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March 2012 E-Newsletter

Alumni Weekend 2012

Follow these links to simplify your trip back to campus.

Upcoming Events

View the events we have planned around the country.

Alumni Weekend - April 26 - 29, 2012 Register Now!

Planning to attend Alumni Weekend 2012? Registration is now open and we encourage you to sign up here. We are once again expecting over 1200 alumni and guests to make their way back to campus for an exciting weekend of reconnecting and revisiting. Some of the highlights will include the ever-popular Alumni Vintner Wine Tasting, the Parade of Classes, and the Class Reunion Dinners on Saturday night. To view the schedule of events, click here. Whether you plan to visit with classmates, tour the new buildings on campus, or attend a class with one of your favorite professors, now is the time to plan your trip back to campus.

Laszlo Bock '94, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, on Career Development

Bock spoke to students about career development in an hour-long presentation on February 2nd on campus. The discussion was part of an effort initiated by the Board of Trustees to improve career services on campus. To watch a video recording of his presentation, click here. Bock, an international relations major with an MBA from Yale, spoke at Pomona last year as well, in the Pomona Career Development Office's (CDO) Sagehens Beyond the Gates program, presenting career advice to a group of students.

Family Weekend 2012

From February 17-19, 2012, Pomona College hosted 250 families and more than 450 family members for an activity-filled weekend. Parents could sit in on classes, attend performances, or see lectures and screenings. Some highlights from the weekend included:

  • Friday morning classes
  • Sessions on sustainability, internships, life on campus, "dangerous minds," and study abroad
  • "Ask the Deans" with Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum and the deans and directors in Student Affairs
  • "An Academic Perspective on the Pomona College Experience" with Dean of the College Cecilia Conrad
  • White Wash Documentary film screening with producer and historian Alison Jefferson '80
  • "Pomona’s Got Talent" where students showcased their talents in the performing arts

For more information about this year's Family Weekend and to view photos from the festivities, click here.

The Sagehen Report

This week the Pomona-Pitzer softball team continued its recent penchant for dramatic wins and the women’s water polo team co-hosted the largest regular season collegiate water polo tournament in the country. Click here to read more about our athletes and their latest achievements. Folllow The Sagehen Report for weekly updates on Pomona-Pitzer Athletics. Also, the College is working with a new vendor for Sagehen athletic apparel. If you're thinking about replacing your Pomona-Pitzer sweatshirt, click here to see some of the latest styles now available, or visit the Coop Store's newly re-designed website by clicking here.

Listen to KSPC FM Online

KSPC first signed on to the FM band with 10 watts on February 12, 1956. The effort to establish a licensed FM broadcast station was initiated in 1955 by Pomona College students Ronald McDonald ’57 and Terry Drinkwater ’58. Since 2000, the station has also been webcasting, making the station's rich programming and music available globally. If you live locally, point your dial to 88.7 FM, or click here to tune in online and listen live.You can also catch up with the station on Facebook by clicking here.

Alumni Board Profile: Elspeth Hilton ’08

Elspeth is originally from Winthrop, Maine but has settled in Seattle where she is finishing up graduate school at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She has focused her studies on environmental management and has had the opportunity to work with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration on a communications project. In May, Elspeth will travel to Northern Alaska with a team from NOAA to engage in work on oil drilling permit review activities with scientists and community members. For the last year, she has also been interning at the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, a group that advocates for state funding for parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. Once she receives her Masters in June, she plans to stay in Seattle and work in the public sector. Elspeth is a former ASPC president and is serving her third year as a member of the Alumni Board. She has brought to the Board her passion for social media and served as the College’s official tweeter during Alumni Weekend 2011, a role she plans to reprise this year. To keep up with her witty take on the weekend’s events, make sure to follow the hashtag #CecilSays.

President David Oxtoby to Take Fall Semester Sabbatical

President David Oxtoby will be taking a three-month sabbatical, starting in late September, to be spent at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for collaborative research with a colleague in chemistry, and for time to read, write and reflect on issues in higher education, particularly in an international context.

The Board of Trustees recently approved Oxtoby's request for the sabbatical, which was included in his contract when he accepted his position at Pomona College in 2003. Before leaving, Oxtoby will take part in the launch of the 2012-2013 school year and return for the full second semester. Per the approval of the Board of Trustees, Vice President and Dean of the College Cecilia Conrad will serve as acting president for three months. The College will not be appointing an acting dean, but some of Dean Conrad’s responsibilities will be undertaken by the associate deans.

“I look forward to this sabbatical and am confident that the strong leadership in place at the College will help us to move forward without a pause in the many plans we have underway,” said Oxtoby.