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Pitzer College Appoints Sandra Vasquez as New Dean of Students

Sandra Vasquez

Claremont, Calif. (May 10, 2017)—Pitzer College names Sandra Vasquez as the new assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Vasquez will begin her position on July 17, 2017. “I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to advance student success initiatives at Pitzer,” [Read More…]

May 10, 2017
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Pitzer Student Victoria Hernandez ’18 Wins Gilman Scholarship

Claremont, Calif. (May 10, 2017)—Pitzer College student Victoria Hernandez ’18 has been awarded a 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this spring semester at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The Gilman Scholarship seeks to strengthen intercultural understanding and prepare undergraduates for a global economy by increasing the number of students who can [Read More…]

May 9, 2017
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Pitzer College Wins Six Hermes Creative Awards

Claremont, Calif. (May 1, 2017)—Pitzer College Office of Communications has won six 2017 Hermes Creative Awards, including one platinum award in the special event category for the creative development and design of promotional and marketing materials – from the event seal to invitations and web design to commemorative gifts – for the inauguration of President [Read More…]

May 1, 2017
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Pitzer College Students and Alumni Win 2017 Regional, National and International Awards

Pitzer Gates on Mills Avenue looking south

Claremont, Calif. (April 28, 2017)—More than 25 Pitzer College students and graduates have won 2017 fellowships, scholarships and awards so far this spring semester. With these awards, they will be working to promote human rights in Macedonia, analyzing the underpinnings of aggressive cancers, researching retention rates among first-generation Black and Latinx students in STEM programs, [Read More…]

May 1, 2017
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Pitzer College Student Tiffany Ortamond ’17 Wins 2017 Napier Award

Claremont, Calif. (April 28, 2017)—Pitzer College student Tiffany Ortamond ’17 was awarded a $15,000 2017 Napier Award to implement her work with Tla’amin Nation in British Columbia, Canada. Pitzer seniors Eli Erlick ’17 and Nick Necochea-Flores ’17 were named 2017 Napier Fellows, with Erlick being selected as a Napier Award alternate. With this award, Ortamond [Read More…]

April 28, 2017
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Pitzer Student Brendan Schultz ’20 Wins Davis Projects for Peace Award to Create Macedonian Youth Conference

Claremont, Calif. (April 26, 2017)—Pitzer College student Brendan Schultz ’20 has been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace to organize a youth conference this summer in Macedonia. Schultz’s project, “Bridging Backgrounds: A Macedonian Inter-Ethnic Conference for Cultivating Mutual Understanding and Tolerance,” will bring together Macedonian participants from all ethnic backgrounds with the goal of [Read More…]

April 26, 2017
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Pitzer College Student Sydney Warren ’18 Awarded Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship

Claremont, Calif. (April 26, 2017)—Pitzer College student Sydney Warren ’18 has been awarded a 2017 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship to participate in an intensive seven-week academic program this summer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. With the PPIA Fellowship, Warren will hone her skills as a leader, [Read More…]

April 26, 2017
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Sagehens Women’s Water Polo Team Wins 2017 SCIAC Championship

Women's Water Polo team

La Verne, Calif. (April 23, 2017)—The Sagehens won the 2017 SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Championship. Three Pomona-Pitzer players scored two goals each and rode a smothering defense on the team’s way to a 9-3 win over No. 1 seed Whittier College Poets at Las Flores Park on Sunday afternoon. Pitzer College’s Jocelyn Castro ’18 scored two first half goals, and Natalie Hill (PO ’19) [Read More…]

April 24, 2017
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Pitzer College Announces Student Leadership and Student Voice Award Winners

Claremont, Calif. (April 21, 2017)—Pitzer College recognized students and student-led groups that embody the College’s core values at its second annual Student Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 19. For each of Pitzer’s five core values—Social Responsibility, Intercultural Understanding, Interdisciplinary Learning, Student Engagement and Environmental Sustainability—one individual and one student-led organization were honored for their leadership [Read More…]

April 24, 2017
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Pitzer Seniors Chance Kawar ’17 and Jennifer Lesorogol ’17 Win Coro Public Affairs Fellowships

Claremont, Calif. (April 18, 2017)—Pitzer College students Chance Kawar ’17 and Jennifer Lesorogol ’17 have been awarded Coro Fellowships to Los Angeles. The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a nine-month graduate-level leadership-training program that prepares talented and committed individuals to become effective and ethical leaders. The fellowship is designed to develop change-makers who can forge connections and [Read More…]

April 18, 2017
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Pitzer College Senior and Three Alumni Named 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Claremont, Calif. (April 18, 2017)—Pitzer College senior Lillian Horin ’17 and alumni Brian Cohn ’15, Kristin Dobbin ’13 and Samuel “Yoni” Rubin ’15 have been awarded 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program selects outstanding college seniors or recent graduates who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, [Read More…]

April 18, 2017
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Pitzer College Student and Alumnus Win 2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Lilllian Horin '17 and Alfredo '14

Claremont, Calif. (April 14, 2017)—Pitzer College senior Lillian Horin ’17 and alumnus Alfredo “Freddy” Valencia ’14 have been awarded 2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships. These national awards provide three years of support for graduate work by individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or [Read More…]

April 14, 2017
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Pitzer College’s Graduating Class Selects Award-Winning Journalist Guy Raz as the 2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker

Guy Raz

Claremont, Calif. (April 10, 2017)—Guy Raz, the host, co-creator and editorial director of National Public Radio’s TED Radio Hour and How I Built This, will deliver the keynote address at Pitzer College’s 53rd Commencement on Saturday, May 13. Raz described being asked by Pitzer’s graduating students to speak at their commencement as “both an extraordinary [Read More…]

April 10, 2017
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Dr. Ulysses J. Sofia Named Keck Science Dean

Claremont, Calif. (April 6, 2017)—On behalf of the Presidents of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ulysses J. (UJ) Sofia as the new dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department.  His appointment will begin July 1, 2017, and he will hold the title of Weinberg Family [Read More…]

April 6, 2017
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Pitzer College Students and Alumni Win 2017 Regional, National and International Awards

Claremont, Calif. (April 5, 2017)—More than 20 Pitzer College students and graduates have won 2017 fellowships, scholarships and awards so far this spring semester, the Pitzer President’s Office announced today. With these awards, they will be working to promote human rights in Macedonia, analyzing the underpinnings of aggressive cancers, researching retention rates among first-generation Black and [Read More…]

April 5, 2017
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Pitzer Professor Brian Keeley Talks about “Conspiracy Theory Theory” at Conference in Turkey

Professor of Philosophy Brian Keeley

Claremont, Calif. (April 5, 2017)—Pitzer College Professor of Philosophy Brian Keeley will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 11-12, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Culture and Politics of Conspiracy Theories in Global Conflicts.” Keeley’s talk, [Read More…]

April 5, 2017
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New Book by Pitzer Professor Emeritus Ntongela Masilela Examines Exile and the African Diaspora

Claremont, Calif. (April 3, 2017)—Pitzer College Professor Emeritus Ntongela Masilela’s most recent book, A South African Looks at the African Diaspora: Essays and Interviews, reflects on the meaning of, and relationship between, the concepts of home and exile. As an international scholar and a South African exile, Masilela draws from both his own experiences and the [Read More…]

April 3, 2017