Yearly Archives: 2012

WATN: Steve McRaven

AGE: 43

LOCATION: Lives in Dunlap with wife, Kirsten, and daughters Maya, 13, Riley, 10 and son Ethan, 6.

GLORY DAYS: Was arguably the elite tennis player in central Illinois back in his day. Teamed with Matt Maris to finish fourth in state doubles in the 1986 IHSA boys tennis tourney. Teamed with Maris in 1987 to lead Richwoods to a fifth-place team finish and top 12 slot as a tandem.

Went on to play two years at University of Illinois, suffered torn rotator cuff and transferred to Westmont College (Calif.), where he underwent surgery to fix his shoulder and returned to play as a senior. more

College Gives Full Tuition to Scholars

Four new Monroe Scholars arrive at Westmont this week. Only students with exceptional academic abilities, strong character and a desire to grow in their Christian faith receive the four-year, full-tuition Monroe Scholarship. In the past 11 years, Westmont has awarded 37 Monroe Scholarships, the highest academic honor for incoming students. more

Benefits cap earns failing grade

My career with Carpinteria Unified School District began in 1976 as a kindergartner and has come full circle as I know teach kindergarten and first grade here in Carpinteria,. I consider it a privilege to serve the community that made me who I am. Some of the teachers who taught me have become valued colleagues. I attended college at UCSB and Westmont through the help of letters of recommendation written by trusted advisors such as Lou Panizzon and Casey Roberts. more

College Professor On South Coast Honored With Knighthood By French Government

A South Coast college professor has been honored with a knighthood by the French government. Westmont College French professor Mary Blackwood Collier received the tribute for her dedication to spreading French culture. more

ART REVIEW: Between the Floral and the Cosmic – The Westmont Museum of Art opens its new season with a show by Jan Albert Fürst Kolstand

Along the long wall in the entryway of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, we encounter “Frieze,” a loosely linear but essentially abstract succession of images and impressions, ranging from the floral to human anatomy to cosmic visions. Somehow, this advantageous use of the museum’s outer display area also serves as an auspicious visual introduction to Norwegian Jan Albert F¸rst Kolstad’s fine and poetic show of work in the Museum, the first exhibition of the new Westmont Museum season. more

Walking the walk : Santa Barbara man plans grueling hike for heart health awareness

If anyone qualifies as a poster person for a healthy lifestyle, it has to be Will Bowden, a 39-year-old business executive for a pharmaceutical company in Santa Barbara. … Community teams include Moms With Heart, Soroptimist International of Santa Barbara, Mended Hearts and Westmont Warriors. more

Isaac Volunteers Deployed

Five women of the Central Coast are on their way to east to help with the relief efforts for Tropical Storm Isaac. Eleanor Guzik and Kelly Whitaker of Ventura, Leah Heher of Santa Barbara, and Aimee Menkins and Loren Leidinger-Avila of San Luis Obispo will be taking up to two weeks to help prepare for the storm and assist in the aftermath. Ms. Heher is a newer Red Cross volunteer. As the Risk Assistant, Office of Risk Management for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, she is passionate about disaster relief. more

Westmont Beefs Up Dining Options with Renovated Commons: College works with JM Holliday Associates to offer students greater variety

Westmont College and Sodexo, the college’s dining service, will open the doors to an enhanced Dining Commons as students arrive for the fall semester Monday. Administration, staff, students and Sodexo representatives worked together to plan the renovation, which occurred in two phases over two summers. Several concepts emerged as the team consulted with local design firm JM Holliday Associates. more

Five join Northwestern College faculty

Among the five new full-time faculty at Northwestern College are a consultant in international economic development, a magazine editor, a novelist, a specialist in medieval history, and an accomplished sculptor and ceramist. Dr. David Befus joins the business faculty as an associate professor after spending the last two years overseeing a post-earthquake business reconstruction program for Compassion International in Haiti. He is the author of “Where There Are No Jobs,” which has been listed as one of the top 25 books on social enterprise. … Befus previously served as president of Latin America Mission and international director of microfinance for World Vision. A former faculty member at Azusa Pacific University and Westmont College, Befus earned a doctorate in economic development at the University of Miami, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College. more

So, how bad can it get?

The appointment of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as GOP vice presidential candidate guarantees that for the next 10 weeks leading up to the election, the chronically weak economy, federal taxes, deficits, debt, and entitlements, will be kept at the forefront of the issues affecting all voters as they go to the polls Nov. 6. … David Newton is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and heads the entrepreneurship program at Westmont. more