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Parent Support Net

Parent Support Net - April 2017

teriDear Westmont Parents,

Is Commencement really only weeks away? It seems like we just welcomed you to a new academic year. While it has whizzed by, the year has brought good conversations, new learning, meaningful events and much-needed rain!

We enjoyed a fun-filled Parents Weekend and Spring Sing March 31-April 1. More than 150 parents attended, interacted with each other, heard from faculty and staff, and witnessed the fun and creativity of Spring Sing. Our talented students always amaze me.

As I write, families participating in Admitted Students Day are exploring campus. We want the best for all who visit and hope they choose Westmont. As the May 1 confirmation deadline approaches, please join us in praying that God will direct those students and families to Westmont who can most benefit from our distinctive education. In this powerful way, you can help Westmont thrive in the days ahead.

As summer approaches and your student comes homes or embarks on a summer adventure, we pray you will see how they have grown, engage them in deeper conversation about life and faith, and encourage them as they seek God’s call in their lives. For those of you with graduates, we’re grateful you entrusted your student to us and assure you that all of you will always be a part of the Westmont family.

My staff and I wish you a wonderful few months ahead. We will return with our next newsletter in September 2017.


Teri Bradford Rouse ’77

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Westmont Coach Patti Cook Makes an Impact

patti cookFor the first time in school history, a Westmont team completed an undefeated regular season. With a three-game sweep in the final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the year, the No. 1 Westmont women’s volleyball team achieved a perfect record of 31-0 overall and 16-0 in conference play. They won the 2016 GSAC title.

“We haven’t let success get to our heads but have wanted to do our best in every single game,” says Head Coach Patti Scofield Cook ’04. “The team definitely deserves their success this year.

“Westmont is a special place, and I have immensely enjoyed my time playing and coaching at this high-level institution. The college’s liberal arts nature melds perfectly with my coaching philosophy of balance and striving for excellence. At the heart of everything lies a deep desire to glorify God in all that we do.

“I have the privilege of bringing athletes onto this campus as first-year students and watching them grow and develop into amazing young women who will influence the world positively when they graduate. This last season, I stood on the sidelines and closely watched a team of young women accomplish collectively what they could not have done individually. I watched then work as a team and take this program to record heights because they believed in something beyond themselves.

“Westmont is indeed a special place, and we’re trying to do special things here. But beyond the drive to accomplish great things academically or athletically, a desire to put God first lies at the heart of everything.”

Learn More about Residence Life at Westmont

stu cleekIf you couldn’t join us for Parents Weekend, we thought you might want to hear an informative talk by members of our student life and residence life staff. They discussed our new residential experience for the 2017-2018 academic year, and you can listen to the entire conversation through by clicking here. The also shared their vision for the Global Leadership Center, mixed-class halls, and other new enhancements to residence life programs.

Students Spend Spring Break Globally

boatAbout 262 Westmont students spent spring break, March 11-18, volunteering for various service projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Salt Lake City, Mexico and Haiti. About 216 students traveled from Westmont to Ensenada on March 10 for Potter’s Clay, a student-led service trip that is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making it one of Westmont’s longest-running traditions. With the help of 30 professionals traveling alongside the students, volunteers will build homes, cut hair, prepare meals, lead prayer and worship as well as provide medical and dental care for Ensenada residents.

Finals Week Survival Kits

foodAs the semester draws to a close, your son or daughter will be busy with papers and exams, especially during finals week, May 2-4. The student-led Emmaus Road program offers a great way to support your student and provide a respite from the stress. On Friday, April 28, our global ministry team will deliver newly enhanced care packages containing fabulous treats and stress-relieving toys to your student’s room as a reminder of your love and care. A personalized note from you accompanies the care package. The kits cost $20 each.

You must place your order on our secure site before midnight, April 24, to take advantage of this special offer.


Is Your Student Graduating?

horizonYou can help your student understand why they need to take ownership of their career and direct them to free online tools on our website.

Through TalentMarks, the online career webinar platform we use, Westmont provides a new three-day online Summer Career Festival for graduating seniors July 13-15, 2017, featuring 24 hours of live presentations by the nations’ top career authors and coaches.

During this online festival your student will have access to:

  • Live presentations from 24 of the nation’s top career authors and experts
  • 16 hours of Google Hangouts with career coaches, authors, hiring managers worldwide
  • Presentations by top creators of new career tools and Career Trade Show
  • Career Lounge for casual conversation
  • Job board access to top career authors
  • Career interviews with dozens of business professionals, artists and musicians on careers.

These sessions with 24 top career authors and coaches include:

  • Peter Weddle, Build a Career Fitness Plan
  • Vicky Oliver, Trips to Handle Tough Interview Questions
  • William Arruda, Create a Powerful Personal Brand
  • Melisa Giovanogli, Graduate to LinkedIn
  • Donald Asher, Find Hidden Jobs!

For more information, email tbradfordrouse@westmont.edu

We Celebrate Commencement May 6

Carol Houston, who serves the Watts community as senior pastor of Bethel Unspeakable Joy Church, speaks at Westmont’s Commencement Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal to Patrick Enthoven, a former treasurer and director of Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara-based humanitarian aid organization active in all 50 states and 70 countries.

Commencement is free and open to the public, but no parking is available on campus. Guests must park their cars at Santa Barbara City College and use Westmont’s free shuttle service to campus, arriving at SBCC no later than 8 a.m.

About 300 students will participate in Commencement, and 49 Golden Warriors, who graduated in 1967, will march in the ceremony and celebrate their 50th reunion during the weekend.

Parents of seniors will find everything they need to know on the Commencement website.


Relive the Joy of Spring Sing—or See It for the First Time!

sb bowlSpring Sing 2017 was an exceptional show! Each year, the energetic students seem to outdo themselves with ideas for skits, clever lyrics, dancing and outrageous costumes.
If you attended, you know how much fun your student had. But with so much happening on stage all at once, you might want to see the skit again. If you missed Spring Sing, you have an opportunity to watch the entire show from a front-row seat.
For a limited time, you can purchase a video of Spring Sing 2017: So You Think There’s a Chance? starring your student and other members of our Westmont community.
Place your order online today. This offer ends April 20, 2017.


Martin Institute Dallas Willard Center

Loving God and Our Neighbor: A Reflection for Lent and Easter

Gary W. Moon, executive director of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, says that Dallas Willard believed God is present in a real sense and that when you talk with him a two-way conversation is possible. The institute and center encourage students and the Westmont community to grow spiritually and deepen their life with God. As part of their work, the institute and center will contribute brief devotionals for this newsletter.

In this season of Lent and preparation for Easter, it can be easy to lose perspective and to be swept into a whirlwind of consumerism and distraction. I invite you to take a step back and a deep breath and reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection.

“What are you giving up for Lent?” This may be something you have heard, or even said in recent weeks. Lent is a season to meditate on Jesus’ life and death and to prepare the Church anew for his resurrection. Christians throughout history have followed Jesus’ example and used spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, to repent and refocus their attention on God.

Fasting can be a wonderful way of spending time with God and remembering that “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4b).

Following the example of early Christians, Professor Helen Rhee, a Westmont church historian, challenges us to also turn fasting into hospitality.

During Lent, the traditional season when fasting…and almsgiving are practiced among Catholic and Orthodox (and some Protestant) Christians…one could combine fasting, alms, and hospitality that would benefit those in need. Instead of engaging in fasting just as an individualistic ‘spiritual’ discipline, we could calculate the cost of a meal, set aside money for the number of meals (or content of meals) for the period of fasting, and then give it to those in need. … Or we could invite the afflicted into our homes, churches, neighborhoods and communities and share meals with them, … [and we could] form sustaining relationships and friendships (cf. Clement of Alexandria, Quis. div. 32). This hospitality of sharing meals humanizes and personalizes both the givers/hosts and the recipients/guests. If we could establish this as a ‘spiritual’ lifestyle for…[this season and beyond] when the advertisers and market want us to be consumed with shopping for ourselves…we could be countercultural…and also experience the horizontal (as well as vertical) impact of our fasting and hospitality (cf. Isa. 58:6-12).*

Prayer: God, please fill us with your love toward others, even as we contemplate your death and resurrection.

*Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich. ©2012 by Helen Rhee. Baker Academic. Page 203. Emphasis added.

For more resources, see the Dallas Willard Center website, where you will find video meditations and devotionals.

For more resources, see the Dallas Willard Center website, where you will find video medications and devotionals.


Important Links

Commencement: Senior parents, please check this site to learn everything you need to know about Commencement weekend

Finals Week Survival Kit: Order Now!

Order a Spring Sing Video: Deadline is April 15

Residence Life: Learn more about all things related to your student’s life in the residence hall.

Career Development and Calling: Learn more about services available to help students determine their calling and prepare for a career.

Student Life: Find information for all student life offices, such as the Counseling and Health Centers, Office of Life Planning, and more.

Westmont Athletics: See Warrior Sports calendars and subscribe to the Warrior Update.

Westmont Counseling Center: Find information about counseling services available to your student.

Westmont Bookstore Shop for Graduation gifts online. The Bookstore offers you a selection of announcements, class rings, and diploma frames.

Westmont TV: Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events.

iTunes U Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events

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