Campus Beautification by Muralist Paul Botello
Paul Botello, the renowned muralist who painted the vivid murals in the Mead Hall courtyard, is working with students on a mural on the side of McConnell Hall, above Susan’s Garden, which was dedicated in fall 2005 in honor of Susan Pritzker’s years of service as chair of the Board of Trustees.
The Pitzer College Office of Admission improved the rate of admittance to the College for yet another year. Pitzer received 3,437 applications, the largest number in College history. The admit rate dropped to the lowest ever at 37 percent. Twenty-one African Americans and 30 Latinos accepted offers of admission. Students of color make up 34 percent of those accepting the College’s offer of admission. Nine percent of Pitzer’s 2006 first-year class is African American as compared to 2 percent of UCLA’s incoming class. Pitzer continues to successfully enroll a class of diverse students.
Admission officers visited 471 high schools across the country this year. In addition to the tremendous amount of outreach to find those students best suited for Pitzer’s unique education, the College also hosted 51 students at the Diversity Open House program, the largest number of students of color to ever attend the event.
Pitzer expanded its On-Campus Days to two in the fall and two in the spring (admitted students only) due to the increase of students and their parents wanting to attend these events.
L.A. in the Age of AIDS
Public television station KCET featured “Visions of L.A. in the Age of AIDS” in the California Stories section of its Web site in conjunction with the Frontline series on the history of HIV/AIDS that ran for two weeks this spring. Two of the projects on the KCET site are from Pitzer faculty and students: “Video Remains” by Alex Juhasz at www.kcet.org/explore-ca/california-stories/age-of-aids/video-remains/ and “REACH LA Club Reel,” by Tomas Aguilar ’06, Mariel Rivera, and faculty adviser Gina Lamb at www.kcet.org/explore-ca/california-stories/age-of-aids/reach-la/
Beverle Houston Memorial Award Reception
Irwin Swirnoff ’00 was honored as the 2006 recipient of the Beverle Houston Memorial Award on May 2 at the offices of Bruce Corwin in Los Angeles. Irwin is a “do-it-yourself” impresario, an emerging super-8 filmmaker, and the music director of KUSF, the radio station at the University of San Francisco. He has shown his film work at the San Francisco Cinematheque, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Gallery of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Irwin’s work has a strong relationship with the handmade film classes he took at Pitzer; more formally it retains a grassroots film sensibility. The evening included a screening in Corwin’s private screening room where some of Irwin’s work was shown as well as work by Tomas Aguilar ’06. The Beverle Houston Award is given to a Pitzer College alumna/us in recognition of her or his achievements in Media Studies. Pitzer College sends many thanks to Bruce Corwin for his support of this event!