Monthly Archives: August 2018


I’m writing next to a stack of books, atop which is one of the most contrarian and prescient volumes on art published in the United States in the last fifty years. … I don’t know whether Paul Willis has read Art in Action, but he and Wolterstorff are on the same page. Willis, a longtime professor of English at Westmont College and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California, is a poet, essayist, and novelist who has spent a lot of time on mountains and in the woods, most recently as artist-in-residence for several months in North Cascades National Park. more

Protect America, Inc. Appoints Ryan Pombrio as Vice President of Business Development

Protect America, a leading provider of wireless home security in the United States, today announced the addition of Ryan Pombrio to its executive team. As Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Pombrio is responsible for driving increased customer acquisition through cultivating and maintaining relationships with external business partners. … Mr. Pombrio is a graduate of Westmont College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. He lives with his two daughters and dogs in Austin, Texas. more

Reaching for the stars; Musketeers, with new head coach, chase big goals

Chris Dehner entered his first season as head coach of Moorpark High girls’ volleyball team with lofty goals. … “We’ve been working really hard,” said senior captain Mia Medina, a setter and second-year captain. … Medina, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who maintained a 4.1 GPA as a junior, aspires to become a physician’s assistant or physical therapist. She’s considering attending Cal Lutheran, Westmont College or the University of San Diego. more

Hospice of Santa Barbara Hosts ‘Seeing as Healing’ Art Reception

Randall VanderMey has taught writing and literature at Westmont College for the last 28 years, but he recently found a new creative outlet right at the tips of his fingers. … more

Westmont Women Erase Early Deficit, Beat Marymount 3-1

Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-0), ranked eighth in the NAIA, rallied from an early deficit, responding with three unanswered goals for a 3-1 win over Marymount on Wednesday in Palos Verdes. … more

Westmont Volleyball Sweeps Cal Lutheran for 7th Straight Win

Sophomore outside hitters Brooklynn Cheney and Hali Galloway led the way for NAIA sixth-ranked Westmont Volleyball (8-1), as the Warriors swept California Lutheran, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21. … more

Three Professors Join Faculty at Westmont College

Three new accomplished tenure-track professors have joined the Westmont faculty. They are Kya Mangrum (English), Brandon Haines (chemistry) and Yi-Fan Lu (biology). … more

77-year-old Ojai man is out every day chasing his dreams

(Steeplechase athlete Everett “Doc” Murdock clears a barrier during a track meet at Westmont College in Montecito in 2017.) 

Everett “Doc” Murdock, of Meiners Oaks, is setting a pace runners half his age can only dream of.
Nearly every afternoon, the 77-year-old college professor runs as fast as he can, uphill on Lomita Avenue, as part of his training regimen.
He’s preparing for the steeplechase competition at the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships in Málaga, Spain. more

Westmont Makes Quick Work of Antelope Valley

It took just over an hour for NAIA No. 6 Westmont Volleyball (7-1) to sweep the Pioneers of Antelope Valley (0-12) in the Warriors’ home opener. The Warriors won by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-7, extending their streak of sets won to 15 in a row. … more

Lalo Delgado Injured in Westmont Draw With Marymount

Gabriel McEwen scored in the 79th minute to give Westmont men’s soccer a 1-1 draw with Marymount on Wednesday at Thorrington Field. … more