Alumni December 2020 955 Newsletter
We’re deeply thankful to have students wrap up their studies on campus and complete the fall semester. Westmont has been open and safe this fall, through great effort and by God's grace. We've conducted about 3,800 (and counting) COVID tests of students, faculty and staff. As of today, we’ve achieved a low positivity rate of 0.42 percent. Thank you for helping to keep Westmont safe this fall. You can see the resources required to make all this possible. If you recently made a gift, thank you! We’re so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve seen for #protecthemont.
The transition from one year to the next is a time for both celebration and reflection. The psalmist asks the Lord to "teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). As we enter the new year, I pray that the Advent season, a preparatory time of waiting in hope, helps us to face the future with the joy of the Lord as our continued hope and our true strength.
God bless you in the new year!
Interim Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Westmont's 16th Annual Christmas Festival
The 16th annual Christmas Festival, “Ris’n with Healing in His Wings,” presented a special online event this year. The concert responded to the current pandemic with music and readings focusing on God’s presence and grace in all things, even trials. Filmed across campus, the socially distanced performances included “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Carol of the Bells” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Watch the concert through the end of December.
Enjoy Westmont's Advent Concerts
We offer them as a gift to our community.
You can continue to enjoy three advent concerts Westmont offered weekly in December, featuring award-winning artist Steve Bell.
Homecoming 2020 and 2021
Based on the results of the Alumni Homecoming Survey, we’re planning a joint celebration in October 2021 for reunion classes from both 2020 and 2021. We’ll provide an update to confirm the official date. All alums are invited, and those who graduated in years ending in 0, 5, 1 and 6 will celebrate reunions. We look forward to seeing you!
Do you want to volunteer with your reunion class? Contact us at email@example.com.
Westmont Alumni Book Club Reads "The Soul of America"
Join us, beginning January 7, 2021, as we read “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” by Jon Meacham.
Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, helps us better understand American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our nation's history.
A slice of Campus Life
Watch a short video to see what life has been like on campus this fall.
Have you moved?
Keeping your contact information current allows us to share the latest news with you as well as information about Homecoming, reunion updates, campus news and publications. If you’ve recently changed your address, found a new job or celebrated an exciting event, take a moment to update your information.
The Westmont class of 2020 is overcoming challenges
Ninety-two percent of Westmont graduates from the class of 2020 have found a job or are attending graduate school (or planning to attend) despite a national economy sickened by the coronavirus.
“What an encouraging achievement for recent graduates in the midst of a pandemic,” says Paul Bradford, director of Westmont’s Career Opportunities and Vocational Exploration (COVE) Center and adjunct professor of economics and business. Read More
Experience Westmont at Home
To join in chapel services, go to the Campus Pastor's website. Chapel services go live at 10:30 a.m. PDT Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then remain available.
Visit virtual exhibits at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Make art through their Art at Home series.
Enjoy a Concert
Listen to Westmont's music department Friday Night Concert Series
Stretch your Mind
Listen to a lecture: Plagues, Pandemics, and Perseverance
Watch more videos.
Double Your Impact
An alumni couple who are also proud Westmont Parents are matching donations to the Westmont Fund.
Gifts will be matched through December 31 up to a total of $125,000. Double your support to help students live and learn on campus in this extraordinary year.
If you have already made a gift, thank you!
Triple your gift! If your employer also offers a matching gift program, request a form from your employer and send it completed to Westmont. We will do the rest!