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Parent Support Net - September 2015

Dear Westmont Parents,

Another academic year has started! It began wonderfully well as we welcomed new students and their parents to our community. I enjoyed speaking with so many enthusiastic parents during Orientation—these conversations always remind me why I love working here. You all play an integral role in our life together whether you have a first-year student or a senior.

The calendar year begins in January, but for higher education, the new year starts in September. While I’ve not made resolutions, I look forward to a year of innovation and implementing a few new programs designed to help our students and engage our parents. Stay tuned to learn about ways you can get involved.

I experienced such joy in our first chapel of the year with all the students, and I wish you could have joined us in worship. The message was grounding, the students were exuberant—and loud—in their praise, and we came together as one to take communion and mark our unity in Christ as we start the year. It was a moving time together.

As we embark upon this new year, please remember we are here for you. While you will receive this newsletter once a month, please feel free to contact us anytime if you have particular needs or concerns (or compliments!). When you visit campus, please introduce yourselves to me or my wonderful team, Lorinda, Sergio and Mackenzie, in the Alumni and Parent Relations Office.

Blessings and thanks,










Teri Bradford Rouse ’77

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations


Meet the Rest of the Alumni and Parent Relations Team

Each member of our amazing team works hard to welcome alumni and parents into the broader Westmont community with various activities on campus, events in cities where many live, and communications to keep you all informed of significant news. Most importantly, we share a common commitment to Christ and love for Westmont. Please stop by our office whenever you visit campus!

LorindaLorinda Dry ’81, assistant director of alumni and parent programs, masterminds Parents Orientation, Homecoming, Parents Weekend and the Parent Support Net Newsletter—and much more. She works tirelessly to bring great quality and connection points to these events.





SergioSergio Hernandez ’07, coordinator of current student and young alumni programs, focuses on the first 10 years out of college and helps make the transition from college student to alum easy and exciting. He’s always planning something fun.






MackenzieMackenzie Young ’15. I am pleased to introduce Mackenzie, our new office assistant. She keeps us organized, cool, calm and collected, handling many day-to-day details with grace and charm. She graduated in May with a major in English and minors in Spanish and Art. Her hobbies include backpacking, camping and exploring California, hiking the trails of Santa Barbara, trying new restaurants, drinking coffee daily, and hearing her favorite musicians perform live. She challenges herself creatively with printmaking, drawing and film photography, and she has compiled a long list of books to read.


Learn your student's class verse

verseAs students begin the new academic year, you may wish to include their class verse in your prayers for them.

Class of 2016: “Seek me and live.” Amos 5:4

Class of 2017: “…no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Class of 2018: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Class of 2019: “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples: if you love one another.” John 13:35

Get the Facts about the Class of 2019

factsWe’re excited to welcome an amazing group of 339 first-year students and 52 transfer students. Our transfers come from a variety of colleges, including Freed Hardeman University, California State University Los Angeles, Texas Christian University, California Baptist University, Lawrence University, Vanguard University, Cal Poly Pomona, San Francisco State and Point Loma Nazarene University.

The new students represent four countries and 31 states, with 30 from Santa Barbara County and 12 who are international, missionary or third-culture students. More than a third—119 students—are North American ethnic minorities. The incoming class is 43 percent male and 57 percent female, and the top five majors are biology, economics and business, kinesiology, psychology and communication studies.


revisit Orientation

orientationWe think all our parents will enjoy this brief video of Orientation as it captures many great moments shared by our new parents and students.





Westmont Earns High Rankings

rankingsWestmont ranks as No. 10 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the50 most entrepreneurial collegesin the nation. The magazine evaluated the country’smost entrepreneurial schoolsbased on entrepreneurial ratios: the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners onLinkedIn divided bythe school’s student. “We seek to equip students with the skills and experiences they need to become social innovators, entrepreneurs and people who seek the global good as wellas capital entrepreneurs,” says Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe.To learn more, read the entire article.

Westmont jumped three spots and is ranked in thetop 100 best liberal arts collegesby U.S. News & World Report for the seventh straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2016 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 93 out of the nation’s 245 liberal arts colleges. Read more about our U.S. News ranking.

In August, three college rankings listed Westmont among the top schools in the nation. Forbes Magazine ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities for the third straight year in its Grateful Grads: Top Return-on-Investment.The Full List of Forbes’ Top Colleges 2015 ranksWestmont as No. 22in California and the only California member of theCouncil for Christian Colleges and Universities. Princeton Review has recognized Westmont in three different categories, including Best Western, Colleges That Pay You Back, and Private Schools. ThePrinceton Review’s 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Regionweb feature salutes 649 colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that they consider “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in a college search.” Find more in the full article on our website.


Put Another Candle oncake the Birthday Cake

Want to give your student a birthday surprise? The student-led Potter’s Clay core team can help! Order a freshly made birthday cake, and team will deliver it on the date you specify. Choose from vanilla, chocolate fudge, strawberry, red velvet, funfetti or fudge marble. Cakes cost $20 each and include a personalized birthday message. Please order no later than three days prior to your student’s birthday to ensure the cake can be delivered on time. There are no deliveries during winter break, and they end in April 2016. Surprise your student with a cake for his/her half birthday! Plan ahead and order now.

All proceeds support the ministry and projects of Potter’s Clay in Mexico


Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

horizonA subscription to Westmont’s weekly student newspaper, the Horizon, will give you a taste of college events and issues being discussed on campus as well as stories about athletics, residence hall life, faculty activities, perspectives on faith-related issues and other topics of interest. Annual subscriptions cost $65 or $40 a semester. For more information, to order or to contact Editor-in-Chief Christian Eckert ’17, call 805-565-6242 or email checkert@westmont.edu.


Did you know?

did you knowDid you know we plan a Parents Weekend specifically tailored to first-year parents?

If you’re a first-year parent, join us for a glimpse into your student’s daily experience. Save the date for First-Year Parents Weekend on November 6-7. Check the website for this year’s schedule, which is coming soon. We hold only a few official events to give you as much time as possible with your son or daughter.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Parent Relations Office at parents@westmont.edu or call 805-565-6056 with any questions. The weekend is free, but we need to know how many will attend to plan properly. You are welcome to purchase meals in the DC or eat out in Santa Barbara.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus to visit your student. Grandparents are welcome as well.


Important Dates

Homecoming Weekend: October 2-4

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!

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 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