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Parents Support Net


Parents Support Net - April 2014

Dear Parents,

It seems like I just welcomed everyone to campus for this academic year and now we’re quickly approaching Commencement! The pace of spring semester always catches me by surprise. I’m grateful you’ve been a significant part of our life at Westmont during this full semester.

We enjoyed a wonderful Parents Weekend and Spring Sing last month. We loved the energy on campus when more than 200 parents interacted, heard from faculty and staff, and indulged in the fun and creativity of Spring Sing. We love welcoming you to campus and hope to keep this tradition of Parents Weekend alive and well. If your student is returning, please mark your calendar for next year: March 27-29.

Closing out the academic year is always so fulfilling as we look back at the many accomplishments of our students, your sons and daughters. They’ve developed deeper friendships with one another, come to understand their relationship with God more fully, been stretched intellectually, and—in the midst of all this—have managed to have a lot of fun! We love watching this growth each year and are privileged to be a part of their lives.

TeriCommencement is always such a remarkable occasion. It marks both an ending and a great beginning. We know for those of you with seniors it will be a time of great joy and maybe a little trepidation. Thankfully, we have a God who has gone before each student, guiding the way and promising to be present. I pray that you will trust this and lean on Him in this new transition.

We hope you’ll enjoy a wonderful summer. We’ll be back with our next Parent Support Net at the beginning of the 2014 fall semester.

Peace be with you until then,


Teri Bradford Rouse '77
Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Order a Final Survival Kit for your student NOW!

Finals WeekDon’t let your son or daughter be overwhelmed by the stress of finals, let the Emmaus Road program help! Purchase a Finals Week Survival Kit and have it delivered directly to their room. The Emmaus Road student teams will deliver care packages FULL of fresh fruits and other therapeutic treats to your student’s room as an encouraging reminder that you’re thinking of them during this busy time. By ordering a care package, you will both brighten your student’s week and support summer 2014 Emmaus Road teams!

Simply order a Final Exam Survival Kit here by following the online payment instructions. Please include a personalized message to your student in the space provided and a personalized note will be delivered with the care package on Study Day, Friday, April 25, just before the start of exam week.

Orders must be placed by midnight on Thursday, April 24

Emmaus Road 70 – 15 – 13!

Did you know our students participate every summer in a variety of ministries around the world through Emmaus Road?

“Emmaus Road is dedicated to developing a Christ-centered heart for ministry and service at Westmont by raising awareness about global issues and mobilizing students in thoughtful response.”

This summer 70 of your students representing 15 international teams are headed to 13 countries!
... They’re headed to China, Nepal, Japan, Uganda, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bolivia, Madagascar, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea. Isn’t that exciting? We covet your prayers for these ministries and their teams of students.

In addition to the students traveling this summer, there are five students who have volunteered time all year to serve on the core leadership team. Their vision has been “to encourage teams, both returning and outgoing, to thoughtfully develop a healthy philosophy of missional-mindedness, to build intentional and lasting relationships, and to be firmly rooted in Christ-centered prayer.”

Learn more about Emmaus Road and how you can support this ministry.

Senior Student Profile: Sarah Mull '14

Sarah MullOccasionally we highlight students, and we’d to introduce you to Sarah Mull, who graduates in May. She has served students in many capacities at Westmont since her first year, both officially and unofficially. The personal reflections and journeys of students like Sarah will give you insight into various events, activities and roles available to your student at Westmont:

Over the course of my four years at Westmont, I have fully engaged in a diverse array of opportunities. My involvement includes studying abroad with Westmont in Mexico, singing in Vespers, serving Armington Halls as a resident assistant, participating in the first Westmont in San Francisco summer internship program, and serving as student body vice president this year. I’m confident that each role has influenced my development into a discerning, adventurous and compassionate leader.

This year, being involved with WCSA (Westmont College Student Association), a group of student leaders who serve as the voice of the student body, opened my eyes to the importance of authenticity in leadership. ... As the vice president, my primary responsibilities include supporting the president and the class representatives as they serve their constituencies. I was fortunate enough to run with my close friend, the president, Mr. David Dry, and had the privilege of serving as his sounding board and encouraging the class representatives in their events and class-oriented activities. It has been such a joy for me to serve in this role and engage with our council members individually while fostering a spirit of encouragement and compassion among our team as a whole. As team development is truly a passion of mine, I was joyful to find this role aligned with my natural leadership tendencies.

One valuable lesson I learned this year is the importance of humility in leadership. In the beginning of our council meetings, I found myself speaking for a majority of the time. I grew to learn that while my perspective is a valuable addition on the team, my opinion is not the most important. I have learned the value of facilitating fruitful discussion among council members, and I’ve found this elicits enthusiasm and engagement.

As I approach graduation, I’m eager to enter the post-college world. I spent this semester conducting a senior capstone project, investigating post-graduate life through the lens of senior expectations and alumni experiences. Through my research, I found that the post-Westmont experience is an exciting and exploratory time. During the process of interviewing alumni, I grew increasingly enthusiastic and curious about what my post-college life will look like. Currently, I’m pursuing opportunities in the hospitality industry and hope that the team-orientation and customer-service aspects of the industry prove to be a place where my skills can be best utilized. As for general senior perspectives, I know my friends are eager to enter this new season of life while still recognizing the supreme experience that we’ve shared for the past four years at Westmont. I’m confident that wherever I am, I’ll serve joyfully and work to encourage those around me.

Parents Council Profiles

We’d like to introduce you to two couples on the Parents Council and their families.

JoAnn and Jeff ’77 Wong:

WongsThere are four of us in the Wong family. Two now live at Westmont most of the year. Three have studied there. The fourth loves the school as much, maybe even more, than the rest. Our home is San Jose.

I graduated in ’77 with a psychology degree. After graduation, I did a little grad school, travelled some, and worked a few jobs, eventually earning a law degree. I have represented small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years.

... JoAnn got her nursing degree at a large state university. She now works at Stanford Hospital. As a nurse case manager, she helps arrange care for patients when they leave the hospital. She was skeptical that a Westmont education would be worth its cost. She has converted.

James ’15 is now at the end of his junior year. He wrote his own major and will be graduating with a degree in theatrical design and technology. John ’17 is a freshman whose interests lie in ecology and religious studies.

What is it that we love about Westmont? Westmont’s people—its faculty, staff and students—and the mission they’ve embraced.

WongsReturning to campus reminded me how much Westmont’s community helped form the person I am today. Members of the faculty and staff became models that I still try to emulate. Classmates became life-long, cherished friends and counselors. Attitudes and values learned from them all still shape how I live. As a parent, I’m glad our sons chose to spend their college years in that rich environment.

For JoAnn, the skepticism disappeared as she learned more about the college. Being on campus showed her that Westmont would give our sons the academic skills necessary to get a job, but more importantly, its people would help our boys become “thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders” (Westmont’s mission statement) ready to engage in the work of God’s kingdom wherever they land after graduation.

Why did we join the Parents Council? We’re convinced that the faculty and staff love God and are committed to loving the sons we’ve placed in their hands. We believe in Westmont and its mission. We want to help.

Carol and Jeff Kauffman:


Westmont College—in California?! That’s what we hear from friends in Colorado who ask why we would send our daughters out of state to school. Our oldest daughter, Kiera ’14, was the first to make the transition to college. After her overnight stay at Preview Days, she was almost in tears. She said she was going to miss Colorado and the mountains, but she was going to love Westmont and the quality of people who really seemed to care about her.

... Kiera’s sister, Tori ’15 resonated with that sentiment after she visited Westmont as a high school senior. This was one of many schools she visited, but Westmont stood out as not only a highly selective academic school but one that would make her a part of the family.

Carol and I met at Goshen College, a Mennonite liberal arts college in northern Indiana. We now live in Fort Collins, Colo., where I am a family practice physician and Carol is a realtor. For 21 years, our daughters (Kiera, Tori, Jillian and Griffin) have called northern Colorado home.

But now our family considers Westmont a second home. We’ve enjoyed the beautiful campus, the community and the sense of living out one’s faith in an excellent academic setting. When we were given the opportunity to serve on Parents’ Council, we discovered firsthand the care of the faculty,Kauffmansadministrators and students who met with us to share their vision and passion and wanted to hear a parent’s perspective on student life and learning. We’ve also enjoyed the opportunity of serving first-year students and their parents during Orientation.

In the four years that we’ve been a part of the Westmont experience, we’ve enjoyed seeing how our daughters’ faith has been encouraged. Westmont has also challenged them through study abroad (Kiera to Thailand and Tori to Istanbul), service opportunities in San Francisco and Mexico, and orchestra trips in California, China and soon Russia.

Why California? We want to be ambassadors in northern Colorado for students and families who also want to consider Westmont as part of their family and as part of their faith journey.

Did You Know?







Student are stepping up their efforts to conserve water. The Montecito Water District has declared a water-shortage emergency, directing all customers to decrease water usage immediately by 30 percent.... The Westmont Campus Life and Student Life offices have started the Every Drop Counts campaign and are educating students about the importance of water conservation as well as installing new shower timers in each stall, holding competitions on conserving water among the residence halls, showing videos with tips for saving water, and encouraging stories about conservation in the student newspaper. We’ve included the Horizon article, which details your student’s great efforts here:

Students Stepping up Water Conservation Efforts
by Ashley Estebo ’16; reproduced with permission from the Horizon student newspaper

In order to encourage water conservation, Westmont has organized a six-week campaign ending April 25, the Every Drop Counts Residence Hall Competition. The competition will determine which residence hall can conserve the most water.

Lyndsay Grimm, Westmont’s special assistant to the dean, and many others such as Raymond Valencia, Tiffany Lobner, Nate Moore, Rebecca Gist, Ben Johnson, Julian Saavedra, Jose Martinez, Hugo Franco, Bill Groeneveld, Daniel Clapp, Tom Beveridge, Tim Wilson, Kevin O’Dowd and the student development team have worked hard to launch this campaign.

They’ve posted flyers with tips on conserving water outside of the DC, on bathroom stall doors and all around campus. This committee strongly urges the Westmont community to continue following the suggestions outlined on those flyers and to gently remind suite mates and friends to conserve as well.

The hall that conserves the largest percentage during the competition will win a special prize sponsored by Sodexo, the dining hall services firm. Daily results appear on the screen by the swipe counter in the Dining Commons. In total, Westmont has saved 54,442 gallons of water. Currently, Page Hall holds the lead with Van Kampen and Ocean View close behind.

“It’s anyone’s game at this point,” said Grimm. “With extra intentionality to conserve, especially by following the tips on the bathroom newsletter and in emails, and a willingness to get others in one’s section onboard, I think any hall could rise to (or stay in) first place in the coming weeks. The key: make conserving water a conscientious habit/lifestyle and be willing to lovingly remind others that every drop counts.”

Important Dates

Final Exams: April 28-May 1

Senior Celebration: May 1

Residence Halls Close: May 2

Baccalaureate: May 2

Commencement: May 3

Returning students check-in: Aug 30-31

Fall Classes Begin: Sept 1

Important Links

Commencement-Learn all the details you and your student need to know for graduation

Student Life– Find info for all student life offices, such as Counseling & Health Centers, Office of Life Planning, etc.

Campus Life–Find info for student run organizations, clubs and ministries

Westmont Athletics-Warrior Sports calendars and subscription to the Warrior Update

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art-Discover information about the museum and exhibits

Westmont Bookstore- Shop for graduation gifts online

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