Keeping the old hymns alive

Traditional hymns may be fading as churches look to contemporary music to attract younger crowds, but Dave Talbott is keeping the old music alive. … He went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara on a music scholarship and worked at Mount Hermon from the time he graduated. more

Angels draft former Lincoln baseball player

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Westmont College’s Brandon Gildea, a former Lincoln High standout, in the 36th round of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft last weekend. “I am extremely proud of Brandon for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz, who played Gildea primarily as a catcher, but also at third base and pitcher. “He has been a four-year contributor in our program and has improved each year. His humility, work ethic and leadership should provide a great foundation for the next steps in his baseball career.” more

Musician to share legacy of hymns at Quail Lakes

The musician who plays piano and organ, has performed every year at Mount Hermon except one since 1961, when he was a sophomore music student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and a member of the board of trustees, the executive director of Mount Hermon ,offered him for a summer job. more

Pacific hires soccer coach

Ryan Jorden doesn’t have a game to coach for nearly 13 months, but he’ll have plenty to occupy his time until then. Pacific hired the 40-year-old to restart its men’s soccer program that has been dormant since 1985 but will return in the fall of 2014 before joining the West Coast Conference in 2015. … Jorden was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, from 2000-07 and at Oregon State from 1996-2000. more