the solution adopted by Westmont College an interesting case study. more

Westmont Hall of Fame welcomes three new inductees

The Westmont Athletics Hall of Fame is about to increase in number by three. In a ceremony to be held on Friday during Homecoming weekend, Tine Hardeman of the class of 1955 will be joined by two 1997 graduates as 2010 inductees – Miriam Niednagel Ryan and Riva DaSilva. First established in 1995, this year’s honorees will comprise the eighth class admitted into the Hall of Fame, bringing its membership to 31. more

COC Hosts Career Day For Hart District Students

Students and parents from Hart District high schools are invited to a College of the Canyons SCV College2Career Day to meet representatives from more than 25 colleges and universities and learn more about entrance requirements, tuition and specialties at each school. This free event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the COC Valencia Campus. Colleges and universities participating include…Westmont College more

New Bible for Parents and Youth Ministers in a World Ruled by New Media

Less than one third of Christian teens in America read the bible on any kind of regular basis. The Almighty Bible graphic novel/multi-media book series enters the war for our teens and tweens attention…The Almighty Bible has been endorsed by everyone from Hollywood Producer Ralph Winter, producer of X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek to one of the best evangelical Old Testament scholars, Professor Tremper Longman, PhD (Westmont College), to family ministry expert, Jim Burns (Homeword Radio) to best selling author Mark Oestreicher. more

The Working Life: Chrissy Deferville

Chrissy Deferville is a connector. She has the gift of knowing who should meet whom and facilitates the introduction. She’s also the type of person who can talk people into giving their resources — be it time, expertise or finances — and feel good about it. … Deferville attended Westmont College for undergraduate degrees in economics and business. Thinking she would pursue corporate law, she spent her senior year studying foreign policy in Washington D.C., after which she secured an internship with the National Republican Congressional Committee on Capitol Hill. She soon realized it was not the environment for her. more

Cloud Computing in Education: A Practitioner’s View

I am one of the very fortunate IT professionals who get to work in higher education. It is a great job, something that more resembles a calling than a way to make a living. I truly love showing up every day to work at Westmont College. This is an exciting time at the college. There are a many strategic initiatives in motion across the institution. However, as for many schools and businesses, the reality of the economic downturn has required us to think differently about how we want to improve the organization. The typical, time-honored approach would be to hire additional people to help lead new initiatives. But the reality of this economy has made all of us realize that now is not a time when we can do much hiring, and that we are all expected to do more. more

Michael Towbes Named Donor of the Year

Michael Towbes has been named Donor of the Year by Peoples’ Self-Help Housing. Towbes will be honored at the non-profit’s 40th Anniversary Taste of Hope event to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the historic Rubin home on Mission Street in Santa Barbara. The Towbes Group and the Towbes Foundation have been generous supporters of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing since 2003…He has been honored by his selection as Santa Barbara’s Man of the Year, and has been the recipient of the initial News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award, the UCSB Chancellor’s Medal and the Westmont Medal. more

Karen Telleen-Lawton: Destined for Grace

Most of us can claim to have been idealistic in our youth, edging into realism a few minutes into our first job. Rebecca Costa and Lindsey Connolly, who both grew up in Carpinteria, have translated their youthful idealism into a working nonprofit. They are dedicated to alleviating the social burdens Haitian children face, by getting them off the streets and into classrooms. “We searched for an already existing nonprofit working in Haiti,” said Connolly, a recent Westmont College graduate. “It was very difficult to find an organization that led volunteer groups there. After countless attempts to find people to travel with, we decided to take groups ourselves and begin our own nonprofit.” more

It’s ‘College Application Season’ – the ‘Common App’ is a timesaver for students

Every high school senior knows that fall is college application season, a topic of great interest and importance for students and parents since most applications must be submitted between November 30 and January 1. … Originally developed by private schools to avoid duplication of efforts, the Common App is now used by public and private schools that use a holistic approach to admissions. They examine all aspects of the student: grades, test scores, activities, jobs and talents. Common App colleges include University of the Pacific, St. Mary’s College of California, Claremont McKenna College, Westmont College, Pomona College, Lewis and Clark College, Colorado State University, the Ivies, and many more. more

Gerald Carpenter: Westmont Faculty to Perform Fall Recital Admission is free to Friday’s concert in Deane Chapel

The music faculty at Westmont College will offer their fall recital at 8 p.m. Friday in the Deane Chapel on the Westmont campus. Admission is free.

The following program should be considered a work in progress, but as far as I know at this time, we shall hear Kazimierz Serocki’s Sonatina for Trombone and Piano (played by Eric Heidner on trombone and Seungah Seo on piano); Sergei Rachmaninov’s Romance and Danse Hongroise(Claude-Lise Lafranque on viola and Seo on piano); Bernard Herrmann’s “I Have Dreamt” aria from his opera Wuthering Heights and Giacomo Puccini’saria “In Quelle trine Morbide” from Manon Lescaut (Celeste Tavera, soprano); Antonín Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon” from the opera Rusalka(Tavera, soprano, and Seo on piano); Georg Phillip Telemann’s Sonatina in A-Minor for Bassoon and Basso Continuo (Paul Mori on bassoon and Nona Pyron on cello, with harpsichord to be announced); Ludwig van Beethoven’sImprovisation on Adagio Cantabile from Sonata No. 8 (John Douglas on piano); and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Melodie” from Orfeo ed Euridice(Valerie Malvinni on viola and Seo on piano). more