Campus Events

In Print: Students' Research Papers Published

RobbieE Block '09: Rival Models to Capitalism: Can the Nordic Model Survive the New Global Economic System?; Jason Gorn '08: The Impact of EU Oversight on Corporate Governance in the German Auto Industry; Ricky Smith '08: Union Royale Belge De Societes de Football Association ASBL v. Jean-Mark Bosman: The Evolution of Labor Law in Professional Soccer and its Implications

Ricky Smith '08, Jason Gorn '08 and Robbie Block '09

This fall research papers written by Robbie Block '09, Jason Gorn '08 and Ricky Smith ’08 were published in a book featuring the best papers from the Claremont—University of California Student Conference on the European Union held last spring.

More than forty students from eleven colleges and universities presented papers at the conference. Papers written by Gorn, Smith and Block as well as by Alexis Spencer-Notabartolo '07 and Jennifer Schmoll '09 were selected as the best on their respective panels.

In addition to having their papers published, both Smith and Gorn received partial scholarships to attend the EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, Belgium.

Dennis Trotter Named Vice President of Advancement

Dennis Trotter began as vice president for advancement at Pitzer College in February.

Trotter brings to Pitzer a deep appreciation for and understanding of a liberal arts education. He has held high-level administrative positions at private liberal arts colleges across the country for more than twenty years, most recently as vice president for enrollment management and marketing and dean of admission at Franklin and Marshall College. He has also served as a research and planning consultant working with trustees, faculty and staff in admission, advancement, marketing and student services on higher education issues at colleges and universities nationally. In addition to his administrative experience, Trotter has served as a board member and dedicated volunteer at organizations that support needy families in his community.

Trotter earned an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BA from Whitworth University.

The Center for Social Inquiry: New Initiative Crosses Disciplinary and Academic Boundaries

This December the establishment of the Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College was announced with the Center's programming scheduled to begin in the 2008-09 academic year.

During the past ten years Pitzer faculty members have raised the possibility of establishing a social sciences institute, akin to, but in no way duplicating, the Humanities Institute at Scripps College. Given that social phenomena and social policy issues cross disciplinary and academic divisional boundaries, the Center will necessarily incorporate perspectives from the humanities and natural sciences.

The Center will have a sustained thematic program for each year. During the Fall semester, the institute will host a one- or two-day symposium with a high-profile speaker to frame the theme for the rest of the year. In the Spring semester, the Center will combine a series of public intellectual events (guest speakers, films and panel discussions) on a bi-weekly basis with an undergraduate course component. Juniors and seniors from all field groups will be invited to apply to be “junior fellows” in the Center. In addition, the Center will oversee planning of an Atherton dinner each semester.

“We are delighted to now be able to realize this long sought goal,” Dean of Faculty Alan Jones said. “The establishment of the Center will enhance Pitzer's ability to more deliberately fuse an ongoing public speaker series with the curricular goals of the College. In particular, the fact that student ‘fellows’ will have the opportunity to enroll in a seminar that critically examines the Center's public events will be a wonderful new addition to the Pitzer curriculum.”

Dan Segal, Jean M. Pitzer Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Historical Studies, has been appointed to serve as the inaugural faculty director of the Center. This directorship will rotate on a bi- or tri-annual basis and the Center's theme will change each year. Dean Jones commented that Professor Segal's own commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship made him an ideal candidate to lead the Center in its early years.

The theme for the Center's first year will be “Public Health and Food: Global Issues.” Segal will also establish an advisory committee comprising Pitzer colleagues whose scholarship connects with the proposed theme. The committee will help in planning the upcoming year’s program. In the future, the College community will be invited to suggest themes for upcoming years.

Changemakers: New Initiative Supports Community Engagement and Social Responsibility

This spring the Center for California Cultural and Social Issues (CCCSI) launched Changemakers, a new project to promote Pitzer College's social responsibility ethos through advocacy, action and social justice. Programs will focus on linking local and global as well as social and cultural issues in relation to students, faculty, staff and local, community-based organizations.

The project will work specifically to integrate community engagement programming within the first-year student experience and support the new residence halls' social responsibility learning community. Funding will also be available for faculty, student or staff proposals for courses and on-going events that promote social responsibility and community engagement.

The initiative began this spring with a monthly speaker series that focused on the theme of “Social Change Agents and Movements.” On February 27, Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez presented and discussed extracts from his film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), an extraordinary visual account of terrorist sky-jackings from the '60s to '90s. On March 11, University of Southern California Critical Studies Scholar David James and documentary filmmakers/activists Dennis Hicks and Stephanie Waxman screened and discussed, Repression, a documentary film made with and about the Black Panther Party in L.A.

Changemakers has been made possible through a generous gift, which will extend for the next three years, from the Weingart Foundation.

The Perfect Tune: Matt Eastling '96 and His Mother Donate a Baby Grand Piano

Abraham (Jasper) Kosokoff '10 and Briana Lassig '10 enjoy listening to Kanae Takemoto '10 play the newly donated piano in the Holden Hall Living Room.

Originally a gift from his father, John Eastling, to his mother, Karla, for Christmas in 1968, the Challen baby grand piano in Matt Eastling's family found a new home in the Holden Hall Living Room this January. After learning of students' requests for another piano on Pitzer College's campus, Matt and his mother Karla graciously chose to donate the piano in memory of John who passed away in 2000.

“When we heard that Pitzer was looking for a piano, we thought that it would be the perfect place for it to go,” Matt said. “We know my father would be happy that our piano has found such a place where it will have a positive impact within the student community of Pitzer.”

Founding Faculty Amphitheater

The Founding Faculty Ampitheater just north of the new Sanborn Hall was completed in January. The space accommodates more than 300 attendees for concerts, talks and other events. The amphitheater's inaugural event was President Laura Skandera Trombley's State of the College address to parents and students during Family Weekend in February.