Alumni 955 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Alums,
My name is Janay Ramos Marshall, and I’m thrilled to serve as director of alumni relations. What a gift to be a part of building Westmont’s relationship with alums around the globe. Life can be both joyous and brutal, and our office wants to celebrate your personal achievements, pray for you in the valleys, and share the unique ways God works through the lives of your fellow alums. We hold you in high regard, we value you, appreciate you, and are proud of the work you’re doing. You’ve contributed to the foundation and legacy that have helped Westmont become a nationally recognized institution.
The top industries employing graduates include 18.2% in healthcare, 16% in education, 7.4% in non-profits, 6.3% in finance/banking, and 6.3% in internet and software. The top job functions are 13.5% in healthcare, 12.4% in sales and marketing, 11.8% in administration and human resources, 10.7% in education, and 7.3% in software and internet technology.
The hard sciences saw a higher average of students going to graduate school and higher starting salaries than the humanities. Economics and business was our largest major with 42 graduates, followed by kinesiology (39), biology (35), communication studies (29), and psychology (22). Sixty-six percent of our graduates completed at least one internship or research experience for academic credit.
Our recent graduates attend a variety of graduate programs. The top graduate schools include Carnegie Melon, Loma Linda University, New York University, Penn State, Emory University, Tel Aviv University, Notre Dame, University of Southern California and Oxford.
Recent graduates have joined the workforce at various companies and organizations, including AppFolio, Hayashida Physical Therapy, Kate Farms, Montecito Bank & Trust, Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara, Raytheon, UBS, Zondervan and Westmont.
• Let There Be Light , Thursday, November 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Kerrwood Hall Circle. Join this family-friendly Advent celebration for treats, festive entertainment and the ceremonial lighting of Kerrwood Hall. Children’s photos with Santa Claus begin at 4:30 p.m.; the line forms in the President’s Patio near the fountain. Feel free to wear your favorite ugly sweater as our students will hold an ugly sweater contest.
• Giving Tuesday Giving Tuesday is November 28. A donor has pledged $50,000 to match gifts to the Westmont Fund between November 21-28, until midnight. Your gift will have twice the impact in supporting students.Recent Events and Links
• The 7th annual Westmont Women’s Leadership Council’s Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m. in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. The event features Natalie Taylor, a leading personal finance speaker, Certified Financial Planner™ and Behavioral Financial Advisor™ passionate about helping people cultivate a financial plan reflecting their values and goals. Christine Emmons will receive this year’s Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Spirit of Santa Barbara Award.
• Plan ahead to join us in April for a movie under the stars on Kerrwood Lawn. Bring your family and a blanket or chair for this fun event with popcorn and other goodies courtesy of the Alumni Office and Westmont Activities Council. More details to come.
• Chapel Archives: Watch and Listen to Westmont’s Chapels
• Westmont Athletics: Watch and Cheer on your Warriors from home
• Dr. Rebecca McNamara’s lecture on Care in Times of Crisis: Suicide and Emotions in Medieval
Leave your Mark.
Support students and purchase a brick today
Participate in Westmont’s first engraved brick path running through the formal gardens. Each year, students begin their Westmont education with a First Walk from lower campus to Kerrwood Hall. On Commencement, they conclude their time with a symbolic walk following the bagpipers from Kerrwood to the graduation ceremony. As future generations walk the brick pathway, they’ll see your name or message and experience the overwhelming support of the Westmont community.
Pickle Tree Ornaments
Generations of Westmont students have passed beneath the towering tree on Kerrwood Lawn known affectionately as the Pickle Tree, named for its endearing shape. Its annual Christmas lighting became a community celebration. After years of drought devastated the tree, the college removed it for safety. The redwood found a new life as an ornament. One of our own Westmont community members created the ornaments by hand, making each one unique! You can celebrate with this distinctive ornament as a thank you for your gift to the Westmont Fund of $50 or more (or a monthly gift of $10 or more). The Westmont Fund provides needed financial assistance to current students.
Help Admissions Recruit Students
Would you like to encourage prospective students to choose Westmont? The Admissions Office welcomes help from alums willing to write a postcard to a recently admitted student. If anyone you’re interested in volunteering in this way, please email email@example.com.
Alumni Connections: We want to hear from you…
• Recently moved? Click HERE to update your address or email address
• Expecting a baby? We’d love to send you a Westmont onesie. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Send us your prayer requests. Interested in being on the weekly Westmont Alumni Prayer Chain? Please email email@example.com.
• Do you have a high schooler? Send us their name. We’d love to connect them with our admissions office. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Do you know an alum who should be considered for an alumni award? We’ll accept nominations for fall 2024 until June 1, 2024. Submissions received after that date will be considered for the following year. Click HERE to nominate someone.
• Check out what your classmates have been up to in Class Notes. Click here to send us an update that we can share on the website with your classmates.
• Classifieds. Are you interested in posting a job for an alum? Send it to us, and we’ll post it in a new Classifieds section of the alumni website. Please email email@example.com
• Are you interested in posting jobs or internships for our students or attending an upcoming career fair? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being Thoughtful Scholars, Grateful Servants, and Faithful leaders as you go out into the World.
May the strength of God sustain you;
May the power of God preserve you;
May the hands of God protect you;
May the way of God direct you;
May the love of God go with you always
May the will of God give you a peace that transcends understanding as you trust in His providence.