Family Weekend 2018

Although Family Weekend doesn't officially begin until Friday, February 16, Thursday activities are listed for families who arrive early.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Last updated 02/14/2018.

Online registration is now closed. Registration will open again on-site Friday morning at 8 a.m. See schedule for details.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sagehen Café (Smith Campus Center)

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.

Noon - 5 p.m.
Pomona College Museum of Art Spring Exhibitions (Pomona College Museum of Art)

4:10 - 5:40 p.m.
Pomona College Glee Club Rehearsal (Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)
Led by Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor

Families are invited to observe a working Glee Club rehearsal.

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Oldenborg Center Open House (Oldenborg Center)

Join students, staff, and faculty on a tour of the Oldenborg building, which includes visits to the 7 language lounges where visitors can interact with language residents and their students. Visit all 7 lounges and become eligible to enter the Oldenborg raffle. Snacks and beverages available. Do you speak Oldenborg? Join us and find out!

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pomona College Choir Rehearsal (Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)
Led by Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor

Families are invited to observe a working choir rehearsal.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pomona College Orchestra Rehearsal (Bridges Hall of Music)
Led by Eric Lindholm, Professor of Music and Orchestra Conductor

Families are invited to observe a working orchestra rehearsal.

Friday, February 16, 2018

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration and Information (Fireside Lounge, Smith Campus Center)
Continental breakfast available 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sagehen Café (Smith Campus Center)

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.

8 a.m. - noon
Open Classes (Spring Class Schedule)

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).

10 a.m. - noon
Current Exhibitions, Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery (Studio Art Hall)

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

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.

11 - 11:45 a.m.
"The Pomona College Campus: A History" (Rembrandt Hall, Room 104)

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

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lunch (Frank Dining HallFrary Dining Hall)
Please RSVP for Friday Lunch during Family Weekend registration.

Join your student for a great meal in one of the dining halls!

Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch (Oldenborg Dining Hall)
Please RSVP for Friday Lunch during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged $8.25/person for entry.

Enjoy lunch as you partake in one of the following:

  • Daily foreign language tables (visit the Oldenborg Center webpage for the language table schedule)
  • The Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium (OLC) featuring recipients of the 2017 Oldenborg International Research and Travel Grant

​Noon - 5 p.m.
Pomona College Museum of Art Spring Exhibitions (Pomona College Museum of Art)

12:15 - 1 p.m.
Friday Noon Concert (Balch Auditorium, Scripps College)

Sarah Thornblade (violin) and Gayle Blankenburg (piano) will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 96 and more. Doors open at noon. Tickets are not required.

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 will appear in the Family Weekend program booklet.

"Prime Time Math: Little Green Men, Locust Hordes and Cybersecurity" (Room 2113, Millikan Laboratory)
Stephan Garcia, Professor of Mathematics

"Godzilla and Japanese Security: It’s Not What You Think" (Room 101, Hahn Hall)
Tom Le, Assistant Professor of Politics

"St. Francis of Assisi, Upside Down" (Room 101, Pearsons Hall)
Ken Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics and Chair of Classics

"QRC Ally Training" (Room 208, Smith Campus Center)
Manny Diaz, Assistant Dean of Students and Director Queer Resource Center (QRC)

"A Museum for Student Exploration of the Arts" (Room 1249, Millikan Laboratory)
jill moniz, Pomona College Museum of Art Academic Curator, and D'Maia Curry '19

"The Politics of Monuments and Public Space" (Room 108, Hahn Hall)
Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds ’56 Professorship in the Humanities and Professor of Art History; Vivienne Shi ’19; Ron Nemo, Manager, Landscaping Grounds

"Study Abroad Information Session for Families" (Room 201, Smith Campus Center)
Nicole Desjardins-Gowdy, Director of Study Abroad

"The Alexander Technique:  Ease for the Whole Family" (Lower Studio, Pendleton Dance Center)
Ben Miller, Lecturer in Theatre and Dance, and Ryan Kranz PZ ‘14

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 (Draper Center)

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.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Pomona College Organic Farm Stand (Fountain Courtyard, Smith Campus Center)

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!

2 - 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions:

Honnold/Mudd Library Tour with Dean Audrey Bilger (Honnold/Mudd Library)
What does a college library look like in the age of the Internet and digital media? Join Dean of the College Audrey Bilger for a special tour of the resources available at the Honnold-Mudd Library. Meet in front of the south library entrance at College Way and Columbia Avenue. 

"Empathetic Listening" at The Hive (Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity)
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 is required. Visit The Hive's RSVP page to sign up.

2 - 4 p.m.
Chicano Latino Student Affairs Open House (2nd Floor, Tranquada Student Services Center)

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

3 - 3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions:

"Pomona-Pitzer Athletics: Orange, Blue and What's New!" (Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
Coming off the most successful season in Sagehen Athletic history, Lesley Irvine and other key athletic department leaders will provide exciting updates and insights to the varsity athletic program. In this interactive and Q&A session, we will explore elements of creating and supporting a positive student-athlete experience, the Division III athletic experience, and opportunities for athletics and health and wellness on campus at large. Join your Pomona College friends for a valuable exchange of ideas and updates.

"A Parent's Guide to the CDO" (Room 208, Smith Campus Center)
Whether you're a first-year or fourth-year Pomona parent, you may have questions about what your student's options are for the summer or even their plans upon graduation. The Career Development Office (CDO) would like to share with families the many resources and programs we provide students to develop their own career action plan. 

3 - 4 p.m.
​Theatre Department's Annual 10-Minute Play Festival (Seaver Theatre)

This year's theme is "Environmental Justice." 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. 

3 - 4 p.m.
"Quick Dive at The Hive: Unlocking Creative Potential at the 5Cs" (Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity)

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.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition (Bridges Auditorium)
Tickets required. Families please RSVP during Family Weekend registration; Students, faculty and staff please obtain Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition tickets 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. In Ideas@Pomona: Family Edition, President Starr and a line-up of four Pomona College parents will present a series of mini-talks on topics that challenge and inspire them: Cam Neely P'21, Lauren Versel P'21, Christopher Darden P'20 and Stavros Lambrinidis P'21. Visit the event page for more information.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Service (McAlister Center)

5:30 - 7 p.m.
President's Reception (Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center)
Please RSVP during Family Weekend registration.

Meet President G. Gabrielle Starr, college faculty, staff and members of the Parents Council. 

6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner (McAlister Center)

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

7 - 10 p.m.
Planetarium Shows (2nd Floor, Millikan Laboratory)

Visit the Millikan Science Laboratory and enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the brand new Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! Shows will be offered at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Space is limited to 32 seats per show time, so advance online registration is required. Visit the planetarium show ticketing page to sign up.

8 p.m.
Chamber Music Concert, featuring Pomona College Music faculty and guests (Bridges Hall of Music)

This potpourri concert includes music by Martinů and others with performers including Robert Frear (trumpet), Gary Bovyer (clarinet), Carolyn Beck (bassoon), Sarah Thornblade (violin), Maggie Parkins (cello) and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) and more. Tickets are not required.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

8 a.m. - noon
Registration and Information (Fountain Courtyard, Smith Campus Center)
Continental breakfast available 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Frary Dining Hall)
Please RSVP for Saturday breakfast/brunch during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged $8.25/person for entry. Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m.

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sagehen Café (Smith Campus Center)

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

9 – 11:30 a.m.
Politics Majors Senior Orals Public Presentations (Carnegie Hall, Room 107)

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 17!

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

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. 

10 a.m. - noon
Pomona College Organic Farm Volunteer Hours (The Farm)

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!

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Family College Concurrent Sessions (various locations)

This is your second chance to participate in academic offerings specially designed for you this weekend. Individual session descriptions will appear in the Family Weekend program booklet.

"Take it to the Bridge(s): Musical Journeys to and from Pomona" (Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
Anita Mathias '19, Mariana Cisneros '18, Jeremy Taylor '19

"The 'Japanese Turn' in Fine Dining in the U.S." (Room 5, Mason Hall)
Sam Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History and Coordinator of Asian Studies

"Theatre in an Age of Climate Change" (Room 1021, Millikan Laboratory)
James Taylor, Professor of Theatre

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Star" (Room 10, Crookshank Hall)
Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English and Chair of English

"Teaching and Learning through Dialogue at Pomona College" (Room 1181, Millikan Laboratory)
Jody Valentine, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, and Remy Rossi ‘19

"Herodotus: Father of History or Father of Lies?" (Room 202, Pearsons Hall)
Benjamin Keim, Assistant Professor of Classics

"The Alexander Technique:  Ease for the Whole Family" (Lower Studio, Pendleton Dance Center)
Ben Miller, Lecturer in Theatre and Dance, and Ryan Kranz PZ ‘14

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Brunch (Frary Dining Hall)
Please RSVP for Saturday breakfast/brunch during Family Weekend registration. Non-registrants will be charged $8.25/person for entry.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast with the Deans (Frary Dining Hall)

Due to capacity constraints, this event has been canceled. Continental breakfast (8 - 10:30 a.m.) and brunch (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m) will still be served at Frary Dining Hall, but you will find the deans at the Community Lunch on the Quad from noon - 1:30 p.m. instead (see below).

11 - 11:45 a.m.
"The Pomona College Campus: A History" (Rembrandt Hall, Room 104)

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

11 - 11:45 a.m.
Tribute Coffee (Doms Lounge, Smith Campus Center)

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. This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement and Pomona College Parents Leadership Council members, Stephanie and Eugene Sun ‘82 P’17 P’17.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Community Lunch on the Quad (Marston Quad)
Please RSVP for the Community Lunch during Family Weekend registration.

Join your student, representatives from the deans offices and other members of the campus community for a delicious meal on Marston Quad featuring a selection of local food trucks:

  • The Griddler - BBQ sandwiches
  • Street Kitchen LA* - Gourmet wraps
  • India Jones Chow Truck* - Indian cuisine
  • BBQ Smokehouse* - BBQ entrees
  • Slanging Corea*- Mexican/Asian fusion

*These trucks will have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal options available.

Noon - 5 p.m.
Pomona College Museum of Art Spring Exhibitions (Pomona College Museum of Art)

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions:

"Creative Connections" (Bridges Hall of Music)
How do you combine studies in dance and mathematics? Chemistry and art? Media studies and environmental analysis? Dean of the College Audrey Bilger leads a panel of faculty and students who will share their experiences combining seemingly unrelated areas of study into truly unique educational experiences.

Pomona College Intensive Summer Experience Poster Session (Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center)
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 2017 Poster Conference directory that includes all the Pomona College Intensive Summer Experience projects funded by our generous donors.

3 - 3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions:

"College 101: Helping Your Student Succeed" (Bridges Hall of Music)
Students wear multiple hats during their time in college, and families can help their students be successful by understanding the challenges and opportunities they face. Learn more about student employment, volunteer opportunities, the social landscape, academic support, summer internships and research and other factors that affect a student’s experience at Pomona. This session also takes into account issues for students from first-generation, and/or low-income backgrounds.

"This is Your Brain on Stress" (Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
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.

4 - 4:45 p.m.
Parent Leadership Council Panel Discussion (Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)

Do you have a question that hasn't been answered in any of the Family Weekend sessions? Do you want to talk with other Pomona families about their experiences? Would you like to learn more about volunteer opportunities for family members? Whether this is your first student in college or your last, this panel of Pomona College parents is here to support you and encourage families to get involved in the greater Pomona community!

4:30 p.m.
Catholic Mass (McAlister Center)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Craft Beer and Soda Tasting Community Event (Marston Quadrangle)
Tickets required. This event is filled to capacity.

Mix and mingle over an assortment of locally brewed craft beers, craft sodas and food from Saca's Mediterranean, Eureka! and the DoubleTree Hotel. A representative from Claremont Craft Ales will be on hand to talk about the beers available for sampling. An additional fee of $5/person is required for this event. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol (IDs required).

7 - 10 p.m.
Planetarium Shows (2nd Floor, Millikan Laboratory)

Visit the Millikan Science Laboratory and enjoy a 30-minute planetarium show in the brand new Fletcher Jones Digital Planetarium! Shows will be offered at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Space is limited to 32 seats per show time, so advance online registration is required. Visit the planetarium show ticketing page to sign up.

9 p.m.
"Parents Freakend: Student Comedy Show" (Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building)

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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

9 - 10 a.m.
Morning Yoga Flow (MacLeod Room, Rains Center)

Invigorate your body and calm your mind before the final day of Family Weekend with a gentle morning yoga flow. Class is suitable for all levels of practice. Please wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mats and props will be provided. Session will be led by Kayla McCulley ’09, director of Alumni Learning and Career Programs at Pomona College and a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified instructor.

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jazz Brunch (Frary Dining Hall)
Please RSVP for the Jazz Brunch during Family Weekend registration.

Join your student for brunch with live musical entertainment (from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) courtesy of the Pomona College Jazz Band.

11 a.m.
Catholic Mass (McAlister Center)

Noon - 1 p.m.
First-Gen Family Networking (Room 201, Smith Campus Center)

This informal gathering provides an opportunity for families of first-generation college students to get to know one another, share experiences and ask questions.

Noon - 5 p.m.
Pomona College Museum of Art Spring Exhibitions (Pomona College Museum of Art)