Monthly Archives: October 2014

Santa Barbara’s Ebola Scenario

If you’re freaked out about Ebola coming to Santa Barbara County, place the virus much further down on your worry list than both lightning strikes ​— ​which killed 29 people nationwide in 2010 ​— ​and the flu, responsible for 50,000 deaths every year. But if you’re still freaked out, area health officials said, agencies across the county are readying for the unlikely possibility that the disease ​— ​which has claimed the lives of 4,500-plus people in West Africa and one in the United States ​— ​could land here….Thoman and her colleagues have been working closely with health officials at UCSB, Santa Barbara City College, and Westmont, should any members of those campus communities contract the virus; none of the colleges reported having students or staff who have traveled to the affected countries since the outbreak. more

Eastside Catholic guard commits to Westmont College

Eastside Catholic guard Max Hudgins has committed to Westmont College.

The 6-foot-3 guard scored 12 points, dished three assists and grabbed four rebounds per game last year as a junior. Hudgins is also a 92-percent free-throw shooter. more

Music Venues Add Value to College Campus Life in New Article

SALISBURY, Md., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ College students who want an occasional escape from the demands of academic life should take a look at a newly-launched article about college town music venues. The website for Great Value Colleges recently published an onsite profile of 20 Great College Town Music Venues across the United States. The article provides an adjunct to the website’s comprehensive collection of informative resources that are intended to help students find the best value in higher education….9. Santa Barbara Bowl: University of California, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College is Santa Barbara, California more

Westmont Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has some recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The work by Tisi, also known as Il Garofalo, is a promised gift to Westmont by Michael Huffington in honor of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, valued at about a half-million dollars. more

America’s top college player to play with the pros at Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

Student-athlete-model Patrick Uretz will take the field Oct. 26 at the fourth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at WestWorld of Scottsdale. … The multi-talented 22 year old recently won the “Collegiate Player of the Year Award,” and the “All-Star Team Award,” as the captain of the two-time national champion Westmont Men’s Polo Team, all while studying economics and business at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and modeling for the United States Polo Association. more

Local college opens up observatory for eclipse viewing

The fourth and final eclipse of the year takes place this week.
On Thursday, October 23, most of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The new moon will hide part of the sun from view. The best views will be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada. This makes for two solar and two lunar eclipses this year.
If you’re interested in checking it out, Westmont College in Santa Barbara is opening up its observatory to the public for free. The observatory will be open from 2:15 until 5:00 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will be at about 3:30 p.m.Westmont College is located at 955 La Paz Road in Santa Barbara. The observatory is between Russell Carr Field and the track and field/soccer complex. Parking is free. more

4 Questions to Identify a Repeat-Offender Church

How do you accurately assess a church that expresses interest in you, particularly if there have been serious problems in its history? At Titus Task Force, which provides interim pastors for troubled congregations, we suggest four questions to identify congregations likely to break your heart. …act like Legion in the swine. W hen I was on the faculty of Westmont College, I frequently drove to the campus on my Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle along a beautiful, seven-mile stretch of the California…more

HTC Associates

HTC currently has student associates researching a variety of topics, including the intersection of labor rights and trafficking, country-specific human rights violations, trafficking interventions, and rescue and rehabilitation projects. …Sarah Davis is a first-year M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking and International Security. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Westmont College. more

Commscope : The Role of Intelligent Lighting in Singapore’s Green Initiative

Last month, CommScope participated in the Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia event held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. BEX Asia is a global business sourcing, networking and knowledge-sharing platform for the sustainable built environment in Southeast Asia that saw more than 350 companies from around the world showcasing their latest green products and technologies to more than 10,000 building professionals from the region. … About the Author Brent Boekestein. Brent Boekestein is the director of global markets for Redwood at CommScope. Brent holds dual undergraduate degrees in Entrepeneurship and Communications from Westmont College (US) and a Masters degree in Globalization from the University of Manchester (UK). more

Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager. … The combined company will continue to operate from West Coast Asset Managment’s office on Coast Village Road in Montecito; Helfert and WCAM chief investment officer Atticus Lowe will be joined by the Lucia team. … Founded in 2000, WCAM developed a value-oriented strategy for equity and fixed income investing. Lowe, a Westmont College graduate, was a key architect of the strategy. more