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10 Things to Look Forward to at Pomona This Summer



Classes aren’t in session, but there is still plenty going on at Pomona. In no particular order, here’s a list of 10 summer happenings on campus:

1) SURPs: As part of Pomona College’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, more than 100 students will be on campus exploring a vast range of topics: from do-it-yourself culture and environmental awareness amongst Black women in Chicago to forbidden configurations in the linear lattice. SURPs, which take place both on and off-campus, are funded by the College and public and private foundations to enable students to conduct extended, focused research under the mentorship of a Pomona faculty member. 

2) Summer playsThe Theatre Department is working with Ophelia’s Jump, a Claremont theatre company, to produce four plays this season, running deep into summer.
The season starts indoors at Seaver with Eurydice (May 23-June 1), and continues outdoors at the Sontag Greek Theatre with A Midsummer Elizabethan Festival: Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (July 17-27) and Macbeth (July 18-26).

3) Summer Reading: The 2014 first-year and Pomona community book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a novel about race, immigration, love, class, relationships and more.  It is the story of Ifemelu, an international student who comes to the U.S. and becomes a successful writer, moving between Nigeria and the U.S and back to Nigeria. Adiche will give a public lecture at Pomona on Wednesday, Oct. 1.  Check out her TED talk on “The Danger of a Single Story.”  

4) New facilities: Crews will be putting finishing touches on the new 36,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall, an open, airy structure full of light and glass set to open in the fall. Construction continues for the new Millikan Science Hall—slated to open in fall 2015— which will have a domed planetarium, an outdoor physics lab and a two-story atrium entrance.

5) PAYS: Pomona’s academic program for promising students from traditionally underrepresented groups will host 90 high-schoolers on campus for a four-week introduction to liberal arts curriculum, kicking off a yearlong mentorship of preparation for college success. Pomona College Academy for Youth Success starts June 22 and ends July 18. This year’s theme is “Our American Dreams.” Among the electives students will take are: Comedy, Critical Thinking and Social Justice; Social Media in Movements Around the World; Introduction to Computer Science: Learning Java; and The Evolution of Hip-Hop and Expression of the Spiritual Self.

6) Camps, conferencing and multilingual conversation: From basketball to woodworking to cooking to swimming, there are camps galore. Pomona will be alive with the sound of music with the Violinmakers Workshop, the National Cello Institute and the Suzuki Institute conferences here. Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish will be heard throughout campus, as rising eighth to twelfth graders participate in the Middlebury Monterey Language Academy summer immersion program.

7) Tours: Admissions is always busy over the break. Tour guides introduce visitors to Pomona’s campus in all its summer glory, twice a day, Monday-Friday at 9 and 11 a.m. Info sessions are held at 10 a.m.

8) Volunteer at the Organic Farm: Get your hands dirty and come home with organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Come out and volunteer at Pomona’s Farm, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (excluding major holidays). All ages and skill levels are welcome. Farm staff will direct work projects and volunteers can take home produce as thanks for their hard work. For more information, contact: farm@pomona.edu.

9) Fourth of July: The annual fireworks festivities are held on the Strehle Track Field. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the 22-minute fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. The evening kicks off with a concert by classic rock group The Answer, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate and $8 presale and can be purchased at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Alexander Hughes Community Center, Vons, Wolfe’s Market, Rio de Ojas and The Claremont Club. Tickets go on sale June 1.

10) Orientation Week: In no time—starting Sunday, August 24—the Class of 2018 will arrive for the annual August rites of move-in and Orientation Adventure. The four-day trips include surfing in Santa Barbara, beach excursions to Dana Point and Morro Bay, backpacking at Sequoia National Park, and a community engagement adventure combining service and recreational activities.