Sure, it’s summer break, but Pomona College isn’t sleeping in. The campus will be abuzz with these 11 activities, listed in no particular order:
1) Climate Conversation: Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will speak in Bridges Auditorium on June 4 at 7 p.m., on “Climate Warming as a Crisis of Civilization.” McKibben has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably America’s most important environmentalist” and was named by Foreign Policy as one of the world’s most important thinkers. This talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the Whitehead Conference on “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” taking place at the College from June 4-7.
2) Making Special Olympics Athletes Feel at Home: Pomona will provide 100 Special Olympics athletes with free rooms and breakfasts, while they prepare for the World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles, July 25-Aug. 2. This is the largest single event in the City of Angels since the 1984 Olympic Games and the largest sporting and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015.
3) New and Improved Millikan: The beautiful new Millikan Laboratory and renovated Andrew Science Hall are set to open for faculty by June. Replete with advanced classrooms and state-of-the-art labs, Millikan stands three stories and is nearly 75,000-square-feet. Housing the math, physics and astronomy departments, Millikan's features include a digital planetarium; six math classrooms, including three 30-seat classrooms and an applied math lab; outdoor physics labs; a two-story atrium; study spaces and lounges and more. It is built to meet LEED’s highest green building standards.
4) SURPs: Classes aren’t in session but research is afoot, with approximately 150 students participating on campus in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, examining a broad array of topics, including: measuring the effects of organic farms on ecosystems services by measuring greenhouse gas emissions from soils; Eastern and Western philosophy in dialogue; gene targeting and DNA repair in bacteria; effects of parking minimums on urban form; and cataloging Special Collections holdings related to Shakespeare and curating an exhibition.
5) Summer Reading: Listen closely and you might hear the sound of pages turning (or tablet batteries draining), as the Pomona community along with the incoming first-years read their summer book, My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
6) Shakespeare at the Greek: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus will be staged at Sontag Greek Theatre with alternating performances July 16-26 by Ophelia’s Jump, a Claremont-based professional theatre company. Patrons are welcome to picnic. Before the plays begin, relax and enjoy local musicians, artists and crafts.
7) Fourth of July: Continuing the much-loved tradition, once again we’ll host Fourth of July fireworks on Strehle Track Field, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m., and the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate and may be purchased at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Wolfe’s Market, Vons, Alexander Hughes Community Center, The Claremont Club and Rio de Ojas beginning June 1. Children ages three and under are free. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased on July 4 at the festival at Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8) Sports and Songs: There will be a lot of playing ball and playing instruments, with basketball and soccer camps and tournaments, concerts, and violin, cello, clarinet and piano workshops.
9) Tours: Pomona has plenty of visitors during the summer months, so you’ll see student guides giftedly walking backwards as they acquaint our guests with the campus via tours held twice a day, Monday-Friday at 9 and 11 a.m. Info sessions are held at 10 a.m.
10) PAYS: Pomona College Academy for Youth Success is an opportunity for 91 promising high-schoolers from traditionally underrepresented groups to have a month-long taste of a liberal arts curriculum by way of classes with Pomona professors and whet their appetite for future college success. The program will be held June 21-July 17. Some are returning PAYS students and some are new, and together they will explore the theme: “Transcending Boundaries.” Electives include: 3D Modeling; Men in/and Feminism; Introduction to Java; Causing Change in Our Communities; Made in Code: An Introduction to Computer Science and How it Shapes Our World; and Improvisation.
11) Orientation Week: Soon we will warmly welcome the Class of 2019 when Orientation Week kicks off Saturday, August 22. We will then send them off on one of 12 four-day trips for some Sagehen bonding and Southern California exploration by way of nature, urban and community service Orientation Adventures.