Pomona College News
Leyth Swidan ’16 has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom, for the spring 2015 semester. In London, he will take courses in development studies and politics that focus on the Middle East.
The Pomona College 2013-14 Sustainability Annual Report, which was released today, highlights the College’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 and the college’s achievements towards becoming a more sustainable campus during the previous academic year. Highlights include a seven percent cut in green house gas emissions and a 7.8 percent reduction in energy use.
9:14 am December 17, 2014Life on Campus
Pomona College has been named the No. 9 “Best College Value” among all U.S. colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, which measures academic quality and affordability.
“O Christmas Tree” is best sung around a real tree and not an artificial one, according to Pomona College Professor of Environmental Science Char Miller. A real tree is the truly “green” eco-friendly choice, and if it’s bought locally it’s even better, says Miller, an expert in environmental and forest history.
Just days after courageous young Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (pictured) accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Pomona College Economics Professor Tahir Andrabi has written an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) about a little-noticed transformation in girls’ education that is sweeping the South Asian nation. Andrabi notes that “For the first time in the nation’s history, more girls—63 percent—of primary-school age are in school than not, even as they face Taliban and other extremist threats, and even amidst an ongoing national crisis of leadership.”
Anisha Bhat '15 and Anna Kramer '16 spent countless hours sifting through the special collections of Honnold/Mudd Library to unearth an enlightening exhibit on “Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World” that will be displayed in the library’s Special Collection Room (second floor, north lobby) through December 19.
A new study published in The Leadership Quarterly has found that perception of gender-linked traits in the photos of CEO faces strongly predicts company rank and profits. Higher ratings of powerfulness in male CEO faces and higher ratings of supportiveness, compassion and warmth in female CEO faces strongly predicted higher company rank in the Fortune 1000 as well as company profits. In addition, higher ratings of powerfulness, dominance and leadership ability, what are traditionally thought of as masculine traits, marginally predicted company rank for female CEOs.
8:03 am December 11, 2014Alumni
Alex Garfield '07 has sold GoodGame Agency, an e-sports company he began in his dorm room at Pomona College, to Amazon-owned Twitch. The company has long garnered Garfield success and press profiles, including our own Pomona College Magazine.
Pomona College has a new Farm Manager this year, but she’s not new to the Farm. Naira de Gracia ’14 transitioned from a student employee of the Farm to its manager soon after graduating, and she’s already made an impact: de Gracia was awarded Sustainable Claremont’s 2014 Farm Educator of the Year award this fall and the farm was featured on the “Growing Farms” podcast.
8:03 am December 10, 2014Campus Events
The Pomona Media Guild will host its first-ever Media Crawl from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, featuring films, sounds, photographs and art created the guild’s members. The projects will be looping on multiple screens scattered throughout the basement of Crookshank Hall, 140 W. Sixth Street, home of media studies and other departments as well as the Pomona Media Guild. Food and refreshments will be served.