Yearly Archives: 2013

Colin Powell is keynote speaker at Westmont President’s Breakfast: Retired general talks about working under President Reagan

Retired Gen. Colin Powell stopped by Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara early Friday morning. Powell, who has held senior military and diplomatic positions under four U.S. presidents, was the keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Westmont President’s Breakfast. more

Gen. Colin Powell Brings Leadership to Life at Westmont President’s Breakfast; Former military chief and secretary of state says America can overcome its challenges, but notes that leaders must inspire followers to come along

Westmont College spends a great deal of time talking and thinking about the importance of leadership. The private, Christian liberal arts school in the Montecito foothills instills in its students — and demands of itself — the principles of leadership that create a culture of character and integrity in both public and private life.

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a highly decorated four-star Army general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as a former secretary of state, was the very embodiment of leadership as he rose to the top echelons of military, political and diplomatic power.

In talking about the federal sequester that went into effect Friday, Colin Powell said the lack of political leadership is “unthinkable. You couldn’t run a 7-Eleven the way we’re running this country.” (Brad Elliott photo / Westmont College)

So it was fitting that the paths would intersect Friday at the Eighth Annual Westmont President’s Breakfast, held before an audience of nearly 800 guests at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. more

Oaks Christian School’s Brandon Flannery Wins at Westmont Math Contest and Aspires to Serve Others

Westlake Village, California—Math can be fun and practical as proved by OCS senior Brandon Flannery in his lecture on “Iterated Functions and Chaos Theory” at the February 8, 2013, Westmont College Mathematics Contest. His winning “Chalk Talk” lecture explained the complex concepts of iterated functions, relating these concepts to applications in computer science and gaming theory. Describing chaos theory, he explained the infinite complexity that relates to forecasting the weather and genetic combinations. more

Discover Your Roots with Help of Civil War-Themed Genealogy Seminar

To round things out, Russell Smelley, a professor of kinesiology at Westmont College, will present the keynote address theorizing a Virginia ancestor’s impossible choice — having to pick a side in the coming conflict. more

Global Leadership Connection Rewards Local Students with Scholarships

Student leaders from Santa Barbara County high schools, supported by parents, grandparents and well-wishers, attended the Global Leadership Connection Awards Ceremony at Westmont College’s Page Hall on Sunday, culminating their participation in the two-day conference co-sponsored by UCSB and Westmont. more

Kropp: Junior players enjoy Davis Cup experience

Thousand Oaks High graduate Marcos Giron, a sophomore at UCLA, defeated Emilio Gomez 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the deciding singles match as the visiting Bruins defeated USC 4-3 last Friday. … Alyson Meyer of Ventura defeated Sarah Edwards 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6 singles to help Westmont College defeat visiting Arizona Christian 9-0 in a nonconference match on Saturday. Meyer, who played No. 1 singles for Ventura High for three years, is a sophomore at Westmont. more

Letters : High praise for Westmont soprano

What a pleasant surprise in Westmont’s sophomore soprano, Emmalee Wetzel! Her lovely aria from “La Boheme” brought down the house Friday night at Westmont’s Spring Orchestra Concert. more

Life and Death in Focus, Theme of the week: A Matter of Life and Death

Who Said It … Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson is the campus pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is a contributing editor for Christianity Today magazine and Leadership Journal. Ben is also the author of several books including God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms, Deepening Your Conversations with God, and Muscular Faith. Ben and his wife, Lauretta, have four adult children and one grandson.

What he Said … Life and Death in Focus

It’s hard to follow Jesus, but it’s a good hard. To follow Jesus is to choose life over death, heaven over hell forever. The road to life is a good hard. The road to hell is easy, but it ends in a very, very bad hard. [See Mark 8:35-37 and Matt. 7:13-14.] more

It’s official! : Special needs Hong Kong boy legally becomes couple’s adopted son

Judge Thomas Anderle welcomed the dozen-plus family members and visitors into his chambers. “All of us judges really like to do adoptions, so if you have another one, ask for me! Don’t ask for anyone else!” the Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge said with a smile almost as big as that of the baby boy in front of him. Jedidiah Weitzman, who had come all the way from Hong Kong to his new home in Carpinteria, sat on the lap of his father Joshua Weitzman, seated in a chair in front of the judge’s desk. This was his day. … Mrs. Weitzman, a stay-at-home mother, said the joy of having Hannah in their lives convinced her and her husband, event services manager at Westmont College, in July 2010 to adopt a child with Down syndrome. She said they realized families without their experience were less likely to do so. “God told us (to adopt) and put it on our hearts to do it. So you persevere and you move forward and you push on.” more

Engineers and students honored at Oxnard event

Area engineers and engineering students were honored Thursday for making strides in local education and developing technologies that have impacts beyond Ventura County. The honorees were celebrated in the company of more than 200 local industry leaders at an Oxnard awards dinner to celebrate National Engineers Week. … The additional scholarship recipients were Sarah Baker, California Lutheran University; Michael Chavez, UC Santa Barbara; Megan Hansen and Israel Schleifer, Moorpark College; Michael Kiernan, Maria Perez and Daniel Ortiz, Ventura College; Tyler Meskin, Santa Barbara City College; and Luke Patterson, Westmont College. more