Orange County Register

Coronavirus wreaks havoc with college seniors’ final year, future plans: Some graduations have been postponed in a time of uncertainty for students.

Many of them are back in their childhood bedrooms, ribbons from high school glory dusty on the walls. Some have their homework spread on their parents’ kitchen table. Most are taking online courses with group calls on a software called Zoom, or watching their instructors on YouTube videos. The coronavirus has brought an abrupt end to their senior years. Meet the college graduating class of 2020. … Cory Dawson, a senior at Westmont College, said he was going to use his parents’ kitchen table in Rancho Santa Margarita for homework sessions.

Whiting: Calvary Church Senior Pastor David Mitchell on why he didn’t vote for president-elect

On a Saturday after the election of a president whom some vilify and blame on so-called Christian conservatives, politics is far from the minds of more than 100 volunteers at one of Orange County’s larger evangelical churches… A graduate of Westmont College, Dallas Theological Seminary and Talbot School of Theology, Mitchell says, “We love like Jesus across all cultures and generations and ethnicities.” more

Aliso Viejo ice cream shop with a cookie twist

CREAM, a frozen treat shop that specializes in ice cream sandwiches, is open at the Aliso Viejo Town Center, 26841 Aliso Creek Road. The shop’s name is short for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me” and offers 20 ice cream flavors, 12 cookie flavors and 24 toppings. … The ice cream shop is run by franchise owners Haget and Kyle Olson of Corona Del Mar. … Olson is a graduate of Westmont College and has spent the past 10 years in commercial real estate and investments. more

2015 Vocal Music graduates

The following students plan to continue their studies in vocal music after graduation. …David Agosto, Godinez, Westmont College, music education major, French minor, $ more

Entertainment: Buena Park Choir blossoms

Senior Sofia Garcia was part of the original after-school group and is now president of chamber choir. “Choir has helped me a lot in public speaking – being able to talk in front of people,” she said. “You handle that pressure better than people not exposed to that.” … The chamber ensemble, whose members gain admission by audition only, has been invited to perform at the Westmont College Festival in Santa Barbara on Nov. 7. more

Irvine police swear in three new officers

Wyper graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Academy; he also has earned degrees from Biola University and Westmont College. He previously taught at the Contra Costa County Office of Education Parolee Education Program and was an intern with the Redlands Police Department. more

Tough, smart, unselfish … and in UCLA Hall of Fame

Johnson also coached John Moore, who has won 478 games coaching Westmont College, and Biola coach Dave Holmquist, who has won 858 games, 822 of them at Biola. more

Piecemakers: Manning their stations LAST OF THREE PARTS: Costa Mesa quilters are holding together in the year since their founder’s death.

Afternoon sunlight streams into a small hair salon on the second floor of the Piecemakers Country Store. Stylist Marj Serr trims some straggling gray hairs for a longtime client before sending him on his way. … Ronald Enroth, a professor emeritus of sociology at Westmont College who has written about the Piecemakers, says small religious groups tend to fracture when their founder is out of the picture. “Very often there is a vacuum of true leadership in the surviving group,” Enroth said. “No one can match up to the person who was in charge for all those years.” more pdf

A look at all the Irvine senior scholar athletes: Sports Awards program presented by the Exchange Club of Irvine


The Northwood High athletes honored at the 39th Annual Irvine Senior Scholar Athlete Awards Event Monday night at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center were Alexandria Adams, Kelsie Groot, Kelsey Heflin, Tracey Kim, Alex King, Julian Ruffin, Michael Tran and Taylor Waterson. … Adams was team captain in cross country and track. She holds a school record in the 800 meters (2:16.02) and team records for the 4×400 relay and in cross country. …  Adams will attend Westmont College on an academic and athletic scholarship. more

Edison grad signs with Westmont

T.J. Lipold, a big piece of the Saddleback College men’s state championship basketball team, signed a Letter of Intent to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, the college announced. more