Letter from the President

January 2015

Cal Lutheran Parents,

It is hard to believe another fall semester has come and gone. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy some family time with your student over the winter break. It has been awfully quiet around here and the campus is ready for the start of a new semester.

Looking back on the school year so far, one of the highlights was Homecoming & Family Weekend (which I hope many of you had the chance to attend). It was extra special this year because we hosted our first 50th reunion with members of Cal Lutheran’s pioneer class, the graduating classes of 1964 and 1965. It was wonderful to observe these alumni interacting with current students, discovering what’s changed and what’s stayed the same on their beloved campus, and, perhaps most importantly, interacting with friends they made so many years ago.

These pioneers are alumni that have gone on to be doctors, scientists, business leaders, teachers, pastors and much more. Some still call Thousand Oaks home; others live very far away. But they all credit Cal Lutheran with shaping them into the individuals they are today and pushing them to be the best professionals, husbands, wives, mothers and fathers they can be.

And for that, we could not be any happier or more grateful. We want all these things for every graduating class of Cal Lutheran and hope your student has made those friends, established those connections with faculty, and spent time enjoying this campus and all the area has to offer. This may come easier to some students than for others, and if your student is struggling in any area, please know that there are likely resources available to him or her to assist in any way they can. Please contact me or Interim Dean of Students Melinda Roper should your student have a need that is not being addressed.

Encourage your student to take full advantage of their time here. Get involved in a club or activity. Ask that classmate to get a cup of coffee. Schedule that paper review with a professor. Look into those summer internships or work-study jobs available on campus. Tap into that network of alumni that want to see other Kingsmen and Regals active and successful in the broader community. The start of a new semester can be the perfect time to try something new.

Our staff and faculty are committed to doing all they can to make this a place where your student can succeed. Planning is well underway for our 52nd Commencement, the single-greatest demonstration of this commitment. This year’s ceremonies will take place on May 15 and 16 and will be here before we know it! If you are a parent of a graduating student, information about Commencement is available at CalLutheran.edu/Commencement.

So far this school year, your students have been fantastic stewards of the Cal Lutheran name and we are proud to count them, and you, as members of the Cal Lutheran family. Thank you for your support as we work with your students to help them discover and live out their purpose.


Chris Kimball

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