January 2020 955 Newsletter


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -- Romans 15:13

Happy new year and new decade!

On behalf of the alumni relations team, we pray 2020 is a year of joy and peace as you set your heart and mind firmly God’s gracious gift of new life—real life—through Jesus Christ. 

I hope you will join us at one of the upcoming wonderful events and opportunities for alumni! We’re always eager to work with you to plan an alumni event in your area. Please contact us to learn more.

May you abound in His hope this year!

Sincerely yours,

Sarah Camp
Interim Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations


Celebrating First Generation Students at Westmont

Did you know that 20 percent of the 461 first-year and transfer students who arrived at Westmont last August said that they were the first in their family to attend college? In November, Westmont celebrated the success of first generation college students, faculty and staff.

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Westmont Hosts 'Raising Our Lights'

Westmont hosted Raising Our Light: An Evening of Remembrance, Connection and Hope on January 9, which marked the two-year anniversary of the debris flows in Montecito. About 500 members of the community attended the moving remembrance featuring a moment of silence, flameless candles and live music.

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Selected Dates for Alumni Vacation Specials on Campus

Are you planning a local gathering of family or friends? You can host groups or enjoy your own vacation in Santa Barbara at a fraction of the cost by staying at your alma mater May 22-25 or July 10-12. In the heart of the Westmont campus, the Global Leadership Center (GLC) offers excellent accommodations.

"Every year we return to Westmont campus to spend quality time together and get our kids acquainted with the place where we first met. Parents and kids alike have a blast on the soccer field, in the pool, hiking, etc... It's so nice to eat in the DC and not worry about cooking or dishes. And it's hard to beat their prices for this kind of beauty and relaxation. All these years later, we still love Westmont!" -Kate (Panziera) Luders '06

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Upcoming Westmont Career Webinars

Would you like to improve your game in the workplace? Are you thinking about retiring? Whatever your situation, you may benefit from the career webinars available on the alumni website. Upcoming topics include:

My Job Search Planner: Author of my own Career Path
February 5, 2020

Expert Interviewing Skills: Get Ready to Take Off & Launch Your Career
February 12, 2020

The Leader Habit Master the Skills You Need to Lead in Just Minutes
February 19, 2020

Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?
February 26, 2020

Looking for Alumni Events in your Area

The alumni office hosts events all over the country with upcoming programs in Santa Barbara, O’ahu, Los Angeles and more. This summer, we will once again be hosting events at Major League Baseball games. Update your address and email by contacting alumni@westmont.edu so you can receive information about gatherings in your area.

Westmont Downtown Lecture Series, Character Matters: Civility In Uncivil Times, Professor Jim Taylor, Santa Barbara, CA February 13, 2020

Ohana Reception and Dinner in O'ahu, O'ahu, Hawaii, March 21, 2020

Westmont's 59th Annual Spring Sing, Santa Barbara, CA March 28, 2020

"Hamilton",Los Angeles, CA June 6, 2020 (tickets on sale soon) 

There are lots of athleticmusicart, and theater events at westmont.edu. 

Ways to get Involved with Westmont:

Recommend Westmont’s New Summer Program to High Schoolers
Trailhead: Seeking God's Call a new program from Westmont, the Lilly Endowment, and Fuller Seminary. During a one-week summer residency and yearlong mentorship, Trailhead students investigate where God might be calling them. Professors from Westmont and Fuller, ministry professionals, and business and nonprofit leaders lead the program. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact us by email (trailhead@westmont.edu) or phone (805-565-6230).

Bring Westmont Events to Your Area
Have an idea for a great event in your area? Westmont alumni host a range of gatherings from alumni get-togethers to sessions for prospective Westmont students. Would you like to learn more about how you can host or help at an event? Please email us at alumni@westmont.edu to explore the next event in your area.

Surpass Last Year's Alumni Giving
Would you help to double the number of Westmont alumni who make a gift to the college this year compared to last year? You can make a difference!  Gifts of all sizes will improve our alumni giving percentage and help communicate our support for students and professors. Please consider making a gift today.