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US Sports Camps Announces the Snow Valley Basketball Schools 2020 Summer Line-Up

Snow Valley Basketball Schools will be returning to camper favorites in California and Iowa for multiple weeks of training with USA Basketball licensed coaches. These overnight camps are geared towards intermediate to advanced players looking to train in a serious and focused environment. Pete Rivas and Manasa Chanaiwa, co-directors of both UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College, bring a combined sixty plus years of boys and girls youth, high school, and college coaching experience. more

Fountain Valley Girls’ Volleyball Sweeps Marina, Earns Second Place In Wave League

 Oct. 16–The potential for mayhem in the Wave League was there going into league finale night for girls ‘ volleyball. Two different scenarios would have resulted in tiebreaker matches for second place in the league — one involving Fountain Valley High and Newport Harbor, and the other including a third team in the possible deadlock in Marina. … Minch, who has committed to Westmont College, played for the Barons as a freshman the last time the program appeared in the postseason. More

‘He did so much for everybody’: Remembering Bothell firefighter Kirk Robinson Robinson, remembered by loved ones as a selfless and genuinely kind person, died on Oct. 4.

“He was a walking angel.”

That’s how Tinya Anderson, a Mercer Island resident, describes Kirk Robinson, a born-and-raised Islander and lieutenant for the Bothell Fire Department (BFD). … Robinson graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1995. Later, he studied kinesiology and sports medicine at Westmont College. In 1999, he joined Mercer Island’s auxiliary firefighting force; then, in April 2001, he was hired to work at BFD full time. More

New York Times Reporter Explores Science of Productivity at Westmont

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and bestselling author, will speak at the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership luncheon, noon Friday, Nov. 1, in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. … Tickets to the event Charles Duhigg: The Science of Productivity, are available for $100 per person at westmont.edu/mosher-events. For more information, call 805-565-7251 or email specialevents@westmont.edu. More

A Double Life: Local Lawyer is Longtime Volunteer for Habitat Santa Barbara

Graham Lyons makes no secret of the fact that he leads a double life—as a lawyer and a long-time volunteer with Habitat Santa Barbara.

During the week, he specializes in real estate law and land use planning as a partner in the firm of Mullen & Henzell, and in his spare time he pitches in at Habitat Santa Barbara, the nonprofit that works to provide affordable housing for everyone in southern Santa Barbara County…more.

SANTA BARBARA ATHLETIC ROUNDTABLE: FINDING HIS WAY TO PERSIST

Michael Oldach was having a bad hair month, not to mention a scruffy start to Westmont College’s cross country season.

The NAIA All-American, who got a “really bad mullet” haircut to honor a promise he made to three track teammates, also cut his day short in the Warriors’ season-opening meet on Sept. 14…more.

SANTA BARBARA ATHLETIC ROUNDTABLE: FINDING HIS WAY TO PERSIST

Michael Oldach was having a bad hair month, not to mention a scruffy start to Westmont College’s cross country season.

The NAIA All-American, who got a “really bad mullet” haircut to honor a promise he made to three track teammates, also cut his day short in the Warriors’ season-opening meet on Sept. 14…more.

Colorado Springs native competes in grueling Air Force Alpha Warrior Final Battle

A Colorado Springs native placed third this month in the third annual Air Force Alpha Warrior Final Battle in Selma, Texas — a grueling race through 32 obstacles and fitness tests. The obstacle course is “like ‘American Ninja Warrior’ meets CrossFit,” said 2nd Lt. Mary Caitlin Dominguez, who works as a clinical nurse on Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia … She received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and earned an EMT certification from Pikes Peak Community College before joining the Air Force in 2013. more

Religious abuse: It’s easy to get taken in

There is nothing weird, weak or sinister about Donna. To meet her is to know that anyone can be snared by religious abuse. Exploitation with religious trappings happens not only in exotic cults. Much of it now occurs in fringe Christian assemblies marked by overtight mastery and deception. Experts say it may include sexual assault but encompasses broader manipulation. … “These groups are successful because they are meeting or claim to be meeting personal or social needs. The appeal has to do with the sense of spiritual family that they provide,” said Ronald Enroth, a retired professor of sociology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. Enroth spent decades studying manipulative religious movements. more

Paul J. Willis’s ‘To Build a Trail’ Author Ponders Love and Wonder in Essay Collection

Paul J. Willis is acquainted with tragedy and loss. During the Tea Fire in 2008, Willis watched a wall of wind-driven flame sweep toward his faculty house on the Westmont College campus where he has lived and taught English since 1988. The house — and everything in it — was destroyed. more