Yearly Archives: 2016

Cochrum reflects on past teaching experiences

A few years ago, one of science teacher Lisa Cochrum’s students approached her in April with shocking news — he would be moving to Denver for the remainder of the school year. His father, Mike Nolan, the former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, had been hired by the Denver Broncos to become the team’s  new defensive coordinator. …Wanting to free herself from the constricted environment she felt during high school, Cochrum started to work in 1992 as a student teacher at an elementary school in San Leandro following her graduation from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Kirsten Moore Named USA Women’s Basketball Coach

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore has been appointed as one of two court coaches for the USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team Trials. Moore will serve alongside Temple University coach Tonya Cardoza.

The trials features 30 athletes and will take place from May 28-30 at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Participants will compete for 12 roster spots on the USA U18 National Team, which will play in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women from July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile. more

Westmont Men’s Soccer Adds Nine Recruits

Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf has announced the signing of nine recruits who will join the Warriors for the 2016 season. The incoming group, which consists of one transfer and eight freshmen, includes players from Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio and California.

“This is a large, exciting, attacking oriented class that will complement the pieces that we already have on our roster,” said coach Dave Wolf. “This class will be very dangerous in the attacking third.  Stylistically, each player is technical, hardworking on both sides of the ball, and plays the game with passion.  more

Carpinteria Announces New Basketball Coaches

Carpinteria High School proudly announced that it has filled vacancies atop the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs. Jon Wyers will take the helm of the boys’ program while Amy Bryant will step up to lead the Lady Warriors. …Bryant is a teacher at CHS in the social studies department and coordinates a flagship college and career readiness program titled, “Get focused, stay focused.”  Bryant played basketball at Scotts Valley High in Santa Cruz and is a product of Westmont College where she was actively involved in athletics programs. more

Dennis Mammana: Saturn Is Lord of the Rings

It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. So, if I were to ask which is the most beautiful of all the planets, I would expect a variety of answers. …Click here for more information about the Gladwin Planetarium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, or click here for information about the Westmont College Observatory in Montecito. more


Today, Nasty Gal’s Founder Sophia Amoruso may be worth $250 million, but the story of Nasty Gal has a humble beginning. …Associate Editor Megan Monroe is a graduate of Santa Barbara’s Westmont College where she studied Philosophy and Communications. more

Kokkonen’s ‘the legal immigrant’ campaign slogan raises questions

When Matt Kokkonen entered the race to replace Congresswoman Lois Capps with the campaign slogan “The legal immigrant for U.S. Congress,” some observers saw it as, at best, a provocative phrase to display his conservative stance toward immigration, or at worst, a thinly veiled insinuation that the other two naturalized citizens running for the seat had some kind of illegal status. …He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in financial services at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, served in the California National Guard, and founded his own insurance and financial services agency in San Luis Obispo in 1975. more

Consequences of Plagiarism in College

Plagiarism includes both intentional and unintentional copying of another person’s creative work. College students face risks of plagiarizing when they prepare researched reports and papers for classes. Copying statements, paragraphs or entire documents, or largely utilizing the words and phrases of another document without proper citation, are common examples of college plagiarism. … For example, Westmont College includes three levels of plagiarism in its policy: minimal, substantial and complete. They define “substantial plagiarism” as directly copying passages or repeatedly copying major portions of another work. more

Grace Christian runner overcomes life-threatening hurdle, qualifies for state

The state high school track and field entries were released Sunday, and Grace Christian’s Sarah Newton is on the list. She will compete in the 400-meter race and join three others in the 4×400-meter relay. …Newton overcame yet again, and came back stronger. She’s signed to play college soccer at Westmont College in California, graduated from Grace as class valedictorian, and even though school is out she will be representing Grace Christian at the state track and field competition May 27-28. more

Darrell Moody: Reid qualifies for nationals in decathlon

Corey Reid made a name for himself as one of the best and versatile track performers in recent history at Carson High, and he hasn’t missed a beat at the four-year-level. …Reid qualified for the prestigious event May 13-14 at Westmont College, racking up 6,992 points. He’s one of 13 APU athletes making the trip to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and he’s ranked in the top 10 nationally. more