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Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Kya Mangrum has been named to a tenure-track faculty post in the English department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She was previously a faculty member at the University of Utah. more

Westmont Scores 2 Goals in 2nd Half to Beat Fresno Pacific

With second-half goals by Katelyn Merrill and Maddi Berthoud, seventh-ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (4-0-1) came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeated Fresno Pacific (0-3-1) on the road on Wednesday … 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 Women Draw With Southern Oregon

Freshman Eliya Lowe scored her first collegiate goal, but NAIA No. 8 Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-0-1) had to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime tie against the Raiders of Southern Oregon (1-1-1). Lowe’s goal in the 69th minute provided the equalizer, but the Warriors couldn’t find a way to take the lead. … more

Offense Clicks for Westmont in 4-0 Win Over La Sierra

Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-2-1) saw its offense firing on all cylinders on Monday against the Golden Eagles of La Sierra (1-2). Four different Warriors found the back of the net as Westmont won by a score of 4-0. … 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

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 … 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


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