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Commencement 2007

     It is my great pleasure and honor to issue my charge to the Class of 2007. Seniors, this is one aspect of our work together that is most special, and I have reflected on just how much is at stake in this stage of our conversation.
     The Pitzer College culture is devoted to initiating a lifelong intellectual dialogue, and together we have reached this critical moment in our relationship, your graduation. I have complete confidence that you, the members of the Class of 2007, will heed my charge:
      Together we, the members of the Pitzer community who will remain here, and you, the members of the Pitzer community who steadfastly carry our tradition into the wider world— together we shoulder the responsibility of giving life to our motto: Provida Futuri—Mindful of the Future.
      We are proud to have been part of your early career knowing how one life lived in the present has an extraordinary effect on the life we will all share in the future. Dear friends, I present to you the Class of 2007.

—President Laura Skandera Trombley, May 13, 2007

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Future Plans for the Class of 2007

People who say you can’t change the world are just too lazy to try. Of course you can change the way things are. And if you don’t believe that, you will always be at the mercy of those who do believe it.
—from Bestselling Author and Reporter Eric Schlosser’s Commencement Keynote Address

Riva Bacquet
Major: International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies
I am moving to Argentina in September to teach English for a year.

Kimberly Bautista
Major: Media Studies and Spanish
I will be working on a master’s in social documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alba Boren
Major: International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies
I am headed to graduate school to earn a teaching credential and a master’s in education.

Kyle Buika
Major: Economics and mathematics
I will be pursuing a PhD in economics at Boston College.
Paula Yazmin Chavira
major: Psychology
I will be joining the Teach for America Corps in New York City.

Sabrina Ereshefsky
Major: Psychology
This summer I will working at Camp Judea in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m also planning on doing research related to psychology or neuroscience during the next year and applying to graduate school in psychology.

Sarah Fang
Major: Human Biology
In the fall I am going to Tanzania to work in a volunteer program called Students for International Change (SIC). I will be setting up self-sustainable clinics in rural towns outside of Arusha as part of a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

Serina Farrell
Major: Art and Art History
During the summer, I will be working at a summer camp in Maine as an art director. Then I plan on moving back to San Francisco to hit the art scene and save up some money to travel.

Sarah Gasperini
Major: Political Studies
I will be attending Chicago-Kent College of Law in the fall.

Sam Gelinas
Major: Psychology and Sociology
I will be completing a DC Teaching Fellowship.

Nicholas Gold
Major: Biology
I will be working as a lab technician at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jake Heller
Major: Economics and Political Studies
I will be attending Stanford Law School.

Devin Humpal
Major: Anthropology and Environmental Studies
I will be working for City Planning in Sacramento.

David Knowles
Major: Political Studies
I will be playing basketball professionally in Europe.

Elisa Mao
Major: Psychology
I am planning to earn a teaching credential as well as a master’s degree in education at Claremont Graduate University.

Paul McGinnis
Major: Psychology
This summer I will be taking the LSATs and getting certified to teach ESL classes. In August I will be moving to Salta, Argentina, to teach English.

Mary B. Mengedoth-Brennan
Major: Psychology
I will be working as a budget officer/manager for IRIS West at Claremont Graduate University.

Candy Navarro
Major: Psychology and Spanish
I will be attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the fall.

Shilen Patel
Major: International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies
I will be doing marketing for the China Broadway Network in New York.

Glen Rice
Major: Sociology
I will either be attending Seattle University School of Law or working for an organization called YouthCare, which provides services for homeless youth in the greater Seattle area.

Elizabeth Tiller
Major: Media Studies
In September I will start my MLitt in European Cinema at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Timothy Van Wagner
Major: Environment, Society and Design
I will be working on an organic farm in North Carolina.

Steve Villagra
Major: International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies
I will be working as a paralegal in an Orange County firm this summer and will be taking the LSATs.

Adam Vogel
Major: Psychology
I will be attending Roosevelt University in Illinois to pursue a master’s in PsyD.


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