Yearly Archives: 2013

THE POLO SET: Women’s Polo Tournament 2013

Women have come a long way in this sport that is 2,000 years old. Some, shrouded in black burkas and playing by the light of the moon, used to chase a ball that was illuminated by an internal candle. These days, the ladies no longer have to play polo in secret. … Team Rapid Release includes Danielle Travis (0), Kristie Outier (2) and Cecelia Cochran (1). The team is rounded out by Claudia Uretz (0). Claudia is the proud mother of two of the members of the men’s Westmont Polo Team, which won the USPA national championship this year. more

Strategic Healthcare Programs CEO Named 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by South Coast Business and Technology Awards

The South Coast Business and Technology Awards have named Barbara Rosenblum, founder and chief executive officer of Strategic Healthcare Programs, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) healthcare data analytics company, the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. … The award was presented June 13 at Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort. The event supports the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, which provides scholarships for students majoring in business and technology fields at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Westmont College. more

Kristen Reed: Obituary

Kristen was born and raised in Goleta, CA. She attended Westmont College and received a graduate degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. Kristen spent her life dedicated to helping children and worked at Girls, Inc. of Carpinteria, Isla Vista Youth Project and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. more

UCSB Alumna Maureen Ajoku Pushing for Winter Olympics After Tragic Loss

There’s intensity in her eyes, her face as taut with determination as her body is with drive. When she explodes off the blocks and flies down the straightaway, a spectator hears only her feet, feels only her wind. Maureen Ajoku, 2012 sociology alumna, notched a UCSB long jump record her senior year on the track and field team. Now she’s a member of the USA National Bobsled Team, fighting for a spot in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Maureen Ajoku will need it all — strength, speed, focus and fearlessness — where she may soon be going: the 2014 Winter Olympics. … “Coming this far, with everything I’ve been through, to be in the place that I am now — it’s an amazing feeling,” said Ajoku, who is in Santa Barbara training at Westmont College through June, when she’ll return to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. more

IN BRIEF: Westmont offers Saturn viewing

Santa Barbara Westmont College will offer a free public viewing of Saturn and the constellation Virgo on Friday at the Westmont Observatory. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. Telescopes will be provided by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. more

Santa Barbara Business Beat: Students Big Winners at Annual Awards Dinner

Westmont College received the excellence in service award at the Annual South Coast Business and Technology Awards at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort & Hotel. more

Kristen Reed 1972 – 2013, Santa Barbara

Kristen passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16th after a 6-year battle with breast cancer. Having been born with cerebral palsy, Kristen had been a fighter all her life and pursued life with gusto. Kristen taught us that life is to be lived with joy and dignity, that falling down only means standing up again, and that one must always keep going. Kristen did not want to be the poster child for anything. She just wanted to be herself and what a wonderful self that was. … Kristen was born and raised in Goleta, CA. She attended Westmont College and received a graduate degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. more

Wheaton College Appoints Dean of Global and Experiential Learning Wheaton College announced Tuesday the appointment of a new associate dean of the global and experiential learning program.

Wheaton College announced Tuesday the appointment of Dr. Laura Montgomery to the position of Associate Dean of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL). … Dr. Montgomery is currently Professor of Anthropology at Westmont College, where she has taught for the past 21 years, including 10 as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. more

Obituary: Christina Jo (Ahmann) Nevill (March 4, 1982 – June 13, 2013)

Christina Jo Ahmann came into this world on March 4, 1982, and breathed her last breath on Earth on June 13, 2013. … Christina moved on to Westmont College. Her four years at Westmont were a rich time of spiritual, social and intellectual growth. She formed beautiful friendships and in the last two years of Westmont became a resident assistant and successfully shepherded some amazing women through the rigors and traumas of college life. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology in 2004. more

CONCERT REVIEW: What’s new, multi-directionally speaking – Ensemble for Contemporary Music ends UCSB season on a strong, diverse note

Although it has never packed in large crowds or garnered enough in the way of public attention, the handful of concerts by UCSB’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music amount to an incredibly important contribution to the overall firmament of Santa Barbara culture. We were reminded of its importance last Tuesday, as the final ECM concert of the academic year, at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, offered a rich pageant of diverse sounds, cooked up by that underexposed artistic demographic: composers writing in the past 50 years, many of whom are alive and very well, thank you. … On a local note, the Bolcom expert Philip Ficsor, a wonderful violinist who has graced Santa Barbara with his presence over the past few years, teaching at Westmont and appearing in various concert settings, is heading out to town to a new post, and the showing of his American Double, with pianist Constantine Finehouse, made for a notable occasion here. more