by the Bay
a rich and diverse cultural center like San Francisco to draw upon, the
Pomona College Bay Area Regional Community has a lot to offer alumni.
Since 1999 and the renaming of Pomonas alumni chapters as regional
communities, the Bay Area Regional Community has offered such events as
musical productions and concerts, theatre, faculty visits and lectures,
outdoor events like hikes and garden tours, community service events,
and social gatherings such as happy hours and winter break parties.
Starting with what their volunteers are interested in, the Bay Area Regional
Community has put on activities that range from as few as five participants
such as career connection events to cultural events that
brought in crowds of almost 170. This past year, regional community Co-chair
Avery Sheffield 97 helped to plan an event that featured the screening
of a documentary, A Year in Japan, by her classmate, Dan Bernstein
97. The sold-out event gave alumni a chance to discuss their thoughts
on documentary film production and travel.
By doing different types of activities, says Co-chair Michelle
Cooke 90, we draw people with different interests from a broad
array of ages and a broad cultural spectrum. To Sheffield its
the community service events that give alumni a unique opportunity to
connect with each other as well as their local community. With all
the time you spend together, you definitely get to know Pomona alumni
you wouldnt know otherwise.
In her second year serving as the Alumni Associations Regional Support
Coordinator, Cooke has an intimate understanding of what makes a good
regional alumni event.
I dont consider the best events the ones that
draw the biggest numbers, she says. Instead she believes the best
events are those that give alumni the best sense of the Pomona community.
Our alumni want a broader knowledge of what people do, and what
they are, after Pomona.