Recent Press

Elder presents at academic conferences

David Elder, associate professor of writing and rhetoric at Morningside College, recently led a workshop and presented a paper at conferences in Missouri and California. … He presented a paper titled “Hashtags and the Death of the Enthymeme” at the annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts conference at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

MY COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO GRADUATES Exclusive: Chuck Norris warns against progressive ‘community of indoctrination’ in higher education

I’m asked just about every year to give a commencement speech somewhere. I couldn’t accept any invitations this year due to being outside the country, so I’ll state here what I want to say to every student who is graduating and their parents. It’s a warning and a call for wisdom. … And there’s more you can do. Ask your local college or university leaders to accept the Academic Bill of Rights and the Student’s Bill of Rights. To counter so much progressive indoctrination in American culture, you can also have your graduates consider attending a private, conservative or Christian college or university, such as Liberty University, Biola University, Hillsdale College, Christendom College, Westmont College or Grove City College. more

Local Athlete Goes Pro Overseas

Many aspiring athletes who dream of playing on a professional team typically anticipate support in the stands from friends, family and fans. For others such as Noah Blanton, of Laguna Beach, playing professionally means seeing the world. Basketball has taken this 22-year-old 8,000 miles away from home, to Hong Kong. Though he played basketball throughout his life at the Boys and Girls Club, Laguna Beach High and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, he said he did not know he wanted to play professionally until a couple of years ago. more

Mission Prep salutes 76 grads — they established ‘culture of care’ on SLO campus

Mission College Prep’s graduating class of seniors has shown leadership and created a “culture of care and accountability” on the school’s San Luis Obispo campus, according to principal Mike Susank.

The Catholic high school’s valedictorian is Scott Sharlach, who will attend Pomona College, and the salutatorian is Leah Rosales who will attend UC Berkeley. … Additionally, graduates will attend colleges including USC, Pepperdine, Auburn, Oregon, Penn State, Mississippi State, Boise State, San Diego State, Chapman University and Westmont College. more

STRONGER THAN EVER: Emily Parks defies odds, takes bronze in NAIA track and field championships

They say whenever you have an ACL injury, you are never the same.

You might not have the same jump you once had, along with excess pain and certainly cannot compete at a high level.

Emily Parks saw the odds and smiled.

She liked her chances after she suffered a grueling ACL tear her senior year at Lost River High School.

She knew she would compete again when just before she suffered her injury, she received a scholarship to run at Westmont College. more

Leading Voices Address Character and Leadership

Acclaimed keynote speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe share insights on effective and purposeful leadership in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors at the 2018 Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, at Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center. Character and leadership come to the forefront of discussions as emerging leaders crave insight and the tools that can help shape leadership in today’s world. The three-day event, “Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century: Pursuing the Greater Good in Challenging Times,” is sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and the Brittingham Family Foundation. more

John Wilson Hired as Contributing Editor!

We are excited to announce that we have hired John Wilson, the former editor of BOOKS & CULTURE, as Contributing Editor for THE ENGLEWOOD REVIEW OF BOOKS.

For over two decades, John was the editor of Books & Culture magazine, a publication of Christianity Today. After the demise of B&C in late 2016, John worked as editor for the short-lived online publication Education and Culture.  … John Wilson was editor of Books & Culture from its first issue (Sept/Oct 1995) to its last (Nov/Dec 2016). He received a B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1970 and an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1975. more

UCSB Student Art Exhibition Takes Center Stage Art MFAs Present Graduate Works in ‘The Chess Club’

The student exhibition can be a pivotal moment in the life of an artist. Being in it teaches pupils that being an artist requires more than just creating work. From framing and mounting to writing text descriptions and artist statements, the process of putting on a show is paramount to art’s reception. And while some student shows are simply a learning process for the amateur aficionado, others, particularly at the graduate level, can be the moment when an artist’s career is launched. … At Westmont College, 14 graduating seniors presented in Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition from April 5 through May 5. Working in media ranging from yarn bombing to stop-motion animation, the students tackled themes including mental health, environmentalism, gender stereotypes, and faith. more

Rev Dr Jerry Tankersley of Laguna Presbyterian Church will retire: last day to preach will be June 24

After 46 years of ministry, Rev Dr Jerry Tankersley is retiring as Senior Pastor of Laguna Presbyterian Church on June 30 of this year. His last Sunday to preach will be June 24 … At Laguna Presbyterian since 1972, Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley received his BA from Westmont College, followed by a B.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He went on to obtain a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary, followed by a PhD from Claremont Graduate School. He also received a Doctorate of Ministry from the Claremont School of Theology. more


You may recall the conversation, the debate, the brouhaha over Catholic fiction that took place several years ago, presented in the pages of First Things, among other venues. Paul ElieDana GioiaGreg Wolfe, and Randy Boyagoda were among the prominent participants; many others chimed in. What follows is a historical footnote to that episode, intended for anyone who is interested—but especially for younger readers, if indeed any such happen upon this column. … Reading them now is a bit like time-travel: I’m transported back to the Voskuyl Library at Westmont College, where I spent many happy hours. (I graduated in 1970 and stayed on for another year to teach.) more

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