Pitzer Family Connection
Family Connection Scholars
The Pitzer Family Connection hosted the Inaugural Family Weekend Silent Auction in February 2005. Thanks to a wonderful response from parents, alumni, trustees and friends of the college, a number of items were donated and generously purchased at the auction.
The auction provided a fun and informal occasion for Pitzer parents, students, faculty and staff to get to know one another and support an important cause. Proceeds from the event totaled more than $20,000, and the money was contributed to student scholarships. This fall the Pitzer Family Connection awarded two $10,000 scholarships to current Pitzer students.
Susette Cheng ’07, is a neuroscience major, minoring in Asian American studies. As a sergeant in the Army Reserve Susette serves as a mental health specialist. Susette plans to go into medicine, possibly as an OB/GYN. In addition to being a sergeant in the Army and a high-achieving college student, Susette is involved in the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) and the Asian American Sponsor Program (AASP). Involvement in these organizations is important to Susette because they enrich the lives of the Asian American student population and the 5C community as a whole.
Susette responded with gratitude after learning she was a scholarship recipient saying, “I would like to thank all who are involved with this scholarship, because without the help of such financial aid, I would not be able to get the education and experience that Pitzer has to offer. I am extremely grateful for your choice to involve yourself in the continuing education of Pitzer students.”
Edwin Alexis Gomez ’08, is an art and psychology major with a minor in Media Studies. Edwin is thrilled to be attending Pitzer College, “because of its unique and progressive approach to a liberal arts education, and its warm and friendly student body.“
Edwin intends to pursue a graduate degree, and hopes to give back to his community. His vocational goals include working as an art therapist and serving to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs/STIs. Edwin is involved on campus as a resident assistant (RA), an active member of Bienestar Human Services (AIDS Service Organization), Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), Holden Hall Council, Queer Resource Center (QRC), Queer Questioning Allied Mentor Program, The Mandarin Café (Assistant Manager), and the Campaign to End AIDS.
In response to receiving the scholarship Edwin said, “I would like to thank all of the wonderful efforts put forth by Pitzer families. I have never been part of such a strong community built on the aspiration of making our world a better place. It is truly humbling to see so many of my peers fighting for social justice, the environment, and many other causes, but even more humbling to know that there are parents behind all of us willing to fight equally hard. I would also like to thank my parents for fighting and sacrificing so much so that I may attend Pitzer College—I love you.”
The Pitzer Family Connection hopes that students such as Susette and Edwin will continue to benefit from fund raising efforts such as the Silent Auction. The 2nd Annual Family Weekend Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2006. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, or would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Tanya Eveleth, coordinator of Parent and Family Relations, at (909) 607-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.