Parents & Families Virtual Parents Weekend 2021
If you were unable to join us for any of the Virtual Parents Weekend sessions, click here to view all recorded content. This includes the live Zoom with President Beebe.
2021 Virtual Parents Weekend Schedule
Titles and Descriptions
Monday, April 5
Meet the Alumni and Parent Relations Office
Each of the team members will welcome you and provide a brief overview of our Virtual Parents Weekend plans.
Pockets of Hope in the Pandemic
Hear student leaders reflect on what's worked on campus this past year in the midst of many challenges. Dean of Student Engagement Angela D'Amour, Ph.D., hosts.
Tuesday, April 6
Leading Fruitfully While Playing to Win
Athletics incorporates the American work ethic, the hero myth and worship, the underdog storyline, and the glory and the agony of winning and losing. The winners-take-all atmosphere of collegiate athletics can overshadow leading fruitfully and promoting character development in athletics as a Christian. Kirsten Moore, women’s basketball head coach and associate athletic director, and Russell Smelley, head coach of the track and field and cross country teams, tackle the conundrum of mixed expectations for athletic pursuits by examining their experiences as coaches at Westmont.
Wednesday, April 7
St. Augustine on Christian Nationalism
As public discussions of Christian nationalism garner increased attention—both from those who see it as a threat and those who see it as a source of hope—Professor Jesse Covington will turn to St. Augustine for guidance in relating Christian identity to national identity. He’ll explore how the rich theology of Augustine’s magisterial City of God can inform Christian citizens' responses to Christian nationalism in our own day. Dr. Covington chairs the Department of Political Science and directs Westmont’s Augustinian Scholars Program.
Participate in a live, interactive Zoom call with President Gayle D. Beebe at 5-6 p.m. PDT. President Beebe will talk about the state of the college, new initiatives and developments on campus. He’ll respond to you live during a question-and-answer session.
Thursday, April 8
Flourishing during a pandemic? Reflections from Biology, History, and the Westmont Community. Join Jeff Schloss, T. B. Walker distinguished professor of biology, and Alister Chapman, professor of history, for a live, interactive Zoom discussion at 5:30-6:15 p.m. PDT. They’ll share how COVID-19 may be both challenging and contributing to human flourishing with new insights from neuroscientific research and ancient ones from history. In addition, they’ll discuss the strength they have seen Westmont students developing in the past 12 months.
Note: Please watch for an email to pre-register for this live event so we can anticipate the number of participants. You’ll receive the Zoom link when you complete your registration.
Friday, April 9
What’s Love Got to Do with It? A Closer Look at Attachment Theory. We’re more connected than ever before in history, yet loneliness is rising in our world today. Unlike our grandparents who lived in a community of many, a growing number of us live in a community of two. As society struggles with a loss of social capital, love relationships have become the central relationship in most Americans' lives. So it behooves us to understand the science of love and connection. Join Dr. Andrea Gurney, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, as she briefly explores the science of relationships and the importance of attachment theory.
Saturday, April 10
Enjoy Spring Sing!! You can also follow Spring Sing on Instagram.
Our Virtual Parents Weekend welcomes all parents, grandparents, guardians and anyone else supporting and cheering for your student this year. Please send names and email addresses of those you think might be interested in participating to firstname.lastname@example.org.