Recent Press

Alzheimer’s disease crisis growing across U.S. and Tri-Counties

Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third in California, is increasingly being recognized as a global public health crisis. … At Westmont College, Assistant Professor of Biology Yi-Fan Lu conducted Alzheimer’s research with two students last summer, which will continue this summer. more

Healing the Healers Film Series Targets Community Trauma Workers

The Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth, in partnership with Westmont College’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and Odyssey Impact, is hosting the Healing the Healers film series in Montecito. more

First pitch campaign from Santa Barbara helps Myositis patients with illness: Local man leads effort one throw at a time


A first pitch campaign led by Vance Robinson in Santa Barbara is a home run for those battling myositis, a muscle disease facing millions of Americans. … “My neurologist is at Stanford and so Stanford was my first pitch and after that pitch I got invited to the White House,” Robinson said. “I have been to the White House, I did Cal Poly, UCSB, Pepperdine, USC, UCLA and San Diego State.”  He has also pitched at Westmont College nearby in Montecito. more

SBCC Foundation Hosts President’s Circle Garden Party: Foundation Seeks to Make Promise Program Sustainable and More Robust

On May 19, The Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Foundation held a delightful Garden Party for its major individual donors, who make up its President’s Circle, at the lovely Hope Ranch home of Board President-Elect Scott Vincent and his wife, Rachil Vincent. … SBCC student Ana Zepeda also shared her gratitude to donors. … Upon graduating from SBCC, Zepeda hopes to continue her studies at Westmont College. more

Students to compete in Math Superbowl

Today, 351 fourth- to sixth-grade students from across Santa Barbara County are expected to participate in the 38th Math Superbowl. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Warren Hall at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. … The event was first held at Westmont College in 1982 with 120 students. more

St. Joseph High School graduates 90 during Sunday commencement

Ninety Knights took the final step of their high school careers Sunday afternoon, leaving behind fond memories and a legacy of service as they entered the ranks of St. Joseph High School’s alumni. … “It’s kind of surreal in some respects, but I’m so excited for college,” Sarah Yamaichi, one of the Class of 2019’s co-valedictorians, said prior to graduation. “It’s something new – a different chapter.” Bound for Westmont College in the fall, the aspiring businesswoman plans to major in Spanish and Business with a minor in math. more

Did God Endow All His Creatures with an Appreciation of Beauty? When it seems the whole world suffers, animals are still offering praise.

here’s no shortage of ugliness in our world. A quick scan of today’s environmental headlines reveals any number of horrors: burnt-out Californian forests, flooded Midwestern plains. It’s hard to pause to appreciate the wildflowers in bloom when dead whales wash ashore with plastic-engorged stomachs on beaches all over the world. …
Jeff Schloss, a professor of biology at Westmont College, said in an interview that Prum’s theories have further inflamed an “ongoing debate” in the scientific world. Schloss, who studies the evolution of altruism, feels Prum is “onto something,” though he finds Prum’s theory a bit too dismissive of other options. more

This One Decision Can Revolutionize Your Vision of God

Anyone who has been a churchgoer for very long knows about Holy Land tours. Visiting sites—including where Jesus was born, baptized, crucified, buried and appeared after His resurrection—has become a must-do experience. … The day of my visit with Jane, we sorted through slide carousels to weed out pictures that wouldn’t be needed at the Dallas Willard Center at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Several shots were of a trip Jane and Dallas had taken to Israel, a long time ago. As we looked through the black-and-white slides, I felt the hand of God telling me, “I’ve got this. Every detail of your trip!” As I listened to Jane Willard tell stories about the colorful and amazing Holy Land, a sense of anticipation rushed over me. more

Mammoth mural Local art expert restores historic AIDS painting near Hollywood Bowl


The challenges Scott M. Haskins faced when he was asked to restore the graffiti-covered “Blue Moon Trilogy” mural across from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles seemed overwhelming. … With the help of his staff and interns from UCSB, Westmont College, Santa Barbara City College and students from abroad, FACL works on 400 to 500 projects — here and away — in a year. more

NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK: CELEBRATING ‘RICH CULTURAL LIFE’ CAMA ends milestone 100th anniversary season with a free celebration at Sunken Garden Sunday

Officially, the concert programming portion of the grand 100th anniversary season of the presenting organization CAMA (Community Arts Music Association) ended last week, with the recital of cellist Mischa Maisky and his daughter Lily. … Music for the afternoon comes locally sourced, including Opera Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West’s “Sing!” program, faculty musicians from UCSB and Westmont College, and members of the Santa Barbara Symphony. more