Yearly Archives: 2016

Santa Barbara Couple Need Help in Wedding Contest

Elite athletes and love birds Matt Organista and Sarah Skipper have entered an online wedding contest with the grand prize being 25 thousand dollars for a dream wedding. … She also helps coach track and field at Westmont College and to youth in Carpinteria. more

Blue Ridge® Networks Expands Team of Senior Advisors

Blue Ridge Networks, an established cybersecurity provider, is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to their team of Senior Advisors. The new advisors are Stanton D. Anderson, Mark O. Decker, Jr. and Marc StachiwStanton Anderson is currently senior counsel to the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. … He earned a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University. more

Community Christian College holds 2016 graduation ceremony

Community Christian College, a Redlands-based independent two-year Christian college, held its 17th commencement June 18 at its Redlands campus, 1849 Wabash Ave. The eight graduates receiving associate degrees were Andrea Espinosa, Daisy Gonzales, Lorissa Lopez, Sicily Martinez, Jared Rhodes, Adam Rincon, Kenia Rubalcava and Serena Shumate. … All eight graduates will continue their education at four-year Christian colleges — Biola University, California Baptist University, Westmont College and Liberty University. more

Letters : Opinion: Water crisis: Santa Barbara needs storage, not releases

As a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, it pains me to see the continuing water crisis tens of thousands of families in this region face along with millions more throughout California.

Our reservoir was built to withstand a seven-year drought, but Santa Barbara communities are out of water because federal fisheries biologists ordered hundreds of millions of gallons of water to be released during California’s historic five-year drought. They are still releasing 9.6 million gallons per month despite the fact that the reservoir is approaching so-called “dead pool” status. more

No place like home, Hardin physician finds

Like a lot of small-town girls, Kirsten Morissette couldn’t wait to finish high school and get out of town. A few years later, she couldn’t wait to get back. … For Morissette, the residency followed a biology degree at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. She had known since the age of 12 that she wanted to be a doctor, so she then enrolled in the Loma Linda University School of Medicine near Los Angeles. more

Modern thinkers increasingly confirm a designed universe

The idea that the universe might bear some marks of design has traditionally been denied in academic circles. Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins has famously stated that: “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.” [“God’s Utility Function,” Scientific American, November, 1995, p. 85] …
In fact, scientists who have affirmed that the universe might contain marks of design have found themselves the subject of hostility in academic environments. Dr. Jeffrey Schloss, who is the Professor of Biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, says: “…it is absolute professional suicide to be a young earth creationist in a geology department or an anti-evolutionist in a biology department at any institution outside of a few parochial colleges. more

Dwight Kenneth Hofer 1933 – 2016

Dwight was born on February 22, 1933 at home in the country near Dinuba, California to Joe and Lydia Hofer who preceded him in death. Dwight went to be with his heavenly Father on June 15, 2016 at the age of 83. … They moved to Santa Barbara where Dwight attended Westmont College for three years graduating in 1958 with a degree in psychology. For one year he and Fayrene were dormitory parents of 30 college students after he graduated. more

“It’s Very Important to Compensate Writers.” Kelly Davio, Joe Ponepinto and Yi Shun Lai on Building a Lit Mag That Pays: Interview with Kelly Davio, Joe Ponepinto and Yi Shun Lai—Editors of Tahoma Literary Review

The Tahoma Literary Review is a year old, but it has plenty to say. Established by former Los Angeles Review staff members, Kelly Davio and Joe Ponepinto, the journal, published out of the Pacific Northwest represents fresh, contemporary, and imaginative yet existential perspectives on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. … KD: I’m a California girl, born and raised, but I’ve been calling the Pacific Northwest home for the past eleven years. I studied English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and later at Keble College in Oxford University. more

Retired Teachers Assoc Awards Scholarships

The Santa Barbara Retired Teachers Association held their annual Scholarship Dinner at Vista del Monte Retirement Community on May 16. SBRTA awarded seven scholarships to local high school, Santa Barbara City College, and UCSB students who are planning on becoming teachers. … Joshua Acuna, a San Marcos High School student with a 3.8 GPA who is involved with Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, theater productions, Kids Helping Kids, and a tutor at an elementary school. He plans to attend Westmont College. more

Mass shootings taking terrible toll in America

Two years ago it was Isla Vista. This year it is San Bernardino and Orlando. Mass shootings have become a way of life in America — and that is a tragedy. 17This year’s shootings have a particularly troubling twist: the targeting of LGBTQ victims in a nightclub by a young American-born Muslim who apparently was radicalized online.

It’s worth noting that the murder of UCLA professor and Westmont College alum William Klug by a former student might itself have become a mass killing but for the quick thinking of a professor who prevented the shooter from leaving a room. more