PITZER COLLEGE SPECIFIC
The Office of Student Affairs
On the co-curricular, social and campus life side of this educational endeavor, the Office of Student Affairs is the key source of information, advice, active support and programs. Fundamentally, we help students achieve their personal and collective goals in this residential community. The array of activities available is extensive enough to exhaust even the most energetic student. There is something for everyone. We seek to make such opportunities visible and available. We also recognize that at times individuals may diverge from the community’s standards of behavior. In such instances, it is the task of the Office of Student Affairs to address the individual and the behavior and to pursue such responses as seem appropriate for the individual and the community. We provide much of the content and the context for new students’ introduction to Pitzer, both during New Student Orientation and in ongoing programs throughout the year. We offer assistance and referrals for students’ problems as they arise. Through our role in the Academic Standards Committee, we track low grades and seek to offer assistance and counsel as patterns of poor performance emerge. In the event of illness or personal crisis, a student can ask us to alert relevant faculty that classes and/or assignments may be missed.
Academic Support Services
Scott Hall 121
Pitzer Academic Support Services provides accommodations for students with a documented disability, as well as academic assistance and/or personal concerns including help with scheduling, study skills, time management techniques, tutoring and writing assistance.
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We want to see you! Life after Pitzer may seem a long way off (it’s really not), and thinking about it may feel scary (it doesn’t have to be). If you know EXACTLY what you want to do after you graduate, you should visit Career Services. We can help you explore and reach your goals through refining your application materials for jobs or grad school, improving your interviewing skills, making connections with Pitzer alumni, finding internships and researching post-graduate opportunities. If you have absolutely no clue (or only a hazy idea) of what you want to do after you graduate than you should DEFINITELY visit Career Services. We can work with you to thoughtfully and progressively map out a plan during your four years at Pitzer that will lead to a rewarding start to your post-graduate life. You may be thinking, “I have plenty of time to worry about my career, I’ll stop by Career Services next year.” True, you do have plenty of time, but please use it wisely.
The Rabbit Hole (Substance Abuse Counselor)
Mead Hall 107
A substance abuse counselor is available to provide confidential and anonymous support and referral services to students whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol. Services are available to all students including those who are concerned about the drug use of a family member or friend. The counselor also provides information and resources for students completing research, and coursework in the area of addiction, abuse and recovery.
Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
CAPAS seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming and supportive environment. The Center serves as an advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander community, and promotes an educational dialogue that embraces the unique experiences of ethnic communities, the cultural fabric of our institution. CAPAS provides resources to promote and enhance academic, cultural, social and political experiences for students. Through the collaboration of the Asian American Sponsor Program, a student-run mentoring program, students are invited to take part in retreats, tutorials, leadership development, relationship building, and education and career planning. CAPAS is dedicated to diversity by involving all members of the community in its programs and activities.
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As you prepare for your arrival to campus, there are a few things you should know prior to sending packages to the mailroom. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact the mailroom at firstname.lastname@example.org
When can I mail my things to Pitzer? (New students and returning students)
- You may begin mailing things to the Mail Center one week prior to your arrival date. The Mail Center does not have room to store your items. If you are a new student, please use the following format when sending your items, as you will receive your permanent mailbox number when you arrive to campus:
HOLD FOR NEW STUDENT: (Student’s Name)
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
How do I know I have a package?
- When a package arrives an email alert will be sent to your Pitzer address. Please check your emails before coming to the Mail Center asking if a package arrives
When do new students receive a box number?
- You will be given your mail box number and combination when you arrive to campus. It is your responsibility to memorize your mailbox combination. It is suggested you store the information in your phone or keep it somewhere safe in your room. If you lose your combination, you can get a replacement during the hours of 8:00am to 10:00am and then again after 2:30pm.
What kind of supplies can I purchase at the mailroom?
- The Mail Center does not carry supplies. We recycle! Empty boxes are placed in Mail Center lobby and can be used by by other students. Packing popcorn is sometimes available. We do carry priority mailing supplies but, in order to receive those supplies, you will need to utilize the priority mailing service.
I have medications delivered on the weekends and the Mail Center is closed. What should I do?
- The regular Mail Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm. We will sign for any package that arrives for you during regular business hours. If you have something delivered over the weekend, it will arrive on Monday, as the Mail Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Please be sure to plan accordingly when arranging any type of special delivery.
What happens if I get a package that needs a signature confirmation?
- The Mail Center will sign for any packages that arrive during regular business hours.
I am not a Pitzer student, but I want to deliver flowers/cakes to my student? What is the best way to do this?
- The Mail Center accepts all deliveries. We do our very best to make sure they get to your student before leaving for the day. When it is flower/ cake we will call your student and inform them they have a perishable package. We understand that it is a special occasion and want to make every attempt to make sure it will be special for your student.
Bernard Hall Computer Lab
The Bernard Hall Computer Center features two laboratories, one with Macintosh computers and the other with IBM PC compatible computers. The primary purpose of these labs is to be available for students to use for electronic communications instruction, Internet research and preparation of term papers. All are multi-media capable and are connected to the campus-wide network and Internet. Access is available to the other campus resources along with the libraries’ online catalog and CD database collections.
Services & resources available to students:
• Email accounts upon arrival at Pitzer
• Electronic discussion groups
• Free high-speed Internet access
• Computer-related training and workshops
• Printing in color and black and white (200 pages free black and white printing each semester)
• Student consultant assistance for solving problems during operational hours
• Access to the lab 24 hours a day
• Scanners and a variety of application software
• Student file server access for file storage and Web page publishing
• Wireless access over much of the campus
The Kenneth and Jean Pitzer Computer Classroom is equipped with 18 computers for use in statistical research and instruction. Broad Hall also houses two specialty computer labs, a 16-station language lab and a 10-station statistics lab.
The Fletcher Jones Language and Cultural Lab
Broad Hall 208 & 209
The Fletcher Jones Language and Culture Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that offers students and faculty a variety of resources in support of language learning and the study of cultures. It has a full computer lab with 16 PCs, a spacious lounge and study area, audio-visual equipment and a small library.
Office of Study Abroad
West Hall Q100
Understanding different cultural perspectives is a fundamental goal of a Pitzer education. To assist you in encountering such perspectives, Pitzer offers a variety of transformative, study abroad programs for a semester or a summer. These experiences feature significant interaction with people of other cultures through intensive language study, homestays, coursework to deepen knowledge of your host community and opportunities for independent research. More than 70 percent of Pitzer students choose to participate in a study abroad program by the time they graduate. Pitzer College offers its own programs in Botswana, China, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan and Nepal as well as exchange opportunities at universities in Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. A limited number of spaces are allotted for other program options. Your faculty adviser and the Office of Study Abroad staff can assist you in learning about the opportunities.
The Writing Center
Mead Hall 131
The Writing Center is a free service provided to all Pitzer students. Tutors include faculty members, Claremont Graduate University students and Pitzer students. The Center’s trained staff members are ready to help with any number of writing projects, including class papers, application essays, resumés, cover letters and personal writing projects such as poems and short stories. The primary goal of the Center is to help students become more skilled and confident writers. To achieve this goal, tutors strive to meet the individual needs of students by assisting with overall organization and idea development as well as basic grammar and mechanics. The Center also organizes afternoon workshops and master classes that provide advanced instruction in specific writing genres and address some of the most common writing challenges.
Working on Campus – Student Employees
Human Resources, McConnell Suite 310
An on-campus job offers more than just a paycheck and short commute! It’s an opportunity to build skills and gain experience that will prepare you for your future career. Students who want to work will normally be successful in finding a job. You should begin your job search as soon as you arrive on campus for a better opportunity and wider selection of available jobs.
There are two categories of Student Employment: Federal Work Study and Non-Work Study. When working on campus in either a work study or non-work study position, Pitzer considers you an employee and therefore, must follow all applicable state and federal labor laws.
Community Engagement Center
Scott Hall 108 (A-C)
CEC supports Pitzer faculty, students, staff and community partners in forwarding social responsibility and community engagement in surrounding communities through research, service, advocacy, and action.
Since its founding in 1963, Pitzer College has been committed to teaching students to be responsible citizens of communities both local and global by applying the study of liberal arts to concrete actions that benefit others. With the generous support of two major contributors, the W.M. Keck and James Irvine Foundations, Pitzer established the Community Engagement Center in 1999 to further this commitment through a variety of programs integrating work in the field with work in the classroom.
Community Based Education connects students and faculty with local organizations to create community-based research, service learning and experiential education opportunities that enhance the social, environmental, cultural and economic health of our communities. CEC serves as a liaison between the academic institution and community partners, provides internship opportunities, and assistance with funding and programming, as well as providing logistical support to students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
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Jumpstart is a national non-profit working toward the day every child enters school prepared to succeed. Through Jumpstart, Claremont College students work in teams of 5-6 spending about 8-10 hours each week in local preschools serving low-income neighborhoods. 50% of children from low-income families start school up to two years behind their peers. Since these inequalities tend to increase with time, a child’s experience in preschool is directly linked to their greater academic success.
Jumpstart is committed to creating sustainable change in early childhood education and advocating for equality in access to high-quality education We are looking for dedicated and passionate students to serve as volunteers or work-study paid employees for the 2014-2015 academic year! If you love working with children, have any interest in teaching or just want to get involved in impactful community engagement, Jumpstart is for you! Training, transportation, amazing support and a $1,200 award are provided to all staff who complete our program.
You do need to apply to use the Zipcar service. Although there is no application fee, an annual $25.00 membership fee will be applied if you are approved to use a Zipcar. Zipcar provides cars to students age 18 and over with good driving records. The cars are located right here on campus and can be rented by the hour or for the day. Gas and insurance are included! For more detailed information or to join Zipcar visit www.zipcar.com/pitzer.
Current rates for Pitzer College students (prices vary depending on type of car):
During your first year, you will receive a $35 credit towards your first reservation.
– Weekday rental: $7.00-$8.00 per hour (depending on vehicle model) or $66 for the day
- Weekend rental: $8.00-$9.00 per hour (depending on vehicle model) or $72.00 each day
CLAREMONT CONSORTIUM SPECIFIC
Student Health Services
Tranquada Student Services Center, 757 College Way
Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to promoting the physical health and wellness for all students served by the Claremont University Consortium. Our well-trained team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and medical support staff provides full-service care including laboratory and basic imaging, dispensary, and immunizations. Appointments scheduled in advance are offered at no charge to students. Walk-in appointments, labs, imaging and prescriptions are available at reasonable fees.
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
Tranquada Student Services Center, 757 College Way
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) is committed to promoting psychological wellness for all students served by the Claremont University Consortium. Our well-trained team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and post-doctoral and intern therapists offer support for a range of psychological issues in a confidential and safe environment.
Health Education Outreach
Tranquada Student Services Center, 757 College Way
Health Education Outreach (HEO) is dedicated to empowering students to make intentional healthy lifestyle choices. We strive to create a supportive environment that nourishes all dimensions of personal health and well-being for students of the Claremont Colleges. At HEO, we provide relevant and appropriate health and wellness support and resources, to help students play an active role in achieving, protecting, and sustaining their health and wellness.
Chicano Latino Student Affairs
Tranquada Student Services Center, 757 College Way
Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) provides support programs and services that enhance the academic success and personal development of Chicano/Latino students at the Claremont Colleges. CLSA offers academic support, personal guidance, cultural development and leadership opportunities designed to promote social awareness. The program establishes a strong foundation that enriches cultural identity and develops a sense of familia within the college consortium.
Black Student Affairs
139 East Seventh Street
The Black Student Affairs office supports and enhances the entire wellbeing of undergraduate and graduate students of African descent earning degrees at the Claremont Colleges. We collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni to ensure a comprehensive consideration and creation of services that compliment your stellar education with culturally significant scholarship, programming, and events. Since OBSA honors our communities’ collective and individual diversity, we explore a breadth of black life and culture in a wide range of opportunities. In addition to providing academic services and career advising, we offer individual and small group consulting and mentorship that advances your academic, professional, and personal excellence. Professional development and leadership training also stand as a centerpiece of Black Student Affair’s mission. Along with providing assistance and opportunities while earning your degrees, we aim to support the realization of your highest aspirations.
Queer Resource Center (QRC)
395 East 6th Street
The QRC has something for everyone. Whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, pansexual, or as ally the QRC has something to offer you! Our space houses a great collection of over 1200 LGBTQ-related books which can be checked out, used as textbooks for classes or research material for papers, and we also have a wide selection of queer movies that can be rented for free. The QRC’s student staff members work hard every semester hosting a number of fantastic programs in addition to co-sponsoring many other events with various organizations. Our lounge and lobby (aka rainbow ski lodge) can be used for organizational meetings, doing homework and studying, or simply hanging out with good friends in a safe and welcoming space.
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As a multi-functional inter-college space, I-Place is an exciting hub of international activity throughout the year. It is a “home away from home” for students from abroad and from the United States; a lounge for relaxing with a cup of coffee and a newspaper, or just to hang out! International Place of The Claremont Colleges is also a center for cultural exchange and educational programming on key global issues, as well as a resource for international students. Over 1000 students and scholars from 80 countries attend The Claremont Colleges. So, whether you are a visa student, hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, have lived abroad, or simply want to meet people from around the world, we invite you to International Place and hope you will become a part of our international community!
Chaplains of the Claremont Colleges
McAllister Center, 919 North Columbia Avenue
The Claremont Colleges are served by the Interfaith Chaplaincy and are host to three chaplains (Protestant, Jewish, and Roman Catholic) who serve all students of all faiths and traditions at all seven colleges. McAlister Center offers a full schedule of worship, study, and social programs sponsored by the Chaplains; weekly meetings of the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Christian Science, Latter-Day Saints, Muslim, Zen Meditation, and other groups. McAlister Center provides a meditation chapel, a multipurpose lounge, a library and chaplains’ offices. In addition, students may participate in a wide range of volunteer and social justice projects offered by the Chaplains’ Community Service Coordinator including Inland Valley Hope, Komputers 4 Kids, Pilgrim Place, Stop Hunger Now and much more.
Joint Music Program
1030 Columbia Avenue, PMB 2026
The Department of Music at Scripps College and the Joint Music Program of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges offers many opportunities for music study and performance to music majors and other interested students. The Joint Music Program sponsors three ensembles, the Claremont Concert Orchestra, the Concert Choir, and the Chamber Choir. Qualified student members from all of the Claremont Colleges are welcome to join. The liberal arts ideal of music as an integral part of the curriculum is evidenced by students receiving academic credit for participation in large music ensembles as well as for applied lessons. Working in a supportive intimate environment, students find studying music at Scripps a stimulating and productive means of personal and artistic fulfillment. In addition to large ensemble performance courses, the Joint Music Program offers MUS 81, Introduction to Music, a music appreciation class which encompasses non-Western musical traditions, and MUS 3, Fundamentals of Music, which covers basic music theory. These courses are taught by Scripps professors and associated music faculty, and demonstrate our advocacy of interactive seminar-style teaching.
Claremont Colleges Library
Honnold/Mudd Library, 800 N. Dartmouth
Your Library Loves You…
So why not love your Library? As a Pitzer student you have access to the Claremont Colleges Library (aka Honnold-Mudd), located at the corner of 8th and Dartmouth Avenue, across the street from Huntley Bookstore. In addition to a world-class collection of digital and print books, journals, and research databases as well as an on-site Café, GIS Lab, and all sorts of amazing things you can check out from the Services Desk, our tried & true Library staff is committed to helping you become a stellar researcher in any field. The links below are the tip of the iceberg, but you can use them to explore what the Claremont Colleges Library has to offer. Be sure check out Library Bootcamp in the first few weeks of Fall semester for a fast tour of the building/website to get you up and running! Check out the link to the Claremont Colleges Library Essentials.