Raytheon – the leading maker of American weaponry – has been rated one of the best places to work by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights association. The company – which grossed a total of $21.9 billion in 2005 for its defense technology and production of stealth aircraft, among other things – reports being delighted to be recognized for its “long-term commitment to building a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone (pictured) was named the chairperson of the National Teachers Network Board (NTNB) earlier this week. In assuming leadership of the five-member board – composed of educators and business leaders from across the country – Cirone will play an important role in continuing the nonprofit’s 25-year tradition of connecting new and veteran teachers, developing grant ideas for businesses, encouraging professional development, and offering online support.

Westmont College announced that it received a donation of $75 million, the second largest gift to a liberal arts college ever. The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, said only that he wishes to be seen as a friend of the college who believes in its mission as a liberal arts school “rooted in the historic Christian faith.” Chancellor David K. Winter said the gift will “allow us to build and endow the facilities that will enable us to secure our place among the finest liberal arts schools in the nation.”

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