“…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 77th 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 2014-2015 academic year!
As you embark on this next phase of your educational journey, whether as a new student or as a continuing student, we know you are faced with lots of new opportunities and challenges. Westmont is a place that provides a myriad of options for students to thrive. In the classroom, you utilize critical and integrative thinking skills to wrestle with ideas that will sharpen your understanding of what it means to engage with the world and society. You will be pressed to consider how your beliefs intersect with important topics thus integrating your faith with your learning, one of the hallmarks of a Westmont education. Beyond that you will have a myriad of options outside of the formal classroom setting to contribute to and enjoy this community – through music, clubs, sports, student government, mission trips, residence hall activities, just to name a few. You will find a breadth of difference and diversity as you encounter people and events that are new or unfamiliar to you. All of these activities contribute to your spiritual, social and personal development. Just as this community will shape you, you will shape the community, making it richer and better because you will have left your mark. While your commitments will help you thrive personally and are very good for connecting here, we caution you to not get over committed. Your academics are your priority as you remain faithful to your calling as a student in this season of your life.
The Student Handbook is designed to provide information about programs, services, policies and procedures related to you life as a student. The Community Life Statement and the Diversity Matters at Westmont intentionally appear in the opening pages because each is foundational and together describe the high responsibility you bear, having chosen to be a member of this 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 living and loving as Christ would. It might require taking risks, guarding your heart, controlling your tongue, entertaining a new perspective, submitting to authority or patiently listening to a friend in need. Full-hearted engagement with this community is no small task but is so rewarding when done well.
Westmont faculty, staff and administrators are here to support and to challenge you in the learning and development process. Our desire is that you would emerge from this year more fully formed to the image of Christ, having participated in dynamic academic opportunities and meaningful experiences with professors, friends, mentors, teammates, roommates and fellow students. If that happens we will have met our mission, which is to provide an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community that serves God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. Student Life is here to help so please contact us or someone else on campus if you have questions or need some assistance.
May God richly bless you this year! We are glad you are here and count it a privilege to share this experience with you!
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students