Monthly Archives: November 2015

With strings attached

A touring violinist in the 70s, Wimmer honed his love for the craft apprenticing at the violin shops of Wolfgang Uebel and Rainer Knobel for four years back home in Germany. His mentors would merely demonstrate a lesson (“I’ll show you once. Pay attention.”), and he just had to absorb the knowledge as best as he could. Over 60 now — and with around 200 hand-crafted instruments, including a Hubert Schwyzer quartet for the Westmont College, under his belt — the Santa Barbara–based Wimmer himself takes the opposite approach with his own protégés. Here in Chennai, he painstakingly handholds a select group of local musical craftsmen through two weeks of intensive training in violin restoration and repair, during the second such workshop organised by the Lalgudi Trust (founded by the legendary violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman). more

Attorney Dwight Kealy to challenge incumbent Raul Ruiz

Kealy’s resume shows that he was born in Long Beach and graduated from Alliance Academy International, a private Christian school in Ecuador, before completing degrees from Westmont College and Yale Divinity School. more

Lilly Endowment makes grants to encourage youth to explore theology

An additional grant to the Forum for Theological Exploration will establish a program that will bring together leaders of the high school youth theology institutes to foster mutual learning and support.

The Endowment has made high school youth theology grants to the following colleges and universities:

…Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Wiley College, Marshall, TX more

GVB: Laguna Blanca to play regional final at Westmont

Laguna Blanca will be going up against two Division 1 signees when it hosts Desert of Edwards Air Force Base in the CIF Girls Volleyball State Division 4 Southern Regional Final on Tuesday at Westmont College. The first serve is 7 p.m. more

Dorm-Style Housing Project Touches Nerve at Mesa Neighborhood Meeting

“The concept is the student moves in with two suitcases and nothing more,” she said.

Providing furniture and everything the students need already on the campus, Perez said, would help minimize the dumping of furniture and old mattresses that has become a problem in surrounding neighborhoods.

The property would be covered by a conditional-use permit, much like what governs the use of Westmont College, which must meet over 100 different conditions to maintain operations, Perez said. more

Endowment Awards $44M For Religious Programs


Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded $44.5 million in grants to more than 80 private four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. The funding will help the schools develop high school youth theology institutes.

The endowment says the summer institutes are designed to encourage young people to study theology and examine their faith. The programs are run by faculty, chaplains and local pastors and include in service projects and hands-on ministry experiences. The organization says the institutes will serve students groups as small as 24 and as large as 300. more

Athletes of the Week: SBCC’s Chang, DP’s Clark

Athletes who received honorable mention honors for Athlete of Week include Caylin Zimmerman (Laguna Blanca volleyball), Katelynn Womack (SBCC volleyball), Amber Belleti (Dos Pueblos basketball), Kyril Van Schendel (Cate cross country), Gabe Vincent (UCSB basketball) and Cory Blau (Westmont basketball). more

Florida’s hospitals are lying to us

This is all part of the 21st century, an evil part. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, a professor at Westmont College wrote an outstanding book on the subject. Every writer and aspiring writer should buy it, read it and refer to it often. The title is: “Caring about Words in a Culture of Lies.” It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. more

Dwight Kealy to run against Congressman Ruiz

I graduated from high school in Ecuador, graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, did graduate work with Harvard, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with a Master’s from Yale.  I served in the USMC as an Arabic/Spanish Linguist, platoon commander, and Ground Intelligence Officer.  I was the Intelligence Analysis Officer for the 1st Marine Corps Division based in Camp Pendleton on September 11, 2001.  After the USMC I entered private business where I ran operations as COO/VP for one of the largest insurance agencies for California Contractors (Orr & Associates Insurance Services; Temecula, CA).  During this time I attended law school while working full-time.  After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam in 2012, I started volunteering legal services.  I helped a WWII Veteran stay in his home.  I helped pregnant women who were in a difficult place in life and had chosen adoption.  I would attend their criminal court hearings and even rush to the Hemet hospital when they would call me because they were going into labor and wanted to make sure that the child would go to the adoptive parents.  I left the insurance agency in January 2014 to open my own law office so that I could focus on the full-time practice of law.  Since opening my office, my focus has been on business/civil law. more

MBK: Warriors win pair of weekend games

Westmont captured a pair of games this weekend at the Bud Presley Classic at Menlo College. The Warriors defeated Southern Oregon University, 48-45, on Saturday after topping Cal Maritime, 76-66, on Friday.

The Warriors, ranked No. 17 in the NAIA, improve to 5-2 on the season. more