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Parent Support Net

Parent Support Net - September 2017

teriDear Westmont parent,

As a new semester gets underway, please remember that the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations exists to serve you, the parents of our students. You are a valued member of the larger Westmont community, and we’re committed to providing communication and resources to assist you. Please visit our parent website to learn about our services and become acquainted with our staff.

The return of your students marks the end of summer and the transition to a new season. The quiet campus has come to life again with students scurrying to class, backpacks slung over their shoulders, flip-flops flipping and ear buds and cords hanging off many eager faces. They’ve settled in well, and we welcome the return of this energetic, wonderful bunch.

As a Westmont parent, you’ll receive a regular newsletter from our office providing practical information on ways to help and bless your student, updates on college activities, and insights into the student experience. Please feel free to suggest any topics that interest you.

First-year parents, plan to attend First-Year Parents Weekend, November 3-4. Watch for upcoming details about this fun, low-key weekend where you get a peek at the Westmont life of your student.

We always welcome your emails (parents@westmont.edu) or phone calls (805-565-6056). Please feel free to contact us.

We’re here for you!


Teri Bradford Rouse ’77

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

New Year, New Students: Get the Facts about the Class of 2020

moving in 1We’re excited to welcome 410 new students to campus: 352 first-year students and 58 transfer students from 27 states and 15 countries. Nineteen of our incoming students areinternational, missionary or third culture kids. Nine percent come from Santa Barbara County.Thirty-six percentare students of color with 7 percent identifying as multiracial with two or more races. Men make up 39 percent and women 61 percent. The most popular majors include biology (12 percent),kinesiology(12 percent),economics and business (11 percent),psychology (8 percent) and communication studies (5 percent). Ten percent have not yet declared a possible major.

Most first-year students were born in 1999, the year Prince released his song “Party Like It’s 1999.” ┬áThe Columbine shootings devastated a community that year, people fretted about Y2K, Napster popped up on the Internet, the movie “The Matrix” debuted, a postage stamp cost 33 cents, and Microsoft released MSN Messenger, all 18 short years ago. READ MORE

Young adults born in 1999 belong to Generation Z, which appearsto be a more cautious group than millennials: less inclined toward risky choices and more influenced by practical realities. In a Forbes article, Ryan Scott describes Gen Z. “One generational expert, Neil Howe, even suggests that they be called the ‘Homeland Generation’ and defined by a post-9/11 birthdate beginning in 2004. The wary worldview of this group is further shaped by Generation X parents, who came of age in the post-Watergate and Vietnam years amidst a time of economic and global uncertainty and who are now obsessed with creating a safer world for their kids. . . . They gobble up information quickly and are ready to move on to the next thing in an eye blink. When it comes to Gen Z, seconds count.” Scott adds, “Generation Z embraces multiculturalism as a touchstone of who they are, and this also informs their attitudes on social issues.”

According to a recent study, nearly 25 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds left Facebook this year, showing a trend toward more instantaneous apps that include less personal information. They have never experienced renting a movie that was not rewound, checking the yellow pages, or taking a picture and having to wait to see what it looks like.

Get Ready For Generation Z by Ryan Scott, Forbes, November 28, 2016

Learn Your Student’s Class Verse

first chapelYou may wish to include the class verse as you prayer for your student.

Class of 2018: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Class of 2019: “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples: if you love one another.” John 13:35

Class of 2020: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Class of 2021: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8

Students Move Into New Residence Hall

GLC with dirtThe first Westmont students have moved into the Global Leadership Center, a 45,000-square-foot facility east of Van Kampen Hall that features two residence halls and a central leadership building with a large lounge, classroom, seminar room, office spaces, coffee shop and more. READ MORE

Distinguished Professors Join Westmont

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Three notable tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Rebecca McNamara (English), Maryke van der Walt (mathematics) and Sandra Richter (religious studies).

McNamara, whose research focuses on linguistics and medieval literature, has always loved literature and knew she wanted to be an English teacher.Read More


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Westmont Retains High Rankings

alumsWestmont remains in the top 100best liberal arts collegesinU.S. News & World Reportfor the ninth straight year.For five straight years, Forbes Magazine has ranked Westmont in the top 100 colleges and universities in its survey, “The 100 Top ROI Colleges: The Grateful Grads Index.” Read More

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

horizon staff 17=18A subscription to Westmont’s weekly student newspaper, the Horizon, will give you a taste of college events and issues being discussed on campus as well as stories about athletics, residence hall life, faculty activities, perspectives on faith-related issues and other topics of interest. Annual subscriptions cost $65 or $40 a semester. For more information, to order or to contact Editor-in-Chief Cole Eberwein ’17, call 805-565-6242 or email mimcmahon@westmont.edu. Learn more about the team on their webpage.


Important Links

Important Links:

First-Year Parents Weekend

Be sure to plan on joining us if you have a first year student who started Westmont this fall

Parents and Families

Find information specifically for YOU!

Residence Life

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

Student Life

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

Campus Life

Find information about student-run organizations, clubs and ministries

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 Health Center

See the important health services available to your student

Westmont TV

Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events on WestmontTV

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