Westmont Magazine Parents Have Their Day
Parents returned to school for a day when 500 moms and dads participated in Parents Weekend, March 13-14. Not only did they attend classes with their students, but parents crowded into mini-classes taught especially for them. Political science Professor David Lawrence discussed “Clinton and Shalom: Balancing Judgment and Grace”; Karen Jobes, assistant professor of New Testament, talked about “The Fourth Gospel”; and physicist Warren Rogers presented “The Magnificence of Creation Through the Eyes of Science.”
On Saturday morning, parents gathered to hear President David Winter and ask him questions. That evening, they enjoyed Spring Sing, the annual competition featuring musical skits presented by each residence hall.
“While it’s enjoyable to meet with other parents and get updated about college activities, being reunited with our students (if briefly between Spring Sing rehearsals) is what Parents Weekend is all about,” notes Bruce Bickel, chair of the Westmont Parents Council.
“We want to spend time with students and reinforce our mental picture of their life away from home,” he adds. “But we realize students may not be as sentimental; they seem most interested in eating dinner at a place other than the DC! Parents who haven’t participated in Parents Weekend should plan to attend next year. Those who came this year won’t need a reminder to return.”