Carl Hertel Exhibition
The exhibition, Carl Hertel, (August 23- September 30) presented a retrospective of Carl Hertel’s paintings and lithographs. Emeritus Professor Michael Woodcock was the heroic behind-the-scenes producer, while curators Suvan Geer and Patrick Merrill assembled an effervescent assortment of Hertel’s art. The show sparkled in the Nichols Gallery, much like Milagros dangling from a backyard crucifix, or the mischievous twinkle in Carl’s eyes. Juxtaposing eclectic works of Chinese script, surplus USGS maps, swirling acrylic dots, sanded watercolors, religious iconography, obscured landscapes, and meticulous lithographs; the show was quintessentially Carl.
Integrated into the exhibit was the Exurbia portfolio, a series of fine art prints by selected artists—including Hertel—addressing the intersection of urban and wild landscapes. Also included were works by two of Hertel’s former students, Paul Faulstich ’79 and Michael Woodcock (CGU ‘84).
While Squeakin’ Wheels strummed a bluegrass version of “Red River Valley,” and friends gathered to celebrate one man’s remarkable vision, Carl Hertel came home to Pitzer.
—Paul Faulstich ’79
Woodcock Retirement Celebration
Pitzer College celebrated the extraordinary career of Michael Woodcock, professor of art and creative studies, who retired this year.
The event was punctuated by comedy, poignancy and references to the Route 66 course that took Michael and his students across the country from Santa Monica to Chicago. The event, emceed by Vice President for International Programs, Carol Brandt, included tributes from President Laura Skandera Trombley, and past and current deans, Ron Macaulay, Susan Seymour and Alan Jones. President Trombley described Michael as a “teller of tales that left one wanting more.”
Faculty colleagues who paid tribute included Carmen Fought, Paul Faulstich, Tom Ilgen and Al Wachtel, highlighting his commitment to interdisciplinary learning and his generosity to faculty and students alike. In the words of Al Wachtel, Woodcock’s meticulousness and intense gifts produced an environment at Pitzer that was truly superlative.
Jim Fuller and Roland Reiss spoke to his art accomplishments. Michael’s work can be found at the Getty Museum Special Collections, the LA County Public Library Fine Art Book Collection, the Yale University Library and the Toschi Art Institute in Parma, Italy.
Margaret Woodcock, age 11, provided a poignant tribute to her father.
Michael’s speech was replete with lampoons and a tribute to a college that allowed him to be truly creative.
Arlington West Comes to Pitzer
Veterans for Peace – LA brought the Arlington West Memorial Exhibit to the Pitzer campus on November 14-15.
The group visited ten campuses in the spring and have also exhibited several times in Washington, D.C, including at the Vietnam War Memorial.
The crosses were inserted into the ground on the Brant Clock Tower lawn.
Veterans for Peace is also responsible for the memorial at the Santa Monica Pier every Sunday. Several million people have attended the exhibition during the college campaign tour, D.C. exhibitions, and Sundays at Santa Monica Pier.
The organizers and volunteer veterans, as well as campus volunteers assemble the symbols.
Additional information about the exhibition and the campus tour (including photos) can be found on the organization’s Web site at: www.veteransforpeacela.org/map.html
Pitzer Among Top 50 Colleges for Women
Pitzer College’s resolve to provide young women with the kind of environment that gives them the best chance of success in college and after graduation was recognized by CosmoGIRL magazine in its second annual guide to the nation’s fifty best colleges. Pitzer joins Amherst College, Duke University, Grinnell College, Pomona College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Wesleyan University, among others, on the magazine’s list of top schools.
In compiling the list, editors at CosmoGIRL worked with admissions officers and guidance counselors across the country to determine a list of six key factors that were then cross-referenced with baseline data from the Princeton Review to determine those schools that best fit the bill. Pitzer was noted for its requirement that all students “must complete a social service requirement to graduate, such as tutoring children or interning at a nonprofit organization.” Latinas in the Garment Industry was referenced as an intriguing Pitzer course in which students study women who work in the clothing industry in Southern California.
“Not only is this college guide designed specifically for girls, but what really makes it unique is that we’ve identified specific factors that give girls an edge,” said CosmoGIRL’s Editor-in-Chief, Susan Schulz. “This is no arbitrary list.”
The six key factors—small class size, prominent female faculty members, strong women’s sports programs, a career center that facilitates internships and opportunities to hold leadership positions in clubs and activities and an active alumni network—were all seen by CosmoGIRL’s panel of experts to provide unique elements essential to success.
The guide, featured in the October 2005 issue, is an annual franchise for the magazine.
Habitat for Humanity
|A group of about 25 Pitzer students, staff and faculty volunteered during Habitat for Humanity’s building of six homes in Claremont along Claremont Boulevard near First Street. Earlier in the project, a group of about 30 Pitzer-Pomona athletes pitched in to help with the building blitz.