Classes may be over, but there are no lazy summer days on campus. Pomona is still alive with activity, whether work or play, research or reading. Here (in no particular order) is a list of what’s happening at the College this summer:

1. Summer Research. Listen closely: that’s the sound of synapses firing. The Pomona Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURPS) is funding 195 student projects across disciplines. Among these SURPS are 122 students assisting Pomona faculty with research, with the remainder working on independent projects.

2. Turning the page. There has been heated national debate over the last several months, but students, faculty and staff are kind of on the same page this summer — at least when it comes to reading material. In recognition of a tumultuous U.S. political climate, incoming new students and Sagehens from across the College are reading the critically acclaimed Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. In 2016, this New York Times bestseller was named a National Book Award finalist and a Kirkus Best Book. The New York Times called it one of the “6 Books to Understand Trump’s Win” the day after the election.

3. Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS). About 90 high school students will be our guests from June 18-July 14 as part of PAYS, a rigorous college-prep immersion experience. Pomona professors will teach courses and Pomona students will be tutors. This year’s theme is “Critical Perspectives on Representation,” with class topics that include: The Neurophysiology of Social Neuroscience; The Literature of Video Games; Computational Chemistry; and Bringing it Home: Remembering the Personal in the Political.

4. Fourth of July. True to tradition, Strehle Track will host the City of Claremont’s fireworks show in celebration of Independence Day. Live music will be provided by The Ravelers and the Kiwanis Club will fire up the grill for some BBQ. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased in advance beginning June 1 at Alexander Hughes Community Center, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Claremont Club, Rio de Ojas, Vons and Wolfe’s Market.

5. Tour time. Look both ways because you might bump into intrepid students braving the sun and leading tours of our lovely campus. Tours for prospective students and their families are held twice a day. Check here for the schedule.

6. Much Ado About Shakespeare. For the fourth summer running, the Bard of Avon is the Bard of Pomona. Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed on alternate nights by local professional theatre troupe Ophelia’s Jump, at 8 p.m., July 13-23 at Sontag Greek Theatre. Prior to the performances on Saturdays, there will be a festival featuring local artists, musicians and vendors. Tickets are $25 general admissions and $22 for students and seniors. For more information, contact: or call (909) 734-6565.

7. Stage and sport. Athletes, musicians and actors will gather for camps, workshops and performances. Our company for the next few months include the National Cello InstituteClaremont Clarinet Festival and the Southern California Violin Makers Workshop; middle school and high school actors participating in theatre in partnership with our theatre and dance department; and basketball, football, baseball, tennis and soccer Pomona-Pitzer athletics camps.

8. Getting oriented.  Pomona will be flush with first-years arriving for Orientation Week beginning Saturday, Aug. 19. The fun starts on campus but doesn’t stop here. Students will go on to Orientation Adventures to make new friends and memories.