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Parents Weekend
March 31- April 1 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

9am - 4pm

Stop by the Hospitality Table for coffee, tea and weekend schedules. Pick up a list of popular Santa Barbara eateries for dinner tonight and tomorrow before Spring Sing as well as student-recommended brunch locations for Sunday. Location: President’s Patio, or Kerrwood Hall Lobby if raining.

8am - 3pm

Go back to school. Parents are welcome to sit in on any classes listed on the schedule with or without your student.

8:45am - 4:30pm

Shop at the Westmont Bookstore for a wide array of Westmont clothing and gifts and many interesting books by faculty and alumni. Location: Bookstore behind Kerrwood Hall.

10:30 - 11:20am

Join the entire Westmont community for Chapel. Worship, pray and sing with students and hear from Campus Pastor Ben Patterson.

Location: Murchison Gym.


11:15am - 1:30pm

Enjoy lunch with students in the Dinning Commons!  Adults $10.50/Children 2-10 $7/Under 2 free. Location: Dining Commons (DC).

2 - 3pm

Join us for light refreshments and a time of prayer for our students and campus. Mariah Velasquez ‘10, program coordinator for the Martin Institute, hosts this event.

Location: Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center (accessible from upper campus via the Van Kampen bridge; driveway closed due to construction.)

3:00 - 6:00pm 

Men’s baseball hosts Shepherd University. Location: Carr Field.

3:30 - 4:30pm 

“Recovering Presence & Place in the Digital Age: Toward a Practical Theology of Technology” by Dr. Felicia Song, associate professor of sociology.

Dr. Song will discuss the digitization of everyday life as one of the most profound developments of our times. When so much of our digitally saturated world is characterized by both fascination and sheer exhaustion, what good news does the church have to offer its people and the broader society? How can a Christian theology help parents negotiate prevailing digital practices in order to foster meaningful relationships in their work, family and community lives? This talk offers some sociological and theological reflections on these challenges of our day.

Location: Porter Theatre.

4:45-5:30 pm

Meet outside the DC for a special bird’s eye view of our Westmont Global Leadership Center now under construction. The facility features two residence halls and the central Leadership Center. Hear about the exciting plans for this important addition to our campus. Dr. Reed Sheard, vice president for college advancement and CIO, will lead the tour.

Location: From DC, head across the bridge to see the building site east of Van Kampen Hall.

5:30 pm

The rest of the evening belongs to you in beautiful Santa Barbara. Remember that Spring Sing rehearsals take place tonight, so it might be tough to treat your student to dinner or dessert. But you can enjoy a fun night out in a city with an abundant variety of great restaurants.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:30 - 10am

If you missed us yesterday, stop by Saturday’s Hospitality Table to check in.  

Location: Porter Theatre Patio.

9 - 9:50am

Hear a special morning devotion by Ron See, professor of psychology. He will speak from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Enjoy breakfast pastries, fruit, coffee and tea from 9-9:30.

Location: Porter Theatre Patio.

10 - 11am

Join President Gayle D. Beebe as he talks about the state of the college and shares the latest college developments. A question-and-answer session follows his talk.

Location: Porter Theatre.

11:05am - 12:20pm

Enrich your perspective by attending two bite-size lectures. There will be two 35-minute presentations back-to-back.


1) "Early Christian Persecutions and Martyrdom: Why They Still Matter for Our Faith Today" by Helen Rhee, associate professor of Religious Studies

Location: Porter Theatre.

This presentation examines historical, cultural, and theological dimensions of early Christian persecutions and martyrdom in the Roman empire. We will peek into the images of Christians as the Romans saw them and investigate why the latter felt justified persecuting the former. We will also look at the Christian experiences of martyrdom and their gendered aspect as those experiences developed emerging theology of martyrdom. Finally, we will examine their significance to early Christian identities and our faith journey today.


2) “Room to Grow” by Residence Life Location: Porter Theatre.

Interested in learning more about the new Westmont residential experience for the 2017-2018 academic year? Members of residence life staff will discuss our vision for the Global Leadership Center, mixed class halls, and other exciting enhancements to our residence life programs.

10:30am - 2:30pm

Visit the Westmont Bookstore one last time this weekend and purchase a wide array of Westmont clothing, gifts and interesting books by faculty and alumni.

Location: Bookstore behind Kerrwood Hall.

12 - 6pm

Men’s baseball hosts Shepherd University in a double header. Location: Carr Field.

12:30 -

Join us for lunch and a short and delightful student theater performance. Learn how theatre at Westmont reflects the college’s heritage and commitment to faith.Enjoy the opportunity to meet parents from your hometown area. Tickets cost $20; RSVP required. The Dining Commons (DC) is also open and offers you another dining option.

Location: Founders Dining Room.


Time to enjoy Santa Barbara and the many great things to see or do. Remember, your student may need you to run a few errands or provide a ride to the Santa Barbara Bowl.


(Doors open 5:15)

See you at Spring Sing, which stars your student! We’ve also provided a new guide of eateries conveniently located along the way to the venue, where you can grab a quick bite to eat beforehand. Please note that this new list is only available at the Hospitality Table. Bring a blanket and binoculars and enjoy a fun evening! Location: Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas Street.


*Parking for Spring Sing: The main parking lot for the bowl is located at Santa Barbara High School, 700 E. Anapamu Street, across the street and down from the venue; parking there costs $10 per vehicle. Reserved parking at the bowl is available for $30 for a limited number of cars; advanced registration is required. Limited street parking is also available free of charge.


*Please Note: A steep climb leads to the outdoor amphitheater. The bowl recommends that all patrons arrive early (45 minutes before the scheduled start of an event) to provide sufficient time for parking and entry to the venue.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Worship at one of Santa Barbara’s many wonderful churches with your student. Your student may also enjoy brunch with you!



“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23