955 News: Spring 2016

Dear Alumni,

Students have just returned from spring break and will soon hunker down for the final stretch of the semester. As is customary during spring break, nearly 200 students participated in Potter’s Clay. This ministry, which began in the mid-1970s, lives on in our students’ hearts and the Westmont culture. We’ll celebrate 40 years of Potter’s Clay at Homecoming in October. As an alumnus/ae, you can take pride in this ongoing student-led program.

In the ways that matter, Westmont remains the same today as when I enrolled as a student in the 1970s. We’ve deepened our impact, extended our influence and strengthened our core programs and academics while holding fast to the vision of our founder, Ruth Kerr. She felt convicted to raise up young Christian leaders to go into the world and serve Christ and others through a variety of professions and ministries. This vision endures.

If you haven’t visited campus in a while, I invite you to return and see for yourself how we’ve grown while remaining true to our mission and heritage.

Blessings this spring,









Teri Bradford Rouse

Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

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Bookending the Generations: Millennials to Boomers


We continue to address the important issues of career, calling and connection with the larger Westmont alumni professional community. Paul Angone ’05, a leading expert and national speaker on millennials will lead six regional alumni events designed to help you “find your signature sauce” and think about “where your passion, purpose and career collide.” To date, we’ve held fun and informative “relationshipping” sessions—Paul can explain that term—in San Diego, Portland and Seattle. We’re headed to Orange County April 19 for a similar event and then on to Denver on May 18 and the Bay Area in June.

Richard '72 and Leona '73 Bergstrom held a Westmont-exclusive retreat, Re-Ignite, in Olympia, Wash. They’ve developed a heart for boomers seeking God’s calling in the final third of their lives. Just as millennials seek purpose and meaning, Boomers want to give back, use the experiences that have shaped them and apply their gifts where needed. As pastors and people who’ve served together in ministry for many years, Richard and Leona have found that boomers ask significant questions about the call of God in this season. Their gentle and skilled guidance through various assessments, scriptural study, small-group sharing and individual coaching helps us use and cultivate our God-given gifts in this significant time of life. The Bergstroms provide great companionship along life’s journey,

As a participant in the retreat, I found it inspiring and insightful. The Bergstroms speak at churches, lead retreats and offer useful resources on their website. You may receive an invitation to a future Westmont boomer retreat featuring this alumni couple.



Warriors Helping Warriors: Job-Shadow Pilot Program Launched


With the enthusiastic and capable help of Celia Howen ’88, interim director of career development and calling, we’ve matched some eager students with willing alumni in the first job-shadowing program in alumni workplaces. Students return to their hometowns and follow alumni during a week of May that works for both of them. Students get a look at the workplace, discover more about the culture of work, examine a day in the work life of an alum and, best of all, get to know you, our wonderful alumni.

Students have requested job-shadowing experiences in the following areas where no alums have volunteered: Santa Clarita, Menlo Park, Central California (Fresno, Tulare, Turlock ), Orange, Torrance and Colorado Springs. If you’re interested and live within 30 miles of these locations, please email me and indicate the industry you work in. Read more complete details about the job-shadow program online.


Homecoming 2016


Mark your calendars for Homecoming, October 14-16, 2016. Begin thinking today about your class reunion if you graduated in a year ending in 1 or 6 and plan to come! Better yet, volunteer to help get your classmates together. Class reunions will be held Friday night, October 14, so plan to arrive in Santa Barbara midday on Friday. If you’re interested in assisting with your reunion, please contact Lorinda Dry at ldry@westmont.edu.


Potters’ Clay 40th Reunion at Homecoming


We’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of Potter’s Clay at Homecoming this year! If you ever served as a Pottery’s Clay leader or want to help plan the reunion, please contact Rob Lee at smartboards@yahoo.com.


Pepperdine MBA Program Hosts Reception in Santa Barbara


The Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School hosts an open house and welcome reception at Westmont Downtown, 26 W. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara, on Friday, April 15, from 4-6 p.m. You can learn more about the program and network with current students, distinguished alumni, Pepperdine faculty and staff, local dignitaries and top Santa Barbara business executives. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. For more information, call (916) 448-2162.

Westmont Downtown, a new center in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building, hosts a Santa Barbara-based, two-year, part-time MBA program through the nationally ranked Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management as well as Westmont programs and classes in social entrepreneurship, capital entrepreneurship, leadership and management.

The Graziadio Business School Fully Employed program for working professionals focuses on participation and experiential learning by small cohorts. This new program allows recent undergraduates with limited work experience to advance their career with internship opportunities or professional employment while pursuing their MBA. It features a general management concentration that offers students the most popular electives.


Spring Sing: A Bit of Nostalgia

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Students produced the 55th Spring Sing March 12 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Despite pouring rain the day before, the weather cleared up for a show with the theme: And Also With You! Clark men won first place. A group of men from the class of 1988, who had come to town for their annual reunion, added to the hilarity of the evening with the first-ever alumni side act. Have they inspired a new tradition?


Westmont Summer Scholars


If you or your friends have children, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings or friends in their junior or senior year of high school, please let them know about Westmont Summer Scholars. This three-week, residential, summer experience helps students prepare for college. Participants find it to be a tremendously enriching experience. They explore important and interesting subjects in rigorous classes and earn four units of college credit. In addition, they grow close to one another in a supportive community and 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 gives students close interaction with professors and peers. They stay in one of our residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and enjoy our great recreational facilities with support from a team of Westmont staff and current students serving as residential and academic mentors. Learn more about Westmont Summer Scholars online.



Travel to Israel with Westmont Alumni and Parents in July 2017


We’re excited to work once again with David and Elizabeth Iliadou Sparks of Footsteps Ministries on a life-changing trip to Israel, July 1-11, 2017. Previous alumni and parent trips to Eastern Europe for the Oberammergau Passion Play and to Rome, Athens and Istanbul have been fun-filled, fascinating and full of sweet moments of fellowship. I’m delighted that President Beebe and his wife, Pam, and their family will travel with us again. If you’re interested, please email me at tbradfordrouse@westmont.edu, and I will send you more information when it becomes available.


Can You Spare a Cup of Coffee but Not a Latte Time?


We’re redesigning our regional chapter program to align better with the needs and busy lives of our alumni. While we’re still working out the various components, we’re looking for alumni willing to welcome alumni, particularly young alumni, moving to your area. Do you have time for a cup of coffee? Are you willing to offer insights about your city with a Westmont newcomer? Will you share your network to help an alum find a job? If you have the gift of hospitality and the heart to help a fellow alum, then email me at tbradfordrouse@westmont.edu . I’ll add your name to the list and get in touch when we finalize details. Thanks in advance for extending a hand!


Get Your Shakespeare on!


You still have time to join fellow Westmont alumni, Professor Paul Willis and Alumni and Parent Relations Assistant Director Lorinda Dry for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, June 16-18. The great lineup of plays includes: The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Register by April 16 for a discounted rate of $235. Go online for more information and registration.

Important Links

Online Career Webinars - Remember our career series on the first Wednesday of every month September through June. Hear great speakers address a variety of career-related topics. Sign up for this free monthly series!

Join Westmont Connect - Westmont Connect, our new online tool, helps alums connect with each other. Have you moved lately? Update your contact information here as well.

Exciting Events in Your life? - Share your news with the Alumni Album section of the Westmont magazine.

Alumni Insurance Benefits - Westmont alums can take advantage of special rates and discounts for auto, homeowners, life and health insurance through Mercer Consumer and well-known providers such as Liberty Mutual Insurance.  If you are between 50-75 years of age, watch for a mailing about long-term care benefits in the near future.

Chapel Online - Find archived chapel talks online. You can listen to talks from years past or tune in to hear last week’s chapel speaker.

Job Spot - As an alum, you can both post and look for a job or internship for all Westmont alumni and students to see. What a great way to invest in Westmont and fill your employment needs.

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

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