Monthly Archives: October 2014

Do You Believe in Miracles?

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? In Miracles, a new book releasing on October 28, Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, offers compelling – sometimes electrifying – evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. … The Fall Forum event itself is exciting. It is so much more than a lecture. The fun “Just Desserts and Just Swing” themed program features cheese boards and desserts, listening and dancing to the Big Band-era music of John Enrico Douglas and the Westmont Jazz Ensemble, and book signing with Eric Metaxas. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Bacara Resort. more

Your Westmont: Leadership Luncheon Explores Presidents

Jon Meacham, presidential historian, examined the political lives of two of the United State’s greatest presidents at a sold-out, outdoor luncheon with 280 people October 10 at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. more

The Mother Lode Attracts Emerging Leaders in the Farm to School Movement by Keeping it Local

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally grown service members – one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado. … FoodCorps recruits nationally and had well over 1000 applications for the 182 service positions in 16 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014/2015 service term. This year both UCCE service members, Emily Metzger (Calaveras) and Monica Drazba (El Dorado) have Northern California roots. … Metzger was born and raised in Calaveras County and is a graduate of Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp. She got her BA degree in Liberal Studies/Education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more


2014 Veterans Day Concert

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Presents the annual free Veterans Day Concert – this year’s theme is “Honoring Women in the Military.” …Bring the entire family to the free program of patriotic songs produced by PCVF Board member Marilyn Gilbert performed by soloists, the Santa Barbara Choral Society and complemented by The Westmont Orchestra to end the Veterans Weekend of events on a high note. more

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living Hosting Concert with Westmont College

Alexander Gardens Assisted Living is hosting a musical concert with Westmont College at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The concert will feature Aaron Wilk (piano),Rebecca Shasberger (cello), Isaac Kay (violin), Lalia Mangione (violin), Chyna Charbonneau (oboe), Samantha Wilson (viola), Lalia Mangione (violin) and Alexandra Nieuwsma (harp). more

Joy Eggerichs :: An Interview with a Single Woman Making a Difference

So they tell you to shoot for the stars, and this time I did! I reached out to Joy Eggerichs, founder of Love and Respect Now, on Twitter and asked her if she would be willing to participate in this blog series. …Joy is a graduate of Westmont College and currently resides in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by many young people who share her love of coffee, biking, and minimal hair washings. more


It’s no coincidence that automobiles play a major role in the Fourth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower. The event pays tribute to the fact that polo fans like things that go fast. … Sunday’s action will feature Julio Arellano, the top polo player in the U.S. and Patrick Uretz of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the top college polo player in the U.S. more


Dena passed from this world to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ on September 25th. She was a devoted Christian and a humble servant of Christ. She had a special fondness for animals, especially Jack Russell Terriers, and formed a rescue foundation for them in Tucson, Arizona where she had lived for the past 25 years…. Dena was born in Kansas City, MO and spent her childhood there. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1977, attended Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School and went on to study English Literature at Westmont College. She moved to Tucson, AZ in the mid 1990’s and became a successful businesswoman. Although she loved the desert, she also called Santa Barbara her home and loved to visit with her family here.  more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Mexico tricks Firestorm

Santa Ynez High product Kacie Mexico delivered a hat trick as the Westmont women’s soccer team thumped visiting Arizona Christian 7-0 Saturday afternoon in Golden State Athletic Conference play. more

Jacques Habra: Entrepreneurs and the Art of the Pivot

The modern entrepreneur is more of an artist than a technician. The entrepreneur’s canvas is the start-up business in which the entrepreneur designs a business model that creates value for the target market. Over the course of the design, launch and development, there are millions of brushstrokes found in everyday emails, calls, meetings, coding, market research and strategic decisions. From the outside looking in, one has little idea about the various adjustments made from start to launch, and from market capture to market leader. … Jacques Habra is the founder and CEO of Noospheric, a Santa Barbara start-up incubator that has helped launch regional companies like TrackR (formerly Phone Halo), SelfEcho, First Click, SBClick and FreePropertyAlert. He serves on the boards of directors of MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central CoastMentorship Works, Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation’s Leadership Circle. The opinions expressed are his own. more