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Katherine Guevarra Takes Reins of Nichols Gallery

Katherine GuevarraKatherine Guevarra took over as curator of Pitzer College’s Nichols Gallery after the departure of Nelson Trombley, who left the position to pursue his own artistic endeavors. The Participant asked her a few questions about her new job and its relationship to art at Pitzer.

Question: Where are you from? Where did you get your degrees and what did you study?

Answer: I spent my formative years in Southern California, having been raised in the San Gabriel Valley. I’m a graduate of the University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif., and received my B.A. in art history. I’m in the process of completing my M.A. at the University of California, Riverside.

Q: What other galleries have you worked for?
A: I began as a gallery assistant when I was at the University of Redlands. That work, combined with other experiences as an undergraduate, led me to work at the Huntington Library, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the California Museum of Photography.

Q: What are your goals for the Nichols Gallery?
A: I want to continue to bring in quality art to show in the gallery. I also want to increase educational programming through the gallery and act as a resource to supplement coursework. I also hope to increase the visibility of the gallery within the community.

Q: What is your favorite period of art and why?
A: Every period of art is valuable for one reason or another. But, if I must name a favorite period of art, I would have to say post-1945, more specifically, the 1960s. I just really like how artists during that time played with the high-low binary in art. It really allowed artists to experiment with different media and take from “low” arts, including graphic design.

Q: Why is art important at Pitzer?
A: Art’s another learning tool. We live in such a visual culture; learning to see critically has become a necessary skill to synthesize daily life. Art can be complex and has the ability to uncover things we wouldn’t otherwise see or would ignore. In this way, I think art at Pitzer reinforces concepts of understanding and definitely goes with the core values of the College.

Alumni Show 2006: Sean Cavanaugh ’91

Sean Cavanaugh ’91 will be the featured artist for Pitzer’s third annual alumni show from May 13 to August 15 at Nichols Gallery. The reception for the exhibition, titled “Natural Perspectives,” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. May 13.

Alumni Show

“Being a born and bred urbanite some find my choice of subject matter puzzling as the majority of my work is based in the natural landscape,” Cavanaugh said. “Living and working completely surrounded by man-made forms and rhythms I feel has heightened my appreciation and perception of nature. While at work on a piece in the studio I sense some of the scale and atmosphere of the original moment.”

Cavanaugh’s work has been exhibited at many galleries in New York City, where he makes his home, including Mary Anthony Galleries, S. Bitter-Larkin Gallery, the Annual Winter Invitational at Atlantic Gallery and the Holiday Invitational Exhibit at Broome Street Gallery. His work also has been exhibited in Wellfleet, Mass., Philadelphia, Tokyo and Seoul, Korea.


Jake Heller ’07: Truman Would be Proud

Truman Scholarship

Junior Jake Heller has earned the distinguished honor of receiving a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Only 75 of 700 Truman Scholar candidates are selected for this special honor. Pitzer College is the only college with less than 1,000 students to ever be awarded a Truman Fellowship.

The mission of the scholarship foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

A double major in Political Studies and economics, Jake credits several Pitzer professors for being influential in his studies and future career aspirations: Linus Yamane, Tom Ilgen and Nigel Boyle. He will pursue graduate studies in public policy.

“One of my proudest moments was working with Claremont High School in the Computer in Every Home project, which was made possible through the Katie Lawson ’73 Memorial Fund,” he said.
Other achievements include the Deborah Bach Kallick ’78 Community Service Award (2005), for sustained commitment to community service; Parliamentary Debate Nationals (2004), in which he placed third among 300-plus competitors; Freeman Foundation Japan Economic Study Scholar (2005), as one of 12 students funded to travel to Japan to study the Asian economy; and A World Connected Scholarship (2005), for study on international debt forgiveness.


Kathrine Marqués ‘06: A Watson for Love of Art

Kathrine Marques '06Kathrine Marqués, a double major in Art History and English and World Literature, is one of only 50 college seniors to be awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship. This is the thrid consecutive year a Pitzer student has earned a Watson. Her Watson project will take her to South Africa, India, Austria, and Hungary where she will meet with modern day crafts artists who are the heirs of the arts and crafts movement.
During her travels, Marqués will research the similar use of motifs and symbols employed in pottery, metalwork, basket weaving and textile items today as compared to the nineteenth century arts and craft movement.

“I had considered attending UCLA or one of the UC’s, but felt a strong sense of community with one-on-one attention while visiting Pitzer,” Marqués said. “I would not go back on my decision. I am grateful for the opportunities here. Everyone gets an equal chance and is valued. It has made a huge difference in my life. This is why I am sitting here today.”

For the past two summers, Marqués has worked as an intern at the Armory Gallery in Pasadena, which was funded by a J. Paul Getty Center grant.

While visiting a William Morris exhibition at the Huntington Library years ago, Marqués developed a keen interest in Victorian English art. She is an avid reader of anything by C.S. Lewis and a devoted fan of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

Marqués, a first-generation graduate in her family, hopes to become a professor of art history, curate art for a museum and use her journalism acumen for travel writing and art reviews.


Susan’s Garden

Susan's Garden DedicationPitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley and Trustee Susan Pritzker were among the friends and community members who gathered at the McConnell Center on November 18 for the unveiling of Susan’s Garden. The patio area on the west side of the dining hall honors Pritzker for her many years of service to the College. Pritzker served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2005 and helped mold Pitzer into the outstanding institution that it is today. The naming of the garden in her honor serves as a lasting testament to her legacy as Chair of the Board.


History and Politics of World Soccer


Pitzer Professors Nigel Boyle and Andre Wakefield brought Los Angeles Galaxy Head Coach Steve Sampson to campus in January as part of their team-taught course on the history and politics of world soccer.
In 1998 Sampson became the first American-born coach to lead the U.S. National Team to a World Cup finals. He was one of three assistant coaches under previous head coach Bora Milutinovic on the 1994 World Cup Team.

Sampson led the USA to a U.S. Cup '95 title and to the semifinals of Copa America, defeating Nigeria, Chile, Argentina and Mexico twice. His greatest accomplishments included a memorable 1-0 win against defending World Cup champions Brazil in the semifinals of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and a 3-0 victory against Argentina in Copa America '95 (played in Uruguay, two miles from the Argentina border).
Sampson was also head coach of the Costa Rican national team between 2002 and 2004. He is the first American ever to serve as head coach of a foreign national side.


Pitzer Summer Session Expands

Now in its third year, Pitzer Summer Session will once again offer students an outstanding selection of courses from across the curriculum. The session offers full-credit courses taught by Pitzer College faculty.

Started in 2004, Summer Session has become a popular option for students seeking to continue their academic work, catch up on units, work with a faculty member, or focus on a particular course.

Enrollments have increased steadily among Pitzer students, students from the other Claremont Colleges, and students from four-year colleges and universities outside of Claremont.

During the summer, students continue to enjoy close working relationships with their professors and the small class sizes that are among the hallmarks of a Pitzer education.

This summer, a second six-week session has been added and students will have more than 25 courses from which to select. In addition, the College is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer financial assistance to qualifying students, broadening access to the program and reinforcing Pitzer’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to a diverse body of students.


Staff, Faculty Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

A Pitzer College contingent participated in the Race for the Cure sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in February at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Pitzer College staff and faculty raised $1,395. President Laura Skandera Trombley, and her son, Sparkey, joined participants (front row from left) Andrea Olson, Denette Alexander, Moya Carter; (middle row from left) Marilyn Ray, Teresa Flores, Neva Barker and Tanya Eveleth; (back row from left)
Seth Alexander, Margaret Fornesi, Leticia Llamas,
Gloria Romo and Nicole Rocha. Others who took part but are not pictured: Alan Jones, Jennifer Berkley, Linda Bunch,
Kiara Canjura, Gail Gottfried, Tamara Muir, Daniel Romo
and Brooke Yoshino.


A Day of Peace and Music

“The Love-In at The Claremont Colleges was created by a First-Year Seminar, War or Peace?, to celebrate love as an answer, if not THE answer, to interpersonal and international conflicts,” Professor of Psychology and Black Studies Hal Fairchild explained. The November festival celebrated humanity, community, and our compassionate energy for local, national and world peace. The event featured free food, live music, good vibes, games, balloon animals, magic, juggling, free expression and an open microphone, Fairchild said. Several local human service agencies participated in the celebration: Project Sister, Hero, Planned Parenthood, and the Pitzer College Women's Center.



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Jake Heller '07: Truman Would be Proud