Notes and News

Spring Break Service Opportunities

This year more than 200 students participated in two ministry programs during Spring Break: Potter’s Clay and Urban Initiative. Potter’s Clay has been partnering with our brothers and sisters in Ensenada, Mexico for over 35 years, and this year was no exception with students serving on kitchen, mobile salon, medical/dental, sports, Vacation Bible School, and construction teams. For Urban Initiative, a ministry that sends students for a week-long immersion in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, service projects are specific to the city. For instance, Los Angeles participants came face to face with injustice while visiting Skid Row and Bunker Hill. In San Francisco, students stayed in the Tenderloin district and coped with the institutional bias and poverty that pervades the city. The Santa Barbara team played with kids on the West Side and interacted with the homeless population. The Salt Lake City group engaged in interfaith dialogue with Mormons.

Spring Sing

It is no secret that Westmont students are extremely talented. However, when the whole college unites to fight for a trophy, bragging rights, and a pizza party, the results are stunning, sometimes awkward, but mostly memorable. This year's Spring Sing was a smorgasbord of dancing, acting, singing, set painting, and costume making. Men and women from each dorm (except for the co-ed cast of Emerson and Off-Campus) went head to head to create iconic lines, memories, and kindly poke fun at Westmont and pop culture. With the theme of “Communication Breakdown,” this year’s Spring Sing producer Connor Bush looked forward to the “the mayhem and mystery of Westmont students' active imaginations.” Students, staff, faculty, parents, and even some Santa Barbara residents packed the Santa Barbara Bowl for a night of laughter and “happily ever afters.” Congrats to the men and women of Emerson for their first place win.

Westmont Activities Council Events

Thus far, Westmont Activities Council (WAC) has done well organizing events for the students to decompress and make memories. To start off the semester, they had Java & Jazz which featured talented musicians and McConnell’s Ice Cream. Then, they served pancakes while brave souls sang words on a screen for the Pancakareoke night. In regards to the upcoming events, WAC is shrouded in secrecy about their Mystery Event on April 10th. However, it is common knowledge that the WAC is returning to the Fess Parker DoubleTree for yet another night to remember. After such a stupendous President’s Ball, the students are eagerly anticipating the next opportunity to groove. On many of the students’ Brass Band Calendars, April 18th is circled as a chance to dance at the Formal of the spring semester. Under the twinkle lights and the open air, students let loose, don darling or dapper attire, and make memories. “Don’t Stop Believing” will probably pulsate through the venue. The entire dance floor population will most likely descend at the drop of the dubstep music. That is Westmont community for you: unity in Christ and while “cutting a rug.”

To finish out the year, Westmont Activities Council and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations are teaming up to provide the third annual Movie Night on the Lawn on May 2nd. Picture this: the air is buzzing with reunion chatter and cinematic anticipation. The food trucks are sizzling and filling the air with scents of delicious dishes. Alumni and their kids cozy up for an evening of laughter and fellowship. Students emerge from the depths of the library to revert back to simpler times through watching Disney movies. The Kerrwood Lawn will be dotted with picnic blankets covered by students from the past and present (and dare I say future?) devouring the storyline and animation that “Big Hero Six” has to offer. According to Lorinda Dry, who is helping organize such a stellar event, “it's a very special and fun evening where students, faculty, staff, local alumni and neighbors all come together and enjoy a night under the stars with a great movie, food and fellowship.”