Transitions Booklet - Westmont College by linxiaoqin


Making the Move to
Table of Contents
Welcome Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Transitions for First-Year Students . . . . . . . . . 5
Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
First-Year Residence Halls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
What to Bring (& What Not To!) . . . . . . . . . . .11
Transitions for Transfer and Consortium
  Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
My Transfer Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Some Reflections on Diversity at Westmont . .14
What Westmont Wants for You . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Communicating with Professors . . . . . . . . . .19
Academic Advising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Chapel at Westmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Purchasing Textbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Computer Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Student Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Writers’ Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Academic Department Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

          Don’t come with too many expectations,
          and don’t expect Westmont to give you
         every spiritual answer on a silver platter.
           You need to establish your own views,
       and you’ll get the opportunity to do that here.

Dear Incoming Westmont Student,

            elcome to Westmont! Just as you are preparing to come, we
            are busy planning for your arrival. We can’t wait to meet you.
            As a first-year, transfer, or consortium student, you’re probably
a little nervous about this new experience and a bit curious about what
your life will be like at Westmont. We assure you that we will do all
we can to make your transition to Westmont a smooth one.
      The purpose of this booklet is to give you information to ease your
transition, so please take some time to read the material we’ve put
together for you.

Arrival on Campus for Fall Orientation
The magic day is Thursday, August 26. Please arrive as follows on campus:
     Last name begins with: Arrival Time
                  A–J              8–9:30 a.m.
                  K-R              9:30–11 a.m.
                  S–Z              11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
     We’re in the process of finalizing the Fall Orientation schedule.
You can view it on the Orientation Web site after July 1.
     Please do not arrive on campus before Thursday, August 26. We cannot
accommodate requests to move into the residence halls prior to that
day. Your parents should have received a listing of local hotels, so if you
wish to arrive early, you may stay somewhere in town. If you are
participating in Inoculum, you will move into your permanent room
when you return to campus Tuesday, August 24.

Important Documents
Remember to bring your Social Security card if you plan to work on campus
and/or if you will participate in work-study. If you are at all interested in
attending Potter’s Clay, our spring break mission trip to Mexico, or any
of our Emmaus Road service trips, you will need to have a passport by

Banking Information
Representatives from local banks will be on campus during Orientation
to set up accounts. The only ATM on campus (upstairs in Kerr Student
Center) is serviced by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. There is also a Bank
of America close to the shuttle route.

Travel Resources
Airport Shuttles
Superride Airport Shuttle (to Santa Barbara airport) (805) 683-9636
Airbus (to Los Angeles International airport) (805) 964-7759
Greyhound Bus Lines 42 W. Carrillo Street, (800) 531-5332
Amtrak 209 State Street, (805) 963-1015

     We hope and pray that the rest of your summer is filled with
rest and relaxation. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact the Orientation office. See you in August!

2010 Orientation Team
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1099

P.S. On most of the pages of this booklet, you will find bits of advice to
     first-year students from past first-year students after their first semester.
     Let these helpful hints both guide and encourage you as you navigate
     your way through this exciting new adventure!

               Do your homework before midnight!

Transitions for First-Year Students

      o it’s that time, and you’re off for the grand adventure of college.
      Before you arrive, we would like to suggest a few areas for you
      to think about and prepare for as you come.

Read, read and then read some more!
This is what you will spend a great deal of time doing in college. Most
of you will come with a limited ability to sustain active reading for a
long period of time. It takes practice and discipline.
    You can ease into the transition by doing some reading over the
summer. While it might not be the same type of reading as the academic
material you will cover in college, it will get you practicing.
    Also, you must be an active reader. Ask yourself questions about the
material while you are reading. Take notes and highlight. Look over the
whole chapter to get the main ideas before you read it for detail. These little
things can make a big difference.

The “free” time trap
“Free” time seems to be in abundance at college. Most of you will only
be in class for about 10–12 hours per week. With few assignments
between occasional tests and papers, it seems you have a lot of free
time. But this is one of the biggest traps for college students.
      Professors can expect that you will spend two hours outside of class
doing homework for every hour spent in class. If you do the math, that
means you should be spending between 20 and 24 hours each week studying.
Most of that time is spent — you guessed it — reading!
      So think of this as your job and set up a schedule. Use your time
during the day and don’t expect to get all your studying done at night.
It’s an adjustment, but you can do it!

Lifestyle choices
These choices are numerous and all affect your success as a student. To
drink or not to drink is one. While Westmont has established policies
prohibiting the use of alcohol, the choice is yours. You have all seen
television shows and movies that portray alcohol as part of college. It
can seem you are missing out if partying is not part of your college
experience. What the movies don’t show is the physical, mental, spiritual
and academic toll drinking can take on a student. Your Westmont
experience can be fulfilling and fun without alcohol, but the choice is

                            Read your mail!

     This is just one of the many decisions you’ll face. How much sleep
do you need to get up for your eight o’clock class? What kinds of things
will you do to grow spiritually? It might help to think through these
questions before you arrive so you’re ready to set the direction for some
of the decisions you will face.

Who me, homesick?
Most of you will get homesick. For some it will be missing your parents,
for some missing your siblings (can you believe that actually might
happen?!), and for others it might be missing friends. This is healthy,
but hard. There is no way around it — only through it. It will get better
if you hang in there!

“Old” vs. new friends
Making friends will be harder for some than for others. If you’re not
as outgoing, making friends will be tiring and scary, but if you
stretch yourself to meet people from the beginning, it will happen.
     For others, it may be hard to let go of high school friends. It is
important to remember that it probably took years for those friendships
to develop, so your college friendships often won’t be like them for
at least a year. It will be tempting to run to those close friendships
from high school, but if you do, you won’t be allowing your new ones
to grow. High school friendships will change, and some will fade away,
but these are the seasons of friendship. If you’re prayerful, patient
and flexible, new and lasting friendships can and will develop.

Who am I?
Going to college means starting over. Those of you who were good
students in high school may get your first C on a test.
    So who are you? Those of you who were well known and were
involved in everything will face a situation where you are one of 350
new students — you have to start over. Those of you who were varsity
basketball players may not make the team, and those of you who
were honors students may get average grades at Westmont.
    Be patient during this time of transition. God will be stretching
your old definition of what it means to be you, and if you are open
and flexible, you may be surprised and happy with the new you
you see on graduation day.

    Remember that your R.A. and R.D. are there to help!

Frequently Asked Questions

       ew students always have a lot of questions, and you’ll find
       that many of yours are answered in this booklet, as well as in
       the forthcoming registration materials and preliminary Orientation
schedule. But here are the answers to a few questions you’re probably
asking right now.

Q: When and how do I register for classes?
A: New fall semester 2010 first-year and transfer students will receive
   an e-mail with registration instructions on Friday, July 23. Students
   will register themselves online August 9-12. If you have any questions,
   a toll-free number will be provided for academic advising conducted
   by Michelle Hardley from August 2-6 and August 9-12.

Q: When do I find out my roommates and room assignment?
A: Check the student profile page after August 10 by going to and click “Current Students,” “Student Profile,”
   and after the login select “Private” for roommate information. Your
   roommates’ home phone numbers will be listed, so take the time
   to call and get to know each other. On occasion, new students are
   assigned to a different room after the original housing assignment
   has been made and posted on the profile. When that occurs, the
   Housing Office will try to communicate the housing change by
   email or phone call.

             Important Reminder about
                Vehicles on Campus
  To comply with County of Santa Barbara regulations, Westmont
  must prohibit first-year students from bringing vehicles to campus
  and the surrounding area, even for just a few minutes. Campus
  Security will ticket any unpermitted vehicle parked on campus.
       Students who receive citations on a vehicle traced to them
  may lose their eligibility to apply for a permit the following year.
  Thank you for cooperating! See the Westmont Web site for
            (This will not apply during Orientation weekend.)

Q: If I am coming early for sports, when do I move all my things
   into my room?
A: You will transition from your temporary housing to your permanent
   room assignment about two weeks before Orientation. If you
   choose to bring all your things when you arrive to start practice,
   you will need to keep them in your temporary room. If you have
   any other questions, please contact your coach.
Q: Where do I send things before school starts? What is my regular
   mail address?
A: You will be assigned your MS# (mail stop number) over the summer.
   You may find out your MS# after August 1 by consulting the student
   profile page online. All your mail must have this number on it or it
   will be delayed. Please make sure to give this MS# to banks, doctors, friends,
   parents, magazines, etc., as soon as possible. If you need to mail something
   before Orientation, please send it addressed as follows:
          Student Name (Your Name)
          MS# xxxx (Your MS #)
          955 La Paz Rd.
          Santa Barbara, CA 93108
   If you need to send boxes, please wait to mail them until two weeks
   before coming to campus as we have limited storage and must rent
   a storage unit for boxes. The post office will be open during Orientation
   for you to pick up your boxes. See www. westmont. edu/addressing.

Q: What size are the mattresses in the residence hall rooms?
A: All on-campus mattresses are extra-long twins (80" by 36").

Q: May I keep a microwave or a micro-fridge in my room?
A: No, microwaves are not permitted in students’ rooms. The residence
   hall kitchens are equipped with microwaves. You may keep a
   small refrigerator (under 5 cubic feet) in your room, and there is
   an additional charge to defray energy expenses.

Q: How can I buy my textbooks?
A: See page 23 of this booklet.
Q: Do I have to be on the campus meal plan?
A: Yes, all on-campus students must be on the meal plan. First-year
   students must be on the unlimited meal plan for the first semester
   and then may switch to the 15-meal plan for the second semester
   if they wish.
Q: May I use nails, double-stick tape or duct tape to hang posters
   and artwork on my room walls?
A: No, please only bring small tacks and white (not blue as it leaves
   spots) poster putty to hang artwork in your room.
Q: How do I check into my residence hall?
A: An Orientation packet issued upon your arrival will contain your
   housing confirmation sheet. In order to protect you from unwarranted
   damage charges, you must complete the room condition inventory
   (RCI) form and sign the check-in agreement prior to moving into
   your room.

First-Year Residence Halls

        early half of the first-
        year students call Page
        home. If you know
alumni/ae who have lived in
this residence hall, you have
probably heard their nostalgic
enthusiasm for their first-year
     Page’s traditional layout,
in which all the rooms open
to a long, central hallway,
offers many opportunities to meet others and forge new friendships.
The hallways are convenient for gathering a late-night pizza party,
sharing ideas about a class project or simply enjoying some casual
conversation. Page is located near the library, the post office and
Westmont’s administrative offices.
     Men and women live in separate sections and plan creative social
activities together each semester. All the rooms house three students.


           ith tree-filled court-
           yards, cottages, and
           two-story buildings,
Clark provides an ideal
outdoor backdrop for activity
and relaxation. Students
socialize on the interconnect-
ing balconies and stairways
or retreat to the large, grassy
center of the complex known
as Clark Beach. This lawn
beckons the 250 residents to play Frisbee or study in the sun. Most of
the residents are first-year students, while some transfer and returning
students also live here. Men and women occupy different buildings.
    Clark evokes the feeling of a village. The three- or four-room suites
share common bathrooms. Most rooms are double occupancy, with a
handful accommodating three students. Clark is the residence hall
closest to the shuttle stop and the dining commons.

What to Bring (& What Not To!)

       he following lists will give you some guidance as you prepare for
       residence hall living at Westmont. If you have any questions,
       please contact the Housing office at (805) 565-6036.

• Computer (see page 27)          • Multiple outlet surge protector
• Towels and Washcloths           • Blankets/pillows/extra-long twin
                                    sheets (36x80)
• Alarm clock                     • Study/reading light
• Flashlight (for power outages) • Iron
• Mug or glass                    • Laundry bag or basket
• Small basket for carrying per-  • Headphones for your stereo,
  sonal bathroom supplies           electric guitar, or keyboard
  (may not be left in bathrooms) • Money for laundry card
•Any single line analog telephone (Caller ID phones usable)

• Bicycle/Kryptonite-type lock       • Sports equipment (Frisbee, tennis
                                       racquet, racquetball racquet, etc.)
• Beach chair                        • Radio/stereo system (check with
                                       your roommate to see if he/she
                                       is bringing one)
• Hot pot/air popcorn popper         • Small refrigerator ( check with your
                                       roommate to see if he/she is bringing
• Electric Fan                       • Fluorescent torchiere floor lamp
  (drowns out noise)

                     What NOT to Bring
• Hot plate                          • Microwave oven
• Toaster/toaster oven               • Halogen torchiere floor lamp
• Regular extension cords            • Candles/oil lamps
  (the fire code prohibits them)     • Duct tape
• Incense                            • Pets (fish are OK)
• Drums                              • Car
• Chairs, desks, or beds             • Answering machine (each room
  (rooms are furnished, and           has voice mail service)
  there is no extra storage space)   • Too much stuff!

             Don’t be afraid to meet new people—
                 you’re all in the same boat!

Transitions for Transfer and
Consortium Students

        s a transfer or consortium student you will have many different
        experiences from those of first-year students. Some of you
        have had time to adjust to the increased freedoms of college and
separating from family. Yet you will be entering the culture of a new
campus. After listening to many of our transfer and consortium students,
let us offer the following suggestions for areas in which you might need
to adjust.
No doubt you have heard that Westmont is an academically difficult
place. It will most likely be more difficult than the college you came
from. Many of our transfers say they have ended up reading more
and spending more time studying than before. To help in this adjustment,
here are some words of advice:
     • Take advantage of study groups
     • Don’t work too many hours (15 max)
     • Talk to your professors (during office hours) and to fellow students
Social Life
You will be leaving your established friends and starting over. This could
be tough. We will work to help you meet a variety of people, but you
must be willing to initiate contact with other students. Here again,
some advice:
  • Take part in Orientation! Although it may seem like you don’t
    need to, you will meet tons of people. It is also a great opportunity
    to get to know the culture of the campus.
  • Get to know your resident assistant (R.A.). R.A.s know people
    and would love to introduce you.
  • Give it time. Relationships take time to develop. Try to be
  For more suggestions, be sure to read a transfer student’s account of
her transition in this booklet. If you have any problems, be sure to let
your resident director know!

                     Get ready to be stretched!

                My Transfer Experience
                           by Megan Decker

        fter two years at a junior college, I was eager for “community.”
        I was excited to be surrounded by students and professors who
        loved and served God. I prayed a lot, when deciding where to
transfer, and at the end of my search I felt that Westmont was the perfect
place to find the “community” I'd been looking for. As I was packing
my bags and preparing to leave for Westmont, I knew that the friendships
I was about to make would take a lot of effort, but they would be worth
it. This transition was going to be both exciting and challenging.
     The first month of school was a whirlwind. Everything moved so
quickly and as the homework began to pile up, strong friendships were
being built. I tried to engage myself in every event possible, from a
VK art show to Saturday morning kickboxing with my suite mates.
Each event I attended was just another opportunity to grow closer with
those around me. I also got a job on campus, which was another way
for me to meet more people and become more involved at Westmont.
     The transition was very exciting, but was challenging as well. I was
so focused on building relationships with those in my section, that I
didn't expand my relationships with current upperclassmen early
enough. I didn’t introduce myself to people. I didn’t sit at a random
lunch table with random people. I didn't start up conversations with
returning students in my classes. My recommendation for all transfers
is to embrace what Westmont has to offer. Go to the events they have
planned for you and have fun. Put yourself out there and test your
limits. This is a time to let your guard down and show people who you
are. As scary as it is, make yourself vulnerable to those around you.
Do things that will make people remember you. Get yourself out there
and make things happen for yourself. When you find yourself discouraged
about something, change it. Take action! There are enough people
around campus who are willing to help you do that. Everyone on
campus wants to see you succeed and thrive at Westmont.
     Jesus experienced a lot of uncomfortable things in his life. He ate
meals with tax collectors and hung out with prostitutes. My challenge
to you is get “uncomfortable,” enjoy the challenges, and embrace
this new life God has called us to. Put yourself out there and make
yourself available. In the end, the relationships and memories you’ve
made will be worth that time of feeling uncomfortable and make your
years at Westmont some of the most memorable years of your life.

                          Go on Inoculum.

Some Reflections on Diversity at Westmont
                           by Geriece Jenkins

           y thoughts were like a see-saw as I stood in front of the mirror
           pondering the semester ahead. I said to myself, “I should —I
           definitely should. But then again maybe not — I can’t do that.
No, no, I definitely should.”
      What was all this intense and intrapersonal debate about? What
was going to shape the first semester of my sophomore year? What was
going to send ripples through the Westmont community?
      MY HAIR! Yah, I definitely said that — it was my hair. I just couldn’t
figure out whether to come back to school with the afro I had been
wearing all summer or whether to put my hair back into more mainstream
braids. I know, right now you are thinking, “Is this girl serious, and how
the heck does this qualify as an intelligent reflection on diversity?” But
honestly, this minor decision was causing me a lot of angst on that late
August afternoon.
      Looking back on that moment I realize that I was not freaking out
about making a disco fashion statement I was just afraid to be more
different than I already would be at Westmont. I had experienced
walking into a class, into a section meeting, or into the DC and being
one of few people with this lovely chocolate skin tone. This alone makes
me stand out in the crowd, so adding the fro to that factor seemed like
it might be too much to handle. As it turns out — and I am sure you
are dying to know at this point — I did, in fact, return to Westmont
with the afro my sophomore year. It was a great year, but even more
than just having cool hair, I learned a lot about myself and my approach
to diversity on this campus.
      I believe that amazing variety exists at Westmont, but that we often
fail to fully explore the possibilities and potential under the surface of
how the community appears to be. One aspect of diversity that Westmont
solidified for me is that every single person, whether a person of color
or not, has a story to tell and a heritage to offer. So many people are
afraid to let their uniqueness show, so they assimilate into the Westmont
culture and community in order to fit in. The challenge for each of us
is to own those characteristics, like the afro, that make us different and
to walk confidently knowing that we all have something special to
contribute to this place. My hope is that Westmont will be a place where

            Don’t go home the first three weekends.
          Later on, go only once in a while so you can
         get to know people and enjoy life on campus.

you are comfortable enough to offer your story in an authentic and
compelling way with the people around you. However, it is equally
important that Westmont be a place where you are able to listen and
learn from the stories of others. The point is that diversity at Westmont
is a reality now and starts today as we build a society of unique individuals
who embrace the differences between themselves.
      Secondly, I love the idea that every culture of the world contains
an aspect of the image of God. I believe that part of being created in
God’s image is that each of our cultures reflects that image in specific
ways. To limit cultural diversity within the Christian faith is to limit
your understanding and perspective of God. No one culture reflects
Him entirely, and we need to be willing to learn from other cultures
about what they bring to the Christian faith. This means that we
have to develop a willingness to experience worship through other
cultural lenses. I would encourage you to grow to a place where you
are able to view the world and the Christian faith from the perspective
of another person. Obviously we can never completely turn off our
own world view, but we make strides in that direction. My best friend
is Korean-American, and I have learned so much about Jesus from this
woman. It was not automatic, but as I spent time with her family, time
at her church or Korean-American conferences, I began to appreciate
the culture more and also to appreciate my creator more. One of the
greatest gifts God has given us is different cultural backgrounds.
      My final thought is a challenge to you (disclaimer: this will not be
comfortable or easy for you — get used to that because that is what
college is all about). I try to have one goal in my interactions with people
and that is to be H.O.T. (yah, you read that right). This acronym stands
for Honest, Open and Transparent. I have found that once you move
with confidence in the person you are becoming and set aside pretense,
others are willing to follow. In those moments of being completely
open, we discover more of the rich diversity of who we are and how
we think as a community because we can see the beauty each individual
brings to this campus. The more I have worked to involve myself in
the lives of friends who come from different contexts, the better I
understand who they are. Each new relationship has led me deeper
into the conclusion that people are simply people and all of us are
distinctive in our own right. When we realize that, we realize you can’t
place broad generalizations on individual personalities. God brought
each person to this place and this time for a reason, and we have the
opportunity to walk through the next four years asking questions
and listening to stories to understand what that reason is.

                   Don’t bring too much stuff—
                  but good bedding is important!

What Westmont Wants for You

            estmont wants our graduates to become people characterized
            by a range of valuable knowledge, helpful skills and positive
            attitudes. At the same time, Westmont recognizes that a
Christian liberal arts education can manifest itself in a variety of ways
in the lives of different individuals.
     We believe that the skills we seek to foster in all our students will
help you both reject life-abusing patterns present in secular culture and
defy stereotypes and social, political and spiritual predictability. In this
way, your own individuality as a Christian involved in the world will
emerge as a unique tool for furthering Christ’s kingdom.
     It is our goal that during your years at Westmont and throughout
your life, you will develop intellectually, spiritually and personally in
the following ways.

As a Westmont graduate, you should:
• Possess interpersonal competence that enables you to listen respectfully,
  ask questions thoughtfully, self-disclose appropriately, give feedback
  honestly and sensitively, participate in dialogue, work with a group,
  and show tolerance and appreciation of differences;

• Be learning to temper rigid beliefs, be open to alternative interpretations,
  weigh evidence fairly and function self-critically;

• Possess core convictions and commitments for which you claim
  ownership, which you can thoughtfully defend, and to which you
  can be true in a world of competing moral and spiritual visions;

• Possess the resources and skills necessary to handle tensions that arise
  between the Christian faith and other seriously argued positions—
  including the ability to use Scripture responsibly and intelligently—
  in order to live confidently yet self-critically in a world of competing

• Have a biblical and theological understanding and an appreciation
  of worship and spiritual formation that exceed what you could acquire
  at a secular university, supplemented by campus Christian fellowships
  and active participation in a local church—in short, a vision of
  Christianity that is as large and developed as your disciplinary and
  professional sophistication;

• Be on your way to formulating a web of knowledge from all sources,
  integrated around the Christian understanding of God;

• Be sensitive to the ever-present need for discernment in separating
 the core of the eternal Gospel from the peculiar cultural accretions
 of a particular time and place, being vigilant in seeking to determine
 when the Gospel would call you to be an agent of transformation in
 the world and in the church, and when it would call you to be an
 agent of preservation;

• Be characterized by the intellectual and Christian virtues of fair-
  mindedness, openness to new ideas, a willingness to submit ideas to
  criticism, an appreciation of both the value and limitations of formal
  reasoning, a suspicion of manipulative rhetoric as a substitute for
  cogent argumentation, and patience in staying with a difficult search
  for truth when it requires protracted reasoning and effort;

• Be educated in a way that enables you to bear a cultured and literate
  witness for the Gospel, yet without arrogance or a sense of superiority;

• Be knowledgeable about the world in which God has placed you,
  because appropriate moral action requires full and accurate information
  in addition to sound moral principles, so that ignorance will not
  frustrate your best efforts to do the right thing;

• Be characterized by broad and expansive sympathies, with concerns
  that extend to the spiritually lost, the homeless and hungry, those
  suffering from racial and gender prejudice, the destruction of our
  biotic, cultural, and sociopolitical environments, and beyond;

• Evidence the habit of integrating your knowledge and sensitivities
  into real life decisions that embody a willingness to relinquish power,
  prestige, security, and personal gratification—a willingness based on
  a growing faith in the providence and call of Christ in your life;

• Be able to locate yourself in history and understand the pivotal
  transition from a modern to a post-modern vision of the world as
  well as the implications of this for articulating and defending the
  Christian faith;

• Be equipped with the tools to continue learning throughout your life,
  both because learning can become a source of lifelong satisfaction
  and because of the ever-changing nature of our world;

• Be characterized by reading, entertainment, recreation/ leisure, and
  consumer choices that reflect a sense of wonder, delight, and appreciation
  of the marvels of the natural world and the treasures of human culture,
  in addition to understanding the meaning of high pleasure that
  simultaneously humbles and elevates the enjoyer;

• Be developing a sense of Christian vocation that will inform your
  career goals, marital choices, and other central lifestyle decisions, and
  that is based on a recognition of your own gifts, your understanding
  of the world and the dilemmas it faces, and your convictions about
  the values of the Gospel and the present agenda of God in the world;

• Possess those writing, oral, and thinking skills necessary for career
  and vocational success, along with the ability to work cooperatively
  and effectively with others in both leadership and subordinate
  roles; and

• Possess the skills, knowledge, and motivation to be effective participants
  in the civic, charitable, and cultural life of your community.

  The faculty and staff at Westmont look forward to helping you grow in
these exciting and rewarding ways.

              Remember, if it won’t fit in the car,
   it won’t fit in a room that has three people living in it!
            Communicating Successfully
               with Your Professors
            by Dr. Randall J. VanderMey, Professor of English

         ow can a student get across messages to those frazzled, shy,
         socially gawky, ozone-seeking creatures called professors?
         Well, speaking as one of them, here are some points about
communication I wish every student knew:
• True communication is two-way. Say you visit a professor in her
 office. You have a purpose; so does the professor. You have information;
 so does she. You have attitudes; so does she. So go prepared to give
 as well as to receive. That way, the two of you can enter into a two-
 way process, working out meanings, agreements, and solutions together.
• Teachers are always teaching. If your professor answers your question
  with another question, or goes “Hmm,” like a mad scientist, what
  does that mean? It may mean that while you’re just hungry for some
  info, the professor is seeing a “teachable moment” shaping up. The
  professor, in fact, may be angling you like a rainbow trout. Sound
  threatening? Take it as flattery. The professor sees you as worth the
  effort. Remember, helping you get your expensive education is a
  professor’s calling.
• Be direct, prompt, and sincere. Have to miss a class? Don’t call the
  day after and say you’re sorry and you “hope you didn’t miss anything
  important.” Professors cringe when they hear that. They want each
  class to be so important that no one would want to miss it. And don’t
  tell your friend to try to catch the professor on the sidewalk to deliver
  your excuse. Call, if you can, before the class you have to miss. You
  don’t have to produce a huge, hacking cough over the phone to prove
  that you’re sick. Just state the reason. Ask for an excuse. And say when
  you will contact the professor to catch up on any missed work.
  Then take the step that proves your integrity: Call when you said you
  would. Remember: Communication is a process, and the process isn’t
  finished until you follow through.
• Don’t be afraid to talk to a professor. Some students flush like
  strawberries when a professor asks a simple question. Relax. Breathe.
  A professor has to eat and shower up, just like you.
• Stay focused on the purpose. Your education is ultimately in your
  hands, more than in the professor’s. Before you talk to a professor,
  then, figure out your purpose. Let the purpose emerge early in your
  conversation. Keep your purpose before you during the conversation,
  and confirm it in the end. Try to emerge from a conversation with a
  sense of what would be best to do next.

Academic Advising

            elcome to your first semester at Westmont! My name is Michelle
            Hardley and I am the director of the Academic Advising
            and Disability Services department. We are very excited to
have you join us. Our office is here to help you maximize your educational
potential and the opportunities available to you as you work through
each semester.
     One of the ways we do this is by linking you to an academic adviser.
Academic advisers can be helpful to you in many ways. They can
help you explore your options regarding a major and career choice as
they listen and learn about you and your strengths and weaknesses.
They are great resources when it comes to knowing college academic
policies, general graduation requirements, and scheduling classes. They
are also great people to talk with - and they must sign your forms before
you can register! All full time faculty members act as academic advisers.
     One important thing to remember is that academic advising at
Westmont is not like your high school advising experience. Our advisers
want to develop a relationship with you, one that is based on getting
to know you, so they can tailor their advice to you based on your wants
and desires for your life. Instead of telling you which classes to take,
your advisers want to help you make those decisions. Advisers are here
to keep you on track with the various policies and procedures, but they
will not tell you which specific path to choose. Like many relationships,
these take time and multiple encounters to develop. So be sure to
seek out your adviser during their office hours throughout the semester,
not just when you need a form signed. The Westmont College Student
Association does have a program where you can get free meal tickets
to take a professor to lunch in the Dining Commons. This offers one
additional way to get to know them better. Advisers are here to help,
but you need to come to them and let them know about your questions
or concerns.
     Unlike high school you do have some responsibilities in the advising
relationship. You are responsible for:
     • Contacting your adviser and keeping in touch with them (this
       is best to do in advance of registration)
     • Coming to appointments with all necessary materials
     • Asking specific questions and becoming familiar with the college
     • Discussing concerns regarding your major life choices, vocations,

                Work hard, budget your time,
            and remember — jobs do take up time.
     • Building a tentative schedule of classes to review with your adviser,
       composed of the classes you need and want
     • Asking about college resources
     Your faculty members also have responsibilities in the advising
relationship. You can expect him or her to:
     • Post office hours and let you know what times are available for
     • Provide accurate and specific information based on their familiarity
       with the college catalog and department offerings
     • Be a good listener and guide you in the decision-making process
     • Review your registration materials to ensure the proper selection
       of courses
     • Suggest other available resources
     You were assigned an adviser based on your academic interests as
noted on your application for admission. This is not the same as officially
declaring your major, but it does allow Westmont to assign you to an
area where you at least have an interest. If you are undecided as to what
you want to study, you will most likely work with me.
     Since the effectiveness of advising is based on building a relationship,
you might not make a connection with the adviser that is first assigned
to you, or your first adviser might be in a department that you do not
want to major in. If your adviser that you are assigned to is not in the
department you intend to major in, switching advisers is relatively easy
and should be done sooner rather then later. You can contact the
registrar's office or the director of academic advising and disability
services for procedural information and aChange of Advisor form. If
you advisor is a professor in the department you want to major in, you
may be able to switch, but it might be difficult based on the number
of advisees per adviser.
     Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or
concerns. We hope and pray that your transition at Westmont is a
smooth one!

    Michelle Hardley
    Director of Academic Advising and Disability Services

                  Be open to new experiences,
             and don’t get stuck in your old habits.

Chapel at Westmont

       elieving that the worship of God is at the heart of all that we are
       and do, chapel will be one of the core activities of your week.
       Chapel meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 – 11:20
a.m. in Murchison Gym. The first thing you will notice when you come
into the gym will be the friendly greeter who will hand you a chapel
card. It is your responsibility to fill out the card legibly with your name
and ID number before the end of the chapel service and return it to a
greeter as you leave. These cards are used to enter your chapel attendance.
Please note: if you do not enter the correct information on your chapel
card, you may not receive credit for attending chapel. The doors close
at 10:30 a.m., and chapel cards will not be handed out after this, so
plan on getting to chapel early.
     The purpose of the chapel ministry is to nurture the pure love of
God in the church as it is gathered in a Christian liberal arts community.
You can expect the musical aspects of the service to include the use of
contemporary praise songs as well as traditional hymns of the faith.
Joel Patterson, director of worship and music, chapel student worship
teams, and different choirs provide the music. The teaching of the Word
is foundational. You will notice in the student handbook, which you
will receive during the first week of classes, the schedule of chapel
speakers for the year. Ben Patterson, campus pastor, speaks regularly as
well as other members of the Westmont community and outstanding
orators who represent the worldwide church.
     Chapel is mandatory. You are given 12 chapel misses per semester.
Feel free to use these absences at your discretion. Many students use
these allowable misses for illnesses, doctor appointments and studying.
You can find listings of what constitutes a chapel to be excused on
the Web site,
attendance-policy.html. Each student who misses more than 12 chapels
will not be eligible to register for the following semester.
     Chapel is not meant to replace the gathering of the church on
Sunday. Students are encouraged to find a church home. Some churches
send buses, shuttles and vans to the campus each Sunday morning to
assist you in getting to church. During orientation there will be a church
fair on campus with representatives from local churches available to
meet you and to give you information about their services. We encourage
you to connect with the body of Christ beyond the walls of Westmont.
      The Campus Pastor’s office is located upstairs from the dining
commons in the Kerr Student Center and students are welcomed to
make an appointment with Ben Patterson, campus pastor, or just come
in to enjoy a handful of M & M’s.

Purchasing Textbooks
Textbook Language
Required Textbooks
• The professor has indicated this textbook will be necessary for the

Recommended and Optional Textbooks
• Recommended texts are resources or reference materials selected by
  your professor and may be purchased at your discretion. Optional
  texts are used during the semester for written assignments. Most often
  your professor will ask you to choose only one title of a selection.
  Please go to your class before purchasing an optional text.

• How to purchase textbooks at the Bookstore Web site:
  Web site is open for orders July 1 - August 22 at
    1.   On the home page click on Textbook Purchase.
    2.   Select textbooks for your classes.
    3.   View cart.
    4.   Continue to check out.
    5.   Before purchasing you will be asked to Log in.
    6.   If you are a first time user, you must create a new account; use
         any valid name and email.
   7.    All Web site orders are picked up on campus at the Bookstore
         Textbook Annex, August 27-28
         *Textbooks are NOT shipped to your home address.
Additional information is available on the Web site home page by
clicking Textbook Information or call Leslie Smith, Textbook Manager
at 805.565.6067.

    Read the syllabus, do all your reading assignments,
   and start papers well in advance of when they’re due.

• How to purchase textbooks at the Bookstore Textbook Annex:
  The Annex will open for sales Saturday, August 28.
   1.   Bring a copy of your class list.
   2.   Pay with cash, check, or Visa/MC.
        IMPORTANT: Students cannot use their parent’s credit card
        or credit card number unless the parent is present at the
        time of purchase.
   3.   Keep your receipt.
   4.   Read the guideline for returns that will be attached to your
The Westmont Bookstore staff includes many students familiar with
the textbook buying experience. They can encourage you, address your
concerns and answer your questions.

                     Don’t date for a while.

Computer Information
Detailed information and instructions can be found at the referenced
web pages on the Computer and Network Support Web site, which is
at (hereafter referred to as CNS Web site).
Q: How do I get an email account?
A: By the time you receive this booklet, your email account should
   have already been created and your password set. If you have not
   set your password, go to
   Westmont student email accounts are hosted at Google, but your
   Westmont email address will be
Q: What wired and wireless network access is available from residence
A: We provide both wired and wireless high-speed network access in
   residence hall rooms 24 hours a day, including the off-campus
   housing facility at Ocean View.
Q: Where else on campus are wired and wireless network connections
A: Wired network connections include the computer lab in the Library
   and upstairs Kerr Student Center, as well as the Study, the on-campus
   snack shop. In addition to residence halls, wireless is available in
   the Library, the DC and Deane Hall.
Q: What computer systems does the network support?
A: We provide network support for: Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OSX
   or newer; and Linux. See the CNS Web site under Student
   Computing/Information for New Students/IT’s Requirements for
   Student Computers. You may bring computers running other
   operating systems, but we will not provide network support.
Q: Is it better to bring a laptop or a desktop?
A: If you want to work on your computer outside your room, a laptop
   is your best option. However, desktop computers are usually less
   expensive and less likely to be lost, stolen or broken.
Q: What hardware will I need for a wired connection?
A: You will need an Ethernet card (most computers have this built in)
   and an Ethernet cable (also known as the “blue cord”). For residence
   hall connections, this cable should be at least 25 feet long. If you
   wish to connect your laptop to other wired network ports around
   the campus, you will want a short cable to carry with your laptop.
Q: Where may I purchase an Ethernet cable (officially called a Cat
   5 cable)?
A: The Campus Bookstore has them and most electronic and office
   supply stores also carry them.

Q: May I bring my own wireless access point (router)?
A: Yes, but you will not be allowed to use it on our network unless it
   has been configured by I.T.
Q: How do I get my room connection activated?
A: You will need to read and agree to the Resources Responsible Use
   Policy found on the Information Technology Web site at
   For instructions on how to plug in to the wired connection, see the
   CNS Web site under Connecting to the Network. When you first
   access the Internet from your room, you will be asked to register
   with your Westmont username and password. If your connection
   doesn’t work, obtain a paper copy of the Residence Hall Network
   Troubleshooting Guide from the I.T. office in the lower level of the
   Library. If these procedures do not fix the problem, you may bring
   your computer to the I.T. Office for help with the setup.
Q: How do I access my Westmont email?
A: Most students use the web interface at,
   but you may also use a desktop client such as Thunderbird, MS
   Outlook, or Mac Mail. Settings for these email clients can be
   found on the CNS Web site under Your Westmont User Account
   and Email/Google Email FAQ.
Q: Can I continue to use my outside email provider (gmail, hotmail,
A: Yes, but you will need to forward your westmont email to that
   address. See the next question.
Q: How can I set my Westmont email to forward to a different
A: You will need to set the forwarding at Google Mail. For instructions,
   see the CNS Web site under Your Westmont User Account and
   Email/Google Mail FAQ.
Q: What kind of computer access will I have if I don’t bring a computer
   to Westmont?
A: The general purpose computer lab in the lower level of the Library
   has Windows and Mac computers with printer, Internet and email
   access. Many departments have their own computer labs.
Q: Will I need my own printer?
A: All computer labs at Westmont have printers. You may bring your
   papers to the general purpose computer lab in the lower level of the
   Library. They must be in MS Word format (Windows or Mac) or
   plain text. A fee of 10 cents per page will be charged to your account.

Q: How can I protect myself from viruses and malware?
A: All Windows-based PCs are required to use Westmont-provided
   McAfee Antivirus. If you have an existing program for Antivirus, it
   will have to be replaced.
Q: What if something goes wrong with my computer?
A: Information Technology supports student computers with problem
   such as network connection (wired or wireless) and viruses. For other
   kinds of problems, we can make a quick diagnosis and make
   recommendations for repair. Be sure to bring your original installation
   discs with you to Westmont and any warranty or vendor information
   in case you need to contact technical support while you are here.
Q: How can I get a job working for Information Technology?
A: I.T. is always looking for student technicians, lab monitors and
   telecom assistants. See the On-Campus Jobs link under Student Life

   Don’t be afraid to communicate with your roommate.

Student Employment

           elcome from the Office of Life Planning. We are pleased to
           offer you services and resources to help with any of your
           employment needs. Through the dedicated efforts of the
Office of Life Planning staff and the very positive reputation of Westmont
students as employees, a wide variety of part-time job opportunities
are available both on and off campus. Please make special note of the
following information.

Q: How and where can I find a job?
A: On campus jobs are listed under, Current
   Students, Student Employment, On Campus Jobs. Westmont
   supervisors update their postings several weeks prior to your arrival.
   You are strongly encouraged to check the online postings regularly
   since on campus positions are filled quickly. We recommend that
   you contact the supervisor posting the position immediately and
   state your interest in the job.
         Off campus job listings, both full and part time are posted on
   our online job site, WestmontLink. Just visit
   Some employers prefer not to post online and those positions are
   made available in our full and part time job binders in our office.
   Off campus jobs include ongoing and temporary listings for childcare,
   gardening, office work and other miscellaneous indoor and outdoor
   housework, and tutoring. You will need to make the appropriate
   arrangements regarding transportation to these positions. Some
   employers are willing to pick up students on campus and the
   Westmont shuttle can also be utilized as a resource.
Q: How many hours should I work?
A: We recommend that students limit their work week to 8-10 hours
   per week when classes are in session. As a new student we suggest
   that you pay particular attention to this advice as you adjust to
   college life and your class load.

             Visit your professors during their office hours.
             They really do want to help—just ask!
Q: What is work-study?
A: Your financial aid packet informs you as to whether or not you have
   been awarded work study funds. In this program, the government
   and the employer share the cost of your pay. Although you are
   guaranteed a job on campus, it is imperative that you make contact
   with the Office of Life Planning regarding work study opportunities
   as these jobs fill quickly and options will greatly diminish as the
   semester progresses. Some on campus jobs are exempt from work
   study. When applying for a job make sure the hiring supervisor
   knows you are a work study student.
         There are also off campus work study opportunities available
   through the Office of Life Planning and our website. Most off-campus
   jobs require a car, as they are a distance from the college. There
   are some jobs within walking distance or accessible using Westmont's
   shuttle service.
         You must make an appointment with the Student and Alumni
   Employment Coordinator to fill out paperwork for off campus work
   study positions.
   Carrie Rydman, Student & Alumni Employment Coordinator,

 Attend as many of the Orientation events as possible — they
  really help you adjust to the school and all the new people.

Q: What documentation am I required to supply to get a job at
A: Please be sure to arrive on campus with certain original documents
   that will facilitate the hiring process. I.D. documentation must be
   provided as of your date of hire. If you do not provide appropriate
   I.D. you will NOT be allowed to start employment. Failure to
   bring these documents will delay the employment process by weeks
   and could result in a missed job opportunity. To provide proof of
   your identity and your right to work in the United States, please
   bring a single document from List A or one document each from
   Lists B and C below.

          Documents Required to Begin
           Employment at Westmont
  List A* (bring one item)
  Documents that establish identity and employment eligibility:
      • United States Passport (or U.S. Passport Card)
      • Foreign Passport with attached em-
        ployment authorization (I-551 stamp)
      • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt
        Card (Form I-551)
  List B* (bring one)       AND    List C* (bring one)
      Identity:                    Employment Eligibility:
      • State issued driver’s      • Original Social Security Card
      • State issued ID card       • Birth Certificate
                                     (Form FS-545)
      • School ID with             • U.S. Citizen I.D. Card
        photograph                   (INS Form I-197)
  *Visit and select I-9 form for a more extensive list
   of accepted forms of identification.

Writers’ Corner

        ou’re going to write a lot at Westmont. At some point, you’re
        probably going to wish you had some help coming up with a
        topic, working out ideas, organizing your paper, polishing your
sentences or simply starting an essay. You might, in short, find yourself
worrying about how to get your assigned writing done.
     Fortunately, Writers’ Corner tutors are on duty five evenings a week
to help you improve your papers, and they’re happy to work with
you at any stage of the writing process. Tutors are selected both for their
abilities in writing and their skills in working with people. They love
talking about essays — whether they’re helping a writer with more
precise phrasing or talking through options for developing a paper.
     This valuable service is free and available on the top floor of the
library in room 310. Each semester, the schedule is posted on the English
department Web site. Come to Writers’ Corner and spend less of your
time at Westmont worrying about writing — and write better papers
while you’re here.

                    Get involved and have fun!

Academic Department Info

        he music department welcomes the participation of all students.
        Opportunities for involvement exist in many areas including:

•   Ensemble performance, both vocal and instrumental, for all students
•   Private instruction on virtually any instrument
•   Academic courses in music history, composition, theory, church
    music and more. Music majors, music minors and all other interested
    students are welcome.
•   Attending concerts, both on and off campus
Making music at Westmont is easy!
Simply follow the steps below: (Details about all Westmont’s music
ensembles are included on the next two pages and on the Westmont
music department Web site.)
All students are welcome enroll in Women’s Chorale (MUA-074-1) and
Men’s Chorale (MUA-073-1). Most first-year singers begin their choral
experience at Westmont in these ensembles. We strongly recommend
that you register for these ensembles and your other classes to insure
that rehearsal times are reserved in your schedule. Auditions for placement
within the ensembles and possible chamber ensemble opportunities
will be held the first week of classes. Students who audition for music
scholarships (see the online application on the music department Web
site) may also have been given a specific ensemble placement. Singers
are also encouraged to enroll in private vocal instruction and the Music
Drama Workshop class.
Students are encouraged to enroll in the instrumental ensembles of
their choice to insure that the time is reserved in their schedules.
Auditions will be held in the first week of the semester during the
ensemble rehearsal times to confirm placement and seating in instrumental
ensembles. Please see the ensemble descriptions on the following pages
to identify the ensemble that you think is most appropriate to your
skill level, interest and instrument.

                 Join study groups, and find a
          quiet place to study other than your room.


          n behalf of the department of mathematics and computer
          science, welcome to Westmont! We pray that God’s peace
          will cover you during your transition here, and we invite you
to contact us if we can help in any way.
     If you have any interest in mathematics or computer science, we
encourage you to pursue these classes early in your time at Westmont.
The introductory courses that we teach in our department will give you
a solid foundation for further study in a wide range of technical and
scientific disciplines. In fact, many of our courses are prerequisites for
courses in other areas. Furthermore, we believe it is wise to continue in
mathematics and computer science while the material you learned in
high school is still familiar to you.
     We hope that you will also consider mathematics or computer
science as a major field of study. Our recent graduates are teachers,
software developers, financial analysts, biostatisticians and college
professors, among other things. Our program complements other majors
as a second major or minor, providing a set of analytical skills that are
highly valued in many professions. For more information, please see
the college catalog and our department Web sites (Westmont home,
Academics, mathematics or computer science).
     Although not required, laptops are recommended for potential
computer science majors; your computer can run either Linux, Windows
or Mac operating systems. If you do not have the means to obtain one,
we will loan a laptop to students who are enrolled in computer
classes for that semester. Our beginning calculus sequence (MA9 and
MA10) requires that you use a graphing calculator having at least the
capabilities of the TI-83+ (e.g., the TI-82, TI-83, TI-86, HP48G, Cassio
CFX-9850G, but not the TI-81 or TI-85). There is no calculator requirement
for the fall MA19 course. The TI-83+ can be purchased in most discount
stores. If you already own a graphing calculator with TI-83+ capabilities,
you need not purchase another one provided you are proficient in
the use of the one that you own. We use the TI-83+ during class, and
allow the use of it (or an equivalent) on tests. We do not permit use on
exams of calculators that do symbolic algebra and calculus operations,
such as the TI-89 or TI-92.
     Again, welcome, and if you have any further questions, please do
not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and to
learning together.
                    Sincerely yours,
                    David Hunter, Department Chair
                    Mathematics and Computer Science
                    (805) 565-6075 /


            elcome from the
            Westmont theatre arts
            department! I trust that
you are having a wonderful
summer and are looking forward
to the new adventures here at
Westmont. We are very excited
about the upcoming year which
will feature guest artists, inter-
national theatre festivals, a fringe
festival, multiple senior projects,
mainstage theatre and dance
productions and much, much
     Our season boasts dozens of
available parts for Westmont
students and innumerable oppor-
tunities to get involved. We need
technicians, stage managers, actors,
actresses, dancers, scenic artists, costume workers and mask makers, to
name a few. I hope that you will be able to participate in one or more
of this season’s exciting productions, for which students receive academic
units. You need not be a theatre arts major or minor to participate.
     We do recommend that incoming students interested in theatre
enroll in TA 1, TA 10 and TA 15 during their first year. This provides a
wonderful opportunity to get involved in the life of the theatre as
well as accomplishing the prerequisites to take advantage of all our
upper division offerings. Additionally, TA 1 and TA 10 fulfill GE
requirements for your Full Academic Program. During the first week of
school, there will be an informational meeting where you can meet
professors and fellow students, learn about auditions and find out
important details about the season’s performances. Please check the
theatre callboard in Porter Hall for information upon your arrival in
     Best to you in your journey and looking forward to meeting you!
                  Mitchell Thomas
                  Chair, Theatre Arts Department
                  (805) 565-7040

           On first introductions, try to get to know
          something about who the person really is.

2010-2011 Academic Calendar
                      Fall 2010
August     26       New student move-in
           26-29    New student orientation
           28-29    Returning students check-in
           30       Classes begin
October    11-12    Fall Holiday
           20       Mid-term
November   15-18    Registration for spring 2011
           24-26    Thanksgiving Holiday
December   10       Last day of classes
           13       Study Day
           14-17    Final exams
           18       Residence Halls Close at Noon

                    Spring 2011
January    8        Residence Halls open at Noon
           10       Classes begin
           17       Martin Luther King Holiday
           18       Observe Monday class schedule this day only
February   21-22    Presidents Holiday
March      4        Mid-term
           14-18    Spring Recess
April      11       2009-10 major honors application deadline
                    for fall semester 3:30 p.m.
           18-20    Registration for fall semester 2011
           22, 25   Easter Recess
           28       Last day of classes
           29       Study Day
May        2-5      Final exams
           6        Baccalaureate
           6        Residence Halls Close at Noon
           7        Commencement
           9        First day of Mayterm classes
June       10       Last day of Mayterm classes


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