Yearly Archives: 2014

Santa Barbara, Westmont to host Special Olympians from around world

The City of Santa Barbara announced Wednesday that the community has been officially selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program from July 21-24, 2015, and Westmont College will offer housing and training facilities for the athletes. … Westmont College has agreed to provide housing and training facilities for the 100 visiting Special Olympics athletes. more

Westmont becoming a special destination

Westmont College is fast becoming a home to all types of special athletes.

Earlier this year, Westmont hosted some of the world’s top track and field athletes, including US Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton. In July, 2015, the college in the hills of Montecito will host 100 international Special Olympics athletes in the region for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

“This is a perfect fit for Westmont College,” Westmont president Dr. Gayle Beebe said at a press conference announcing Santa Barbara as a host city for the World Games on the college’s picturesque Kerrwood Lawn. “It so reflects who we are and who we want to be.” more

Santa Barbara Newest Community To Annouce Plans To Serve As Host Town For 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Santa Barbara has joined Santa Maria, and Thousand Oaks in announcing it will serve as a host town for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. They will host athletes for the Los Angeles based games next July with community tours, picnics, and other celebrations.  Westmont College will host, and house 100 of the visiting athletes. more

Your Westmont: Aldrich, Sigler Join Foundation

Santa Barbara residents Dan Aldrich and Nathan Sigler have joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which cultivates ties between Westmont and the community. Aldrich is vice president of National Accounts and the Caribbean and Latin America Region for American Communications, and industry leader in telecommunications resale, repair, and services. he has been married to Kara, who graduated from Westmont in 1999, for four years, and they have two young daughters. more

Santa Barbara named Host Town for Special Olympics

The city of Santa Barbara has been selected to participate as a Host Town for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The Host Town program will run July 21-24 next year, as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California for the Special Olympics. As a Host Town, Santa Barbara will provide visiting athletes the opportunity to experience American culture and share their own cultures with the community. Westmont College has agreed to provide housing and training facilities for the 100 visiting Special Olympics athletes.more

Big 12 Will Have First Female Official

Remember what your parents used to say about lies, you shouldn’t tell any and that honestly is always the best policy. If Cat Conti had been honest to her friends and other inquirers regarding her plans after graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., then she might have never become the first female football official to work a Big 12 Conference football game. more

Stephen Eric Griffis

Stephen Eric Griffis, 60, died Friday, July 11, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, under the care of Tridia Hospice. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Eric graduated from Wasson High School and Westmont College. He entered Princeton Theological Seminary, worked in Korea under mission coworkers Sam and Eileen Moffett, and returned to Princeton where he met his future wife, Katherine Bauman. They were married June 4, 1981, two days after their graduation. more

Name Change Could Be Game Changer For Tech Company: Curvature is the new name of the old Network Harware Resale Company

Network Hardware Resale grew out of a garage in the 1980s and this year it grew out of it’s name. The Goleta-based company consulted with professionals as it considered hundreds of names.  The company doesn’t just sell one-and two-year old technology equipment, it services equipment and officers IT services around the globe. … The family-owned company is known for giving UCSB and Westmont College graduates a place to launch their careers. more


For a little town Los Olivos has a lot to offer. While the wine industry has put the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley firmly in the sights of travelers and day trippers alike, an array of galleries, boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and hotels gives them plenty of reason to linger.  … Lauren Danson, co-founder and chief product purveyor at Mizuba Tea Company, recently set up at the store, offering samples of her fine Japanese green tea. While attending Westmont College, Ms. Danson hosted a twice weekly tea gathering. A subsequent visit to Japan found her in the Uji region, and a frothy cup of Matcha revealed the depth of tea’s complex and nuanced flavors. more

On the Town: Women who shaped artin America

Tapping her vast knowledge of women who shaped art in America, Prof. Judy Larson, who holds the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College and directs the Westmont Museum of Art, gave a dinner presentation on the topic to the Santa Barbara Club. The 110 guests were treated to lots of history, a video of the artists and even some art. more