Campus News and Headlines
2003-2004 Academic Year

Pitzer College Climbs 11 Spots in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
August 23, 2004
Pitzer College is ranked fifty-ninth among all liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2005 guide to America’s Best Colleges. The College’s ranking has improved from 70th to 59th in only one year.

Major Gifts Transform Future of Pitzer College
April 12, 2004
The youngest member of the Claremont undergraduate colleges, Pitzer College, successfully concluded the first comprehensive capital campaign in the College’s history with two major gifts.

Passing of Two Pitzer Mainstays
July 28, 2004
Pitzer College is saddened to announce the passing of Carl H. Hertel, emeritus professor of art and environmental design, and Leonard Dart, emeritus professor of physics.

John G. Milton Named to Prestigious Professorship
June 28, 2004
John G. Milton has been named the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor in Computational Neuroscience at The Claremont Colleges.

Senior Gift Breaks Record
May 6, 2004
The class of 2004 successfully reached 95.7% participation for their Senior Gift campaign.

Adam Chevitz '04 Receives Polk Music Award
April 23, 2004
Pitzer College student Adam Chefitz (2004) has been named the recipient of the 2004 Rudolph Polk Memorial Award in Music, in recognition of his technical and musically impressive performance of works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Prokofiev, following the award auditions recently held at The Claremont Colleges.

Five Pitzer Students Awarded Fulbrights
April 21, 2004
Five Pitzer College students have been awarded Fulbright grants to continue in their fields of study.

Pitzer Admission Applications Soar
April 4, 2004
More than 3,100 admissions have been received for Pitzer College for the 2004 - 2005 academic year, setting an all-time record for Pitzer and showing the largest increase in applications from first-year students for any of The Claremont Colleges.

Gonzales '03 and Pitzer Honored by COOL
March 18, 2004
Gilbert Videl Gonzales '03, received the Against the Odds Award at the 20th Annual COOL Idealist National Conference at the University of Pennsylvania.

Commission Awards Grant to Pitzer College and Manual Arts High School to Improve Instruction
February 13, 2004
The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) awarded Pitzer College and Manual Arts High School $594,924 to improve instruction.

Lopez Addresses Social Responsibility of Artist/Writer
March 2, 2004
Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer and international traveler talked to a full house in the Broad Performance Space on February 24. Lopez addressed the issue of the social responsibility of the artist/writer.

New African Movement Partnerships - Report on Talk by Prof. Keyan Tomaselli
February 6, 2004
Report on talk given February 4, 2004, by Professor Keyan Tomaselli, Professor and Chair, Culture, Communication and Media Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. The Mellon Foundation-funded faculty exchange program brought Professor Tomaselli to Pitzer College.

National Book-Award Winner Barry Lopez Coming to Pitzer
February 9, 2004
Barry Lopez, essayist, short-story writer and international traveler, will be visiting Pitzer College on February 23 and 24.

Jose Calderon Honored for Cultivating Community Partnerships
January 28, 2004
Pitzer College proudly announces that Jose Calderon, professor of sociology and Chicano studies, is the recipient of the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

Fabian Nunez '97 Elected Speaker of the California Assembly
January 12, 2004
Fabian Núñez, the newly elected Speaker of the California State Assembly, knows the importance of an education. During his journey as one of 12 children from an immigrant family in San Diego to his post in Sacramento, he made an important stop at Pitzer College to acquire degrees in political science and education in 1997.

Energizing Intercultural Understanding
November 14, 2003
If you attended Dr. Milton Bennett’s presentation at the Broad Center Performance Space on Nov. 13 expecting Culture, you probably left empty-handed. What he delivered was more along the lines of culture.

"Envisioning the Future"
November 13, 2003
Pitzer College to host opening of Judy Chicago Project.

Newsweek Film Critic Sees Decline in Quality of Hollywood Movies
November 12, 2003
David Ansen, film critic and senior editor with Newsweek magazine, took a dim view of most major Hollywood movies at a talk Nov. 11 at Pitzer College. His reason? Technology has replaced storytelling, which leaves the viewer with nothing to chew on.

Professor Majid Rahnema Provides Keynote Speech at Plenary Session of UNESCO
November 12, 2003
Majid Rahnema, visiting professor of International and Intercultural Studies at Pitzer College, was the keynote speaker at the plenary session of UNESCO in Paris. The September 24 session dealt with issues of global poverty.

The Writer as Activist: Community, Spirit, Earth
October 27, 2003
Kim Stafford, founding director of Northwest Writing Institute, will share his poetry and prose at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fletcher Jones Language Lab at Pitzer College.

Multicultural Lessons at the Dinner Table and Beyond
October 15, 2003
Cathy Bao Bean knows the struggle to understand one’s identity and candidly shares her journey in The Chopsticks – Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual. Pitzer College will host a reading and conversation with Cathy Bao Bean at 4 p.m., Thursday, October 30, in the Broad Center Performance Space.

Internship Creates Connection for Life
October 10, 2003
Pitzer College senior Vicenta Arrizon spends summer with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C.

Grant Strengthens Pitzer's International Programs
October 8, 2003
Pitzer College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to focus on intercultural faculty and student exchanges with partner institutions abroad.

Pitzer Joins Consortium for Strong Minority Presence
September 25, 2003
Pitzer College has joined the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence (CSMP), which is committed to providing mentoring support in a liberal arts environment to predoctoral and postdoctoral minority fellows.