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Mini-Movie Mogul’ Zachary Miller '09 Wins Jeep in Video Competition
Zachary Miller

“A mini-movie mogul in the making,” that is what the Boston Globe has dubbed Zachary Miller ’09. Miller directed, wrote and produced the eighteen-second commercial, which won Jeep’s Free Your Thoughts video competition. “The students involved in the process were great and their talent contributed to the commercial’s success and popularity among the viewers who voted,” Miller said. Pitzer College students who assisted Miller throughout the film production process include Kimberly Bautista ’07 (set production assistant); Carter Rubin ’09 and Gordon Anderson ’10 (music composers); Magee Clegg ’09 and Pete Melief ’09 (talent). Miller plans to sell the Jeep Compass to pay his actors and crew and use the rest to fund his next project.

Jake Heller ’07 - Finalist for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships
Jake Heller '07Jake Heller ’07, the second-ever recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship at Pitzer College, was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and the only liberal arts college student interviewed for this prestigious award in the state of California. Heller was also a finalist for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Heller has been accepted to Stanford and Harvard Law Schools.


Top-Ranked Jumpstart Named Among the Nation's Top Social Entrepreneurs

JumpstartJumpstart, a national early education nonprofit organization with a strong presence on the Pitzer College campus, is among the forty-three winners of the 2007 Fast Company/ Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards honoring entrepreneurs who “change the world.” This marks the fourth consecutive year Jumpstart has received this prestigious award.

“Our program is very fortunate to have had Pitzer College as a resource since 2000. Not only does Pitzer offer a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on interdisciplinary, intercultural education with an emphasis on social responsibility and community service, but the commitment of Pitzer’s students to making a significant, lasting impact in their community has allowed the program to grow into new sites and has allowed Jumpstart to utilize a diverse student body,” Jumpstart Program Site Manager Karen Magoon said.

The program honors nonprofits, or “social entrepreneurs,” across the nation that combine creativity and ingenuity with business solutions to address the most challenging social problems today, ranging from poor healthcare in developing nations to unequal education access, homelessness, unemployment and substance abuse in the United States.

Today, one in three children in America enters school unprepared to succeed. To address this school readiness crisis, Jumpstart recruits and trains college students to work one-to-one with at-risk preschool children and their families to give them the support these young children need to succeed in school and in life. Pitzer College’s Jumpstart program currently engages forty-five students (twenty-five are Pitzer students) from The Claremont Colleges in service to 136 preschool children. College students commit to serving three hundred hours with the program over an entire school year and work with children attending Vista Head Start in Claremont, Easter Seals Child Development Center in Upland, and Ontario-Maple Head Start in Ontario

Creating Green Art
Eco Art Exhibition, Nichols Gallery

Green Art

At the most basic level, the environment can be described as a collection of organic and inorganic systems functioning together to sustain life. Art is a uniquely human representation and expression of the interaction with these systems. The Eco Art Exhibition, which ran from January 16 to February 2 was a sampling of the many ways in which the natural environment is represented in contemporary artwork. Through a variety of mediums, the natural environment was transformed from a neutral network of external processes into works of beauty, political statement and intellectual conception.

The exhibition served as a home for many different types of works, ranging from traditional watercolor and photography to objects and furniture. The exhibition artists included Jennifer Bennett, Edward Cao, Nichole Carlton, Julian Duron, Dennis Hayes, Robert P. Hernandez ’06, Jeremy Johnson, Doug LaRocca, Alexandra Matus, Morgana Matus ’07, Chris Musina, Michael Nikolas, Justin Odaffer, Daryll Peirce and Nelson Trombley.

Morgana Matus ’07, the exhibition’s organizer, is a senior Environmental Studies major at Pitzer College. Through a lifelong dual interest in science and the arts, she has pursued studies in biology, sociology and art history. By attending a liberal arts college, she is able to examine the intersections between seemingly separate disciplines and create a more well-rounded and inclusive view of the natural environment.

Organically Grown
A community garden day brings together 5C students, faculty, staff, alumni & community members

Pitzer College celebrated the expansion of its organic garden and the donation and delivery of ten tons of compost with a special community gardening day on November 11. The garden expansion will facilitate increased production of organic food to be donated to community events, the Grove House and the student dining hall. The new section will provide communal growing areas as well as individual plots, which campus staff and other community members can use to grow food for their families.

To improve the quality of the soil in the organic garden, Adam Forbes ’08 submitted a proposal on behalf of Pitzer to Vons’s Refuse & Recycling Manager, Curt Smith, to secure the fruit, vegetable and green waste compost. “VONS annually recycles nearly 100,000 tons of waste material in an effort to preserve valuable landfill space and improve the quality of the environment,” Smith said. He continued, “I was impressed by the Pitzer student’s explanation of how the students get together biweekly and establish work parties in their garden.” Forbes and Tim Van Wagner ’07, active managers of the organic farm, view the Pitzer organic garden as a place where knowledge and action drive positive change.

“Through our efforts to produce local organic food, we are working to ensure the health of our environment for those living now and those to come. The food we produce and space we create is integral to a healthy lifestyle and the creation of a sustainable community,” Forbes and Van Wagner said.
The special work day in Pitzer’s organic garden included lunch provided by the Grove House and live music by The Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade.


Dining with DemocracyA lecture series aimed at bringing today’s leaders to Pitzer College to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Unique to the program is the interactive discussion following the lecture with a small group of students, faculty, and staff over a meal at the Grove House.

Making a Living Making a Difference
Fritz Haeg, Architect

Fritz Haeg spoke on February 2 about his initiatives that seek to support innovative art and design, cultivate and nurture communities, improve the natural-human environment, and to make connections and relationships between people and places that have been isolated or ignored by contemporary society.
Values in Action

Dr. Don Beck, Author and Management Consultant
On February 7 Dr. Don Beck discussed his recent trip to Palestine and his negotiations with Fatah and Hamas leaders among other interesting topics.

A Glimpse of Winter
On the morning of January 12, the Pitzer College campus was covered in a dusting of hail. Such inclement weather is a rare occurrence in Claremont, and remnants of the overnight storm soon melted in the afternoon sun. A Glimpse of Winter
MLK Teach-In

Students, faculty and staff gathered on January 25 for a Teach-In celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. across disciplines and communities. The theme, “MLK Across Racial Lines,” brought together a diverse panel of faculty speakers from various Ethnic Studies field groups to provide a multicultural collection of thoughts and reflections on the impact of King’s legacy across communities of color.

Using King’s argument against the Vietnam war, Professor of Psychology and Black Studies Halford Fairchild hypothesized that King would have similar sentiments towards the current war in Iraq. Fairchild contended, “It is my sense that, if King were alive today, he would be an impassioned voice for ending the war in Iraq. If we look at what he said about the Vietnam War, we can see that his sentiments are very apropos for the current conflict in Iraq.”

Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a Studies José Calderón also imagined the movements that King would be leading today. He explained, “If Martin Luther King were here, I know that he would be marching tomorrow in Pomona—where the I.N.S. recently picked up and deported some of our day laborers as part of Operation Return to Sender, which has resulted in the arrest of 760 immigrants, 450 of which have already been deported.”

Calderón encouraged the audience to think of King’s message, to carry out his legacy and to remember, that with many problems facing our world today, we find ourselves in need of strong leadership. “We need new types of leaders who can bring us together—and who can expand the meaning of connections between learning, practice and social change,” he said.

Kathleen Yep, assistant professor of sociology and Asian American Studies, reminded the attendees that other civil rights leaders in U.S. history have followed King’s example. She observed that we have inherited a history of different marginalized communities who have worked in harmony to address the cases of injustice. “In the ’60s, Philip Vera Cruz and Cesar Chavez brought Filipino and Mexican workers together to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. In 2005, Reverend Deborah Lee mobilized Asian American clergy to link race-based civil rights with queer rights in the wake of attacks on gay civil liberties,” she reflected.

Dipa Basu, associate professor of sociology and Black Studies, began by noting that the variety of social groups that turned out to remember King at the Teach-In was in itself significant since King spoke not only for the African American community, but also for other social groups and the lower class who needed a voice. Basu maintained that King’s job is yet to be finished because social justice problems still exist as demonstrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “I wanted to remind people that even though it’s very nice and significant that we take a day out to celebrate him, it’s also very important that we remember the reality on the ground,” Basu said.

President Laura Skandera Trombley reflected on King as an educator and how he continues to teach us today. “King’s gifts were without peer. In addition to his ministerial work, he was the conscience of a nation and a civil rights leader,” Trombley said. “King teaches us the lessons of hope, of brotherhood, and that we can and should aspire to build a world where we are valued for the content of our character. We need to listen to his message now more than ever.”

—Jaime Swarthout ’09

Rober A. Walton
New CEO for Claremont University Consortium

Robert A. Walton has been elected as Chief Executive Officer for Claremont University Consortium (CUC) and will assume the position on July 1, 2007.

Walton has been vice president for finance and business at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio, since 1999. At Wooster, he oversaw an annual operating budget of $90 million and was responsible for managing all non-academic services and functions, including auxiliary operations, information technology, human resources, contract management and management of the college’s endowment. During Walton’s term as vice president, more than $92 million in capital projects were initiated or completed, including renovation and new construction. In addition, Walton has served as the college’s representative to key collaborative efforts, including the Operating Committee of the Ohio Five Colleges, Inc. (Wooster, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin and Denison).

Walton has both bachelor of science and master of library and information science degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Robert A. Walton

City of ClaremontIn 2007, Claremont celebrates the hundredth anniversary of its incorporation as a city. While it was an important milestone in the development of the community, Claremont had a history before it officially became a city in 1907. The land, which is now Claremont, was part of the Mission San Gabriel and the Native Americans who lived here were part of the Shoshone of the Great Basin area. In 1834, when the land was secularized, this area became part of the Rancho San Jose that included present day Claremont, Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, and parts of Glendora and Walnut.

In 1887, the Santa Fe Railroad set up a new route into California following the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Claremont was one of the towns established by the Santa Fe and almost immediately its identity as a college town was set when Pomona College moved into the railroad hotel and made Claremont a permanent home. In the 1920s, the group plan for The Claremont Colleges was inaugurated — “a group of institutions divided into small colleges, somewhat like the Oxford type, around a library and other utilities which they would use in common.” In 1925, Claremont Graduate University was founded and was followed by Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer College (1963) and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (1998).

Surrounding the Colleges and the downtown village grew a very successful citrus industry, with thousands of acres of orange and lemon trees and beautiful houses and ranch buildings made of native fieldstone. The end of World War II brought major changes to the town — citrus trees came down and housing tracts took their place. The population grew but still reflected the values of early Claremonters — the importance of education, a spirit of volunteerism and a strong connection to its past.

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