President Starr’s Weekly Update (9/28/21)

Dear Pomona College Community,  

As we close our first full month back on campus, I’m writing to thank you for your vigilance and adaptability as we’ve restored so much of the in-person experience at Pomona.

Last week, we had a single positive COVID-19 test result among staff and faculty, and none from students, making for a 0.05 percent positivity rate. Let’s keep on promoting safety as the situation continues to improve in California and Los Angeles County as well.

We are so pleased to be able to welcome families in-person Oct. 15-16 for Family Weekend, which will include appropriate safety measures and be held outdoors. In-person language tables are restarting this week at Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations and I also look forward to this week’s launch of the Humanities Studio’s speakers series for 2021-21, starting with a virtual presentation from dancer, choreographer and author Twyla Tharp.

Beyond our gates, History Professor Pey-Yi Chu’s The Life of Permafrost, was featured in The Nation, Dean of the College and Geologist Robert Gaines appeared in an extensive television segment and Professor Sara Sadhwani appeared on L.A. TV news to discuss redistricting in California.

Finally, let me express my gratitude to Trustee Bobby Lee ’02 and his wife Sophia Whang for their generous $1 million scholarship gift in honor of Bobby’s father, the late Dr. Martin Hyung-Il Lee. Supporters such as Bobby and Sophia make access to our dynamic liberal arts education possible. Bobby’s father realized the American Dream and made that education possible for both him and his sister Jenny ’07, and through this gift, the memory of his father will live on for future generations of Sagehens.

In the days and weeks ahead, we will all need to do our part to keep our in-person instruction on track by continuing to follow the COVID-19 protocols that promote safety for our community. Thank you once again for your commitment to doing so.


All the best,