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Parent Support Net - August 2015

Dear Westmont Parent,

Welcome to Westmont!

We’re so excited your student has decided to come to Westmont. While much of the campus prepares for our incoming class, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations focuses entirely on you, the parents of our new students. At Westmont, we consider you an important member of the larger Westmont community, and we plan a host of events to acclimate you to being the parent of a Westmont student.

Teri Bradford RouseAs a new Westmont parent, you’ll receive a monthly newsletter from our office providing practical information on ways to help and bless your student, updates on college activities, and insights into the student experience. Please feel free to suggest any topics that might interest you.

One year ago, I stood in your shoes, anticipating my daughter’s move into Page Hall. I can think of no better place for her to be. We work hard—and pray even harder—that you will feel the same way. We can hardly wait to meet you and will be available all day Thursday and Friday during Orientation to guide you, answer questions and help you feel at ease here.

See you soon!!

Teri Bradford Rouse '77
Senior Director Alumni & Parent Relations

Meet the Alumni & Parent Relations Staff


We look forward to meeting you at Parent Orientation!

meeting-youYou still have time to register for Parent Orientation on August 27-28 if you haven’t already done so. Our schedule is chock full of great information as well as opportunities to meet other parents, ask questions of Westmont faculty and staff, and experience the special Westmont community you have joined. Register today, but no later than August 14, so we can plan for you.

Does Your Student Need a Job?

student-workingPlease read this important information from Lori Ann Banez, Westmont’s student and alumni employment coordinator in our Career Development and Calling office, if your student plans to work on campus.

Read the entire article below to learn which original documents students must bring to campus so they can work:

Many Westmont offices and academic departments enjoy hiring students to help in various capacities, and these on-campus positions provide students with real-world, resume-building experience. We sincerely hope your student will take advantage of opportunities to gain practical skills and experience, whether through employment on or off campus or an internship.

All students interested in working at Westmont need certain important original documents with them to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. According to federal law, all employers must use Form I-9 to verify an employee’s identity and eligibility for employment in the United States at the time of hire. Failure to present original documents at this time may result in your student losing an opportunity in a tough job market. Copies, faxes or scans of original documents are never acceptable.

To discover which original documents your student can use, see the Lists of Acceptable Documents or view the full version of the current Form I-9. Students with questions about this information should contact Career Development and Calling at careerdev@westmont.edu or (805) 565-6031.

We look forward to working with your student to find a calling and prepare professionally to venture into the world of work.


Don’t Miss Out!

dont-miss-outAn entire page on the Westmont website exists just for parents. You’ll discover important information, calendars and resources to help you stay informed. Parents of first-year students will find the Parent Orientation schedule and many helpful tips about Westmont and Santa Barbara. Visit the site now. We update it continually, so check it regularly.


Parents Council

parents-councilWestmont’s Parents Council exists to support you. Like you, they have students at Westmont and experience many of the same emotions, joys and trials that affect you. They seek to cultivate communication between parents and the administration, and they meet twice a year with college staff. They also pray for the parents and students at Westmont.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the council members listed on their web page.


Be the Best-Dressed Parent in Town!

sweatshirtShow your support for Westmont and your student by wearing Warrior gear from the Westmont Bookstore. Choose from an incredible selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and jerseys as well as other Westmont merchandise. See a full selection and order online.




Mark Your Calendars!

mark-calendarsPlease join us for First-Year Parents Weekend and participate in a few special events we’ve planned just for you. See an example of last year’s schedule while we finish all the details for this year’s program. We expect the popular ComedySportz Improv group to return to entertain students and families. This weekend offers a lighter schedule than our spring Parents Weekend to give you lots of time to spend with your student.


Learn the Latest About Westmont!

learn-about-westmontCheck the Westmont home page often to read the latest news about the college. You can also follow Westmont on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. In addition, connect with us on LinkedIn, download the Westmont iPhone app and subscribe to our news feed.



Important Dates

New Student and Parent Orientation: Starting August 27

Fall Classes Begin: August 31

Fall Holiday: October 12-13

Midterm: October 21

First-Year Parents Weekend: November 6-7

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 25-27

Winter Recess: December 19-January 11

Parents Weekend and Spring Sing: March 11-12


Important Links

Parents and Families - Find information specifically for YOU!

Residence Life - Learn more about all things related to your student’s life in the residence hall

Career Development and Calling - Learn more about services available to help students determine their calling and prepare for a career

Westmont Health Center - See the important health services available to your student

Westmont Counseling Center - Find information about counseling services available to your student

Campus Life - Find information about student-run organizations, clubs and ministries

Student Life - Find information for all student life offices, such as the Counseling and Health Centers, Office of Life Planning, and more

Westmont Athletics - See Warrior Sports calendars and subscribe to the Warrior Update

Westmont TV - Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events on YouTube.

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