Dear Westmont Parent,
Welcome to Westmont!
We’re so excited your student has decided to come to Westmont. While much of the campus prepares for our incoming class, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations focuses entirely on you, the parents of our new students. At Westmont, we consider you an integral member of the larger Westmont community, and we plan a host of events so you can get to know us.
You’ll receive a regular newsletter from our office providing practical information on ways to help and bless your student, updates on college activities, and insights into the student experience. Please feel free to suggest any topics that might interest you.
Four years ago, I stood in your shoes, anticipating my daughter’s move into Page Hall. She graduated in May, and I can attest to the quick passage of time and how much students grow in four years. Westmont proved to be the best college for her. We work hard—and pray even harder—that you’ll feel the same way. We can hardly wait to meet you and will be available all day Thursday and Friday during Orientation to guide you, answer questions and help you feel at ease here.
See you soon!!
Teri Bradford Rouse ’77
Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Congratulations and welcome to Westmont! We encourage your continued role in the development and transition that will take place over the next four years of your student’s life. The Parent Orientation program is created specifically for parents, with input from past participants. This program is intended to inform you of important information about services and programs that will help your student succeed at Westmont, and to address transition issues for the student and those who are important in the student’s life.
August 23-24, 2018
Your student has now had a chance to get to know his/her roommate(s), make other friends, experience college academic life, stay up until 2:00 a.m. studying, truly appreciate a home-cooked meal, and explore their new “home-away-from-home” in Santa Barbara. We know that you will enjoy spending time with your son or daughter and the opportunity for him/her to show you around campus.
We hope this weekend will give you a sense of the journey your student is on and give you the chance to spend some time with them immersed in their life away from your home.
MARCH 29 & 30, 2019
New Student & Parent Orientation: August 23-24
Fall Classes Begin: August 27
Fall Holiday: October 8-9
Homecoming: October 12-13
Mid-term: October 17
First-Year Parents Weekend: November 2-3
Thanksgiving Holiday: November 21-23
Winter Recess: December 15-January 7
Drawing Closer to God
Gary W. Moon, executive director of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, says that Dallas Willard believed God is present in a real sense and that when you talk with him a two-way conversation is possible. The institute and center encourage students and the Westmont community to grow spiritually and deepen their life with God. As part of their work, the institute and center will contribute brief devotionals for this newsletter.
“Jesus came among us to show and teach the life for which we were made.” (Dallas Willard, Divine Conspiracy, p. 27)
One of Jesus’ habits was to withdraw to places of silence and solitude, often outside. “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)
Resolve to spend at least one hour this week without words (spoken, heard or read). At the end of the silence, write down what you learned.
Parents and Families Find information specifically for YOU!
Residence Life Learn more about your student’s life in the residence hall.
First-Year Parents Weekend Plan to join us if you have a first-year student.
Student Life Find information for all student life offices, such as the Counseling and Health Centers, Career Development and Calling, and more.
Campus Life Find information about student-run organizations, clubs and ministries.
Westmont Athletics See Warrior sports calendars and subscribe to the Warrior Update.
Career Development and Calling Learn more about services available to help students determine their calling and prepare for a career.
Westmont Counseling Center Find information about counseling services available to your student.
Westmont Health Center See the important health services available to your student.
Westmont TV Access the archive of Westmont chapels, lectures and events.