Monthly Archives: August 2015

Santa Rosa beer pioneer Byron Burch dies at 75

When Bear Republic Brewing co-founder Richard G. Norgrove first wanted to learn about brewing beer, he turned to Byron Burch’s seminal 1986 book: “Brewing Quality Beers: The Home Brewer’s Essential Guidebook.” That led to hands-on sessions at Burch’s Santa Rosa store, The Beverage People, where Burch taught a generation of home brewers how to turn barley malt, hops and yeast into craft beer at a time when it still was more of a burgeoning hobby than the multibillion-dollar industry it is today. … In essence, Burch was a teacher who could make craft brewing understandable to the masses, friends noted, which wasn’t surprising given that the Minnesota native received an undergraduate degree in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in literature from San Francisco State. Read More

Westmont Advances in National Rankings

Three new college rankings list Westmont College among the top schools in the nation.

For the third straight year, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment. more

Westmont Welcomes Diverse Class of 2019

Orientation begins for 339 first-year students and 52 new transfer students Thursday, Aug. 27 at Westmont College.

The first day of classes for all Westmont students is Monday, Aug. 31. more

Hilmar Cheese Co.’s only CEO retires after 31 years

Twelve dairy farmers asked John Jeter in 1984 to research their idea for a cheese plant.

“This was designed to be a tiny thing,” Jeter recalled last week about the plans for Hilmar Cheese Co.

Tiny it’s not. The Lander Avenue plant has grown to be the biggest in the world, with Jeter in the top post from the start. He will retire Monday after 31 years that included building a second plant in Texas and becoming a major global player in cheese byproducts.

David Ahlem, 41, who has been chief operating officer, will succeed Jeter, 63, as chief executive officer. He is the son of Chuck Ahlem, one of the founding farmers. …


Age: 41

Occupation: CEO at Hilmar Cheese Co. starting Monday

Education: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Westmont College in Santa Barbara; master’s in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Read more

Winter’s legacy endures at Westmont College

Shortly after the Business Times was founded, we learned about David Winter and his work as president at Westmont College.

Over lunch at the Westmont campus, we were introduced to Westmont’s vision for its students as a liberal arts institution focused on Christian values and ethics.

Coincidentally, one of the first Business Times staff writers was a recent Westmont graduate, Laura Polland, who became our founding technology editor.

Through the years we followed Westmont’s progress in building a new campus, surviving the devastating fire that ripped through Montecito. And always Winder was a towering presence even after the sudden onset of a disease that gradually reduced his ability to see. Read More

Winter’s legacy endures at Westmont College

Shortly after the Business Times was founded, we learned about David Winter and his work as president at Westmont College. more

PEOPLE Westmont Grieves Passing of Former President David Winter

A memorial service will be held on Saturday for David K. Winter, longtime president of Westmont College and cofounder of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Winter died August 15. He was 84. more

WINTER, David K.

Went to be with the Lord he so dearly loved in the early morning hours of August 15, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born September 15, 1930 in S. Pasadena to Otto and Hazel Winter.

Dave’s greatest hope for his life was that God be glorified in him. All who had the pleasure of knowing Dave will attest that God indeed was glorified by this humble servant’s kindness, wisdom, and grace. He embodied hope and love, identifying traits in people and calling them to areas of service they otherwise would not have attempted without his encouragement. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Westmont women open with OT home victory

The Westmont women’s soccer team opened its 2015 campaign with a 2-1 sudden-death victory in overtime over Wisconsin’s Viterbo University on Saturday afternoon at Thorrington Field.

Westmont (1-0) saved its scoring for the last possible minutes, scoring both of its goals in the final 19 minutes of play. more

A Big Opening Night: DePuy’s two-goal effort prove enough for Gauchos in win over Warriors

In a game that has become a soccer tradition in Santa Barbara for more than 50 years, the latest installment of the UCSB-Westmont men’s exhibition contest went the way of the Gauchos on Saturday night at Harder Stadium.

Last season’s Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Nick DePuy, picked up right where he left off with a pair of goals, while junior midfielder Drew Murphy and German newcomer Kevin Feucht provided the other two for the Gauchos in their 4-1 win over the Warriors. more