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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia '99 on Leadership and Change in Southeast L.A.

4:00 pm November 25, 2014Alumni, Media Mention

In 2012, Cristina Garcia ’99 won a seat in the California Assembly, unexpectedly defeating longtime incumbent Tom Calderon.  After her recent ethics legislation gained statewide press coverage, Garcia was profiled online by KCET, a local public television station. The article, titled “How Do We Come Back? Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Leadership in Southeast L.A.,” details Garcia’s goals and reasons for entering politics. Garcia says she was motivated by wanting to see talented students like herself return to their home neighborhoods, to use the skills they learn after leaving for college to effect positive change in their own communities.

Washington Post Highlights Pomona's Welcoming Stance Toward Undocumented Students

5:00 pm November 20, 2014Media Mention, Students

In the Post article by Nick Anderson, Pomona College President David Oxtoby notes undocumented students are treated the same as any other students.  “There’s nothing to hide,” Oxtoby said of the college’s stance. “It’s not a secret. We’re proud of this.”

Construction of Landmark Science Hall Will Open Ahead of Schedule in Summer 2015

11:00 am November 20, 2014Life on Campus

Pomona College’s new 75,000 square-foot Millikan Science Hall is ahead of schedule, with the building slated to open in summer 2015. Destined to become an area landmark, the project was originally scheduled to open in October and will house the astronomy, mathematics and physics departments.

The Contemporary Rock Musical Spring Awakening Opens November 20th

1:00 pm November 18, 2014Campus Events, The Arts

The Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening, featuring a cast and crew of students led by director/choreographer Giovanni Ortega and musical supervisor Kristen Rosenfeld, opens on Thursday in Seaver Theatre at Pomona College. Inspired by Franz Wedekind’s controversial German play, the coming-of-age musical takes an unvarnished, poignant and ultimately hopeful look at a group of teenagers confronting issues of sexuality, identity, violence and depression.

Maya Weigel '17 Places First in Cross-Country West Regionals, Heading to Nationals

11:00 am November 17, 2014Athletics, Students

Sophomore Maya Weigel finished in first place at the NCAA Division III West Regionals, earning an automatic qualification to next week's nationals in Ohio.

Prof. Pierre Englebert's Op-Ed on the Burkina Faso Crisis Appears in The New York Times

2:45 pm November 14, 2014International, Media Mention

Professor of International Relations Pierre Englebert's op-ed on "Burkina Faso's Reverberating Crisis" appeared in today's international edition of The New York Times. In his piece, Englebert discusses the overthrow of former President Blaise Compaoré, how "formally democratic rules can easily be applied to perpetuate the authoritarian domination of a ruling clique," and argues that the crisis in that country matters for the entire African continent. 

Jennifer Doudna ’85 Awarded $3 Million Breakthrough Prize

10:50 am November 13, 2014Alumni

Jennifer Doudna ’85 is among the winners of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize, a $3 million award given to her for her work “harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine.” The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life. Doudna is a professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and a former member of Pomona College’s Board of Trustees.

400 Latino High School Freshmen and Sophomores Coming to Pomona for College Readiness Program

10:30 am November 13, 2014Campus Events

Four hundred Los Angeles area ninth and tenth-graders will come to Pomona College on Sat., Nov. 15, to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s college readiness program Ready to Lead, for a day of college planning, financing and leadership development workshops, and a keynote address delivered by Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez.

Alumni from Two Generations Come Together to Create One Cool Youth Opera

2:30 pm November 12, 2014Alumni

When Nathan Wang ’79 and Matthew Leavitt ’03 signed on with the L.A. Opera to create a modern adaptation of Orpheus together, it was purely by coincidence that they were both Sagehens—but they weren’t selected by accident. Stacy Brightman ’86, director of education and community engagement at the L.A. Opera, was a big fan of both of their works.

5C Hackathon Teaches Nearly 300 Students to Code in a Week

1:00 pm November 11, 2014Campus Events, Students

The semiannual 5C Hackathon is in its sixth semester. The snack-fueled, high-stakes all-nighter sees teams of two to four students create websites, mobile apps, games and more. This year’s Hackathon will be held Friday, Nov. 14, with the teams presenting their overnight creations the next morning.

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