Ventura County Star

CLU conference participants explore value of vocational learning

The role of universities and colleges in helping young people find their calling in life was the theme of a conference this weekend at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. … Tatiana Nazarenko, dean of curriculum and educational effectiveness at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, helps water the seeds in the small greenhouse at California Lutheran University. more

Aiding family, friends through eating disorders: Support system key

“You just need to ____ (fill in the blank with acceptable, rational food behavior).” To an anorexic: “You just need to eat.” To a bulimic: “You just need to keep it down instead of throwing it up.” … In Santa Barbara, the Central Coast chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals will host an interview with and book signing by Carolyn Costin, followed by a screening of the documentary “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.” Costin is co-author of “8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder” and other books, and clinical director of the Monte Nido treatment center in Malibu. 6 p.m. Monday at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara. Free for Westmont students; $5 for others. more

Artistic Touch: Ventura artist’s sculptures are all about the process

Cheryl Ann Thomas’ sculptures are more about the process than the result and more about form than function. In her Ventura studio, she starts each sculpture by tearing off a bit of porcelain clay and rolling it on a slab to form a spaghetti-like strand. One by one, she coils and pinches the pieces together, building it higher and higher until it is ready for the kiln, where it will collapse upon itself, draping like fabric. … Thomas came late to art and even later to sculpture. She got a degree in elementary education at Westmont College. more


V3 adds product manager of direct marketing

Robert Wagner comes to V3 with over a decade of business development and sales experience. Most recently, he was the regional director of development at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he oversaw major gift fundraising and an annual campaign that raised an average of $2.5 million per year. Previously, he was a cartographer and product development manager at, a leading provider of mapping products, and an emergency medical technician earlier in his career. more

Dr. David Newton, Andy Puzder to speak on job creation

Dr. David Newton is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Westmont, ranked No.76 by Forbes among all colleges and universities, and ranked in the top 90 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News + World Report. more

Artistic Touch: Artist is inspired by religion and personal history

Carlos Chávez Córdova’s artwork is inspired by his spiritual beliefs as well as his heritage and experiences. “I am a Christian artist and get my inspiration first and foremost through my spiritual belief system,” Córdova said. “The content of my work is primarily a reflection of my personal history and my environment.” … He participated in the Brand 40 Works on Paper, “Entrances and Exits” exhibit at the Brand Library Gallery in Pasadena that closed the end of October; is in the “5 X 5 An Invitational” exhibit at the Westmont Museum of Art in Santa Barbara that runs Wednesday through Dec. 16. more


In the second of two talks at California Lutheran University about the Rev. Junipera Serra, author and Westmont College professor Gregory Orfalea will present “California: A Hymn or a Horror?” more

Hundreds compete in Newbury Park mud run

Seven-year-old Tobey Chow was covered from head to toe in mud, and he couldn’t stop grinning. Tobey was among dozens of children who tried out a kiddie version of a mud run Sunday at Dos Vientos Community Park in Newbury Park. … Morgan Jardon, 18, traveled to the race from Santa Barbara, where she attends Westmont College. “This is my first mud run,” she said. “I don’t know anything so it’s going to be a big surprise.” more


ACROSS THE COUNTY: Historic missionary to be discussed

The second in a series of talks on Spanish missionary Junipero Serra has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at California Lutheran University. Award-winning author Gregory Orfalea, who teaches at Westmont College, will present “Serra and the Indians of California: A Hymn or a Horror?” in Nygreen Hall 1. The talk originally had been scheduled for Nov. 8. Orfalea will show that Serra, as a latecomer to the colonial scene, brought a more complex mindset to his relationship with Native Americans than is commonly understood. more


Author to discuss Junipero Serra

Gregory Orfalea, an award-winning author who teaches at Westmont College, will discuss the Spanish missionary Junipero Serra’s relationships with women and American Indians in a two-part series today and Nov. 9 at California Lutheran University. Orfalea will present “Serra’s Women: A Bilocating Nun, a Witch and a Sorceress” at 7:30 p.m. today and “Serra and the Indians of California: A Hymn or a Horror?” at 7:30  p.m. Nov. 9. more