Claire Bacon, ’15, Admission Fellow
Claire was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ, where she graduated from Flagstaff High School. She self-designed her Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major, with a concentration in Economics. Claire is a transfer student who attended two other colleges before finally finding her home at Pitzer. Although it took her a few tries, Pitzer was worth the wait! Her experience with the transfer process prompted her to become a transfer mentor and to help with transfer orientation. She has also become very involved with Student Senate. During her first semester at Pitzer, she served as the Transfer Representative, and she now serves as one of two student members of the Faculty Executive Committee. She has also been involved in several clubs, including the Student Investment Committee. In her free time Claire enjoys hanging out with friends in the California sunshine and frequenting coffee shops, and is also attempting to learn ballroom dance.
Abby Barnstone, ’15, Admission Fellow
Abby grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Newton North High School in 2011. At Pitzer, she is pursuing a major in Psychology, a minor in Spanish and a minor in Media Studies. She is interested in the intersection of psychology and media. Specifically, she looks at the psychological impact of constant contact with media. During her time at Pitzer, Abby has been involved in a program called Borrowed Voices, where she and fellow Pitzer students teach incarcerated youth slam poetry as a means of peaceful self-expression. She also has been an avid member and now president of Pitzer Promotions, a club where students design and sell apparel and items that represent and promote Pitzer from a creative student perspective. Within the Consortium, Abby has hosted a two-hour underground radio show through the Claremont College radio station KSPC. Abby occasionally serves as DJ at Feminist Coalition Parties called Diva Nights. Abby spent her spring semester of 2014 studying in Seville, Spain, where she became fluent in Spanish and developed a deep understanding of the cultures within and around Spain. She has spent her summers researching the relationship between aging and memory with a Pitzer professor, as a tour guide and Junior Staff member of the Pitzer College Office of Admission, and sales and marketing intern at a promotion product company in Los Angeles. In conjunction with her extracurricular activities Abby strives to live a life that encompasses her passions of helping others, creativity, music and intercultural understanding. As a senior, she hopes to continue to explore her interests through her academics and outside activities.
Andrew Buitron, ’15, Admission Fellow
Andrew was born and raised in San Diego, CA while also spending much of his childhood in Mexico. He graduated from the Preuss School UCSD, a college prep school for low-income, first generation college students on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. He is working towards majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chicana/o- Latino/a Studies. During his time at Pitzer, Andrew has taught pre-school children through the Jumpstart program, backpacked and kayaked with first-years around Catalina Island, and has worked for the Office of Admission as a Diversity Intern and tour guide. Andrew spent last spring exploring Parma, Italy where he took an intensive language course, surveyed Renaissance Art and worked at an adolescent health resource center. This upcoming year, Andrew is looking forward to play club soccer, his Hip-Hop and Incarceration class, and the Fulbright process. An avid San Diego Chargers and Padres fan, Andrew enjoys playing sports, going on hiking trips, singing love songs, and Game of Thrones.
Alexander Cromidas ’15, Admission Fellow
Alex was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in San Diego, CA for the majority of his life. Though he never got the hang of surfing, Alex stayed active in his formative years, enjoying a few hobbies like theater, jazz, and concert band. He also once made five free throw shots in a row on a basketball court, a feat he still remembers to this day. Since coming to Pitzer, Alex has been heavily invested in the various opportunities for student engagement the college offers. For the past three years, he has worked as a Resident Assistant in the first-year residence halls, an event manager and sound technician for the Office of Student Affairs, and various other odd jobs on campus when the opportunity arises. He also helps run the cool and edgy boXcar club alongside its two co-founders, his good friends, and will be joining Pitzer’s student senate this year as the senior class representative. Alex majors in sociology, but has dabbled in a variety of other subjects since arriving on campus. He also has increasingly useful encyclopedic knowledge of protein bars, sports snacks, and proper hydration from his experience working at a gym café. Alex has been able to grow a full beard since he was 15 years old, and dreads ever having to shave it. In his free time, Alex is either eating, sleeping, or looking for something else to do.
Amber Hassanein, ’15, Admission Fellow
Amber will be completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy with a minor in Economics this coming spring. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, she attended Cairo American College before moving to Pitzer. Pitzer’s core values of Environmental Sustainability and Intercultural Understanding inspired her to get involved with a myriad of on campus clubs and organizations. These ranged from working at the sustainably sourced, all-organic, student-run Shakedown Cafe to singing in a five-college a cappella group, and providing academic support as an Arabic tutor to students from around the Claremont Colleges. During her sophomore and junior years at Pitzer, Amber was selected to be a Resident Assistant in the Pitzer-Atherton-Sanborn residence hall complex. Through this experience, she was able to foster a safe sense of community amongst her residents and assist them in their transition to college. In the summer of 2014, Amber secured an internship at one of California’s major utility companies in San Francisco. This ignited her passion for the fast-paced energy sector which introduced to her in an upper division Environmental Analysis class called “Hustle and Flow: California Water Politics”. In the future, she hopes to work in the energy sector to develop technologies for energy storage issues within the renewable resource sector. She hopes to one day return to Cairo and implement her interdisciplinary knowledge in her hometown and explore the possibilities that a Pitzer education has provided.
Robert Little, ’15, Admission Fellow
Born in San Francisco and raised across the Golden Gate Bridge, Robert has spent the past three years at Pitzer as a double major in Environmental Policy and Sociology. On campus, Robert divides his time between several jobs and organizations as a manager at the Green Bike Program, co-president of the Secular Student Alliance, head photography darkroom technician at Pomona College, and weekend event staff manager. Off of Pitzer’s campus, Robert studied abroad in Costa Rica and has found a second home in Ghana, having spent two college summers conducting self-designed research on plastic water sachet lifecycles. During his past three years, Robert lived on Capitol Hill as a Congressional intern, helped manage the Pomona-Pitzer intramural sports program, worked as a resident assistant, and served as a career services mentor. Robert was hired to work for the Office of Admission the first week of classes his first year, and is not shy sharing why he loves Pitzer with his dorm room showcased to prospective students for years. Day to day, you’ll most often spot him riding his skateboard or Pitzer-orange bike, unabashedly wearing vibrant bow ties and exotic glasses. He plans to pursue a business degree with a focus in sustainable building after a year or two of teaching internationally.
Emily Munoz ’15, Admission Fellow
Emily is originally from Princeton New Jersey and is a graduate of Princeton High School. Now a senior at Pitzer, Emily is a psychology major with an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in clinical psychology. Her favorite class at Pitzer was The Study of Lives- where she interviewed one person for the entire semester to understand their story and personal development across the lifespan. She enjoys working with elderly populations and has had the privilege to volunteer at the Memory and Aging Lab, under the teaching of Leah Light. Emily has worked in the Office of Admission for over a year, serving as a tour guide and now for her last year as an Admission Fellow. Emily can often be found at the Pit Stop Café on campus, where she loves sipping iced coffee and catching up on readings. Emily has been a ballet dancer for fourteen years and loves her dance classes here at the Claremont Colleges. In her free time, Emily enjoys going to concerts, eating gourmet burgers, and soaking up the SoCal sun with her friends.
Mary Nash, ’15, Admission Fellow
Mary grew up in Redwood City, CA, and attended Menlo High School. Now a senior at Pitzer, Mary is majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology and Political Studies. By combining these two majors, she often studies political and societal trends using anthropological methods. Without a doubt, her favorite class was “Prisons and Public Education”. She developed a deep passion for understanding the prison system, and continued on to volunteer for the Prison Education Project. There, she taught classes to prisoners every week in Chino. She hopes to write a thesis this year, titled “Bookending the Prison System: From Preventative Care to Reintegration Programs”. Mary also spent her junior fall semester abroad in Ecuador. There, she became fluent in Spanish and fell in love with her host family and all that the country had to offer. In her free time, Mary enjoys staying active and outdoors. Her goal is to run a marathon before she graduates in May. Truly a kid at heart, one of her favorite destinations is Disneyland. Over the summer, Mary has taken on a few different development and marketing internships at Kopelson Entertainment, Crowd Surf, and MTV Networks. After she graduates, Mary is eager to develop her skills in digital marketing, and eventually wishes to return to the Bay Area.
Briana Stansbury, ’15, Admission Fellow
Briana was born in Boston, MA but has spent her whole life in the Bay Area, where she graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, California. She is pursuing a double major in English and Gender/Feminist Studies. In her time at Pitzer, Briana has been a part of Residential Life as a first-year RA for two years, and has helped lead a student-run Feminist Coalition. She has also supported a black queer speaker arts series for two semesters and participated in getting a 7-college transsexual support club off the ground. She also coordinated Orientation Adventure programs for incoming students. During her junior year, Briana studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador and designed her own independent study focusing on intercultural romance as it pertains specifically to coastal Ecuadorian men and western women. In her free time, Briana enjoys going to music and art venues in the greater Los Angeles area, being in the great outdoors, engaging in productive and stimulating discourse and eating good food.
Charlie Yates, ’15, Admission Fellow
Charlie was born and raised in San Rafael, CA and graduated from Marin Catholic High School. He is currently double majoring in Science, Technology & Society (S.T.S.) and Psychology while minoring in Ethnomusicology. Charlie has invested much of his time at Pitzer in the Residential Life program, where he has been a Resident Assistant for numerous years and a mentor for the Sophomore Year Experience. When not working in the Admissions Office or in Residential Life, Charlie focuses on his multiple research projects in the fields of Psychology, Anthropology, and Information Science. He has conducted research at the Claremont Colleges, the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and overseas at the Middle East Technical University during his study abroad program in Turkey. After presenting at conferences both nationally and internationally, his current plan is to pursue a PhD program that allows him to combine multiple facets of S.T.S. and Psychology. Until then, he will continue doing research at Pitzer while gladly singing in the a cappella group Mood Swing and hanging out with friends as they watch every type of anime imaginable.