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Parents Weekend

March 23-24, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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: Career Development and Calling Upstairs Kerr Student Center

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Go back to school. Parents are welcome to sit in on any classes listed on the schedule with or without your student. Schedules are available online at www.westmont.edu/parents/openclasses

8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed during chapel)

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 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art and explore “Africa Through Its Sculpture: Highlights from the Lifshitz Collection.” This exhibit explores the diversity of African art and is thematically organized according to topics, including Zoomorphic Forms, Powerful Figures, Royalty, Portraits, Deities and Beliefs, Images of Women, Passages, and The Rediscovery of Nok. Location: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

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

11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy lunch with students in the Dinning Commons! Adults $11.00/Children 2-10 $7.50/under 2 free. Location: Dining Commons (DC).

2 - 3 p.m.

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)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

“Reflections on life's setbacks and sufferings.” After two evacuations from fire and floods, Westmont reminded students of ways that gratitude, resilience, and reframing can help us face life's setbacks and sufferings. You'll hear from three professors who gave a thoughtful and healing chapel when Westmont reopened after the Montecito mudslides. Presenters: Jane Wilson, professor of education; Greg Spencer, professor of communication studies; and Holly Beers, assistant professor of religious studies. Location: Porter Theatre.


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.

  *Track & Field: Jim Klein Combined Events take place on campus today. See the Westmont’s athletic web pages for additional information as it becomes available.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:45 - 10 a.m.

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

Location: Porter Theatre Patio. (Rain Plan: Inside the lobby, Porter Theatre)

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Start your morning off with a message from President Gayle D. Beebe. He will talk about the state of the college and share the latest college developments. A question-and-answer session follows his talk. Location: Porter Theatre

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast pastries, fruit, coffee and tea from 10 - 10:30. Then hear a special morning devotion by Eileen McMahon McQuade, professor of biology, from 10:20 - 10:45 a.m. Location: Porter Theatre Patio (Rain Plan: Porter Theatre)

10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

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

  1. "Speed, Scale and Culutre" by Dr. Don J. Patterson, associate professor of computer science. What are the trends that are driving technology today? Where are they being used and what do they mean for our collective future? With all these changes, how should we think about new technology and what is it doing to the culture around us? Come hear an overview of the latest, see some examples and ask your questions about technology
  2. "Cultivating Resilience in Emerging Adults: Challenges, Opportunities and Considerations for Parents" by Dr. Nicole Priester, Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, and Claire Cetti, Certified Parent Coach, both from the Westmont Counseling Center. In the past five to 10 years, the emotional health trends of college students reflect higher levels of perceived pressure, stress and anxiety. Many students show evidence of decreased tolerance for distress and limited ability to manage negative emotion. Hear factors contributing to the emotional health of Westmont students, models for developing resilience, and strategies for supporting your student from afar. The presentation will also reflect recent critical events in the Montecito community. Location: Porter Theatre.
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

11 a.m. -

5 p.m.

Before you leave, explore the current exhibition “Africa Through Its Sculpture: Highlights from the Lifshitz Collection.” Location: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.

12:30 -
2 p.m.

Join us for a Parent’s Luncheon and another short and delightful student theater performance this year. The students will highlight a few moments from Strauss’s operetta, "Die Fledermaus," performed earlier this month. Enjoy the opportunity to meet parents from your hometown area. Tickets cost $25, if purchased separately; RSVP required. The Dining Commons (DC) is also open and offers you another dining option. Location: Founders Dining Room.

2:30 p.m.

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.

6:30 p.m.

(Doors open 5:15)

See you at Spring Sing, which stars your student! Find ticket information HERE. We expect tickets to go on sale the first few days in March. 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. PLEASE NOTE: Reserved parking at the bowl's advance purchase pricing has been reduced to $20 pre-sale (order HERE) and $25 (cash) on the day of the show. If you have already reserved this for $30, you will be credited $10. 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.


*Track & Field: Westmont Collegiate Classic takes place on campus today. See the Westmont’s athletic web pages for additional information as it becomes available.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

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


“This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24