Family Weekend 2019

Family Weekend 2019
February 15-17

Although Family Weekend doesn't officially begin until Friday, February 15, Thursday activities are listed for families who arrive early.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Last updated 01/17/2019.

Registration is now open!

Quick jump to the schedule for:

Friday, February 15
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. -- Sagehen Café Open

The Sagehen Café is open for coffee service and snacks starting at 8 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(Smith Campus Center)

9 a.m. – midnight -- Coop Store Open

Come to the Coop Store to stock up on your Pomona College gear. 20% off all Pomona Parent items during Family Weekend.

(Smith Campus Center)

10 a.m. – noon -- Current Exhibitions, Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery

(Studio Art Hall)

1 - 4 p.m. -- Current Exhibitions, Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery

(Studio Art Hall)

4:10 - 5:40 p.m. -- Pomona College Glee Club Rehearsal

Families are invited to observe a working Glee Club rehearsal led by Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor.

(Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Pomona College Choir Rehearsal

Families are invited to observe a working choir rehearsal led by Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor.

(Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Pomona College Orchestra Rehearsal

Families are invited to observe a working orchestra rehearsal led by Eric Lindholm, Professor of Music and Orchestra Conductor.

(Bridges Hall of Music)

7:45 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

8:30 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

9:15 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

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Friday, February 15, 2019

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Registration and Information

Continental breakfast available 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

(Fireplace Lounge, Smith Campus Center)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. -- Sagehen Café Open

The Sagehen Café is open for coffee service and snacks starting at 8 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(Smith Campus Center)

8 a.m. - noon -- Open Classes

Classes begin every hour on the hour. Attend one of your student's classes or any other class on the printed schedule (available at registration).

9 a.m. – midnight -- Coop Store Open

Come to the Coop Store to stock up on your Pomona College gear. 20% off all Pomona Parent items during Family Weekend.

(Smith Campus Center)

10 – 11:30 a.m. -- Career Development Office (CDO) Open House

Visit the Career Development Office to find out about all of the programs and services they offer. Your student can come to the CDO to seek assistance in a myriad of ways: individual career counseling sessions, fellowship/pre-law/pre-health advising, internships/full time positions, summer/winter break funding, networking and more.

(Career Development Office, Alexander Hall)

10 a.m. – noon -- Current Exhibitions, Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery

(Studio Art Hall)

11 - 11:45 a.m. -- "The Pomona College Campus: A History"

Presentation and campus walking tour by Bob Robinson, assistant vice president and director, Facilities and Campus Services and Scott Smith, principal, Artichoke Design Company.

(Rembrandt Hall, Room 104)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Lunch in Frary Dining Hall

Join your student for a great meal in the beautiful Frary Dining Hall! Please RSVP for Friday Lunch during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged for entry. Please note that Frank Dining Hall will not be open for lunch on Friday.

(Frary Dining Hall)

Noon - 1 p.m. -- Lunch and Conversation in Oldenborg Center

Enjoy lunch as you join one of our daily foreign language tables (see schedule), or catch the Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium (OLC) featuring recipients of the 2017 Oldenborg International Research and Travel Grant.

Please RSVP for Friday Lunch during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged for entry.

(Oldenborg Dining Hall)

12:15 - 1 p.m. -- Friday Noon Concert

Sarah Thornblade, violin, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano; featuring music by Debussy and others

(Balch Auditorium, Scripps College)

12:30 p.m. -- Juma’a Prayer

(McAlister Center)

1 - 1:45 p.m. -- Family College Concurrent Sessions

Special Family Weekend academic sessions designed just for you by members of the faculty and staff. Individual session descriptions and locations will appear in the Family Weekend program booklet and on this page as they become available.

Study Abroad Information Session for Families - Nicole Desjardins-Gowdy, Director of Study Abroad

Fail Better - Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English; Director, The Humanities Studio

The Museum and the Student Experience: What to Expect from Pomona’s New Museum - Kathleen Howe, Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and Professor of Art History

The European Enlightenment - Gary Kates, H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of History

Herodotus: Father of History or Father of Lies? - Benjamin D. Keim, Associate Professor of Classics

It Never Rains (except when it does): Drought and Deluge in the Making of Southern California - Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis; W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History

Gender Flipped, Talking Chestnut, Buck-Toothed Subjects/Objects of Pleasure and Desire: Japanese Manga Comics Versions of The Tale of Genji - Lynne K. Miyake, Professor of Japanese

Humans Through the Eyes of Technology - Alexandra Papoutsaki, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Grete Helena Kütt ’20

Hidden Histories: Latinos and the Vietnam War - Tomás F. Summers Sandoval, Associate Professor of History and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

1 - 4 p.m. -- Current Exhibitions, Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery

(Studio Art Hall)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. -- Draper Center for Community Partnerships Open House

Join Associate Dean Sefa Aina and the faculty, staff and students of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships to learn more about the active outreach programs and collaborations taking place at Pomona College and beyond.

(Draper Center)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. -- Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Open House

Join Dean Tony Jimenez and the staff of Chicano/Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) at The Claremont Colleges for refreshments and conversation at the CLSA office.

(Tranquada Student Services Center)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. -- Pomona College Organic Farm Stand

Come to the farm stand at the Smith Campus Center to see what has been growing at the Pomona College Organic Farm. You will be able to buy farm apparel and fresh produce grown right here on campus!

(Fountain Courtyard, Smith Campus Center)

2 - 2:45 p.m. -- Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Part I

Empathetic Listening at The Hive
Empathetic listening is one of the most important skills in the design thinking process. Come learn how to have – or more accurately, how to be a good listener in – conversations that can uncover people's real needs and help foster an atmosphere of true collaboration. Note: Space is limited in this workshop, so advance registration directly with The Hive is required. Visit their sign-up page to reserve your space.
(Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity)

OMG! Commencement Is Coming!
Your student's last semester before graduation is exciting for all of you, but families often have questions about what to expect during Commencement Weekend. In this session, members of the Commencement Planning Committee will review frequently asked questions about Class Day and Commencement and offer tips for making the most out of the weekend. Not just for families of senior students. All families are welcome to come and learn more about what's ahead!
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)

2 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

2:45 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

3 - 3:45 p.m. -- Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Part II

Quick Dive at The Hive: Unlocking Creative Potential at the 5Cs
Come explore the center that is helping students become their most creative selves. There will be opportunities to exercise your empathetic listening skills, take a goofy photo in our photo booth, walk away with your very own button, and many other activities that help you experience all that the Hive has to offer.
(Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity)

The Home for Athletics, Health and Wellness on Campus!
Coming off another historic season for Sagehen Athletics , Lesley Irvine and other key department leaders will share exciting progress fueled by current momentum on campus for athletics and wellness. Come and CHIRP all about the exciting advancements being made!
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)

3 - 3:45 p.m. -- Tribute Coffee

Are you a Pomona College alumna/us who now has a student attending Pomona? Enjoy coffee and snacks as you connect with other alumni parents. Your Pomona "Tribute" student and other family members are welcome to join us. Please RSVP for this event during Family Weekend registration. Hosted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

(Doms Lounge, Smith Campus Center)

3 - 3:45 p.m. -- International Family Coffee

International families and students are invited to meet Parents Leadership Council members and Student Affairs staff, ask questions and get to know fellow international parents over refreshments. Please RSVP for this event during Family Weekend registration.

(Rooms 201/208, Smith Campus Center)

4 - 5 p.m. -- Theatre Department's Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

This year's theme is "Light It Up," and each piece tells a story that taps into our shared humanity and reminds us of the potential of our community. Each year, all members of The Claremont Colleges Community are invited to submit new plays inspired by a common theme. Winners are selected in December and the department produces the plays with student directors and performers.

(Seaver Theatre)

4:30 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

5 - 6:30 p.m. -- President's Reception

Meet President G. Gabrielle Starr, college faculty, staff and members of the Parents Council. Please RSVP during Family Weekend registration.

(Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center)

5:15 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- Shabbat Service

(McAlister Center)

6:30 p.m. -- Shabbat Dinner

Please RSVP for Shabbat dinner by emailing Rabbi Shapiro at dshapiro@claremont.edu.

(McAlister Center)

7:15 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

8 p.m. -- Music Faculty Recital, featuring Melissa Givens, soprano

Soprano Melissa Givens is joined by Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano in a program of songs chosen by Ms. Givens upon her 50th birthday. This is not just any old song recital, but one made up entirely of art songs written and/or published in the year the composer celebrated their own 50th, with texts that narrate the themes of fifty years of living. The program includes selections by Beach, Brahms, Chaminade, Copland, Duke, Gounod, Hagen, Massenet, Price, Satie, Shostakovich and others.

(Bridges Hall of Music)

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

8 a.m. - noon -- Registration and Information

Continental breakfast available 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

(Fountain Courtyard, Smith Campus Center)

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. -- Sagehen Café Open

The Sagehen Café is open for coffee service and snacks starting at 8 a.m. Lunch will not be served on Saturday.

(Smith Campus Center)

9 – 11:30 a.m. -- Politics Majors Senior Orals Public Presentations

Every politics major in the senior year undergoes an oral examination based on a list of 12 books or articles that the student selects. This year, the politics seniors will each be giving five-minute presentations – in public, during Family Weekend – explaining why they selected the books they did and what themes and issues they intend to address during their senior oral examination. Come see a few, or many, or all 22!

(Carnegie Hall, Room 107)

9 a.m. – midnight -- Coop Store Open

Come to the Coop Store to stock up on your Pomona College gear. 20% off all Pomona Parent items during Family Weekend.

(Smith Campus Center)

10 a.m. – noon -- Queer Resource Center (QRC) Open House

Come to the QRC to visit the space and learn about upcoming programs, events, and resources the QRC has to offer. Meet Manny Diaz, Director, and Pharalyn Crozier, Assistant Director, their Graduate Assistants and Student Associate staff. Learn what makes this a unique place on campus for all LGBTQ+ (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) members across The Claremont Colleges.

(Walton Commons)

10 a.m. – noon -- Pomona College Organic Farm Volunteer Hours

Join the farm manager and students for volunteer hours at the Pomona College Organic Farm. Spend the morning outside and help us start our spring and summer crops!

(The Farm)

10 - 10:45 a.m. -- Family College Concurrent Sessions

This is your second chance to participate in academic offerings specially designed for you this weekend! Individual session descriptions and locations will appear in the Family Weekend program booklet and on this page as they become available.

Coming Home: My 31-year Journey From Pomona Student to Pomona Faculty - Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science; Coordinator of Cognitive Science

It Looks Human: Exploring Bad Biology in Movies and Television - Michael Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Environmental Analysis (EA) Senior Thesis Panel - EA Seniors, Moderated by W. Bowman Cutter, Associate Professor of Economics

Fail Better - Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English; Director, The Humanities Studio

The Evolution of Early Life on Earth - Robert R. Gaines, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology

The Virgin Mary as Queen of Genoa, 1637 - George L. Gorse, Viola Horton Professor of Art and Professor of Art History; Chair of Art History

The Art of Improv - Carolyn Ratteray, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance

St. Francis of Assisi: Upside Down - Kenneth Baxter Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics; Chair of Classics

11 - 11:45 a.m. -- "The Pomona College Campus: A History"

An encore session of Friday's presentation and campus walking tour by Bob Robinson, assistant vice president and director, Facilities and Campus Services and Scott Smith, principal, Artichoke Design Company.

(Rembrandt Hall, Room 104)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Sagehen Family Picnic on the Quad

Join your student, faculty and other members of the Pomona campus community for a delicious “picnic-style” meal with games and activities for the whole family. On the menu: hamburgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs and BBQ chicken sandwiches with all the fixings, desserts and beverages. We’ll have a photo booth, music and free ice cream samples from our local creamery.  You’ll also have the opportunity to play Bingo, enter a pie eating contest, join in on sack races or play in an inflatable obstacle course. An additional charge of $5/person applies. Your Pomona student will be added to your registration for this event at no cost to you (students will be asked to swipe in).

(Marston Quad)

1 - 1:45 p.m. -- Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Intensive Summer Experience Poster Session
What do students do over the summer to build upon their academic interests AND that Pomona also supports financially? Learn about amazing internships and research projects around the country and abroad. A few of the more than 300 students who received funding for internships and research last summer will present their posters and share the impact of these experiences on their career goals. Stop by and browse posters of these fascinating pursuits and check out the 2018 Poster Conference directory that includes all the Pomona Intensive Summer Experience projects funded by our generous donors.
(Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center)

This is Your Brain on Stress
Winner of multiple Wig Distinguished Professor Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professor of Neuroscience Nicole Weekes is an expert on the body's psychological and biological stress response. Her work examines how changes in stress levels affect both physical health (such as impairments to the immune system) and psychological health (cognitive deficits and psychopathologies). She has also recently begun to consider the field of stress management, with a focus on mindfulness. Learn more about how stress affects us all and what we can do about it.
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)

1:15 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

2 - 2:45 p.m. -- Dumbledore Lives: A Conversation with Dean Audrey Bilger

For those familiar with Dumbledore, his wittiness and his world wisdom, you’ll not be surprised to hear the Dean of the College and Professor of English Audrey Bilger describe how she draws inspiration from his role in the highly-regarded Harry Potter series. She’ll also explore how Pomona professors, most of whom forgo magical wands, flowing robes, and long, silver beards, honor the mission of liberal arts reflected in Dumbledore’s embracing of the value of teaching and learning both with the heart and mind, its focus on relationships, and its requirement of us to be our best selves in a real world challenged by the themes embedded in the famous series.

(Bridges Hall of Music)

3 - 3:45 p.m. --  Getting Out of the Game: A Conversation with Dean Avis Hinkson

The transition of children to college can be a difficult one for parents as they find themselves on the sidelines while their students navigate their own experiences. Dean of Students Avis Hinkson talks with parents about how to move from the role of "player" to "coach" while empowering their students to succeed.

(Bridges Hall of Music)

4 - 5:30 p.m. -- Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition

Tickets required. Families please RSVP during Family Weekend registration; Student, faculty and staff tickets for Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition will be available online or at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office.

Come together with Sagehens and The Claremont Colleges community to explore and examine a range of thought-provoking topics and ignite your intellectual spark. The Ideas@Pomona program curates the best content from around campus and the greater Pomona community to ignite discussion, share ideas and highlight exciting areas of research. 

(Bridges Auditorium)

6 - 8 p.m. -- Family Dinner at Frank's Bistro

Frank Dining Hall is transformed into Frank's Bistro for this one of a kind dinner event with music and a special menu that includes a carving station with herb crusted prime rib; a ravioli bar with shrimp, pancetta, alfredo, pesto, and assorted vegetables; Korean BBQ pork, Jamaican jerk chicken and portobello kebobs on the outdoor grill; quinoa cakes with vegan Bolognese; pizza, soup, salads and more - Full menu [pdf]. Reservations are required through the Family Weekend registration process - choose one of several seating times when you register (6, 6:20, 6:40, 7 or 7:20). An additional fee of $20/person applies for this event. Your Pomona student will be added to your registration for this event at no cost to you (students will be asked to swipe in).

(Frank Dining Hall)

6 - 8 p.m. -- Dinner at Frary Dining Hall

Want a more casual dining option? Join your student at the beautiful Frary Dining Hall for dinner on your own schedule and avoid the lines in the Claremont Village. Reservations are required through the Family Weekend registration process. An additional fee of $5/person applies for this event. Your Pomona student will be added to your registration for this event at no cost to you (students will be asked to swipe in).

(Frary Dining Hall)

7:15 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

8 p.m. -- Planetarium Show

Pomona College and The Physics & Astronomy Department invite you to enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! The show is offered at eleven different times during the weekend so you can choose a time that works for your schedule. Seating is limited to 32 per show, so please sign up right away on the Planetarium ticketing page if you would like to attend.

(Millikan Laboratory)

8:30 p.m. -- "Parents Freakend: Student Comedy Show"

Come out to a fun variety-comedy show for lots of laughter. Most ages appropriate. Come laugh off your student's grades! Tickets are not required, but last year's show was standing room only so plan to arrive early to secure your seat.

(Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. -- Brunch in the Dining Halls

Join your student for a great meal in one of the dining halls! Please RSVP during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged for entry.

(Frank Dining Hall)

(Frary Dining Hall)

10 a.m. -- Catholic Mass

(McAlister Center)

Community Events in the Claremont Village

The Claremont Village offers a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and cultural opportunities. Check back for more information as the schedule for this date becomes available.

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