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Trio of sisters play first basketball game as teammates

For the first time ever, three basketball-loving sisters took the court at the Mission Valley YMCA to play basketball. San Diego-based attorney Melody Anderson, 58, plays for the Senior Women’s Basketball Association and organized a game of three-on-three with her sisters, 74-year-old Margaret Mauzy, who flew in from Indiana, and 76-year-old Naoma Clark, who lives in Tennessee.  All three share a love of hoops. …Anderson played for Wheaton College, Westmont College, and internationally with Sports Evangelism. In 1979, she was drafted by the Dallas Diamonds of the WBL, the original professional women’s basketball association. more

Matt Kokkonen makes official campaign announcement

Republican Matt Kokkonen made an official congressional campaign announcement Monday at 5 p.m. at Sands Inn & Suites in San Luis Obispo. …Kokkonen left Finland at the age of 16 by himself, worked and played soccer to get through Westmont College in Santa Barbara, met his wife Jean at Westmont and started his career as a financial advisor 40 years ago in San Luis Obispo. more

All Christians Are Biased Voters

I have fond memories of fall 2008. Having recently earned my PhD, I had just begun my academic career at Westmont College in Southern California. Since it was a presidential election year, I decided to focus my social psychology course on the psychology of political attitudes: how they are formed, how they are maintained, and how they can predict voting behavior. more

Kokkonen lobbying for reform as 24th Congressional District candidate

Matt Kokkonen hopes his passion and dedication pay off in 2016, when voters have the opportunity to make him their representative for the 24th Congressional District. …Kokkonen is a Westmont College graduate, with a major in philosophy. He has 35 years of experience as a financial planner and has advised school boards on economics. more

Graduates told to run their race with the focus on Jesus

Apply what you have learned at Fresno Pacific University in your own life and in hard times, a California Assemblymember told the fall 2015 graduating class during commencement ceremonies December 11. …A Modesto native now raising three children there with her husband, Rod, Olsen served on the Modesto City Council from 2005-2010 while working as assistant vice president for communications & public affairs at California State University, Stanislaus. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westmont College. more

CLHS Names Robby Cherry as Head XC Coach

Crean Lutheran High School has named Robby Cherry as the school’s new Head Cross Country Coach & Program Director. …As a collegian, Cherry enjoyed great success while running for Westmont College, where he was a three-time NAIA All-American. He also earned Academic All-American honors and graduated from Westmont as the top-ranked student in the Math Department during his senior year. more

Boxers fall “short” versus Saints, 69-57

The Fighting Saints, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Division I pre-season poll, improved to 8-0 on the season. Included in that impressive start are wins over perennial NAIA power Westmont and NCAA Division II Concordia. more

Exhibit by Pamela Kendall Schiffer on display at Luther College

“Yellowstone and Yosemite”, an exhibit by artist Pamela Kendall Schiffer, will be on display Oct. 24-Dec. 11, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus. … Kendall Schiffer received a bachelor of arts in painting and ceramics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently resides in Davenport, Iowa, but makes frequent trips to Yellowstone National Park to gather materials for future works. Kendall Schiffer’s art has been exhibited at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and in California at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Westmont College and the Museum of Ventura County. more

Pope Francis Meets With Kenneth Copeland, James Robison—High Fives Ensue

What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A meeting with American televangelists, apparently. …Osteen’s meeting with Francis on June 4 was part of a larger gathering coordinated by the International Foundation, also known as “the Fellowship.” Osteen was joined by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a Mormon; California pastor Tim Timmons; and Gayle D. Beebe, president of evangelical Westmont College. more

Pope Francis: Evangelizing Evangelicals

Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. …Televangelist Joel Osteel, pastor Tim Timmons and president of the Evangelical Westmont College Gayle D. Beebe visited Pope Francis June 4, 2014. more