Yearly Archives: 2018

Yellow Jackets name Smith new Women’s Volleyball coach

Veteran collegiate women’s volleyball coach Greg Smith is the new head volleyball coach at Cedarville University. Athletic Director Dr. Alan Geist made the announcement June 7 following an extensive search. … Smith is a 1990 graduate of Westmont (Calif.) College with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He earned another bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Indianapolis in 1994. more

Morro Bay High School honors 193 grads — and nearly all are headed to college

It may be the end of the school year, but most graduating Morro Bay High School students aren’t calling it quits on education. Nearly 90 percent of the 193 seniors who celebrated their commencement on Thursday plan to attend at least a two-year college. … In California, students will attend schools within both the California State University and University of California systems, including Cal Poly, Sacramento State, San Diego State and San Francisco State, as well as UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego, among others. Some students will also attend private California institutions, including Westmont College in Santa Barbara and the University of La Verne. more

Torrey Pines honors athletes at Freddie Awards

Highlights included the boys soccer and golf teams winning the California CIF State Championships and the boys lacrosse team earning the equivalent with their #1 ranking by MaxPreps. Torrey Pines San Diego CIF Championship teams included boys and girls tennis (28th consecutive title), girls volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys golf, boys and girls swim & dive and baseball. … Westmont College: Rachal Jackson, tennis more

Visalia Chamber of Commerce announces new board members: Matt Ainley, Michael Ashoori, Brent Calvin and Richard Feder are newest members of board of directors

Four new faces will oversee Tulare County’s largest business organization.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce announced last week that Matt Ainley (4-Creeks Inc.), Michael Ashoori (Ashoori Jewelers Co.), Brent Calvin (College of the Sequoias), and Richard Feder (Visalia Mall) are the newest members of the organization’s Board of Directors. They will replace outgoing directors Patrick Salazar (State Farm Insurance), William Martin (Martin Enterprises), Stan Carrizosa (College of the Sequoias), and Vincent Salinas (Financial Advisor Associate). … Matt Ainley was born and raised in Visalia, where he attended Mineral King, Elbow Creek, Valley Oak, and Golden West High School. Upon graduation, he went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara to play baseball and majored in engineering/physics. more

Drew Edelman Earns Second Golden Eagle Ring: UCSB Basketballer Achieves Top Athlete GPA; Plus, Track & Field and the State Street Mile

After signing a contract to play professional basketball in Israel, Drew Edelman had another piece of business to finish up. The UCSB senior submitted her master’s thesis at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. … Westmont College sophomore Pieter Top won the decathlon at the NAIA Championships. His final score of 6,833 was the best by a Warrior in 35 years. Also finishing as All-Americas were Westmont’s Michael Oldach (second in the men’s 1,500), Seth Wilmoth (third in the pole vault with a school-record 16′¾″), and Emily Parks (third in the women’s 400 hurdles). more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Hauschild, Neushul sisters lead USA Water Polo



Santa Barbara’s David Goss and Marcelo Duarte defeated Andrew Johnson and Sebastian Jung of San Luis Obispo in the finals of the California Beach Volleyball Association’s Men’s A Tournament at East Beach. … Former SBCC star Shannon Friend joined forces with Torrance’s Lexi Michaelsen to capture the women’s A event, beating former Westmont star Kayta Goyich, now the girls’ volleyball coach at Providence School, and Santa Barbara’s Kira Grebel in the final. more

PETRE, Sharon Lee (Johnson)

Sharon Lee (Johnson) Petre was born January 15, 1938, in Kenmare, ND, to Harry and Arlene (Duerre) Johnson. She was raised with her older sister, Rosemarie, on the family farm near Norma, ND and graduated from Kenmare High School in 1955. She attended Northwestern College and after graduation in 1961, moved to California to take a job at Westmont College. Sharon married Phil Petre in Santa Barbara in 1963, and together they ran his engineering business for many years. more

Launch of First Summer Camps for Treating Videogame and Screen Addiction: Revolutionary programs in North Carolina and California

For the first time, families struggling with children and teens who are unable to pull away from their iPhones and Playstations have a solution. Today, Summerland North Carolina began at Mars Hill University in North Carolina with 20 participating campers. Summerland California, located at Westmont College near Santa Barbara, California, commences next week.

Summerland is the first residential treatment program designed for the treatment of videogame and screen addiction in children and adolescents. Summerland’s behavioral change program was designed in association with leading researchers from universities like Iowa StateNew York University, and UC Santa Barbara. Campers participate in cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and a comprehensive after-care program with Summerland behavioral coaches in order to effect change from within. more

Elder presents at academic conferences

David Elder, associate professor of writing and rhetoric at Morningside College, recently led a workshop and presented a paper at conferences in Missouri and California. … He presented a paper titled “Hashtags and the Death of the Enthymeme” at the annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts conference at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

MY COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO GRADUATES Exclusive: Chuck Norris warns against progressive ‘community of indoctrination’ in higher education

I’m asked just about every year to give a commencement speech somewhere. I couldn’t accept any invitations this year due to being outside the country, so I’ll state here what I want to say to every student who is graduating and their parents. It’s a warning and a call for wisdom. … And there’s more you can do. Ask your local college or university leaders to accept the Academic Bill of Rights and the Student’s Bill of Rights. To counter so much progressive indoctrination in American culture, you can also have your graduates consider attending a private, conservative or Christian college or university, such as Liberty University, Biola University, Hillsdale College, Christendom College, Westmont College or Grove City College. more