Pitzer College welcomed hundreds of parents and families on campus for its third annual Family Weekend on February 17. In typical Southern California fashion, the weather greeted parents from more tepid regions with sunshine and clear blue skies—a welcome change for many East Coast parents escaping frigid temperatures and snow storms.
Saturday’s agenda included a welcome brunch and special lectures from professors during the early part of the day, and a welcome reception and Silent Auction in the evening. On Sunday, parents and students had the opportunity to travel to Olvera Street and Chinatown in Los Angeles as part of the first-ever Family Weekend field trips.
Rounding off the weekend were hard hat tours led by Director of Campus Facilities Larry Burik, which gave parents the opportunity to see the progress of the Residential Life Project and learn more about the College’s green building initiatives. Sunday evening was enjoyed on the apron outside of McConnell Center where the Grill Masters served up a hearty barbecue dinner.
This year’s Silent Auction, which benefits the Parents Association Scholarship Fund, raised $50,000—a success that wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Pitzer parents, alumni, students and friends of the community who donated and bid on auction items online and at the live event. To top off the evening, The Claremont Colleges’ a cappella group, “Shades,” brought the house down with their modern renditions of classic songs.
Hundreds of hours of volunteer service provided before and during the event by parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff are what made this event such a success. We thank you and look forward to hosting the fourth annual Family Weekend in 2008.
Mark Your Calendars
August 29-31: Parent Orientation Activities
September 2: Residence halls open for returning students at 10 a.m.
September 4: Classes Begin
October 22-23: Fall Break
November 22 & 23: Thanksgiving Break
December 14: Final Day of Classes
December 17-21: Final Exams