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Parent Orientation Schedule

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Registration Deadline will be August 14, 2017.

Congratulations and welcome to Westmont! As a family member of a newly admitted student, you have played a very important role in your student’s acceptance. We encourage your continued role in the development and transition that will take place over the next four years of your student’s life.

The Parent Orientation program is created specifically for parents, with input from past participants. This program is intended to inform you of important information about services and programs that will help your student succeed at Westmont, and to address transition issues for the student and those who are important in the student’s life.

The complete schedule for Parent Orientation 2017 is available by downloading the Guidebook app called Westmont Community Guide. (available in iOS, Android and Web platforms). This will serve as your primary guide to Parent Orientation and beyond. Review the parent schedule and click the + sign to add events and sessions of interest to "my schedule." You may also wish to explore the FAQ link and your student's orientation schedule in the guide. All parent sessions and events are included in your registration fee.


2017 schedule*

*Note: Feel free to check back regularly for any updates and additional minor details that may be added.

Thursday, August 24 2017

Student Move-in: 8am - 1pm

Please follow the signs to park and proceed to your residence hall. Student volunteers will be available from 8am until 1pm to help unload vehicles and carry belongings to rooms. To help with the speed and efficiency of the move-in process, please come to campus according to the following schedule:

All Transfer and Consortium 8:00 - 9:30
Last names beginning with A-J 8:00 - 9:30
Last names beginning with K-R 9:30 - 11:00
Last names beginning with S-Z 11:00 - 12:30

Location: Page, Clark, Armington, Emerson, Van Kampen, and Ocean View Halls

Welcome Center: 8am – 1:30pm

Come to the welcome center on the lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall to check in for Orientation, pick up your schedule, and have your ID card photo taken. Westmont resources and departments are hosting tables under the tent to provide information and answer questions. Parents be sure to check in at the parent tent to pick up nametags, schedules, and handouts from Parent Relations Staff and Parent Council members.
Location: Lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall

Parent Welcome Tent: 8am – 1pm 

We invite parents and families to visit the Parent Tent. Meet fellow parents and Parents Council members, get answers to your questions, and enjoy light refreshments and conversation. You'll also find Parent Council members at Page, Emerson and Clark to answer your questions.
Location: Lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall, adjacent to large Welcome Center tent

Computer Set-up: 8am - 1pm

Information Technology staff will be available to answer questions, help with set-up, and make future appointments. Location: Page and Clark Residence Halls

Campus Walking Tour: 10:30 – 11:30am

An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.
Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall

Lunch: 11:30 am - 1 pm 

Last names beginning with A-J        11:30-12:15

Last names beginning with K-R       11:45-12:30

Last names beginning with S-Z       12:00-12:45

All Transfer Students                     12:00-12:45

Location: Dining Commons. Lunch included in Parent Orientation Registration Costs. Otherwise, door prices are: Adults: $11.00, Children 2-10: $7.50; Westmont students: no charge (on a meal plan).

Campus Walking Tour: 1:00 – 2:00pm

An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.
Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall

Legacy Reception: 1:00 - 1:45pm

Parents who are Westmont alumni and their students are invited to a dessert reception with President Gayle D. Beebe. A group photograph of children and grandchildren of Westmont alumni will be taken on Magnolia Lawn at 1:35 pm. Refreshments served.
Location: Upper Magnolia Lawn (in front of the Library)

Welcome Session: 2pm

The entire Westmont community and guests are invited to this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2017. President Gayle D. Beebe will extend an official Westmont welcome followed by an introduction to this year’s Orientation Team. You’ll also get an insider’s scoop on two students’ first experiences at Westmont.
Location: Murchison Gym

Student Life: The Big Picture and How the Pieces Fit:
3:30 – 4:30pm 

Westmont offers a holistic education, and many student experiences fit under the umbrella of Student Life. Select one of the following sessions to see the big picture of Student Life while learning about one aspect of the student experience.
Career Development and Calling:
Discover all the resources available to help students prepare for the future. Presenter: Paul Bradford, Director of Career Development and Calling.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room
Student Care:
Learn how Westmont cares for all students’ emotional, physical and unique needs. Presenter: Tim Wilson, Associate Dean of Students; David Hernandez, Director of Health Services; Eric Nelson, Director of the Counseling Center.
Location: Winter 210
Belonging in Community:
Learn how students find their place at Westmont as they participate in the ebb and flow of daily activities on campus. Presenter: Shannon Balram, Director of Residence Life.
Location: Porter Theatre

Welcome Picnic Dinner for Parents and Families: 5 – 6:30pm

Relax on Kerrwood lawn and enjoy a great meal. Hear a brief welcome message from Jane Wilson, associate professor of education. Meet other parents as well as faculty and staff. *Please note that your students will have having dinner with their orientation small group.

Location: Kerrwood Lawn

Out-of-State Parent Reception: 6:30 – 7:30pm

If you live outside of California and would like to meet and connect with other out-of-state parents, join us. Washington Parents Council members Megan and Michael White will lead the session and provide a time for questions and answers. Other staff and out-of-state Parents Council members will share insights.
Location: Porter Theatre Patio

Friday, August 25 2017

Continental Breakfast for Parents and Families: 8:45 – 9:15am

Location: Page Hall Patio

Welcome from the President: 9:15 - 10am 

Meet President Gayle D. Beebe as he welcomes you to the Westmont community, examines the value of a Westmont education in today's world and highlights current college priorities. He will answer questions and members of his executive team will add insights and suggest ways to support your student.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

The Core of the Classroom: 10:15 – 10:50am

Provost Mark Sargent will share about the unique qualities of a Westmont education. Faculty and students will highlight the special quality of the faculty/student relationship at Westmont.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Your Student's Employment: Now & Later: 11 - 11:30am

Lori Ann Banez and Julissa Delgado from Career Development and Calling will discuss the importance of gaining work experience during the college years, focusing on the kinds of positions available on campus, using Job Spot to find employment, who qualifies for work-study, how work-study functions, and the original documents everystudentmust submit before beginning work.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room

Lunch: 11:30am - 1pm 

Location: Dining Commons Lunch included in Parent Orientation Registration Costs. Otherwise, door prices are: Adults: $11.00, Children 2-10: $7.50; Westmont students: no charge (on a meal plan).

Intercultural Programs Lunch: 11:30am - 1pm

Students of color, international, missionary and third-culture students, and Cultural Diversity Awardees and their families are invited to hear about the programs and opportunities associated with Westmont’s commitment to diversity. Lunch will be served at 11:30am; program begins at noon.
Location: Magnolia Lawn

Living in Community: Your Student’s First Year: 1:30pm

This is a time for you to meet the Residence Life staff who will be living with your students and to learn more about the Residence Life philosophy and program.

Locations: Clark residence hall families – Kerrwood Lawn

Page residence hall families – Page Multipurpose Room

Emerson residence hall families - Porter Theatre

Transfer student families – Armington C Lounge

Service of Commitment: 3pm

Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and take their First Walk at the end of the service, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement. This is the last scheduled event for parents.
Location: Murchison Gym

Families Say Goodbye: 4:30 - 5pm

Students and families say goodbye before students head off to dinner with their section and families leave campus.
Location: Kerrwood Lawn

Bookstore Hours:

Thursday 9am-7pm

Friday 9am-5pm

Upcoming Dates:

August 29th - First day of classes

November 3-4 - First-Year Parents Weekend

*The above schedule is subject to change. Please check back for any updates. Also check http://www.westmont.edu/orientation/ for a glimpse of your student’s schedule and other information they need to know before coming to campus in August.