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Strengthening Teaching and Learning

Fostering Creativity Through the Arts - $11,500,000

Behind the achievements of any original thinker—whether scientist or artist or business leader—lies an ability to see problems in a new light and imagine innovative solutions. At Pomona, we have long known that involvement in the arts can play a key role in shaping these creative and intellectually daring habits of thought.

Both celebrative and critical, the arts make us think and feel, evaluate and synthesize, incorporating these complementary processes into a complex engagement with the world that is at once penetrating and transformative. Through the arts, we experience both the enlightening struggles and the addictive joys of creating something new and meaningful. On a public level, the shared experiences provided by the arts both strengthen our community and open it to the outside world. Perhaps more than any other endeavor, the arts generate an atmosphere of discovery, and so they live at the very core of a vibrant liberal arts education.

Today, Pomona's long tradition of excellence and innovation in the arts is evident not only in the remarkable list of noted artists, actors, directors, filmmakers, writers and musicians who began their careers here, but also in the lives of many other alumni who have brought a creative spirit to their chosen field of endeavor.

Campaign Pomona is an investment in the people, programs and facilities that will inspire future Pomona students. As part of this, the College is seeking funding for a number of important new initiatives in the arts, including:

Strengthening the Pomona College Museum of Art

The Museum's success in integrating its programs into the academic life of the College has far outstripped its resources. To continue the development of a first-class “teaching museum,” the College will need additional funding for initiatives to expand its programming across the curriculum; to provide greater access to faculty, students and the broader community; and to expand its collections.

Creating a Distinguished Visiting Artists Program

By bringing some of the world's finest practitioners of the arts to Pomona, this program will add immeasurably to the dynamism of the arts on campus by permitting faculty and students to observe noted artists at work and to learn from them in workshops, classes, exhibitions and performances.

Support for Innovative Teaching in the Arts

Pomona's arts faculty are never lacking in innovative ideas, but frequently they are limited by funding. Gifts of endowment to support creative teaching in the arts—in the fields of studio art, art history, music, theatre, dance and media studies—will play a key role in keeping the arts at Pomona fresh and exciting.

Expanding Opportunities for Intensive Summer Experiences - $20,000,000

Students At Pomona have long been encouraged to hone their skills in settings beyond the classroom. Our location on the West Coast, our proximity to Los Angeles and our connections around the world provide our students with a wealth of unique opportunities to work as interns, and our summer research program supports hundreds of research projects in which students and faculty work side by side in the lab or the library or out in the field.

What students take away from these experiences is invaluable. It is by testing themselves through opportunities such as these that they translate their passion into confidence and their knowledge and creativity into an ability to make a difference. Studies have shown that students who participate in research are more likely to pursue advanced degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Similarly, internships permit students to learn what it's like to work in a nonprofit organization, law office or movie studio.

Pomona students are eager for opportunities such as these to challenge themselves beyond the classroom, pitting themselves against real problems with real consequences. Student interest in both summer research and internships has grown dramatically in recent years—so much so that the College has been able to meet the needs of only two-thirds of the students who apply for grants through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and only about half of those who apply for internships through the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP).

A key goal of Campaign Pomona is to build upon these enormously successful programs by adding new endowment to support additional grants for summer research projects while expanding the College's internship program into the summer months, when students have more time and energy to devote to these intensive experiences. Equally important is making these opportunities available to a wider range of students—including those from lower-income families who depend upon summer earnings and therefore cannot afford to take part in internships that offer no compensation—and strengthening the international dimension of both programs with increased support for travel.

Each endowed fund of $100,000 will generate up to $5,000 per year to support at least one summer internship or one summer research grant, including expenses for housing, travel, supplies and student wages. Endowment funds may also provide support for students who want to present the results of their research at local and national conferences and for local transportation for students participating in internships.

Building Local and Global Connections - $19,000,000

Every Day at Pomona,life-changing experiences happen thanks to connections between the College and outside resources that reach from our own back yard to the other side of the globe. Through these resources, Pomona brings the world to its students and also encourages them to explore beyond our campus, both locally and internationally.

These connections begin with the College's location within one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan centers in the world. Within 50 miles of campus lies an extraordinary range of cultural and natural resources. With these comes an unparalleled mix of opportunities for partnering with local communities to provide programs of educational outreach, community involvement and research, as well as opportunities to become familiar with the remarkable diversity of our natural surroundings.

As a college connected to the world, Pomona also links its students to communities around the globe. Today, in a world of rapidly blurring borders, the ability to communicate across international boundaries and to be productive in more than one cultural setting is no longer a luxury—it has become an essential quality of leadership.

To create new opportunities that reach beyond our campus, both near and far, we are targeting several important initiatives, including

Expanding the Draper Center for Community Partnerships

In partnering with others, students discover their own ability to make a difference and effect social change. Support for the Draper Center strengthens the many programs connecting students and faculty to surrounding communities through internships, volunteerism, outreach, research and community engagement.

Creating a Visiting International Scholars Program

This program will bring distinguished academics from all over the world for one-semester appointments. By funding two Visiting International Scholars each year, the College plans to enrich its international offerings in a variety of disciplines while bringing dynamic new voices to campus.

Funding for International Programs

Among the first to develop a program in Asian Studies, Pomona has a long tradition of engagement in international issues. New support for such programs as International Relations and resources like the Pacific Basin Institute will help keep that tradition strong

Founding an Outdoor Education Center

With support for staffing and equipment, this center will enhance the work of the student-led group On the Loose in providing organized outdoor experiences—from hiking and climbing to skiing and kayaking—that are invaluable for developing leadership skills, learning about our natural environment and forging lifelong habits of fitness.

Investing in Faculty - $15,000,000

The fact that Pomona is recognized as one of the finest colleges in America is, in large measure, a tribute to the talented men and women who teach, mentor and do research here. But what makes a faculty great? One key element is a cadre of dedicated and experienced teacher-scholars who choose to devote their careers to this institution. But just as important is the infusion of new energy and ideas that arrives each year with the addition of talented new faculty members still building their careers. Among these gifted newcomers will be the academic stars of tomorrow.

The ability to attract and retain brilliant new faculty who are passionate about their fields of study and about teaching undergraduates is critical for any college that wants to stay on the leading edge of teaching and scholarship. This means that Pomona must be able to compete for these exceptionally promising emerging scholars not only with other top liberal arts colleges, but also with the nation's finest research universities.

Clearly, the hiring of new faculty must also be linked to changes in the curriculum and in student interest. Since 2001, for example, enrollments in Computer Science and Neuroscience have more than doubled and the number of Media Studies majors has increased by a third. Environmental Analysis, which did not exist at Pomona College before 2001, has now become one of our most popular majors. The College must have the flexibility to react swiftly to such changes in order to reduce reliance on temporary faculty and maintain smaller class sizes in introductory courses in these and related disciplines.

That is why, over the next few years, the creation of 10 endowed faculty fellowships for early-career faculty is essential in order to strengthen Pomona's ability to compete for outstanding new teacher-scholars. This will also permit Pomona to grow its faculty to meet burgeoning student demand for courses in important targeted areas, including interdisciplinary study.

Created by a gift of $1,500,000, each Endowed Faculty Fellowship will help support the hiring and retention of a key new member of Pomona's faculty with competitive levels of compensation and scholarly support. Each Faculty Fellowship will be awarded to one exceptional new member of Pomona's faculty. After six years, the point at which faculty normally undergo tenure review, the fellowship will pass on to a new faculty hire in whatever academic area is then deemed to be of greatest strategic importance. Because the fellowships rotate over time, the program ensures there will be a constant infusion of talented faculty wherever the College's need is greatest.