Yearly Archives: 2013

American Evangelicals Making Peace With Evolutionary Science

It is with great pleasure the Board of Directors of The BioLogos Foundation announces the appointment of Deborah Haarsma to become our next President, and of Jeffrey Schloss to the role of Senior Scholar. … Dr. Jeffrey Schloss is Distinguished Professor and T.B. Walker Chair of Biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences. more

CLU Notebook: Wade gets right into swim of things

The offseason pickup games gave Dan Wade a brief introduction to college basketball. It made the Cal Lutheran freshman realize he had some work to do before he could contribute to the team. Wade spent many hours in the gym trying to improve his game. He still arrives early and stays late after practice to get up as many shots as possible….The women’s tennis team opens its season against Westmont at 2 p.m. Friday. more

Why I Am Still an Evangelical

In 2003, a friend invited me to a formal dinner at one of the colleges of Cambridge University. The food was traditional yet exotic (think guinea fowl), the conversation with the professors as stimulating as one would imagine. … Westmont College says that it belongs to “the worldwide evangelical Protestant tradition,” but one of those words made people squirm, with some reason. I learned that in much public discussion in this country, being an evangelical meant being thoughtless, heartless, and hopelessly conservative. more


Cambiaso makes his way into cloning polo ponies

What do Dolly the Sheep and Argentine polo player Adolfo Cambiaso have in common? No, the medical world is not trying to clone arguably the world’s best polo player. But Cambiaso has cloned some of his best mares, including Dolfina, Lapa and Cuartetera. … This spring the Westmont College Polo Team will compete in the Western Regionals, facing teams like Cal Poly, Eastern Oregon State, Oregon State, Stanford, Idaho and USC. more

ON STAGE: Big Behn – Elements Theatre Company returns with a modern Restoration comedy

Ophra Behn holds a historical position as one of the first female English dramatists, a novelist, playwright and poet who was also once a spy for the monarchy. She’s not a household name, but her adventures in the court of Charles II makes for fine drama. In the hands and pen of contemporary playwright Liz Duffy Adams, Behn’s story results in the farcical “Or,” (the comma is intentional), a 2009 play set to open as part of Elements Theater Collective’s current season. … Miller James, of both Westmont and Santa Barbara Children’s Theater, has provided the elaborate costumes, bringing his wealth of knowledge and history to the production. more

In Brief: Westmont offering telescope viewing

Westmont College is offering a free public viewing of the stars through its Keck Telescope at 6:30 p.m. Friday, a spokesman said. Featured will be the moon, Jupiter and NGC 7789, the White Rose Cluster, said Scott Craig, manager of media relations at Westmont College, in a news release. more

Outlandish college courses: The Dirty Dozen for private (non-Ivy League) schools

Despite the nearly laughable price tags, there are many terrific reasons to attend a private undergraduate school. Classes are often smaller; the atmosphere is usually more intimate and exclusive; professors frequently know students by their first names; even the campuses seem somehow more collegiate. For many of the same reasons, though, private schools seem to have an easier time indoctrinating students. Agendas vary quite a bit, of course. At Westmont College in Southern California, for example, where students must attend chapel three times a week, it’s fair to say that the school actively promotes Christianity. more

Colin Powell to speak at Westmont College

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a groundbreaking former U.S. Secretary of State, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Westmont College President’s Breakfast. more

Don’t look; taste : Blindness foundation to hold Dining in the Dark fundraiser

If you couldn’t see, even the simplest tasks would require more patience and effort. To give you a taste of empathy, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is holding Santa Barbara Dining in the Dark, the first such dinner fundraiser by the nonprofit in Santa Barbara, at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. … At the dinner — with the lights on — the foundation will present its Visionary Award to two visually impaired Santa Barbara residents. They are David Winter, who was president of Westmont College from 1976 to 2001 and Providence Hall headmaster from 2007 to his retirement in 2010, and Mary Romo, who was a Goleta Union School District speech and language specialist from 1967 until retiring in 1999. more

ALEXANDER, Betty Stearns

Was called home to be with her Lord on January 9, 2013. She was born on August 9, 1919 in Oakland, California, the only child of Lelia (Griffin) and Glenn Warwick Stearns. Betty loved school, was an excellent student, and fulfilled her childhood dream of attending Stanford University. Later at the University of California at Berkley, Betty pursued her passion for literature and fine art, and was an active member of the literary community there. During the war, Betty married her first husband, Richard Baldwin and gave birth to her first son, Jeffrey. … Betty was a very productive member of the Santa Barbara community. She served on the Westmont College Women’s Auxiliary with Westmont’s founder, Mrs. Ruth Kerr, was a beloved volunteer with County Mental Health, and worked as a literacy tutor in the Learning Center at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. more