Monthly Archives: September 2015


Who: Serena Rice

Age: 38

Home: Montgomery

Family: Married with two children

What she does: Executive director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Her background: Rice’s educational achievements prepared her for a career helping the needy. She received a BA in sociology/religious studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, then travelled to this coast, where she earned a Master of Divinity in theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary. She topped it off with a Master of Social Work in administration, policy, and planning from Rutgers University’s School of Social Work. more

Men climb to conference top

The Biola men’s soccer team currently ranks first in the Golden State Athletic Conference after beating San Diego Christian College on Sept. 26 and Westmont College on Sept. 29. They stand one point ahead of No. 8Vanguard University, who hold a 8-1 record while being 2-0 in conference. more

Westmont to Honor Nivaldo Tro and Other Alumni at Homecoming 2015

At their Oct. 2–4 Homecoming 2015, Westmont College will honor four distinguished alumni: Nivaldo Tro ’85, Sean ’95 and Paige (Baird) ’00 and Ryan Wolfshorndl ’05. more

Westmont’s Student-Run LGBTQ Nonprofit Looks Outward: Spectrum Ministries Welcomes Queer Christian Youth on Campus

Earlier this month, Westmont College students filled the auditorium at the First Congregational Church on State Street for the Spectrum Ministries launch party. Founded two years ago by three friends — then sophomores Donald Scherschligt, Maddie Coates, and Brynn Mitchell — in part to make gay friends after Scherschligt came out as the first openly gay student at Westmont, Spectrum Ministries is the first group for queer students at the interdenominational Christian college’s Montecito campus. Originally intended to raise awareness about LGBTQ students at Westmont, to educate the college’s community about LGBTQissues, and to provide a safe space for students to meet new friends and to come out, Spectrum recently achieved nonprofit status and is looking to integrate itself into the larger Santa Barbara community. more

Schafer named pastor of RiverCross Church Visalia

Schafer graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in religious studies and history atWestmont College in 1998. He earned a master of divinity with an emphasis in Christian formation and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2005 and a doctor of ministry, with an emphasis in preaching at Fuller in 2015. more

Flutist Jill Felber to Share Expertise at Westmont Master Class

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Westmont College’s Deane Chapel, the incomparable Jill Felber, professor of flute at UCSB, presents a flute master class, featuring performances by the advanced private students of Andrea Di Maggio (Westmont College) and Dr. Linda Holland (SB City College). more

Westmont College President Witnesses History : Gayle Beebe in the presense of the Pope

Westmont College president Gayle Beebe witnessed history, watching the Pope’s mass in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He will also see the Pope on Thursday in Philadelphia. The religious history expert was selected to be involved with the Vatican Foundation and the Pontifical Council of the Family. more

Pope canonizes Junipero Serra despite protests

An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the American West Coast was elevated to sainthood Wednesday by Pope Francis in the first canonization on U.S. soil. …

Westmont College President Dr. Gayle Beebe, who flew to Washington, D.C., to attend several events related to the pope’s visit, described the canonization mass as “joyful.”

“Pope Francis has focused so much on the spirit with which Father Serra conducted himself (and) the fact that he … tried to do the best he could,” Dr. Beebe told the News-Press. “There was an acknowledgement of some of the complicated parts of the history, but also that Father Serra always had this attitude of make your peace, extend mercy, give forgiveness and move forward.” more

Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli: ‘tug’ at Westmont Art Duo Builds Unlikely Ark

The selection of works included in tug, the new Keith Puccinelli and Dane Goodman show at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, is as delightfully thought provoking as it is wildly unexpected. Even for those familiar with their 2013 collaboration — the series of 110 trace monotypes known as eating fresh peaches and tomatoes talking about death drawing together — it would seem impossible to predict what they’ve gotten up to now.

This year’s show manages to magnify the scale, vary the media and process, and raise the stakes on that brilliant beginning while remaining true to the sour/sweet, happy/sad tone of the original encounter. Their repertoire of curves, sliders, and knuckleballs keeps coming, but with this exhibition, the duo has added a fastball. And like their other pitches, it’s a strike. more

South Coast College President Among Those On Hand For Historic Papal Mass In Washington, D.C.

As you’ve been hearing on KCLU, the pope conducted his first ever Mass in Washington, D.C. today, where he canonized Father Junipero Serra, the founder of California’s missions.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of a number of Central and South Coast residents who was on hand for the historic mass. more