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Parent Support Net - December 2015


Dear Westmont Parents,

With Thanksgiving behind us, we press on to finish the semester well and head toward Christmas. While short, the few weeks between the two breaks can be intense for students, with papers, exams, and the anticipation of a longer visit home. Some of our students will graduate this month while others prepare to study off campus next semester. It all adds up to busy days and nights.

Mindful of the season, we’ve merrily decorated the campus for Christmas, especially Kerrwood Hall. We’ve provided some festive holiday activities for your student, including the Pickle Tree Lighting on December 2, complete with hot cider, cookies, storytelling, photos with Santa and the illumination of the large redwood tree on Kerrwood Lawn. The executive team also hosts a fabulous Christmas dinner for students in a transformed DC with a five-star menu. We always find time and opportunity for merriment and celebrating Christ’s birth despite the busyness associated with the end of the semester.

I trust and pray that as you celebrate Christmas and welcome your son or daughter home, the miracle of the birth of Christ, God incarnate, will bless your life and relationships. Merry Christmas!

Until 2016,








Teri Bradford Rouse ’77

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

WCSA – Westmont College Student Association

andyWe hope you enjoy this note from the WCSA president. You can learn more about WCSA and the entire team on their homepage and watch a fun video of them.

My name is Andy Grubbs, and I have the privilege of serving as the WCSA president for the 2015-2016 year. I’m a senior political science major with a minor in economics and business from Moraga, Calif. I’m sure you’re aware that we live in an age of political, economic, and social polarization. More often than not, we’re unprepared to deal with any of this. I believe it’s crucial for Westmont students to know how to engage with these problems. Earlier this year, I challenged the freshmen class to Engage with Empathy, and WCSA has been working to expand this idea to the whole school. We hope that by cooperating with various clubs on campus and with faculty and staff, we can create an environment where Westmont students learn how to Engage with Empathy and take this beyond their time in college.

We’re taking some tangible steps toward engaging with empathy this school year, including hosting events to view, unpack, and discuss both the Republican and Democratic debates. Both these events inspired a phenomenal turn out and sparked reasoned and educated discussions amongst students. Looking forward to the rest of the year, WCSA continues to work with other clubs and student organizations on campus to facilitate important discussions. We will also host a mock election in February and a voter drive to further encourage students to engage in American politics.


Fall Finals Week Survival Kits

boxHelp ease the stress of exams by sending your son or daughter a Finals Week Survival Kit. The student ministries teams will deliver care packages FULL of fresh fruit and other therapeutic treats to your student’s room as an encouraging reminder of your love and concern during this busy time. By ordering a care package for $20, you will brighten your student’s week and support Westmont student ministries and missions! This fall the proceeds will benefit Urban Initiative's work in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles as well as Emmaus Road's service around the globe promoting reconciliation, microfinance, community development and other areas of ministry.

Ordera Finals Week Survival Kit HERE by following the instructions for paying online. Place your order today so your student will enjoy this treat. Please include a personalized message in the space provided, and your student will receive a note from you as well as the care package on Study Day, Monday, December 14, just before finals start.

The deadline to order a Survival Kit is Thursday, December 10. Our student teams look forward to delivering a survival kit for you.

Summer Scholars

sumemrIf you or your friends have children, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings or friends who are juniors or seniors in high school, please let them know about Westmont Summer Scholars. This three-week, residential summer experience is designed to help students prepare for college. Students who participate find it to be a tremendously enriching experience: they explore important and interesting subjects in rigorous classes earning four units of college credit; they grow close to one another in a supportive community; and they discover the joy and challenge of integrating their Christian faith with top-level scholarship.

The 2016 program takes place June 20 – July 8. Students select one course that satisfies a Westmont general education requirement. This summer, we offer General Psychology and International Politics. The small class size and seminar-style learning give students close interaction with professors and peers. Students stay in one of our residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and enjoy our great recreational facilities. A team of Westmont staff and current students serve as residential and academic mentors and support summer scholars throughout the program. Learn more about Westmont Summer Scholars on our website.

Is Your Student a Senior? This Note is for You!

citadelDear Parents of Seniors,

As you may have already read in the letter you received earlier this month, the Citadel, Westmont’s yearbook, is selling Senior Dedications. You can honor your son’s or daughter’s accomplishments and upcoming graduation in this one simple and thoughtful way. We take your photos and personalized messages to create a special dedication for your student. If you have not already purchased a Senior Dedication, it’s not too late! The final deadline is February 12; but you get a better deal if you order by January 15. Simply purchase your senior dedication online.

Michelle Duan
Citadel Editor-in-Chief

Moral and Ethical Leadership Series Continues

MoralWestmont continues the national dialogue on the critical significance of moral and ethical leadership. A new season of talks features eminent historians and commentators who reflect on the qualities associated with effective and inspiring leadership. We invite you to join us for any of the events in our series Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society. Speakers include: David Gergen who spoke November 20 on Eyewitness to Power: Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency; Jack Rakove on Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison: The Moral Vision of America’s Founding; David Brooks on The Road to Character and the Five Great Commitments; Ronald C. White on The Long Arc of Abraham Lincoln’s Moral Vision: The American Presidency to the Modern Day; and Meg Jay on Why 30 Is Not the New 20: Understanding the Mindset of Millennials. Learn more about this leadership series and purchase tickets on our website.


Did You Know?

AsiaWestmont Launches East Asia Program

As the college expands offerings to new regions of the world, a two-year pilot program in East Asia begins in fall 2016. Led by Helen Rhee, associate professor of religious studies, and Edd Noell, professor of economics and business, the semester features residential locations in Seoul, Korea, Shanghai, China, and Singapore.

Both professors hope the program will foster deep engagement by students.They write, “In light of Westmont’s core commitment to foster learning related to globalization and community service, we wish to see students understand global economic, social, and political processes.” Students will take courses in the history of Christianity and the theology and economics of wealth and poverty, they will study Mandarin, visit firms and nonprofits, undertake service-learning projects, enjoy short home-stays, and complete work at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Learn more about the program on our website.


Important Dates

Finals Survival Kit Order Deadline: December 10

Last Day of Classes: December 11

Final Exams: December 15-18

Residence Halls Close: December 19 at noon

Winter Recess: December 19 - January 11

Residence Halls Open: January 9 at noon

Spring Classes Begin: January 11

Martin Luther King Holiday: January 18

Parents Weekend and Spring Sing: March 11-12


Important Links

Westmont Bookstore – Shop for CHRISTMAS gifts online!

Parents and Families – Find information specifically for YOU!

Campus Life – Find information about student-run organizations, clubs and ministries

Student Life – Find information for all student life offices, such as the Counseling and Health Centers, Career Development & Calling, 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 Ridley-Tree Museum of Art – Discover information about the museum and exhibits

iTunes U – Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events at itunesu.westmont.edu