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Fall 2013 Orientation schedule highlights

Thursday, August 22


Student Move-in

Please follow the signs to park and proceed to your residence hall. Student volunteers will be available from 8am until 1pm to help unload vehicles and carry belongings to rooms. To help with the speed and efficiency of the move in process, please come to campus according to the following schedule:

All Transfer and Consortium 8:00-9:30

Last names beginning with A-J 8:00-9:30

Last names beginning with K-R 9:30-11:00

Last names beginning with S-Z 11:00-12:30


Location: Page, Clark, Armington, Ermerson, Van Kampen, and Ocean View Halls


Welcome Center

Come to the welcome tent on the lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall to pick up your Orientation folder and schedule, to have your ID card photo taken, and to be introduced to important Westmont resources and departments.


Location: Lawn in front of Kerrwood Hall


Welcome Chapel

The entire Westmont community and guests are invited to this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2013. President Gayle D. Beebe will discuss the founding values of the college followed by a message for all new students from campus pastor Ben Patterson.


Location: Murchison Gym


We Are Westmont

Experience the diversity of Westmont’s community through sight, sound and stories. Things aren’t always as they seem. Join upper-class students, faculty and staff members as they share their life and Westmont experiences.


Location: Murchison Gym


First Lecture

History professor Dr. Rick Pointer will deliver a dynamic lecture on your summer reading book Hiroshima by John Hersey. This program is designed to engage your class in a shared academic experience and to give you a peek at classroom life.


Location: Page Multipurpose Room

Friday, August 23


Individual Student Academic Advising Appointments

Please look at the academic advising letter in your Orientation folder to find out the name of your adviser and the time and place of your advising appointment. If you have class schedule changes, please complete an add/drop slip with your adviser and bring it with you to the first day of classes.


Location: Your Faculty Adviser’s Office


Service of Commitment

Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and at the end of the service will take the “First Walk,” a ceremony that anticipates the last walk students take at Commencement. This is the last scheduled event for parents.


Location: Murchison Gym


President’s Open House

All first year students are invited to the president’s house for a light dessert. You will go with your residence hall section for this semi-formal event. Transfer and consortium students will meet in the Kerr Student Center parking lot at 6:30pm to walk up together.


Location: President’s house

Saturday, August 24 10:30am-12pm

For Women and Men Only Meetings

Come discuss gender-specific issues that arise in college. Led by Westmont staff, these discussions provide a safe place for candid conversations about topics that matter.


Location: Men in Upper Kerr Student Center, Women in Page Multipurpose Room.


Warrior Family Festival

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games and more. Engage in some friendly competition while getting to know your classmates better. BBQ Dinner is served at 5pm.


Location: Lovik Field

Sunday August 25


Explore Santa Barbara

Head to the beach or explore State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Shuttles will leave from Page Hall every 15 minutes beginning at noon. After 4:45pm, the shuttles will revert to their regular schedules.


Location: East Beach & State Street