Yearly Archives: 2010

Out & About: Tews joins foundation board

Herb Tews has joined the Westmont Foundation board of directors. Mr. Tews has been a Westmont Art Council member since 2006. Before his retirement, he was owner of Midwest Sintered Products, a metal powder parts manufacturer in Chicago. While living in the Midwest, he served on the board of governors for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was chairman of the Ox-Bow School of Painting, where he and wife Karen established a scholarship for students. He is vice chairman of the Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and serves on the board of Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. more

What have you done for us lately?

Every May, after the tasseled hats have fallen to the ground and the graduation parties have died down, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the workforce. Or at least that’s the plan. … “I still hate it,” he says. But at the moment, he doesn’t feel as though he has much choice. His private schooling at Westmont College in Santa Barbara gave him “all kinds of lofty ideals and not a lot of practical skills” and, he says, “plenty of financial debt.” more

Out & About: Habra joins foundation board

Jacques Habra has joined the Westmont Foundation board of directors. Mr. Habra was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s. He founded Noospheric, a business consulting and investment firm based in Santa Barbara. He actively supports several community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Arthritis Foundation and the UCSB Technology Management Program. Mr. Habra is a board member of The Riviera Association and MIT Central Coast Forum. He is also a founding board member and former vice president and host of Catalyst for Thought. Mr. Habra is a graduate of the University of Michigan. more

Low-budget film shot at 10 SB locations in 20 days

Not too long ago the story was still just an idea in Nicholas Tolkien’s mind. It started two years ago when he was seventeen as a screenplay for television but has evolved in a soon-to-be-completed feature film. “We’re doing something on a low budget with really big ideas,” said Mr. Tolkien, 19, a Westmont student, as he and his crew set up for the final scene of his film on Sunday afternoon at Summerland Beach. The film is a drama called “Anacapa,” after the Channel island, which figures deeply in the story. more

Tamara Erickson Named Executive Director of Garden Court on De la Vina

Garden Court on De la Vina has announced Tamara Erickson as its new executive director. … Erickson served as trustee of the Cold Spring School Board and currently sits on the board of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization and the Westmont College Alumni Advisory Council. more

What’s in a name? A lot, especially if it’s an unusual one, say locals with monikers like Milkman, Coffin and Smelley. Would you believe Trout Fishing in America?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. more

Longtime Westmont Professor, Author Robert Wennberg Dies of Cancer

Robert Wennberg, who taught philosophy at Westmont College for 37 years and authored several books, including Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters and God, Humans and Animals: An Invitation to Enlarge Our Moral Universe, died July 18 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. more

Learning from the Masters : Montecito Summer Music Festival launches its third season at Westmont


Two high school football teams hope moving key players will be a hit on defense: Big-time prospect

Junior pitcher Lucas Giolito from North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake was clocked throwing his fastball between 90 and 93 mph at the Stanford camp last week, according to his high school coach, Matt LaCour. Giolito has received multiple scholarship offers from Pacific 10 and Big West schools. He was at the Area Code tryouts Tuesday at Westmont College. more

Dr. Courtney Baldridge: Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine

It was no surprise to anyone that Dr. Courtney Baldridge opted to become a pediatrician — except perhaps to herself. The 26-year-old California native said she planned to become a nurse and didn’t think otherwise until her freshman year at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. “When I was really young, I felt strongly called that God wanted me to go to another country and do some kind of work with people who have less and need more hope,” she said. “I really wanted the one-on-one patient care that nursing offers, so until college I hadn’t really considered going to medical school.” more