Summer Research Aims to Help End Alzheimer’s

Westmont researchers are using a new high-tech tool to understand human neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. As part of a summer research project, Yi-Fan Lu, Westmont assistant professor of biology, and senior Heidi Pullmann used the new microelectrode array, purchased through the Westmont Provost’s Office, to detect and record the response of neurons to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Ranks Among Top National Colleges

The recently released 2019 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities confirm Westmont as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation. PayScale’s “Best Colleges in California by Salary Potential” lists Westmont as No. 19, nearly 40 spots above its closest California competitor in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and fourth among… [Continue Reading]

Faculty to Shine at Recital

Westmont’s talented music faculty hosts a free performance Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The Fall Faculty Recital, featuring 15 different faculty members, includes pieces by Max Bruch, Frédéric Chopin, Ottorino Respighi, Noro Morales, Victor Ewald and W.C. Handy. The faculty performer include singer Emil Dorian Cristescu (bass-baritone), Steve Hodson (piano),… [Continue Reading]

New, Talented Professors Join Faculty

Three new accomplished tenure-track professors have joined the Westmont faculty:  Kya Mangrum (English), Brandon Haines (chemistry) and Yi-Fan Lu (biology). Mangrum, who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, before earning a master’s and doctorate from the University of Michigan, is completing a manuscript that examines how photography transformed U.S. slave narratives. “My research focuses… [Continue Reading]

Theater Stages Ibsen, Shakespeare

Lit Moon's performance of "A Doll's House" stars Westmont alumna Paige Tautz '14

The highly visual and unconventional Lit Moon Theatre Company, led by Westmont Professor John Blondell, offers four sets of local performances at various venues, including a world premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” paired with a rock ‘n’ roll inspired “Julius Caesar.” “A Doll House” will be performed Aug. 24-25, 30, and Sept. 1… [Continue Reading]

Diverse Class of 2022 Arrives for Orientation

The Westmont class of 2022, which arrives for Orientation Thursday, Aug. 23, is among the most diverse in college history. Around 420 first-year and transfer students represent eight countries and 31 states, and 37 percent of them identify as Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or mixed-race. Nearly 18 percent identify… [Continue Reading]

Retrospective Honors SB Artist Askew

Beloved Santa Barbara artist Tony Askew, Westmont professor emeritus, offers a retrospective of new and old creations in an exhibition Aug. 30-Nov. 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening exhibition for “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew” is Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. Askew, who teaches… [Continue Reading]

College Explores Work, Rest in ‘An Unhurried Life’

Edee Schulze, vice president for student life

Westmont has chosen “An Unhurried Life” by Alan Fadling as a book to read this summer and throughout the upcoming school year. The author will speak in chapel Friday, Sept. 28, and share major themes from the book with students. Recent studies at Penn State and Boston University document the growing mental health crisis on… [Continue Reading]

New Center to Examine U.S. Democracy

Drs. Jesse Covington and Tom Knecht

Westmont’s new Center for American Democracy will help students understand the unique ideas, ideals, institutions and practices of democracy in the United States. The center begins launching programs in fall 2018 thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous couple with new ties to the college. “We often read about fledgling democracies where entrenched tyrants… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Stefanic Signs with Angels

Michael Stefanic, who holds three Westmont baseball records, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Warrior with the most career hits (275) and career runs (157) has reported to the Angels Arizona Rookie League team in Tempe. His 50 doubles set a new career Warrior record, and his career .363… [Continue Reading]