955 News: November 2016

Dear Westmont Friends,

As I write, I feel a chill in the air—a Southern California chill—and see evidence of the weekend rain. Praise be to God for giving this parched land a sip of water.

We’ve already reached the two-thirds mark for the fall semester. The weeks pass so quickly. You would recognize so much on campus: enthusiastic students, engaging professors, scenic beauty, dedicated and competent staff, great athletic competitions, and innovative theater.

You’d discover new things too: the Global Leadership Center rising up from the ground, new professors from schools like Harvard and the Wharton School of Business, a more diverse student body, more international students, a Women’s Leadership Council that provides role models and mentors for our female students from the Santa Barbara Community, and a multitude of off-campus programs that take students throughout the world. You would be proud to see how God has expanded our global reach.

I love knowing that Westmont’s core remains the same while we grow and change. Our unwavering commitment to Christ, the liberal arts curriculum and a caring, residential community all endure. We’re thankful for a Westmont education and feel privileged to serve you and the college.

Blessings on you,









Teri Bradford Rouse

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Contact Alumni & Parent Relations Staff

Homecoming Highlights

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Homecoming October 14-16! We missed those of you unable to attend. The highlights are too numerous to list and include the All-Alumni Extravaganza, All-Alumni Brunch and Awards Presentation, Potter’s Clay 40th Reunion and Worship, and the Young Alumni Tailgate.

market lightsAll-Alumni Evening Extravaganza

Thanks to the creative leadership of Lorinda Dry, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, the gym became a hip and happening place. The outside patio turned into a lounge with sofas, tables, string lights and dessert stations, the foyer was draped and lit for the alumni dance, and the interior of the gym piped and draped complete with round tables and a stage. Alums with four diverse acts—three musical and one comedic—provided the entertainment. All classes and ages enjoyed this upbeat and fun time to gather.

awardeesAll-Alumni Brunch and Award Presentations

As always, the annual Alumni brunch is one of my favorite events. We enjoyed delicious food and found the awardees inspiring and moving as they spoke of God’s faithfulness in their lives, the impact Westmont continues to make, and the ongoing desire to be salt and light in the world.

The awardees included Matt Blickendorf, an emergency room physician who received the Young Alumni Award; Jeff Dykstra, CEO of Partners in Food Solutions, who accepted the Global Service Award; and Angie Hill, marketing director of Skype, who received the Alumna of the Year award.

Poignantly, Mary Elise Klug lovingly accepted the Alumnus of the Year award for her late husband, William S. “Bill” Klug, a physics professor at UCLA who was tragically killed in June 2016. His life demonstrated kindness, hard work, brilliance in his field, giving back his time and treasure to Westmont, and deep love of God.


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Potter's Clay 40th Reunion and Worship

During this wonderful time, we reflected on God’s faithfulness and presence throughout the years. The founders of Potters Clay—Dave Dolan, Gordon Aeschleman, Randy Maranville and Former Dean of Students Bill Lindberg—attended and shared remembrances. Megan Harter, one of two survivors of the horrific car accident in 1989, talked about its lasting impact on her life, noting that God has woven so many things together. The core team of students leading Potter’s Clay in 2017 described their outreach today. How moving to see what God has accomplished through this dynamic ministry.

observatoryYoung Alumni Tailgate

This fun-filled event on the observatory deck attracted more than 125 graduates from the last 10 years. They enjoyed a barbecue with all the fixings while they cheered for the Warrior soccer team.

Space prohibits a full report. Next year, I invite you to experience Homecoming for yourself. Westmont will celebrate its 80th anniversary, and we’re planning a gala event. Save the Date now for October 13-15, 2017. Reunite with your classmates Friday night and celebrate college history on Saturday evening at the Fess Parker.

Westmont Connect 2.0

westmont connectA new alumni networking platform will help you get in touch and stay connected with each other for personal and professional reasons. Graduway, a leading provider of alumni networking platforms, powers the website. If you haven’t joined the community yet, I encourage you to sign up now.

What You Can Do with Westmont Connect 2.0

Find fellow graduates, get in touch and stay connected

Expand your professional network

Advance your career through Westmont connections working in top companies

Post photos and updates

Meet, employ and/or offer to act as a mentor or friend to younger alumni and graduating students

To sign up today follow these easy steps:

 1. Go to www.westmontconnect.org

 2. Sign in with Linkedin, Facebook or email; using social media is easiest

 3. Update your profile and click “Update” in each area you’ve changed

Get started by reviewing all the tabs to see how you can interact with Westmont Connect. Search for fellow alums in the directory, send messages and invite other alumni to join. Post photos, events and jobs. Tell us how you would like to be involved with your alma mater. Update others about your activities.

Alums with inaccurate record may receive a “pending” message and not get automatic access. The Westmont Connect administrator will receive an automatic message, verify your graduation year and approve you. Your classmates and Westmont friends look forward to connecting with you!


Travel to the Holy Land with Westmont Alumni!

holy landYou could walk where Jesus walked and experience this adventure with your Westmont family. Please consider joining President Gayle D. Beebe, his family and me on this rich opportunity, July 1-11, 2017. The educational and inspiring trip offers fun-filled fellowship. To learn more about the itinerary, costs and registration information go to www.footstepministries.org/westmont. Sign up before December 31 and receive a $100 discount per person.


Did you know you can support Westmont while you shop on Amazon? Shop through smile.amazon.com, and they will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible items back to Westmont!

It's easy to sign up:

1. Visit smile.amazon.com in your web browser.

2. Log in or register your account with Amazon.

3. Designate Westmont College as your beneficiary.

4. Shop and pay with the same security and privacy you enjoy with Amazon.

You can also learn more about Amazon Smile.

New Books from Alumni Authors

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Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts by Roy Goble ’81, who serves on the Westmont Board of Trustees.

Junkyard Wisdom honestly explores the tension between wealth and poverty, faithfulness and temptation that faces followers of Jesus in the developed world. Roy grew up working in his father's junkyard, where he learned to take apart anything and to evaluate everything for the value of its parts. Later, as he met with success in the real estate industry, Roy experienced the complexity of creating wealth while pursuing what Jesus was calling him to be and do. He began a decades-long quest for a way to understand his place in God's kingdom and in a global society.

Roy’s new book, Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts, written in collaboration with D.R. Jacobson, also a Westmont graduate, is now available on Amazon.


The Reassurance of Ghosts, by Jon Obermeyer ’80

“The Reassurance of Ghosts,” Jon Obermeyer’s debut collection, represents 40 years of poems. Terry L. Kennedy, author of “New River Breakdown,” says, “What defines Jon Obermeyer’s poetry is a trust of plain speech and sure-footed humility; a willingness to let circumstance wash over, but not wash away. Rethink it, your life. Everywhere you lived is just a ledge, a place you could have easily tumbled from,” Obermeyer says. Here is life—from Scouts and Soap Box Derby, to marriage, to the loss of a parent and the moment we must face our own mortality—in poems drifting across the landscapes and cities of America. These are poems of remembrance—of childhood, of family, of daily routine—and testimony to a moving and personal search for understanding.”

Jon’s collection of poetry is available on Amazon.


Volleyball Claims GSAC Championship


For the first time in school history, a Westmont team has completed an undefeated regular season. With a three-game sweep (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) of Hope International (11-14, 5-9 GSAC) in the final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the year, the No. 1 Westmont volleyball team has achieved a perfect record of 31-0 overall and 16-0 in conference play. They’ve won the GSAC title.

“I’m so proud of this team and what they’ve accomplished so far,” said Westmont head coach Patti Scofield Cook ’04. “It shows that they’ve worked hard, stayed hungry and remained focused. We haven’t let success get to our heads but have wanted to do our best in every single game. They definitely deserve their success this year.”

The Warriors, seeded No. 1, received a bye in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament and will not compete again until pool play begins November 29 at the National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

Trailhead Offers Programs to High School Students


Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts offers two pre-college programs for high school students next summer: Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, a new course for students interested in exploring the concept and content of vocation, and Westmont Summer Scholars, which provides a glimpse of undergraduate life through a full-credit college course and residence-life experience.

Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call

Young adults have times when they might discern what God is calling them to do and be. But most of us fail to really discern or to decide; we just follow the path our culture and peer group prescribe as we attend college, choose a major, and begin a career. What would it mean to really explore the possibilities for our lives from the perspective of faith?

We’re pleased to announce Trailhead: Seeking God's Call, a vocational exploration program for high school youth ready to embark on a life of significance. Designed by Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and supported by the Lilly Endowment, Trailhead assembles Westmont faculty and community partners—professionals in business, nonprofits and the ministry—to help young people consider how their abilities and passions meet in a true vocation. If you know rising high school students (sophomores through seniors) who would like to spend two weeks next summer thinking about God’s leading in their lives, head to westmont.edu/trailhead to learn more about this exciting new program.

Westmont Summer Scholars

Rising high school seniors and incoming undergraduates experience three weeks of learning, growth, new friends and fun during Westmont Summer Scholars. Students experience college-level academics and complete a four-unit Westmont General Education course. The small class size and seminar-style learning gives students close interaction with professors and fellow students. Students also experience college life as they stay in Van Kampen Hall, eat in the Dining Commons, enjoy Westmont’s great recreational facilities and explore the beautiful Santa Barbara region. Rising seniors receive expert guidance on the college search and application process from experienced admissions professionals. The 2017 program takes place June 19-July 7. Learn more at westmont.edu/summerscholars.

Vacation Specials for Alumni, Family, and Friends


Plan a summer trip to Santa Barbara: May 19-June 15, 2017

Later summer dates are available at discounted rates; call for a quote.

Get the gang together for a week of play or a long weekend! Enjoy a shared family vacation, a retreat or a big reunion! Alumni-hosted church retreats may also take advantage of this special offer.


Camp Westmont

Pricing per suite: $200 per night + bed tax (sleeps 6-8)

No meals, bring your own linens

Basic: Stay and Play

$70 per person, per night

Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes

Vacation: Four or more nights
$65 per person, per night*
Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes

Party: 30 or more people (3-night minimum)

$60 per person, per night*

Includes three meals daily, housing, linens, taxes

* Upgrade to deluxe bedding/amenities for $5 more per night
** Discounted rates for children under 11

*** Call for pricing variances if you’d like to enjoy only one meal per day on campus

Take advantage of these great specials by contacting Melinda Moers Harriman ’87, director of conference services, mharriman@westmont.edu, 805-565-6045.

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