2005-2006 Academic Year

Jonathan Tigeri ’06 Receives Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award

Jonathon Tigeri

Jonathan Tigeri’s surprise at receiving the Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award couldn’t have seemed more genuine. “Men’s volleyball is a club sport, so it is really nice to get recognition,” Tigeri said. “The team has been my core here at Pitzer. It was a really cool, close knit bunch of people. I’ll definitely be back to support the team at games.”

The men’s volleyball team is one of few club sports that are specifically Pomona-Pitzer, not five-college. Due to Title IX constraints, the team is not able to be a collegiate sport. However, that doesn’t take away from the team’s success; the players recently competed in the National Championships and won the silver division competition.

Tigeri is a double major in romance languages and sociology. Growing up in Pomona, Calif., he plans to devote his time to community outreach next year.

“I just finished my final interview for the Rotary International Scholar. I am waiting to hear back on that, but either way, next year I plan to work at HERO in Pomona,” Tigeri said. HERO is an after-school program focused on increasing academic performance by mentoring and tutoring disadvantaged youth. “Ultimately, I want to work with children. That is my main goal.”

Tigeri is not just leaving Pitzer with his diploma and great sports memories. He is taking strong values of social responsibility and activism.

“Working and giving back to the community are things that Pitzer has really fostered in me,” Tigeri said. “I have had so many opportunities here—from studying abroad in Parma, Italy on the Pitzer in Italy program, to being the senior intern for the Diversity Program. I want to use what I have learned to help the community.”