Student Life Newsletter

Fall 2015

From the Student Life staff, welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year!

We’re eager to get this year underway and announce several new and exciting changes. We hope this newsletter keeps you informed about our activities.

We join many others in praying for our students as they come from various places around the globe. May God give us strength, wisdom, grace and peace for the year ahead. If you have questions about any of these items, please feel free to contact us.

Welcome All New Incoming Students and Welcome Back All Returning Students

We look forward to welcoming all new incoming students and returning students to Westmont!

Incoming students and their families arrive for Orientation beginning August 24 for international students and August 27 for all others. This year we welcome 353 first-year and 47 transfer students from 29 states and four countries (Egypt, Korea, Canada, and China). We know many of you will experience Santa Barbara and California for the first time, and we hope your Westmont experience lasts a lifetime.

Student Move-In information: Incoming international students participating in International Orientation move in August 24 beginning at 8 a.m., and all other incoming students move in August 27. Check your Orientation information for exact move-in times. Returning students move in Saturday, August 29.

Click on the images below to read more Student Life news, and continue to scroll down to see additional announcements and upcoming events.


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  • Flags in front of the DC:
    Part of Westmont’s mission is to cultivate a global perspective in the lives of students, faculty and staff. Did you know that students from 34 countries may be sitting beside you in class or eating next to you in the DC? To satisfy your curiosity about the countries represented on campus, we’ve installed flags in front of the DC from each one. See how many flags and countries you recognize.

  • You’ve asked for it, and we delivered:
    We’ve heard from students requesting white rice along with the brown rice, and we’re happy to include this as daily option in the DC.

Upcoming Events

For Students:
  • First Year Student Retreat – September 18-20
    The First-Year Retreat invites all incoming students to connect with one another while exploring and growing through their college transition. With a keynote speaker who seeks to encourage students to be faithful followers of Christ and plenty of recreation time to swim, fly down the zip line, scamper up the climbing wall, throw a Frisbee, eat s'mores over a bonfire, you are sure to make friendships and great memories! The event has become a highlight of the first-year experience and we want all first-year students to benefit from it. Space is limited, so sign-up now!

  • Intercultural Programs (ICP) Fall Retreat
    This retreat seeks to welcome students into the ICP Community and connect them to the resources, faculty and staff involved with the ICP office. Get more information and register.
For Parents:
  • First Year Parent’s Weekend
    We look forward to welcoming first-year and incoming student parents back to campus for the First-Year Parents Weekend November 6-7. The Alumni and Parent Relations Office always plans a great weekend so parents get a sense of their student’s journey since Orientation in August. You'll enjoy spending time with your student during the weekend and the opportunity to share in their Westmont experience. Get more information and register.
For All:
  • NetVue Regional Conference - November 6-7
    Westmont will host a conference on career and calling funded by the Council of Independent College's Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. Organized as a workshop, the conference will provide opportunities for interaction among faculty, career services professionals, student life staff, and directors of alumni relations from colleges on the West Coast. To promote partnerships across these roles, participants will strategize about ways to provide holistic, comprehensive guidance to students as they prepare for a successful post-college launch. Andy Chan, vice president for personal and career development at Wake Forest University, will serve as the keynote speaker. Because this conference occurs the same weekend as First-Year Parents Weekend, parents are welcome to attend.

See you all soon!