Family Weekend Schedule

Cecil and Pomona family in front of Bridges Auditorium

Family Weekend ’21–’22 Schedule of Events

Please check this page regularly for added events, schedule changes and other updates. Family Weekend is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Questions? Email Alumni and Family Engagement or call (888) SAGEHEN.

We hope you enjoyed yourselves at Family Weekend, Sagehen Families! We loved having you on campus. Chirp!

 

Dates and details about Family Weekend 2022 will be announced next summer.

 

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College | Family Weekend Programs

We apologize, but all Benton session reservations are now full. Walk-in Benton visits will be available throughout Family Weekend during select hours on a first-come, first-served basis.


Experience a rare opportunity for small group, docent-led gallery talks at the spectacular new Benton Museum of Art. The Benton boasts a collection of nearly 16,000 works of art and is a preeminent center for arts education and year-round exhibitions for the Pomona College and general communities. Choose a focus topic and enjoy an up-close-and personal peek into Pomona’s newest space, made possible by the generosity of Janet Inskeep Benton ’79.

All events taking place at the Benton Museum of Art during Family Weekend will be limited capacity, including walk-in hours. These are pre-reservation only with one event session reservation allowed per registrant. Please register for your preferred session when you register for Family Weekend.

Friday, October 15 | Benton Museum Programs

10 a.m. | Curator Talk, Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe

Senior Curator Rebecca McGrew will take you on a highlight tour of our inaugural exhibition, Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. The largest presentation of the artist’s work to date, this two-venue exhibition (with the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena) is a career-spanning survey of Saar’s sculptures, paintings, installations, and works on paper. The objects on display offer a focus on the artist’s powerful representation of Black female figures and her intellectual and spiritual understanding of the elements of earth, air, fire, and water—and the “aether” that binds them.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Preview of Parisian Ecologies

Join Academic Curator Claire Nettleton in our Works on Paper Portal for a preview of her upcoming exhibition, Parisian Ecologies, opening in March 2022. Parisian Ecologies brings together prints and drawings from Pomona College’s collection—many from a significant gift to the museum in 1980—to highlight the tension between urban development and ecological disappearance from the 1850s through the end of the Belle Époque era in roughly 1914. Uncannily paralleling today’s debates about land use, gentrification, disease control, and environmental sustainability, Parisian Ecologies offers a history lesson as well as a demonstration of the wide array of printmaking techniques employed by the artists in their chronicles of the modern city.

Noon | Curator Talk, Sadie Barnette: Legacy and Legend

Senior Curator, Rebecca McGrew will discuss the 54th installment of the Benton Project Series, Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend. This exhibition is a two-venue presentation, in collaboration with Pitzer College Art Galleries, of the artist’s recent work that brings together her drawings, installations, and photographs that explore intimate family narratives within global discourses on race and power.

1 p.m. | Discussing Art, Object, Specimen

Our student curators and 2020 RAISE Fellows, Noor Tamari ’22 and Kali Tindell-Griffin ’22, will discuss their experience curating Art, Object, Specimen. The exhibition probes the idea that objects can be defined by their context. Is a geological specimen art when it appears in a museum? Is a painting in a museum different than a painting in a home? Can an object with an explicit use be considered art? This thought-provoking exhibition includes objects from the permanent collections at The Benton as well as the Pomona College Geology Department. This weekend is the last chance to see Art, Object, Specimen!

3 p.m. | CrossBorder Photography: Images of the US and Mexico from the Permanent Collection

Student curators and 2020 RAISE Fellows, Madeline Mount-Cors ’22 and Maelvi Nuñez ’22, will engage with mentor Dr. Rosalía Romero, assistant professor of Art History on their exhibition CrossBorder Photography. Drawn from the permanent collection, the photographs in this exhibition explore how life and work on both sides of the US-Mexico border have been represented and reframed through the medium of photography. Spanning work produced from 1940s to the present, the exhibition features photography by Gordon C. Abbott, Christina Fernandez, Nathan Lerner, Danny Lyon, Don Normark, and Richard Ross. This weekend is the last chance to see CrossBorder Photography!

 

Saturday, October 16 | Benton Museum Programs

10 a.m. & Noon | Highlights of Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe

Director Victoria Sancho Lobis, Ph.D. will take you on a highlight tour of our inaugural exhibition, Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. The largest presentation of the artist’s work to date, this two-venue exhibition (with the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena) is a career-spanning survey of Saar’s sculptures, paintings, installations, and works on paper. The objects on display offer a focus on the artist’s powerful representation of Black female figures and her intellectual and spiritual understanding of the elements of earth, air, fire, and water—and the “aether” that binds them.

11 a.m.  2 p.m. | Behind the Scenes Vault Tour

Join Associate Director/Registrar Steve Comba for a behind the scenes tour of our three collections vaults. Our vaults hold our Works on Paper, Native American, and Paintings and Sculpture collections. They are not usually open to the public, so make sure to sign-up for this special opportunity!

1 p.m. | Discussing Art, Object, Specimen

Our student curators and 2020 RAISE Fellows, Noor Tamari ’22and Kali Tindell-Griffin ’22, will discuss their experience curating Art, Object, Specimen. The exhibition probes the idea that objects can be defined by their context. Is a geological specimen art when it appears in a museum? Is a painting in a museum different than a painting in a home? Can an object with an explicit use be considered art? This thought-provoking exhibition includes objects from the permanent collections at The Benton as well as the Pomona College Geology Department. This weekend is the last chance to see Art, Object, Specimen!

3 p.m. | CrossBorder Photography: Images of the US and Mexico from the Permanent Collection

Student curators and 2020 RAISE Fellows, Madeline Mount-Cors ’22 and Maelvi Nuñez ’22, will engage with mentor Dr. Rosalía Romero, Assistant Professor of Art History on their exhibition CrossBorder Photography. Drawn from the permanent collection, the photographs in this exhibition explore how life and work on both sides of the US-Mexico border have been represented and reframed through the medium of photography. Spanning work produced from 1940s to the present, the exhibition features photography by Gordon C. Abbott, Christina Fernandez, Nathan Lerner, Danny Lyon, Don Normark, and Richard Ross. This weekend is the last chance to see CrossBorder Photography!

 

Friday Events | October 15

Locations for all Family Weekend events will be available in the Family Weekend Program booklet at the Check-In Tent.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Check-In | Bridges Auditorium

Open all day, this should be your first stop on campus. Please be ready to present your photo ID at Check-In. Each registrant must be present to check in. Please remember that only guests who have completed the COVID vaccination or testing verifications will be admitted to Family Weekend events.

8 – 10 a.m. | Continental Breakfast 

After checking in and receiving materials, all registered guests are invited to join for our complimentary Continental Breakfast in the Marston Mainstage Café.

9 – 10 a.m. | Ideas@Pomona: Faculty Sessions

  • Prof. Edray Goins presents Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME): Reflections on a Research Learning Community. The program, entitled "Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME)", hosts fifteen undergraduates recruited in a national competition, five graduate students, two junior faculty/postdoctoral fellows, and three senior faculty members. PRiME presents new mathematical ideas and techniques, highlights research in Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory, provides enhanced mentoring opportunities, identifies potential role models and strengthens professional networks for all participants in the program. In this presentation, Prof. Goins will review the successes of the program, give a gentle introduction to some of the mathematical research projects, and discuss the future of this exciting Research Learning Community.
  • Prof. Colleen Rosenfeld presents Thinking with Poetry: On Reading John Donne’s ‘The Sun Rising’. During her presentation, Prof. Rosenfeld will talk about the particular kind of thinking that poetry makes possible through a reading of a single poem.

9 – 10 a.m. | Meet & Greet Coffee Hour for First-Gen Families and Students

Attention First-Gen Sagehens! The Family Leadership Council (FLC) is pleased to sponsor this event where First-Gen students and families can connect with each other and College staff, share their experiences, and provide advice about navigating college. Who’s First-Gen? First-Generation College Students are the first in their families to attend or graduate from a four-year college or university. As a campus, we celebrate the strengths, assets, and leadership that these students bring to our community. 

9 – 10 a.m. | Student-Led Campus Tour 

Enjoy the opportunity to hear from one of our students about their experience at Pomona on this hour-long tour showcasing key exterior campus spots.

9 a.m. – Noon | Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) Open House

Visit the Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) Garden at The Claremont Colleges to meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and learn more about the OBSA’s programs, which provide support, resources and space for students of African descent to feel safe, valued informed and connected. 

9 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 with QRC staff and learn what makes this a unique place on campus for all LGBTQ+ (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) members across The Claremont Colleges. Individually wrapped pastries and drinks will be provided.

9:45 a.m. | Claremont Challah Sale 

Claremont Challah (previously Challah for Hunger) is a student-run club that bakes challah, a traditional Jewish bread, and donates all proceeds to local charity organizations. They offer plain, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon chocolate chip so stop by and grab a loaf or two before they run out!

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Walk-In Hours

All events taking place at the Benton Museum of Art during Family Weekend will be limited capacity, including walk-in hours.

10 – 11 a.m. | Research and Creativity as the Core of a Pomona Education, with Dean Robert Gaines

Dean of the College and Professor of Geology Robert Gaines presents on the role of research and creative production as integral components of a Pomona College education. Faculty at the College provide unique, hands-on opportunities for student involvement in research and creative works ranging from coursework to independent study to summer research and internships. Dean Gaines will explore and discuss the importance of research and creative production as fixtures of Pomona’s curriculum. The session will include an audience Q&A.

10 a.m. – Noon | Career Development Office (CDO) Open House

Visit the Career Development Office to find out about the many programs and services offered. Staff will be available to discuss student services, including individual career advising, fellowship/pre-professional advising, career education programming and resources, internships/full-time opportunities, internship funding and more.

10 a.m. – Noon | Draper Center 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.

11 a.m. – Noon | Ideas@Pomona: Faculty Sessions

  • Prof. Malte Dold presents Behavioral Economics: Greatest Hits. Professor Dold will cover experimental findings that challenge the idea that humans are rational choosers. In particular, Dold will discuss evidence that shows how unstable and context-dependent many of our preferences are. These findings have deep implications for discussions of consumer sovereignty and welfare that transcend the boundaries of economics. The session will end with some thoughts on the possibilities and limitations of policy interventions in light of people’s dynamically evolving preferences.
  • Prof. Giovanni Ortega presents Cuentos de Mi Barrio – Stories from My Neighborhood. This presentation will deepen the understanding and use of performative techniques—from naturalism, representational and devised theatre—to instill depth and breadth in the portrayal of believable narratives (cuentos), whether they are based on reality or imagination. A demonstration on how we can create authentic theatrical pieces utilizing personal and artistic narratives as a thematic backdrop through the poetic form, dramatic praxis and embodied experience. 
    • Films:  

      "Travel is Prohibited" by Jessica Alampay

      "Ili-Ili Tulog Anay" (Little One, Sleep Now) by Regina Famatigan (SC ’21)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Family Fellows Lunch with President Starr (by invitation only)

Family Fellows Circle members are invited for an intimate lunch and conversation with President Starr and other College leadership.

1 – 2 p.m. | Ideas@Pomona: Faculty Sessions

  • Prof. Eric Grosfils presents Volcanoes: A Planetary Perspective from Pomona College. Given the societal hazards volcanoes pose on Earth, the reasons driving geologists to study them are clear to most. But, why do geologists study volcanoes on other planets? In this Ideas@Pomona talk, Prof. Grosfils will address this question, sharing some personal perspectives and stories about student involvement along the way. 
  • Prof. David Menefee-Libey presents What Do Americans Want From Schools? Explore a question at the heart of his ‘Education Politics and Policy’ course. The answers, he will argue, are easily understood but complicated. 

1 – 2 p.m. | Student-Led Campus Tour

Enjoy the opportunity to hear from one of our students about their experience at Pomona on this hour-long tour showcasing key exterior campus spots.

1 – 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center (AARC) Open House

Learn how the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) team works to support Asian American students and helps them to develop intellectually, socially, personally, academically and politically. Meet with AARC staff and learn what makes this a unique place on campus for all Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) members across The Claremont Colleges and the greater community.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Chicano/Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) 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. Learn how the CLSA provides enrichment programs and services that enhance the academic success and personal development of Chicanx/Latinx students at The Claremont Colleges.

2 – 3 p.m. | McAlister Center for Religious Life Open House

The Chaplains welcome all students and families to visit the McAlister Center for Religious Activities and learn about the services they offer, including religious support, engagement opportunities and fostering a faith community for The Claremont Colleges.

2 – 4 p.m. | Humanities Studio Open House

The Humanities Studio at Pomona College welcomes parents and families to join us to toast (with your beverage of choice) your favorite student, the humanities, and all the opportunities our Pomona community creates for interdisciplinary collaboration around human innovation and ideas. Swing by to learn what we’re about and let us learn a little more about your family too.

3 p.m. | The Hive Open House

Stop by The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (the Hive) to learn how this space accelerates the creative development of students across The Claremont Colleges. Varied disciplines come together in the Hive to harness the power of the liberal arts and to deepen — or revive — students’ creative practice.

3 - 4 p.m. | Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations Open House

The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations directs a number of curricular and other programs designed to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages and international studies: the Language Resident program, conversation courses for academic credit, daily language tables, luncheon colloquia, the Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC), and summer research and travel grants. Students, staff, and faculty from across The Claremont Colleges engage with these programs. Oldenborg is also home to International Student and Scholar Services. Come on by to learn about our programs.

4 – 5 p.m. | Rise Together, Welcome Remarks by President G. Gabrielle Starr

Join President Starr for welcome remarks focused on gratitude, community, resilience, adaptability, connection and reconnection. President Starr will be introduced by John Gingrich ’91 P’24.

5 – 6 p.m. | AlumParent Happy Hour (for Pomona alumni who are parents of current students)

Are you a Pomona College alumna/us who now has a student attending Pomona? Enjoy food and refreshments as you connect with other alumni parents. Your Pomona "Tribute" student is also welcome to join us. Please note, this event is for Pomona alumni who are parents of current Pomona students, and their students.

5:45 p.m. | James Turrell Skyspace Light Show 

The architectural installation Dividing the Light, a Skyspace by James Turrell ’65 heightens the viewer’s awareness of light, sky and the activity of perception. The evening program begins about 25 minutes before sunset and continues for approximately one hour. For the full immersive experience, please arrive at the suggested time; capacity is limited. Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the Skyspace.

6 – 8 p.m. | Taco Night

Join us for this California tradition. The event’s highlight will be a live performance by SitaraSon, a Los Angeles based group that plays a variety of Cuban dance music with influences from Afro-Cuban Folklore. Put on your dancing shoes for this community celebration.

*Pre-registrants will receive tickets in their registration packet. A very limited number of tickets will be available at on-site registration. Students may show their Pomona College ID to receive a meal ticket (while supplies last).

Saturday Events | October 16

Locations for all Family Weekend events will be available in the Family Weekend Program booklet at the Check-In Tent.

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Check-In | Bridges Auditorium

Open all day, this should be your first stop on campus. Please be ready to present your photo ID at Check-In. Each registrant must be present to check in. Please remember that only guests who have completed the COVID vaccination or testing verifications will be admitted to Family Weekend events.

8 – 9 a.m. | Community Wellness Program: Yoga at Sontag 

Family members and students are invited to start their Family Weekend Saturday with a restorative Yoga class led by one of Pomona’s wellness instructors. Start your day in one of the College’s most beautiful and iconic spaces: the Sontag Greek Theatre. Yoga mats will be provided for attendees.

8 – 10 a.m. | Continental Breakfast 

After checking in and receiving materials, all registered guests are invited to join for our complimentary Continental Breakfast in the Marston Mainstage Café.

8:30 – 10 a.m. | Celebration of Family Philanthropy Breakfast (by invitation only)

President Starr hosts a special breakfast program for Family Fellows Circle Members celebrating the impact made through parent and family philanthropy at Pomona College.

9 – 10 a.m. | Student-Led Campus Tour 

Enjoy the opportunity to hear from one of our students about their experience at Pomona on this hour-long tour showcasing key exterior campus spots.

10 – 11 a.m. | The Pomona College Campus: A History

Pomona College boasts a beautiful 140-acre campus in the heart of Claremont Village, featuring a varied blend of architectural styles. Join Bob Robinson, assistant vice-president of facilities and campus services, as he describes the history of the campus design and efforts to maintain that history in current and future campus projects.

10 a.m. | Visit The Farm

Head over to The Farm for a tour and learn all about The Farm’s mission and important work – to give students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges as well as local community members a hands-on education in various methods of small-scale ecological farming in scientific, social, and organizational terms.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Walk-In Hours 

All events taking place at the Benton Museum of Art during Family Weekend will be limited capacity, including walk-in hours.

11 a.m. – Noon | "Preparing for Life Beyond The Gates" (for Families of Juniors and Seniors)

The Division of Students Affairs offers transformational learning experiences that can shape career direction, as well as other choices for students as they consider life after Pomona. Join College staff, current students and recent alums to learn more about how students are being prepared for and navigating post-graduate opportunities. Event moderators: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Junior Class Dean Maura McDinger and Assistant Dean and Deputy Director of the Career Development Office Wanda Gibson.

11 a.m. | Men's Soccer vs. Caltech (Senior Day) | South Athletics Field

Cheer on the Sagehens as they take on the Caltech Beavers. Senior Day game will celebrate those Pomona-Pitzer players who will be graduating after this season.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | All Community BBQ Picnic on the Quad

Meet up with your student, and join members of the College community, for a delicious BBQ meal on the Marston Quad. Live music tops off this fun gathering. Please RSVP for your student if they will join your group for this event.

*Pre-registrants will receive tickets in their registration packet. A very limited number of tickets will be available at on-site registration. Students will have the option of using Flex or Claremont Cash for their meal.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Preview of the new Center for Athletics, Recreation and Wellness

Join Athletics Director and Chair of Physical Education Miriam Merrill, Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services Bob Robinson, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Avis Hinkson, as they present the history of Athletics at Pomona and provide a preview of the new Center (opening fall 2022), which is conceived and designed to be a center for wellness for all Pomona students. 

1 – 2 p.m. | Student-Led Campus Tour

Enjoy the opportunity to hear directly from one of our students about their experience at Pomona on this hour-long tour showcasing key exterior campus spots.

2 p.m. | Visit The Farm

Head over to The Farm for a tour and learn all about its mission and important work giving students, faculty and staff of The Claremont Colleges, as well as local community members, hands-on experiences in various methods of small-scale ecological farming.

3 – 4 p.m. | The Pomona College Campus: A History

Pomona College boasts a beautiful 140-acre campus in the heart of Claremont Village, featuring a varied blend of architectural styles. Join Bob Robinson, assistant vice-president of facilities and campus services, as he describes the history of the campus design and efforts to maintain that history in current and future campus projects.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | 10-Minute Play Fest

Even though our stages were dark last year, that didn't stop the creative process! The Department of Theatre opened up the opportunity for aspiring and established writers to add their voice to our stages. Winning playwrights Tiffany Parks, Hao Huang, Grace T. Marca, Fiorine Wibawa and Regina Famatigan submitted their works in response to the competition's theme: "Community and Connection in Times of Crisis." Their plays will be presented on October 16 as staged readings as part of Family Weekend. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the creative voices of the 5C's!

  • A Black Flapper Remembers by Tiffany Parks, CMC
    Mrs. Cora, an African American angel, escapes heaven to revisit her favorite jazz joint and to confirm if she is still the Number 1 (self-proclaimed) flapper in Atlanta.
  • Bubonic Plague: Fear, Loathing, and Love in San Francisco — (1990, the Year of the Rat) by Hao Huang, CMC Faculty
    A brother and a sister through love and pain, anti-Asian racism and resistance, despair and hope, navigate “the China plague” in California 100 years ago.
  • Happy Asteroid Day by Grace T. Marca, Scripps
    As a family waits in their basement for an asteroid to strike Earth, they struggle to make peace with their fate. They argue, they forgive, they get both petty and existential and try to find a moment of joy in the face of impending doom.
  • Requiem by Fiorine Wibawa, CMC
    A woman relives the memories of her grandfather in a cathartic emotional journey.
  • Stranger Arranger by Regina Famatigan, Scripps Alumna
    During the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, two humans craving connection meet through the chat-roulette website Stranger Arranger.

5:45 p.m. | James Turrell Skyspace Light Show 

The architectural installation Dividing the Light, a Skyspace by James Turrell ’65 heightens the viewer’s awareness of light, sky and the activity of perception. The evening program begins about 25 minutes before sunset and continues for approximately one hour. For the full immersive experience, please arrive at the suggested time; capacity is limited. Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the Skyspace.

7 p.m. | Screen on the Green Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Join other Family Weekend guests and Pomona students for a casual, fun outdoor movie night, complete with movie snacks and refreshments! Please RSVP for you and your student if you will attend.

Sunday, October 17

Community Events for Families still in the Claremont Area

While official Family Weekend events conclude on Saturday, the Claremont Village, and surrounding areas, offer a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and cultural opportunities that families can enjoy whenever in the area. 

6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Claremont Hills Wilderness Park

The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest. The Park offers a five-mile walking loop and smaller trails. Parking is available at lots on Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market | Indian Hill Avenue & Second Street, Claremont Village

The Farmers & Artisans Market was founded in 1996 to connect California farmers and artisans to the local community. There are now over 100 growers and artisan members sharing their goods and services throughout the year. For more information, visit the Claremont Forum website.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | California Botanic Garden | 1500 N College Avenue, Claremont, CA

At 86 acres, the California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants. It promotes botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered.