Greetings Class of 2007! I pray that that 2010 is off to a great start for you.

My name is Chandra Morris, and as a fellow member of the Class of 2007, I would like to introduce myself to you as your new Class Agent. Westmont and many other highly-rated schools have class agent programs to help alumni from various graduating classes stay in touch, network and unite to support their alma maters.

As your Class Agent, I will:

  • Send you E-Newsletters to keep you posted on news from Westmont and our classmates
  • Act as a point of contact for our class
  • Send Thank You notes when you give to Westmont
  • Organize and rally support for Westmont
I am on Facebook if you would like to get in touch with me, or you can also reach me via email at classagents@westmont.edu.

Since graduation, each of us has gone our separate ways to build our lives, careers, and relationships outside of Westmont. Whether it was graduating from school, applying for a new job, moving to a new city or getting married, we have all left the experience of life as a Westmont student.

I am sure that you have all heard about the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. I just wanted to let you know that there will be a benefit concert for Haiti on April 16 at Ocean Hills Church which meets in the Marjorie Luke Auditorium. The headlining artist is Tyrone Wells who performed at Westmont during our time there. His percussionist/tour manager Mark Chipello has asked me to let the Westmont community know about it. Tickets start at $15 and all proceeds will go to Haiti. The event is posted on Facebook at facebook.com/event.php?eid=317917736986. You can get tickets at Ocean Hills Church on Sunday mornings or online at fixtstore.com/category/180/&skin=tyronewells.

Speaking of the Westmont community, many of you may remember Mark McCormick, better known to Westmont as "Mark the RD." Since 1989, Mark has served as the Resident Director of the Clark resident halls and mentor to 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 his departure draws up a lot of memories for me.

His plans for the future, in addition to those of the recent Page Hall RD (since 2006) are mentioned in a recent Horizon Article. As you know, it is the ministry of people like Mark that encourages students in their early adulthood, with decisions about building careers and raising families of their own. To that end, I'd like to share with you something that one of the current Westmont students has written about her experiences at Westmont and hopes for the future.

In the words of a current Westmont student...

As I walked onto Westmont College's campus for the first time, the fresh aroma of flowers, the greenery and students roaming in shorts and flip flops were in stark contrast to the March months I am used to experiencing in Colorado. With the phrase "from blizzard to paradise" in my head, I decided that I wanted to attend Westmont. The open nature of the students and the academic rigor of the courses persuaded me also, but it was a unique presence that drew me to Westmont. I had been looking at both public and private schools, Christian and secular colleges, but none had the spirit that I found at Westmont. To this day, I cannot describe the welcoming atmosphere I feel when I set foot on campus as anything other than God. My attachment to Westmont was financially worrisome for my parents and me, but scholarships and grants made it possible for me to attend here.

As an out-of-state student, I surprisingly made the transition to college life at Westmont effortlessly, making many friendships that are hopefully long lasting. I am one of the few and proud pre-medicine students; my major is Chemistry in the Biochemistry track with minors in Mathematics and Biology. Even though school work tends to consume my life, I still get involved with on campus activities, such as the preview days. Last year, my roommate and I hosted students in our room and gave them a glimpse into life at Westmont. This year, I am a small group leader for a question and answer session. I really enjoy bonding with the students and showing them what Westmont is really like outside of the pamphlets they get in the mail. The combination of all these activities, along with the Christian environment, has really helped me grow in patience, perseverance, determination, and many other values that were not fully developed before I attended Westmont College.

Although I still have two more years at Westmont, I am constantly planning each step of my life. Through extensive scheduling, I am able to go abroad in the spring of 2011. It is both exhilarating and frightening knowing that I will be in Thailand this time next year, but I know that the knowledge and values that I will develop through the classes, internships and culture immersion will be a cornerstone for the rest of my life. The experiences that I will have during my time at Westmont and in Thailand will enable me to persevere during medical school. I aspire to become a cardiovascular surgeon. Through my previous hospital internships, I know that I have the stomach for blood and the passion for science, so this career is well suited for my personality. After I establish myself as a doctor, I would love to travel and assist those struggling in other countries. Westmont has placed this passion for the global community in my heart, and I am excited to see where it leads me.

Ashley Padgett '12
(B.S. - Chemistry, minors in Mathematics and Biology)

For me, it is good to know that Westmont is turning out bright, determined, and committed students—the kind that our world really needs more of! This year almost 340 Westmont students are giving up their Spring breaks to serve in the underserved communities such as Ensenada, Mexico and San Francisco, California. Thinking about Westmont students and alumni, I'm reminded of the verse "I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus" (1 Cor 1:4). I'm thankful to be a part of the community called the Class of 2007!

I'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.


Sincerely,
Chandra Morris '07


Click Here to find out more about the Class Agent program at Westmont.

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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