Monthly Archives: September 2018


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 genetic mutation or toxins. Westmont’s academic program gives students opportunities to work directly with faculty on research and scholarly projects. more

Anatomy of a Cryptojacking: How criminals are using hijacked computers to earn cryptocurrency

Many cybercriminals are beginning to move on from ransomware attacks in favor of something called cryptojacking—taking over the processing power of hijacked computers and using it to earn cryptocurrency. … Here, Donald Patterson, a professor of computer science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., breaks down how cryptojacking works. more

Westmont College Changes Policy to Offer Housing Assistance to More Faculty, Employees: College has 13 condo units under construction near Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to add to its 41 single-family homes near campus

Westmont College is trying to make it easier for faculty members and employees to buy homes.

The Santa Barbara Planning Commission last week agreed to let the private Christian college change its specific plan to offer housing assistance to more of its employees and faculty. more

Santa Ynez High School adds 7 to its Wall of Honor

Aolani Rueff

Rueff (Class of 2009) was named to soccer’s first team All-Los Padres League and All-CIF all four years at SYHS.

Rueff attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara where she led the Warriors in goals (7) as a freshman and became a team captain in the spring of her sophomore year. more

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 all faith-based schools in the state. more

Museum of Art’s Art Matters Lecture Series Moves to Evenings

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s (SBMA) adult education lecture series Art Matters is moving from a morning timeslot to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in an effort to better serve the schedules of students and working adults. … Working together with their colleagues at UCSB, Ventura College, SBCC and Westmont College, Kahng and West hope to attract area students to Art Matters. more

OUR TOWN: Retrospective honors artist Tony Askew

Santa Barbara artist Tony Askew, Westmont College professor emeritus, offers a retrospective of new and old creations in the exhibition “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew,” through Nov. 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Road in Montecito. more

Poets Paul J. Willis and Garland Thompson Jr. read their work in Orcutt

Intrigued by the intersection of faith and nature,” is how poet Paul Willis describes himself on his website. A cursory glance at his body of work reveals it’s an apt label.

“[Poetry] is always there as a way for people to connect with themselves and one another,” Willis said. “And to connect to the world beyond them, and to the spiritual world.” … Willis is a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara who currently serves as a professor of English at Westmont College. more

Westmont’s Michael Oldach Wins Season-Opening Nationball Classic

For the first time since 2013, a Westmont runner won the men’s race in the traditional Nationball Classic at Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park.

Michael Oldach finished first in the 4.2 mile race in a time of 21:13 and Blake Fonda finished third (second among college athletes) in a time of 21:37. Westmont’s third finisher was freshman Jason Peterson who crossed the finish line in a time of 22:36 (11th overall, ninth among college athletes) in his college debut. more

Home is calling for Chris Gimenez, who first returns to the Twins


Lefty reliever Andrew Vasquez, a surprise September call-up after posting video-game strikeout numbers at three minor-league levels this year, was a little nervous in his big-league debut on Saturday. …

Not bad for a former 32nd-round draft pick (2015) out of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. Three rounds later the Twins grabbed right-hander Hector Lujan out of the same program in that same draft; on Thursday, Lujan was among eight Twins prospects named to the Arizona Fall League.

Both pitchers are eligible for the Rule 5 draft in December, so the Twins are hoping to get a better read on their need to add them to the 40-man roster. Vasquez posted a 1.42 earned run average in 11 Arizona outings last fall. more