Class of 2001 Newsletter, March 2010
Greetings Class of 2001! I pray that the year is off to a great start for you.

Many of you may remember Mark McCormick, more famously known as "Mark the RD." Can you believe that Mark has served as the Resident Director of the Clark resident halls since 1989, mentoring thousands of us Westmont grads? This Spring marks his final semester serving Freshman students at Westmont. If you were a freshman in the Clark halls-or even if you lived in Page or transferred to Westmont after your first year-Mark's face is probably a familiar one to you, and likely starts to call to mind lots of memories.

His plans for the future, in addition to those of the Page Hall RD since 2006, are mentioned in a recent Horizon Article. It's through the ministry of people like Mark that students grow into adulthood, building careers and raising families of their own. Here's a few words from a current Westmont student on his experiences at Westmont and a prayer for you.

In the words of a current Westmont student...

When you sense the direction the Lord wants you to follow, it's been my experience that it is futile to struggle against His will. As a second-generation minority, growing up in a gang-infested neighborhood in Saticoy, California, it would have been easy to fall into that cyclical poverty mindset. But that was not the Lord's will. I believe He specifically brought people into my life who would guide and show me how impactful a college degree would be.

Now I stand on the edge of graduation, looking back at my four years at Westmont College. I cannot impress to you how many lasting memories I have made with these special, God-given friends and professors. I can say with all confidence the liberal arts education I received will serve me well throughout my life. The critical thinking skills I learned will allow me to assess every situation I encounter and make an informed decision. As a Business & Economics major, I see the importance my faith will play in my career choices. I learned that success is not measured by my bank account but rather by the lives I can positively impact. I'm so grateful to all the people who made my experience at Westmont life-changing. As I transition into the next phase of my life, my simple prayer for myself and for all who read this letter is this: Lord, may you always be held preeminent in our lives. We thank you for what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do. Be ever near to us. Never let us stray, but if we should, grant us mercy. Amen.

Sammy Acosta '10
(B.A. - Economics and Business, minor in Religious Studies)

For us, it's nice to know that Westmont is producing bright, determined, and committed students-the kind that our world really needs more of! This year, for example, almost 340 Westmont students are giving up their Spring break to serve in the underserved communities from Ensenada, Mexico to San Francisco. Join us in supporting their efforts.

Thinking about Westmont students and alumni, we remember the verse "I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus" (1 Cor 1:4). We're thankful to be a part of the community called the Class of 2001!

We'd also like to share with you that our class has a dedicated group on Facebook. Feel free to join, post photos, prayer requests, and updates on the wall, and to keep in touch with each other.

Tamara Wolf and Debbie Hews '01

P.S. If you'd like to send Mark the RD a quick email send-off, he can be reached at

Click Here to find out more about Westmont's Class Agent program.

Recent and Upcoming Events
  • February 16: Westmont faculty homes went solar. Read more.

  • February 19: Westmont welcomed Mexico's former president Vicente Fox to campus. Watch his chapel address on YouTube.

  • February 26: Dr. Jeff Schloss, Professor of Biology at Westmont since 1981, received the T.B. Walker Chair in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences, which will allow him to collaborate more with students in research.

  • March 27: Spring Sing 2010 is at 6:30p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $23.

  • April 21: The Spring 2010 Student Research Symposium will feature students' research from all disciplines and majors.

  • May 7-8: At Commencement 2010, the Westmont community will honor 330 graduates and welcome them as new Westmont Alumni! Find out more on the Commencement Page.

  • May 17-June 30, Annual Class Challenge. Watch your mailbox for more information in the coming weeks.

  • June 24-26, Ashland Shakespeare Festival: Join Professor of English Paul Willis for 3 days of Shakespeare. Reserved seating is limited. Sign up today for Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part One, and Hamlet.

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