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 2016

angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela D'Amour

Katherine Kwong (o-team)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Kwong

Tommy Nightingale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Nightingale

sabrina dawson oteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Wong

natalie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Moore

Allison Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Judy

Bryanna Rivera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryanna Rivera

Heaven Masuno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven Masuno

Juliet Davila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet Davila

Rachel White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel White

Andrew Olson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Olson

Jazmine Anderson Islas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazmine Anderson Islas

Heidi Kathryn Pullmann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Kathryn Pullmann

Jacob Ochs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Ochs

Amy Woo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Woo

Kyle Hansen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Hansen

Lauren Holstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Holstein

Jacob Gee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Gee

Abigail DeYoung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail DeYoung

 

Sabrina Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Dawson

dylan fodor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dylan Fodor

Jonathan Cleek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Cleek

Chelsea Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Roberts

Kole t'Sas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kole t'Sas

Elijah Veluzat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elijah Veluzat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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. I spend my time outside of work coaching soccer, riding bikes with my kids, reading and hiking. 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 O-Team and I can't wait to set you up for success.

 

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Katherine Kwong

katherineMajor: English

 

Hometown: Newbury Park, CA

 

Favorite verse/quote: “In the word question, there is a beautiful word - quest. I love that word. We are all partners in a quest. The essential questions have no answers. You are my question, and I am yours - and then there is dialogue. The moment we have answers, there is no dialogue. Questions unite people.” -Elie Wiesel

 

 

Favorite class and why?

Gender and Ethnicity on the American Stage. It is a really insightful class where you read a myriad of mostly contemporary plays which consider how gender and ethnicity both shape theater and are shaped by theater. The class is discussion based and the professor, John Blondell, is fantastic.


What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: Sturdy Shoes! A fair amount of paths on campus are not paved and you'll be walking up and down hills a lot. A good pair of sturdy flip-flops or sneakers can be the key to happy feet at the end of the day!
Do Not Bring: Too many desk accessories. Your desk is not as big as you might think. Keep family photos, inspirational quote blocks, organizer cubes and pencil cups to a minimum. That way, you can ensure your desk can be a space for work without being distracting.

 

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Tommy Nightingale

tommyMajor: Economics & Business, English

 

Hometown: Wherever Sam Bentz is.


Favorite verse/quote: A life unexamined is not worth living.

 

Favorite class and why?

Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid with Professor Ifland, because it was a tangible intersection of my passion for business and social justice


What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a water bottle, multitool, and a surfboard. Don't bring any spiders. I hate spiders

 

John Wong

sabrina dawson oteamMajor: Biology

 

Hometown: San Jose, CA (and Westmont :D)


Favorite verse/quote: "Further up and further in" - The Last Battle

 

Favorite class and why?

Animal Diversity with Professor Beth Horvath, because during labs we were able to go on 3-4 all day trips to zoos and natural history museums as well as shorter trips else where. In class we learned about how beautiful and diverse Gods world is, and how we can be stewards of his creation.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Don't bring 25+ shirts, I did three years straight and didn't wear half of them :P

 

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Natalie Moore

johannaMajor: Kinesiology

 

Hometown: I just moved to Downtown SB, but Camarillo, CA will always be where my red slippers take me.


Favorite verse/quote: "One person's annoying is another's inspiring and heroic." -Leslie Knope

 

Favorite class and why?

Either Abnormal Psychology with Dr. Gurney or Pain Neuroscience with Dr. Walters. As a kinesiology major and future physical therapist (fingers crossed), I loved having professors who take theoretical concepts and put them in the light of the professional world, giving practical ways to think through hard things to deal with as a Christian while also loving others like Jesus. Also these classes were super interesting, meaning I had little trouble staying engaged all the time.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Do bring dorm decorations; Christmas lights, posters, disco balls, etc. make your itty bitty room feel so much more like YOUR space and home away from home. Do NOT bring extra furniture until you know for sure it will fit.

 

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Allison Judy

allisonMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: Denver, CO

 

Favorite verse/quote: My favorite quote comes from a dear high school friend of mine. She told me, "Regret always comes too late." Despite it being a simple concept, somehow the urgency of that statement struck me. Life is brief and every opportunity is one-of-a-kind. Every moment I am here, I have the responsibility to live with passion and full engagement. Truly, I consider this quote to be one of the greatest inspirational quotes that everyone should hear.

Favorite class and why?

I loved hip hop class with Angela Carty! It is a one credit PE class that only requires 45 minutes of your time, twice a week. Each period, students meet in the dance room and learn a routine, step by step. Previous dance experience or "swagger" is not required! Angela is super kind, a constant joy and an inspiring person. Take the class because everyone needs to spend some time boogie-ing to the beat!

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Every student should bring a hot water kettle for their dorm room. Sometimes you will just want a cup of tea or hot cocoa to sip on while you watch your favorite show. Or when you are in a rush, instant oatmeal or cup-of-noodles can temporarily satisfy your hunger until after classes.
Clothingwise, come prepared for some cooler weather or fancier events, but otherwise, stick with the basics. I came in having already downsized my closet and still finished the year realizing I could bring even less.

 

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Bryanna Rivera

bryannaMajor: Communication Studies, Sociology

 

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA


Favorite verse/quote:

"But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

 

Favorite class and why?

Messages, Meaning, and Culture hands down is my favorite class taken. Dr. Spencer is the best! I didn't end up being a communications major, but I loved his class and recommend it to everyone.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring lots of costumes and random clothing like neon leggings! There was a ton of fun events that usually have some sort of crazy dress-up theme.

 

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Heaven Masuno

heavenMajor: Liberal Studies

 

Hometown: Orange County, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Favorite class and why?

I really enjoyed all of the Religious Studies classes. I think they are set up in a way that is comfortable for everyone, regardless of how much scripture-based knowledge you have. At the same time, they are the catalysts for engaging in intelligent theological conversations. You learn so much- no matter your level of knowledge upon entry.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

BRING: Emergen-C, Vitamin C, or any immune support supplement! When one person in your hall gets sicks, everyone gets sick. So it is best to have all the support you can get! I always found myself asking to borrow these.

DO NOT BRING: Your whole wardrobe. Even now, without fail, I bring 15-20 pairs of shoes and only wear about four. They just take up space!

 

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Juliet Davila

julietMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: San Jose, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." - Colossians 3:12

 

Favorite class and why?

Conflict and Reconciliation with Dr. Dunn because it was the most life applicable class that taught me so much about how to address conflict and reconciliation in real life. Dr. Dunn is also the best!

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

I recommend buying fans for those hot hot days when your dorm feels like a sauna.

I do not recommend bringing big bulky coats because it never gets that cold and it just takes up precious closet space.

 

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Rachel White

rachelMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: Seattle, WA


Favorite verse/quote: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:1

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class so far was intro to the Old Testament with Dr. Longman. I loved learning more about the Old Testament and enjoyed Dr. Longman's humor.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

People should bring a blanket to lay out on magnolia lawn to study when it's nice out and should not bring many shoes besides flip flops.

 

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Andrew Olson

andrewMajor: Political Science

 

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA (SF Bay Area)


Favorite verse/quote: "Do what you can, where you are with what you have"-Theodore Roosevelt

One of things you will learn quickly in college is that habit shapes you and who you are to others. This quote helps remind me that to do big hard things, I need to start by caring for others in small ways and develop the habits of selflessness.

 

"The Lord is my shepherd..." Psalm 23

I suffered intense nightmares and insomia as a child. This was the verse my mother taught me to repeat to myself as a form of prayer when I awoke.

Favorite class and why?

Repeat after me, "Professor over class." A good professor will shape you into a better person which can sometimes be more valuable than content material . Prof. Delaney is the sassiest and brightest old man I've ever met, he knows how to build community in his classes and your writing will improve exponentially. Ask upper classmen which professors have shaped them and try to go take those professors to lunch, take their classes or attend their office hours.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring:
-Set of formal clothes, a good formalish jacket.
-Storage materials (boxers of all shapes and sizes) your room will get messy fast.
-DVD's of your top 3 movies/shows to share you love with your newfriends
-Tea Set: Making tea for your self or friends is a great way to spread community and uplift spirits
-A blanket: Cuddling, giving to weeping friends, those cold cold (cough 50 degree) nights.....

Not Bring:
-More books then you could read in a semester. This one is SO hard. I am so guilty on this end. Choices 5 books you want to read. 5 for reference. And try to leave it at that. Books are heavy and take up space.

 

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Jazmine Anderson Islas

jazmineMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: San Diego, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "Truly He is my rock and my salvation, He is my fortress, I will not be shaken." - Psalm 62.6

Favorite class and why?

Messages, Meaning, and Culture with Professor Spencer. This has been my favorite class that I have taken because I learned something new each time I walked in and there was always different discussions and the professor got to know each one of us so well and we got to know him.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring only the necessities not your entire room because only part of the room is yours. Bring pictures of friends and family so you don't get home sick as often.

 

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Heidi Kathryn Pullman

heidiMajor: Biology

 

Hometown: The TL. Ask me about it!


Favorite verse/quote: “A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”
- Paulo Coehlo

Favorite class and why?

Christian Doctrine with Professor Yadav. There are few things I love more than discovering I'm a heretic (and learning how not to be).

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Do your best to bring a healthy sense of humility and to leave any assumptions at home.

 

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Jacob Ochs

jacobgMajor: Computer Science

 

Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" -Phil. 3:14

Favorite class and why?

Artificial Intelligence with Professor Iba, because it is a controversial and largely unproven field which has so much potential to grow in the future.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a spork, mug, and sleeping bag.

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Amy Woo

amyMajor: Economics & Business, History

 

Hometown: La Crescenta, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "Dreams can change. If we'd all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses." -Stephen Colbert.

Favorite class and why?

Spirituality and Rituals in the Medieval Modern Europe with Professor Robins changed the way I thought about witches! We got to explore witch trials for a month! Also examining rituals pre-Reformation challenged the way I thought about my own church rituals and spirituality.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

People, bring your silliness, your best wits. Chances are that you will find your niche where fellow Westmont classmates will guffaw at your jokes. Also, there are many costume opportunities, so let your cape or feathered boa shine.
Noah may have brought two of every animal onto the ark, but I would discourage bringing two of everything if possible. Sharing may be caring, and coordination with roommates can build trust and allow for more room in the dorm.

 

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Kyle Hansen

kyleMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: Newberg, OR


Favorite verse/quote: Favorite scripture: "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
Favorite quote: "It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." -Agatha Christie

Favorite class and why?

Discrete Math with Dr. Hunter: While a math class may seem like an odd choice for a favorite, I learned so much about how to think in this class, and how to discover truth while working in small groups, that in some ways it felt like I was exploring reality as a whole rather than just math. I think the part I enjoyed most was learning how to communicate any discoveries that I made with the group I was working in, and learning to listen to other people’s insights as well. I think everyone should take this class, even if you're not a math/computer science major like I am.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a beach towel; I regretted not having one all last year.
Bring stuff to hang on your wall (and *dorm-acceptable* ways to hang them); they'll make your dorm feel more like home.
Do NOT bring a rigid life plan; your plans are going to change whether you make them or not, so it's best to hold them loosely and be ready for change.

 

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Lauren Holstein

laurenMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: Monrovia, CA


Favorite verse/quote: John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

Favorite class and why?

It's a toss up between Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development with Ifland or any accounting class with Harmon. I learned so much in both classes. The professors really make it interesting and applicable.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

People should bring a Keurig or hot water and french press, whichever medium you prefer to make coffee. You'll need it.

People should not bring a bike unless they are really serious about biking. So many people brought their bike my Freshman and never used it because Westmont is one giant hill and it was easier to just walk.

 

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Jacob Gee

jacobgMajor: Psychology, Economics & Business

 

Hometown: San Ramon, CA


Favorite verse/quote: Corinthians 10:13

Favorite class and why?

Game theory with Professor Enrico Manlapig because it gives you a different perspective on games and business situations where strategy is key. Also, Enrico is the best.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a fan (or multiple). There's no air conditioning so you will get hot. Don't bring your entire wardrobe or even close to it. But if you do, you'll figure it out eventually.

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Sabrina Dawson

sabrinaMajor: English, Art History

 

Hometown: I have moved around a TON, but currently home is Abilene, Texas.


Favorite verse/quote: "I have learned how to live, how to be IN the world and OF the world, and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life. Or from love, either."
— Sabrina (1954)

 

Favorite class and why?

Art, Theology, and Worship with Dr. DeBoer was one of my favorite classes because it helped me grow my passions and my faith in tandem.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

I would suggest bringing a tea kettle and pictures of the people you love but not more than one pair of heels because the hills are too hard to walk around in them.

 

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Dylan Fodor

dylanMajor: English

 

Hometown: Wherever my two feet stand


Favorite verse/quote: "A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it"- JRR Tolkien

Favorite class and why?

Dr. Mann's Old Testament class, because he's the Mann!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

People should bring what they want to bring, and shouldn't bring what they don't.

 

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Johnathan Cleek

jonathanMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: Carpinteria, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's" - Joseph Campbell

Favorite class and why?

Perspectives on World History with Dr. Chapman. This class deepened my knowledge on various cultures and showed me how looking into history can explain some of the international issues occurring today. Dr. Chapman makes his class engaging by constantly showing the practical implications of the material (also, his British accent and jokes are wonderful).

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: A mug/cup! There were many nights when I wished I had something to put either a drink or some noodles in. Also, an extra blanket for watching movies outside your room if you can fit it is great.

Don't Bring: A ton of clothes. There is not a huge amount of closet space. Also, more clothes = more laundry.

 

 

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Chelsea Roberts

nickMajor: Art

 

Hometown: Danville, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good."
-Roald Dahl

 

Favorite class and why?

Being an art major, I absolutely loved Art History (renaissance through modern). The class was full of interesting people throughout the last couple centuries, as well as their wonderfully entertaining stories. Professor DeBoer created an amazing environment where everyone felt free to discuss the importance of the subject matter, as well as the fascinating events behind each piece, and an hour simply never felt long enough.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Definitely bring a strong fan, the september heat will most likely be miserable and there's no air conditioning in the dorms.

Even if they are a big part of your life, you do not need to bring all of your books. They're just going to end up taking space and you probably won't have much time to read them.

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Kole t'Sas

koleMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: I love calling home on the big rock in front of the library or in the privacy of my room.


Favorite verse/quote: John 14:6 - "Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.' "

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class I have taken so far in my Westmont career has got to be Life Science with professor Beth Horvath. It was fascinating and each unit we covered was filled with very interesting facts and was related to the real world.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring lots of poster board, this really works for when hanging anything on the walls and is easier to take down later. Bring hanger hooks, these work well too and come in handy for many things. Bring a fun and positive attitude, your in college live it up! Do not bring a tv, many of the lounges will provide them. Do not bring a pet, professors and Westmont will provide plenty of pet intersection for students. Do not bring a game system, your in college, focus on the studies and be more active on games to play instead of a video game.

 

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Abigail DeYoung

abigailMajor: Mathematics

 

Hometown: Lafayette, CO


Favorite verse/quote: "And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause."

-Stranger Than Fiction

 

 

Favorite class and why?

The History of Mathematics with Patti Hunter: It is one of those classes that is completely disorienting in the most orienting way! I learned how to see connections in the different facets of the mathematical world that seem to be so disjunct, and in turn I am now more perceptive to connections found in seemingly unconnected things in other areas of my studies and in LIFE! Woot.

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

To bring: Definitely bring a box of your fave tea and a sleeping bag and probably a tupperware for those days you actually buy food from the supermarket.

Not to bring: I wouldn't bring a printer or an ironing board because who irons.

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Elijah Veluzat

elijah

Hometown: Valencia, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'" - Matthew 19:26"

-Stranger Than Fiction

 

 

Favorite class and why?

Great Literature of the Stage because Professor John Blondell is excellent and nice. Take the class and witness the man, the myth, the legend!

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

To bring: Sparkling apple cider. It's a big hit for everything, from celebrating your first A on an exam to your first date with your Westmont WOW! But make sure it's Martinelli's.

Not to bring: A man bun... They're out of style now!

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