Yearly Archives: 2014

Olsen Tapped For Assembly Leadership Role

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) was unanimously elected on Tuesday by the Assembly Republican Caucus to be the next Assembly Republican Leader, and will now serve as Leader-Elect during a transition period. … After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Westmont College in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies, Olsen was selected to participate in the prestigious Senate Fellowship Program, where she developed a passion for public service. more

Supreme Court weakens Obamacare contraception mandate

A sharply divided Supreme Court rules Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement. … Westmont College spokesman Scott Craig said that he did not believe the ruling would affect the college’s insurance plans. more

VANDE BEEK, Corrie Ploeg

Cornelia “Corrie” Ploeg Vande Beek went to be with our LORD on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 after valiantly fighting cancer for several years. A strong, graceful and gracious woman, she warmed any room with her spirit and a joyfulness that was infectious. Corrie made a difference in the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be missed by all. … In 1967 Everett and Corrie moved their family to Santa Barbara, California. There Everett taught at Westmont College and Corrie worked as a school nurse at the Santa Barbara Christian School.more

Snyder and Pirates head All-CIF team

The All-CIF-Southern Section honors lists for baseball, softball and boys volleyball were announced on Monday, and the Santa Ynez High School baseball team was given four more reasons to celebrate. Pitcher Zach Snyder was named the All-CIF Division 5 MVP while center fielder Colby Barrick and pitcher Zach Torra were named to the first team. Head coach Warren Dickey was named the Division 5 Coach of the Year.  … “It was a dream season for a lot of different reasons,” Dickey said. “I appreciate the honor, it’s very humbling. I owe it to a lot of local coaches. I played at Santa Barbara High for coach (Fred) Warrecker, I played at Westmont for coach (John) Kirkgard, and I hope that a little bit of their legacy goes toward this, because they all had a part in it. And then the players drove, and I was just along for the ride.” more

ON STAGE : One-man play at Museum of Art

Mitchell Thomas, Westmont College theater arts chairman, will perform “Thorn Pain (based on nothing),” a one-man play about a boy’s anguished journey into adulthood, at 6:30 p.m. more

Montreat College Names New President

The Board of Trustees of Montreat College is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D., as the college’s eighth president. Maurer has spent his career in higher education as a college president and in senior leadership roles in external relations, advancement and adult and graduate education. Maurer’s appointment was approved in a unanimous vote–his presidency will begin on July 21, 2014. … Maurer has served at other Christian higher education institutions over the course of his career, including Tabor College, Westmont College, and Trinity International University. Maurer and his wife Joellen have been married for 25 years, and have four children: Jon, Liz, Daniel and Sarah. more

Westmont College Graduate-to-Be Riley Hall Earns Teaching Fellowship

Riley Hall, who is expected to graduate from Westmont College this summer with a double major in philosophy and mathematics, is a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awarded Hall a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s program at Valparaiso University. The special education will prepare him to teach math in Indiana’s urban and rural public schools. more

Westmont College’s Gayle Beebe Reflects on Historic Visit with Pope Francis: College president’s meeting at Vatican is part of ecumenical outreach effort to find common ground between Protestants, Catholics

Earlier this month, Westmont College President Gayle Beebe was one of 15 non-Catholic Christian leaders invited to visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican for an ecumenical conversation. Beebe, the only college president in the group, joined politicians, business people, theologians and pastors to discuss finding common ground between Protestants and Catholics. more

PG’s Chriss trains with U-18 national team

Pleasant Grove High School senior Marquese Chriss was selected to participate in the United States’ Under-18 National Team training camp in Colorado.  … University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan coaches Team USA. His staff includes Providence coach Ed Cooley, Arizona coach Sean Miller, Wake Forest coach Danny Manning, Westmont College coach John Moore and Mott Community College coach Steve Schmidt. more

Thom Pain (based on nothing) Makes Its Santa Barbara Debut Maurice Lord and Mitchell Thomas Team Up to Present Will Eno’s Acclaimed Play

Reviewing the one-man show Thom Pain (based on nothing) for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood called playwright Will Eno “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” Mitchell Thomas, who will give the work’s Santa Barbara–area premiere over the next two weekends, appreciates the comparison. … Eno’s edgy monologue is the latest collaboration between Thomas, a Westmont College theater professor, and director Maurice Lord — both recent recipients of Indy Theater Awards. more