Family Weekend & Scholarship Auction 2008

Mark Your Calendars: May 7: Final Day of Spring Classes; May 17: Commencement; August 27-29: Parent Orientation; September 2: Classes Begin

Stephen Shortall '10 (back left) and Yasi Razvan '10 (front center) with their families

Ian Cairns '10 with his parents Jim and Vanna

Students and parents enjoy a field trip to the historical First African Methodist Episcopal Church in L.A. with Professor of Psychology and Black Studies Halford Fairchild.

Ilyssa Kauffman '11 with her parents Gary and Catherine

Family Weekend and Scholarship Auction parent volunteers

“Let's Go Green” was a fitting theme for this year's Pitzer College Family Weekend and Fourth Annual Scholarship Auction. More than four hundred parents and families flocked to the campus to enjoy organic food, tour the green residence halls, bid on unique auction items and most especially, reconnect with their Pitzer students.

The Weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with tours of the new green residence halls by Dean of Students Jim Marchant and a panel discussion featuring alumni from various professional fields answering questions about career opportunities. The Claremont Colleges' a cappella group, “The Claremont Shades,” serenaded families poolside at the Welcome Reception that evening.

On Saturday, families had the chance to enjoy Pitzer faculty-led discussions. President Laura Skandera Trombley also offered her State of the College address in the newly built Founding Faculty Amphitheater.

Sunday's parent-student field trips gave families an opportunity to explore the L.A. area with a visit to the Museum of Tolerance or a service at the historical First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Those who elected to stay on campus were treated to a series of films produced by Pitzer students and faculty. Other discussions during the weekend covered topics such as study abroad, graduation preparation and fellowships.

This year's Scholarship Auction was an enormous success raising a record-breaking $75,000 to benefit the Parents Association Scholarship Fund. The enthusiasm and generosity of the parents, students, alumni and friends who donated and bid both online and at the live event were overwhelming. A performance by “Midnight Echo,” a Pitzer student a cappella group, brought the evening to a festive close.

Family Weekend was the culmination of many hours of planning, preparation and production by volunteer parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. We sincerely thank you for your support and look forward to next year’s event!