Pomona College News
Pomona College English Professor Claudia Rankine’s new book is on the longlist for the National Book Award for Poetry. The National Book Foundation released the list today including Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, which “recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st-century daily life and in the media.” Yesterday, she received the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine for an excerpt published from Citizen.
Two Pomona College students are using $10,000 grants from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation to create year-long public service projects at a pair of nearby schools. Beginning this semester, Nathalie Folkerts ’16 is launching a healthy-eating initiative at Vista del Valle Elementary School in Claremont, while Karen Herrera ’15 will return to her hometown to develop an arts enrichment program at La Puente High School. A public policy major with a concentration in biology, Folkerts is organizing an initiative at Vista to help families and children learn to grow their own food and prepare healthy meals, while also tackling food justice issues. Herrera will develop an arts enrichment program at La Puente High School, where she graduated in 2011.
H. Russell Smith, a dedicated and generous leader of Pomona College, passed away last weekend. He had recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Smith’s affiliation with Pomona College began when he was a student. An economics major, joined the Pomona College Board of Trustees in 1962 and his tenure on the board, including many years as emeritus trustee and chair, spanned more than five decades.
Today’s Los Angeles Times story "Colleges reject charge that freshman reading lists have political bias," examined the book selections of colleges and universities across the country. To gain insight into the impact of these readings, reporter Larry Gordon attended lectures at Pomona and CSUN.
5:15 pm September 8, 2014Media Mention
Pomona College is No. 7 in The New York Times’ new ranking of economic diversity at nearly 100 of the nation’s top colleges. The rating system released today measures the role of colleges and universities as engines of social mobility “based on the share of freshmen in recent years who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families.”
Comedian Joel McHale entertained a packed house of Claremont Colleges students at Little Bridges on Saturday night. McHale, who is the host of “Talk Soup” and stars on the sitcom “Community,” did his research, commenting that Claremont is like Tolkein’s Shire and ribbing the audience on the differences between the colleges. He even took a crack at Pomona’s beloved mascot: “Cecil the Sagehen is not very intimidating. It’s like, ‘We’re gonna beat you… if you were to eat us and we were undercooked. We’re gonna salmonella you all over the field!’”
In an interview with L.A. Weekly about his new book, Economics Professor Gary Smith warns of the dangers of data mining, the process of poring over stats in search of patterns, enabled by what the Weekly calls "the avalanche of information made possible by technology." "With the help of prognosticating octopi, dead salmon, a host of rigged charts and all manner of creative bookkeeping," the Weekly writes. "Smith presents case study after case study on how to twist the facts, exploring how phenomena such as confirmation bias, regression towards the mean, and the law of averages truly inform our lives. Smith, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, has a long history of research projects debunking dubious uses of data.
11:30 am September 4, 2014Students
At the tender age of 10, Mae Coyiuto ’16 was a published author of three children’s books. Years later she was a recipient of a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Award and armed with that she set out this summer to help other young people in her native Philippines publish books as well.
1:00 pm September 3, 2014Life on Campus
A blog from President David Oxtoby: "Last week, I went kayaking on the Los Angeles River with a group of first-year students who were getting to know Southern California – and each other – in the final days before classes began...."
The annual poster conference. which will be held Thursday, Sept. 4 at 4:15 p.m., is a forum where Pomona College students share their new knowledge and expertise gained from summer research and internship experiences. All disciplines are represented at the conference, which is free and open to the public.