Your Orientation Team

Meet your Orientation Team (O-Team)! We are here to welcome you to Westmont College and answer any questions you may have as you make the transition to college life. Each new student will be part of a small group at Orientation led by an O-Team member.

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Your O-Team 2014:

angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela D'Amour

patrick bower (o-team)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Bower

kenny chism (oteam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Chism

sabrina dawson oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Dawson

johanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johanna DeGraaf

kristin deegan oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Deegan

lindsey dewilde oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey DeWilde

jeremy ecklund oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Ecklund

andi erickson oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andi Erickson

sarah frigon oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Frigon

jacob gee oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Gee

karli holman oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karli Holman

dani ireland oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Ireland

karis k oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karis Kirchgestner

jon l oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Lindsley

joe miller oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Miller

holli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holli Morrow

nathan ngo oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Ngo

rachel p oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Parkhurst

danielle romero oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Romero

donald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Scherschligt

joshua sileywaters oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Siley-Waters

nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Sovronec

jason tong oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Tong

     

Angela D'Amour

angela damourGreetings New Students! My name is Angela D'Amour and I serve as the Director of Campus Life where I oversee the Orientation program, among other responsibilities. I originally hail from Beverly, MA, however, Santa Barbara has begun to feel like home in the five years since I arrived. I spend my time outside of work building train tracks with my son, tickling my daughter, dreaming with my husband, and getting out for great trail runs. A highlight of my year is the day that you arrive on campus in August. You bring with you passion, potential and amazing possibilities. You are in for a fabulous adventure at Westmont and the Orientation Team and I can't wait to set you up for success.

 

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Patrick Bower

patrickMajor: Kinesiology

 

Hometown: Ventura, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the availability for interaction with professors both in and out of class and the encouragement to do so.

 

Fun Fact: Almost every dream that I have that I can remember has an elephant in it.

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Camping gear for spontaneous weekend trips.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I never really ran into this problem, but I had a roommate that thought it would be a good idea to bring his comic book collection. Turns out it just took up space. A lot of space.

 

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Kenny Chism

kennyMajor: Biology: Ecology, Evolution, Natural History

 

Hometown: Livermore, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

Westmont is a place where I feel comfortable being me. I can always find someone to talk to about what's on my mind, and someone to explore the beauty of life with. That could be friends in my dorm, or the professors, who care so much about students on a personal level. The community here is unreal.

 

Fun Fact: I love observing nature and practicing sustainable living.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

My cat, Whisper.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Netflix capability. Like, actually.

 

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Sabrina Dawson

sabrina dawson oteamMajor: Art History & English

 

Hometown: Abilene, TX


What do you love about Westmont?

Westmont is an extremely supportive community. There have been countless times when I have just needed something, big or small, and at least 5 people were always there to help me. Be it professors or fellow students, Westmont will be there to support you in even your craziest moments. I could not be more grateful.

 

Fun Fact: There is always that person in your life that gets a little crazy right around Christmas time due to their exuberant passion for the holiday. If you don't currently have this person in your life, then you will be meeting one very soon because I just so happen to be one of these people. Now I know that most people get excited about Christmas, but I start going all out right around mid-October. I am one of those people who celebrates year-round, much to the dismay of my freshman roommates, because I think that God gave us such a precious gift that it should be celebrated constantly. I also have an affinity for cheesy Christmas movies of the romantic comedy genre, which only seems to perpetuate this cycle even more. So, if you ever want some hot cocoa/tea, glitter, snowflakes, and a good ABC/Hallmark Christmas movie in the middle of the year, come find me!

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

I wish I had brought so many more photos of my family and friends. About 3 weeks into school, I ended up scrounging up whatever photos I had on my computer to get them printed and sent to me. It would have been nice to have more of my favorite smiles to grace my walls when I missed people most.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Books! I am bookworm and thought I would have just as much time to read in college as I did in high school. Such a naive thought! What time I did have I spent with all the new people around me and not fictional characters. So, the majority of my recreational books have sadly remained on the same shelf all year.

 

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Johanna DeGraaf

johannaMajor: Biology

 

Hometown: San Diego, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

The supportive and close-knit community of faculty and students.

 

Fun Fact: I've hiked Machu Picchu.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college? A ukulele

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Books to read in all my free time.

 

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Kristin Deegan

kristinMajor: Communications Studies

 

Hometown: Santa Clarita


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the size of Westmont. Everyday I see friendly, familiar faces while walking to class or sitting in the DC. It never gets old.

 

Fun Fact: If I don't have somewhere to be at a specific time, I find traffic to be relaxing. It's a convenient time to think and have some time to yourself, and if you are with someone, it's a great time for solid conversation.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

More pictures!

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I probably shouldn't have packed as many clothes and pairs of shoes as I did. It was excessive and I only wore half of them.

 

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Lindsey DeWilde

lindseyMajor: Religious Studies

 

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the academics. Yes, the beach is great, but you know you're in the right major when 3/4 of the books you are assigned to read are the ones you would want to read on your own anyways.

 

Fun Fact: I absolutely love anything mango.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

More socks. Less laundry.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

About 50 tubes of toothpaste. If anyone needs one, hit me up.

 

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Jeremy Ecklund

jeremyMajor: Biochemistry

 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the people at Westmont. They all come together to create such an amazing God centered community.

 

Fun Fact: I once got a concussion by walking into a pole.

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Snacks. I always found myself hungry, but didn't have anything to munch on!

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I wish I hadn't packed scissors and tape and glue. As a science major, I have never needed those things.

 

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Andi Erickson

andiMajor: Engineering Physics

 

Hometown: Orange County, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the beauty of Westmont's campus, and the wildlife that lives here.

 

Fun Fact: My fingers are double jointed - if you want to see, ask me and I'll show you.

 

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

I really wish I would have packed more things to decorate my walls. This is going to be your home for the next year, bring your own flare to make it feel like your home!

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I wish I hadn't packed so many mugs. I know they are awesome, but one or two will suffice plus you will probably buy more or be given them as a present!

 

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Sarah Frigon

sarahMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Paso Robles, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love that i can thrive on personal relationships at Westmont, whether it is with my peers, the faculty, the staff administration, etc. I love that my faith is challenged as well as encouraged, and that differences are welcomed, not pushed against.

 

Fun Fact: Smarties are my favorite candy.... they make you smarter.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Downy wrinkle releaser (which I now own).

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

As many stuffed animals as I did.

 

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Jacob Gee

jacobMajor: Psychology & Business/Economics

 

Hometown: San Ramon, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the community and how much everybody cares about each other.

 

Fun Fact: I'm an A's fan.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Air freshener

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Too many clothing items.

 

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Karli Holman

karliMajor: Chemistry

 

Hometown: San Diego, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love how Westmont faculty and staff pursue deep, lasting relationships with students. I feel known and loved by my professors, and they inspire me to grow both academically and spiritually as a whole, integrated person.

 

Fun Fact: I'm a ballet dancer! I took ballet classes for fourteen years before coming to Westmont, and have recently started getting back into it again after a year-and-a-half-long break.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A frisbee!

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Toilet paper. My mom insisted that I bring some, for who knows what reason, and I never even opened the roll. Thankfully, Westmont does provide that for you!

 

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Danielle Ireland

danielleMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the people at Westmont! Both the students and the faculty have impacted my time here significantly! The friends I have made have changed my life with their constant willingness to challenge me, grow with me, and always make me laugh. The faculty members here are so caring and are truly invested in not only what goes on inside the classroom, but are invested in me as a person.

 

Fun Fact: I have my motorcycle license!

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A drying rack for my clothes.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many jackets/sweaters.

A. It's Santa Barbara (and I'm from here...) so I don't know why I felt like I needed them.

B. Closet space is limited.

 

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Karis Kirchgestner

karisMajor: English

 

Hometown: San Francisco, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love how willing people are to discuss difficult topics in the classroom and in the dorms. Westmont is such a safe space to explore theology, politics, and culture.

 

Fun Fact: I co-directed the 2015 Spring Sing for the winning dorm, Emerson!!!

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

More neon clothing. Freshman year is full of fun dances and weird dress-up nights.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many sweaters. Although they're super cute, there's really no point. It's warm.

 

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Jon Lindsley

jonMajor: Music

 

Hometown: Arlington, VA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love how you can expect people to be real with you about how they're actually doing and talk about meaningful things. That's BIG for me.

 

Fun Fact: I do parkour and breakdancing.

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A sleeping bag and a hammock for those impromptu backpacking trips.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many little things (pictures, memories from high school...) that my mom made me bring. Remember, you DO have the option of saying no to something like that.

 

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Joseph Miller

joeMajor: Economics/Business & Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Albany, OR


What do you love about Westmont?

What's not to love? Westmont is great because it is a place where you cannot only find yourself, but to better understand your identity in Christ as well. It's a fun and safe environment to grow and learn alongside people who really care for you and want to succeed with you.

 

Fun Fact: My most prestigious award is a trophy for winning 2nd place in a watermelon seed spitting contest when I was in the 6th grade.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

My accordion (Now I just need someone to teach me how to play it).

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

My blender. Haven't used it once.

 

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Holli Morrow

holliMajor: English

 

Hometown: Glendora, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

The many fun activities on campus, like movie nights, basketball games, and bingo! They're fun and free ways to hang out with friends without having to go far.

 

Fun Fact: I have 3 freckles that make a perfect equilateral triangle on my hand. I've measured it. Each side is exactly one and an eighth inch.

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A robe! I thought it would be impractical and that I wouldn't use it, but it made the trip from the bathroom to my room much more comfortable, especially when the custodian is in the hall!

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many books. They just ended up taking up space that I wanted for my textbooks. Especially in a room with other people sharing one bookcase, you want to make sure you don't have a ton of stuff taking up space you won't use!

 

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Nathan Ngo

nathanMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: San Jose, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the limitless opportunities that Westmont offers. If you aren't interested in any clubs, organizations, or activities, you can always start one that does!

 

Fun Fact: I played water polo for 4 years in high school, and I can juggle!

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

I wish I had packed a wetsuit and nail clippers.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I wish I hadn't packed so much clothes!

 

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Rachel Parkhurst

rachelMajor: Physics

 

Hometown: Cool, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

What's not to love? The dances, community, opportunities, classes, hiking trails, and pier are just some of the things that I love.

 

Fun Fact: I am an identical twin!

 

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Random clothing for all the fantastic Westmont events

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many jackets. I forgot how much you don't need them in Southern California.

 

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Danielle Romero

danielleMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Camarillo, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the small environment of the school. The size of the classes allow for great discussions to occur. Since it is a small school, it is easy to get to know someone because there are multiple opportunities to meet people throughout the year.

 

 

Fun Fact: I am good at rollerblading.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A steamer for my clothes.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

I wish I would not have brought so many clothes that I didn't need.

 

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Donald Scherschligt

donaldMajor: English

 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love how there is always something to do - whether it's a dance, a guest lecture, or just playing games int eh dorms, you can always find interesting events going on. Even when I have to actually study or get work done, I can find friends who want to work together, and we always have so much fun.

 

Fun Fact: I once wrote a note to Benedict Cumberbatch explaining why we should be best friends, and I tried to give it to him when he walked by at a red carpet premiere.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

I really wanted to smuggle a puppy into my dorm.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

As a birthday present, my mom got me a heavy-duty, puffy snow jacket and told me I should take it to school. I did, but the weather's so nice, I think I only used it once.

 

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Joshua Siley-Waters

joshMajor: Biology (Pre-Med)

 

Hometown: Northridge, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

Westmont community life. I love seeing the Westmont stickers/license plate frames on cars, followed by laughter and cheers as you enjoy one another's company on the weekends, or even in between classes, lunch, and even heading home.

 

Fun Fact: I am a huge fan of motorsport and technology. From simulation to go-karting to actual racing, I will always be a strong competitor; I can name every modern car and strongly value mobile and car tech. I can name the car that suits your personality, and trust me, you'll be happy.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

My mountain bike to rush from class to class and enjoy beautiful Santa Barbara.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

My credit card. So much Westmont attire, Blender's, and Freebirds.

 

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Nick Sovronec

nickMajor: Chemistry

 

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

The friendships that I've made at Westmont have truly helped me in my worst of times. I don't want to imagine my life without the friends I've made here.

 

Fun Fact: I am an Eagle Scout. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent learning valuable skills and taking extensive camping trips with my brother.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Well, my first year was a hectic time, and it was made much worse by forgetting a couple things at home. Bring pillows, I can't stress this enough. Trying to sleep for a week without a pillow is rough. Blankets are a plus too.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

My mom loves Costco, but really I only need a couple pens/pencils. Thanks mom for looking out for me, but the lifetime supply of writing utensils just takes up space in my precious desk.

 

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Jason Tong

jasonMajor: Music

 

Hometown: Alameda, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

Intentional community? Integration of faith and learning? The landscape? Everything?!

 

Fun Fact:

My grandpa may or may not have been a CIA agent. We're not exactly sure.

 

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

A beach towel. I tend to overpack and yet I still managed to forget that I'd be visiting the beach more than once in the school year. (Come on; this is Santa Barbara!)

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

So many books. I didn't know I'd be so busy studying that I wouldn't have time read.

 

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John Wong

Major: Ecology/Natural History

 

Hometown: San Jose, CA


What do you love about Westmont?

I love the people here! From the faculty to the students to the staff, they are all wonderful and help make this beautiful place feel welcome, safe, and fun!

 

Fun Fact: My two, bottom, front teeth are fake because I was born without adult teeth in those spots and had to live with baby teeth up through junior year of high school.

 

What do you wish you had packed for college?

Air freshener. The rooms smelled bad after the first week.

 

What do you wish you hadn't packed?

Too many T-shirts and not enough underwear.

 

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