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Parent Support Net - November 2015

Dear Westmont Parents,

The calendar says fall, but the heat wave continues in Santa Barbara. The students have handled the hot weather well, and they were delighted when chapel ended early one day and the president’s executive team passed out popsicles outside the gym. Even with the heat, I love this season and the reminder that life always changes.

Your student has undergone some changes during the semester after eight weeks of class, exams, papers and decisions about participation in clubs and ministries. I deeply appreciate the level of commitment I see in our students. They bring intensity and purpose to their faith, academic work, relationships and activities on campus. You have raised them well!

We’re excited about recent news at Westmont. Thanks to a generous donor, the Augustinian Scholars, a new scholarship and honors program, begins in fall 2016 and offers scholarships for 85 percent of tuition to 30 incoming first-year students. You will soon read about the public launch of our Campaign for Westmont with its three urgent priorities: affordability, leadership development and innovation. The Mosher Center sponsors a second lecture series this year, Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, which includes David Brooks at the President’s Breakfast in March.

We’ve kicked-off our regional Parent Coffee events, with Jeff and JoAnne Wong, Parents Council members, hosting the first one in San Jose. These informal gatherings allow Westmont parents to meet each other, ask and answer questions, hear news about Westmont, and pray for students and the college. We wish we could schedule them in every city, but we seek to target key locations with significant numbers of parents. If you receive an email about an upcoming coffee in your area, I encourage you to attend.

We look forward to welcoming more than 250 parents and family members for First-Year Parents Weekend, November 6-7. This exceptionally eager class of first-year parents will enjoy reuniting with their students and getting a glimpse of life on campus.

We remain thankful for each one of you. We cherish your prayers as we work together to be good stewards of our resources and to help your students become the persons God created them to be.











Teri Bradford Rouse ’77

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations


How Parents Make Things Worse for Struggling College Students

StudentsWhen your student experiences difficulties, talking more about the issue doesn’t always solve the problem. The questions you ask and how you talk to them about the situation can better help them address it and begin to move forward. This article provides great information to help you talk your student through challenging situations more effectively.


Meet Two New Resident Directors

Our resident directors (RDs) play a vital role in the Westmont experience. They seek to help students navigate these transformational years, and they understand well the issues students face in college. Committed to students and to Westmont, RDs have chosen this arena to use their gifts and passions. They have all earned master’s degrees, usually in counseling, student development or higher education, and they provide a rich, fun, challenging and nurturing environment for students living in the residence halls.

Two new resident directors joined our staff this year: Annie Borden in Emerson and Liz Robertson in Van Kampen

LizLiz Robertson, Van Kampen Hall Resident Director

Liz was born and raised in upstate New York and has long dreamed of living in California. She graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Spanish and a credential in secondary education. She spent three years teaching high school Spanish and coaching men’s and women’s volleyball at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago. Then Liz moved to northern Wisconsin to work at HoneyRock, Wheaton’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development. She worked with Wheaton Passage there, an adventure-based, pre-orientation program for incoming students. Liz loved the opportunity to work directly with undergraduates and prepare them well for college. She left HoneyRock in 2011 to marry her husband, Brad, and they spent the first nine months of marriage traveling and volunteering, primarily at the University of the Nations, the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) base in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. While at YWAM, Liz taught students from around the world about marriage, relational health and sexuality. Liz and Brad then moved to Bethel University in Minnesota, where she served as a resident director for three years. She also completed a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Bethel. Liz and Brad have loved the opportunity to live in community and share their lives with students.

Her interest in Westmont began at Wheaton when several of her friends spent a semester studying at Westmont as consortium students. She also knew several people working at Westmont and began to think about serving as an RD in such a beautiful location. As Liz learned more about Westmont, she grew excited about the college’s commitment to community, global education, critical thinking and spiritual transformation. She feels privileged to walk alongside students as they ask hard questions, learn more about themselves, and find their place in God’s greater call for his people. When God opened the door to serve at Westmont, Liz was delighted join such a special community.

AnnieAnnie Borden, Emerson Hall Resident Director

Annie was born and raised in the golden hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her family members have attended Westmont, and she graduated with a degree in religious studies in 2010. While at Westmont, she served as a resident assistant twice, once in Van Kampen and once in Page. A few years after graduating, she worked for Westmont’s Gaede Institute for Liberal Arts. She has happily returned to the Westmont community as the resident director of Emerson Hall with her husband, Jesse, and their baby, Asher, who was born in June—a real perk for baby-starved students.

Annie is passionate about community and sees relationships as a pressure cooker infused with opportunities to become more ourselves and more like Christ. She says college provides a special time for this development. She has spent much of her post-college years living in various forms of community and working with college students. Most recently—and before giving birth—she worked in Belize, Central America, with a study-aboard program in a similar live-in position. Annie is thrilled to walk alongside students, witnessing and championing their growth.


The Latest on Campus Life from Danny Clapp

DannyGreetings from the Office of Campus Life! Are we really more than halfway through the semester?

A significant portion of my responsibilities involves working with the Westmont Activities Council (WAC), a team of students who plan and implement many of the campus events that our students love.

In case you haven’t received a full report from your son or daughter, here are a few highlights from the start of the year shown through videos.

Bingo Night drew record numbers in early September. About five hundred students crowded into the gym for a chance to win their share of $1,500 in prizes. The suspense was thick as the announcer called out numbers. To lighten the mood, the team wisely implemented the occasional dance ball. Westmont students love to dance.

The dining commons closes for the popular Community Picnic, and everyone eats on Kerrwood Lawn. Thirty-seven student clubs, 15 student organizations and 15 off-campus service agencies set up tables to introduce Westmont students to the myriad of ways to get involved.

Sixty-two students gathered early on Saturday, September 19, to participate in United Way’s annual Day of Caring. Students accomplished landscaping and painting and served local schools, churches and non-profit organizations throughout Santa Barbara.

October brought the Homecoming Golf Cart Parade, Midnight Madness, and early planning for the 55th annual Spring Sing on March 12, 2016.

See a full lineup of WAC happenings.


Reminder for First-Year Parent’s Weekend

FYPWIf you’re a first-year parent, plan to return to campus this weekend, November 6-7! We’ve scheduled some events for you, and many are free. View the schedule online or check out the mobile schedule for a phone-friendly view.


Important Dates

First-Year Parents Weekend: November 6-7

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 25-27

Final Survival Kit Order Deadline: December 10

Last Day of Classes: December 11

Final Exams: December 15-18

Winter Recess: December 19 - January 11

Parents Weekend and Spring Sing: March 11-12


Important Links

Parents and Families - Find information specifically for YOU!

First-Year Parents Weekend Plan to join us if you have a first-year student who started Westmont this fall

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, Career Development & Calling, and more

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

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

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

iTunes U Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events at itunesu.westmont.edu