“…I will pray with my heart and I will pray with my mind also; I will sing with my heart, but I will sing with my mind also…" I Cor. 14:15
Welcome to Westmont. This year marks our 76th year of providing a world-class education for world-class students. Since 1937, Westmont has combined a commitment to the liberal arts with a passion to see all truth as part of God’s great intention for humanity.
Let me congratulate you on making one of the great choices that will forever shape the destiny of your life’s journey. Nestled in the scenic beauty of Santa Barbara, our renowned location provides one of the most remarkable opportunities for you to become the person God has created you to be. Through a blend of rigorous academic programs, intentional community living arrangements, carefully crafted student development activities, vast international travel and education experiences and the rich, vibrant culture of Santa Barbara, you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most remarkable educations available to anyone in the world.
And we expect this education to challenge and change you. Years ago, in the ancient world, Clement of Alexandria (150 to 215 CE) crafted a curriculum that still guides us today. It is well known that a liberal arts education is the best training each of us can receive. Clement amplified this truth by noting the importance of gaining mastery of every area of human learning so that our minds could be trained to make discerning judgments in human affairs. But he didn’t just stop there. Clement turned his attention from our training in human affairs to the importance of learning how to think rightly of God.
We consider this as whole-person education. We want you to be shaped and formed at the same time you are having some of the most incredible experiences of your life. Welcome to Westmont. Welcome to life.
With joy and anticipation,
Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D.
Dear Westmont Students,
Welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year!
Each year provides opportunities for students to flourish. The classroom allows you to deepen your understanding and application of subjects that are familiar and to delve into new coursework in departments that are now unfamiliar. New questions will emerge about what it means to engage current topics as a Christian. You will flourish in your ability to make connections between faith and learning as Westmont upholds the integration of faith as a key component of academic excellence.
At Westmont, we encourage you to actively engage learning, to not merely be receptors of knowledge. In fact, we invite, even expect, you to participate in the task of contributing to the richness and depth of this place by the giving of your ideas, talents, gifts, and service. Your contributions will be both within and outside of the classroom.
This is no small task. It will require your very best effort. At times, you will need to take risks and learn from those who have different perspectives than you. At other times, your understanding and the tact you use to express your own views will put you in the role of educator. Westmont provides incredible opportunities and supportive faculty, staff and students, but you must be intentional to engage the learning process. Also, it is wise to be intentional about how you connect your studies and interests during the academic year and summer months with internships, research, and ministries.
The student handbook can serve as a guide as you enter into and contribute to life at Westmont. The section on Student Organizations reveals the range of ways you can invest your time, though we caution you to not get over committed. Academics come first. You can enhance your experience at Westmont through involvement in music, clubs, intramurals, student government, campus media, athletic teams, missions trips, residence hall activities, and so much more. All of your commitments can help you flourish personally.
The Community Life Statement and the Diversity Matters at Westmont intentionally appear in the opening pages of this handbook. Each is foundational to our community and together describe the high calling and responsibility you bear in being a member of our community. As you read these two statements, I invite you to imagine how you will actively contribute to making Westmont a place that truly reflects our commitment to loving as Christ would love.
We invite you to actively embrace Westmont’s mission as an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. As we are all faithful to this task, we will have tasted what each of us longs for: a place where you can flourish, a place we can all call home and a place that makes a difference for God’s kingdom.
Interim Vice President and Dean of Students