The Participant Online
Current Issue Home The Participant Online Home
Feature Stories
Pitzer News
Alumni Notes
In the News
  National College Recognition


Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley joined the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a high-visibility effort to make campuses more sustainable and to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses.

The Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Pitzer College as one of five U.S. colleges and universities in the Curricular Engagement category for its new Community Engagement Classification.

Pitzer College ranks 25th among all Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Colleges for percentage of its students who study abroad, according to the 2006 Institute of International Education (IIE) Exchange Open Door Report.

  New York Times
  “Career Couch: The Dos and Dont's of Looking for Work”
November 12, 2006
Be succinct and, above all, truthful. As tempting as it may be to embellish your materials, Karen Suarez, director of career services at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, said the most successful applications were those that convey a frank and concise image of who you are. “An application should stand out because of skill and experience,” Ms. Suarez said. “If it stands out for any other reason, it probably needs to be toned down.”
  San Francisco Chronicle
  “Anti-War Movement Deserves Some Credit”
Tom Hayden
November 26, 2006
Because the anti-war movement remains voiceless in the coming debates, the only recourse is to prepare widespread demonstrations and ground organizing in the key presidential primary states, to make it impossible for any candidate to become president in 2008 without pledging to end the war and occupation. If there is no peace movement, there will be no peace.
  LA Times

“The Collectors: A Peek at Eli Broad’s L.A. Cache”
December 3, 2006
“I think Los Angeles is going to be the contemporary art capital of the world,” [Broad] says. . . . “When the Broad Contemporary Art Museum opens at LACMA, Los Angeles will have more gallery space for contemporary art than any other city in the world.” The Broad-funded, $60-million structure . . . will be finished in about a year, he says.

  Vanity Fair
  “Eli Broad’s Big Picture”
December 2006
[Eli] Broad went on his first civic board in 1972, at Pitzer College, where he formed another key friendship, with fellow trustee Richard Riordan. . . . [In 1991 Broad] gave Pitzer College $3 million, and two more buildings bearing the Broad name soon arose. “I find it’s more fun to create things that weren’t there,” Broad says.
  The Globe and Mail

“Budding Bromance”
February 3, 2007
“I always find that sort of annoying,” says Peter Nardi, a sociologist at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, who has written several books on male friendship. “What is it about our society that says that talking over coffee has a higher score on the intimacy scale than if you play a golf match for five hours?”
Dr. Nardi believes that friendships differ more within the genders than between them—that ethnicity, class, education and sexual orientation all have a larger impact on friendship than being a man or a woman. Generally, the genders value friendship for the same reasons, and define a friend in the same way, by the social support they offer and the trust they keep. Those findings just don’t often make their way into academic journals.

  The Boston Globe

“Jeep Fun for Young Filmmaker”
January 16, 2007
Twenty-year-old Zachary Miller is a mini-movie mogul in the making. The second-year Media Studies major at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, just won a 2007 Jeep Compass in a contest where entrants made a commercial that was then voted on by viewers online. Miller’s piece, which runs over a minute, features several guys with a cardboard cut-out of the new SUV running through rugged terrain acting out its features. (One guy has a water bottle, another a portable stereo, and another has a big backpack). . . . “I thought, how can I show a Jeep I don’t have access to, and it just evolved,” said Miller.

  Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a Studies José Calderón in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, La Opinion and El Universal

“Exhibit Honors Day Laborers”
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
November 18, 2006
Through the art and pictorial display Somos Jornaleros, Somos Comunidad—We Are Day Laborers, We Are Community, Pitzer students are presenting a different view of the people many look at every day but rarely see.
[. . .] The event was organized by Pitzer students, day laborers and José Calderón, a Pitzer professor of sociology and Chicano/a Studies.
“It is an example of collaboration,” said Calderón, who is also president of the Inland Valley and San Gabriel
Valley Latino and Latina Roundtable. “Most important, it is part of an ongoing effort to present a more realistic and positive portrait of the immigrant and day laborer community.”

“Cuestionan Designación de Ciudad Santuario”
(They Question the Designation of the City as a Sanctuary)
La Opinion
November 16, 2006

“El Voto Latino, Clave para los Comicios”
“The Latino Vote is Key to the Elections”
El Universal
November 9, 2006

  University Business

“Motherly Advice: One college president’s vision for guiding her son through the college selection process”
Laura Skandera Trombley
December 2006

Pitzer’s annual spring On-Campus Day for admitted students and their parents, by coincidence, invariably falls on my son’s birthday. Last year I spent the first part of my morning listening to my son’s fourth-grade class sing him “Happy Birthday.” Then I drove to the College to deliver my welcoming remarks. As I looked around at the nervous seniors and emotional parents, the two sides of my life as mother and president came together in a single moment. . . . I shared my dream version of the conversation I would have with my son when, in eight years, he is a high school senior. It’s a conversation I have already rehearsed in my mind many times.
[. . .] My advice will be to look for a college like Pitzer—and to investigate the objectives and values of the institution and determine if what they say is what they do. He should seek a challenging curriculum, international study, clean and safe facilities, intramurals and athletics, and opportunities for engagement in student government and institutional governance. I will, most importantly, advise him to seek a college with an extraordinary faculty who will partner with him in his personal learning journey; in other words, a college that will regard him as I do: as a treasure, as his own person, and not as a statistic.

Pitzer College
© 2007 Pitzer College. All rights reserved.