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The Shape of Things to Come

With concrete trucks pouring into the construction site, the “footprint” for Pitzer’s new Residential Life Project has begun to take shape— outlining the shapes of the College’s three new residence halls. If this were an archaeological dig, students in one of Professor Sheryl Miller’s courses would have a field day deciphering what the shapes and orientations of the walls really mean about Pitzer daily life and culture.


The summer has arrived with construction still on time and on budget, and with anticipation for the Project continuing to build among students, parents, faculty and staff.

“The Residential Life Project epitomizes Pitzer’s core values — integrating living and learning in a holistic experience for each student” remarked President Trombley recently. “In the same way that the liberal arts connect ideas, the Residential Life Project will connect people and their experiences through landscape and architecture. The Project and the campus’ new master plan will deepen these connections for generations to come.”

Construction as a Spectator Sport?
Pitzer’s construction webcam has been a popular destination for Pitzer people surfing the internet. For anyone who played with blocks, Lego blocks or maybe an erector set as a kid, the webcam offers an opportunity to vicariously experience the excitement of the construction process—allowing members of the Pitzer community to become “armchair” builders. When you visit the webcam, you may also check out recent updates to the Residential Life Project Web site at www.pitzer.edu/rlp.

Brick Campaign Launched in Style
The much anticipated Brick Campaign was launched at Alumni Weekend this spring, garnering more than $6,000 as a result of the reunion weekend. President Trombley and her son, Sparkey, were first to purchase a brick using the on-line form available at www.pitzer.edu/rlp. Sparkey took advantage of the
opportunity to make a strong statement about how his entire family feels about Pitzer College.

Pitzer would like to encourage everyone to make a gift, and also to consider making group gifts to honor a favorite professor, to recognize the achievement of a sports team, or simply to honor your special cohort of friends. The Brick Campaign offers a wonderful opportunity, particularly with the larger bricks at the Artisan, Mason and Master Building levels, to use the brick inscription to craft a message with special meaning.

Fundraising Progress Reaches 79 Percent of Goal
Fundraising has continued to make strong progress with $14.2 million received in cash or pledge commitments. That puts Pitzer more than 79 percent of the way toward its fundraising goal of $18 million for the Residential Life Project! Our three lead gifts from the Pitzer, Pritzker and Gold families and strong support from our generous Board of Trustees has brought us to this remarkable level of achievement. During the coming year, everyone in the Pitzer community will be offered opportunities to get involved with this exciting effort—by buying a brick, supporting a study room, or help with a bench or niche. Everyone’s help will be needed to complete our fundraising goal on-time, and everyone will be invited to participate in the dedication ceremony in the summer of 2007—the first Pitzer sleepover for alumni is being planned in our new residence halls. Please plan to join us!

— Richard Chute ’84, Director of Capital Projects