Yearly Archives: 2014

Redeemer church revs up athletic programs

The fast pace of outdoor summer days will soon feel the brakes of the school year and the desks and classrooms that come with it. Fortunately, many active options are available when the school bell rings for kids needing to shake out some energy after school….Soccer, baseball, and volleyball summer camps instructed by Westmont College athletes were well attended. more 

‘You want to look at a piece of land?’: Serendipitous events paved way for trio to build Pumpkin Ridge

The WinCo Foods Portland Open, which returns PGA tournament golf to the Portland area for the first time in decades from Aug. 18-24, is not the first premier event to be staged at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. … The jewel of a course tucked into farm land by North Plains in Washington County just north of Highway 26 is the brainchild of original owners Marv French, Gay Davis and Barney Hyde, who had the foresight to purchase the 341-acre site on Dec. 18, 1987, for $570,000 — $1,668 an acre. … In September 1987, French — a Roseburg native and Westmont (Calif.) College grad who had a career in financial management and was CFO at Sunriver for five years in the early 1970s — received a call from Sunriver pro Verne Perry. more

Betsie Frei: A Guide to the Ebola Outbreak

At Cosmologics, we’ve watched, with the rest of the world, news unfold about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Although there are many issues raised by the situation that we care deeply about (e.g. the bioethics of experimental treatments, the inflammatory response by the American news media, mistrust of Western science, and medicine), we couldn’t help but wish for a guide on how to react thoughtfully and responsibly to the situation….Betsie Frei is a project officer for Management Sciences for Health. She has a Masters in International Development from The George Washington University and a degree in Sociology from Westmont College. Her decade of work in this region began in 2006, when she spent two years in the Peace Core in Benin. Her views in this interview in no way represent the opinions and views of MSH.  more

Word Up: SB author reimagines traditional stories of faith for a modern world

A good story is one that can stand the test of time. It is an adage that Santa Barbara author Jamie Lisea not only subscribes to but puts into practice. Mrs. Lisea has recently released “Rich Thirsty Hungry: And the Freedom That Finds Us There,” a book that contains three contemporary tales inspired by stories originally inscribed into Scripture at the beginning of the first century. … Raised in the Mojave Desert enclave of Lancaster, Mrs. Lisea, 48, first came to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. It was there that she met her husband, Scott, 48, a business and economic major who minored in religious studies. more

Your Westmont: Summer Scholars Get Jump on College

About 30 high school students completed three weeks of intensive classes with professors Carmel Saad and Christian Hoeckley as part of Westmont Summer Scholars. In its fourth year, the program offers students an opportunity to experience a Christian liberal arts education at Westmont before they start college. more

Your Westmont: Museum Acquires Nativity Painting

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Musuem of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, and Mary Cassatt. more

Priester taking new Santa Barbara Track Club to elite territory

A Gold Medal at the Thorpe Cup, two athletes on the podium at the USA Track & Field Championships, hosting the world-record holder in the decathlon… it’s been that kind of year for the newly formed Santa Barbara Track Club. At the reigns is Josh Priester, a multi-events coach with the vision of establishing Santa Barbara as an elite training destination for some of the world’s best track & field athletes. … SBTC’s effort to connect with the local Santa Barbara community has been expressed by establishing multiple All-Comers Meets at Westmont College this summer and hosting a summer youth camp. more

Santa Barbara to be Special Olympics Host City

It was a big afternoon over at Westmont College Wednesday, as Santa Barbara was named a host town for the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics. The July games will take place in Los Angeles of next year and this will mark the first world summer games to be held in the United States in 16 years. more

Sportscast July 30 2014: Lakey Peterson’s 3rd Round at the US Open of Surfing, Westmont and Dodgers win in Extras

Lakey Peterson’s 3rd Round at the US Open of Surfing, Westmont and Dodgers win in Extras. Hosted by Jim Murray. more

Santa Barbara Named Host City for 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games: Santa Maria also is selected to provide hospitality for athletes and representatives participating in next year’s competitions in Los Angeles

Santa Barbara was announced Wednesday as a host city for next year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles and will welcome international athletes before the games begin. As many as 100 other Southern California cities will play host to a gathering of international team delegates and athletes next year for a three-day cultural celebration prior the opening ceremony. … Westmont College has volunteered to provide housing and recreational facilities for visiting athletes on behalf of Santa Barbara and hosted Wednesday’s announcement. more