In The News Part One

We’re Friends, Right?
February 10, 2008
Professor of Sociology Peter Nardi was quoted in the February 10 Sunday edition of the New York Times in an article that focused on friendships between athletes, and when there is a clash between conflicting values.

Peter M. Nardi, who has written about heterosexual and gay male friendships, said the nature of bonds could also vary depending on ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class. Gay men, for example, share issues of identity and disclose more to each other than heterosexual men do.

In California, Two Small Colleges Abound in Fulbright Scholars
October 26, 2007
Pitzer was highlighted in an article about Fulbright fellowships.

A la espera de ‘Panchoclós’
December 23, 2007
José Calderón, professor of sociology and Chicano Studies, was quoted in El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, on the Pomona Day Labor Center and how day laborers celebrated the holidays in the U.S.

“We began this tradition four years ago. Many immigrants who are not able to spend Christmas with their families back in Mexico become sad or depressed; our goal is to help them avoid these feelings . . . Especially nowadays when many of them are not able to go visit and return like before,” indicated José Calderón, who is responsible for the project and is himself a descendant of immigrants.

At Pitzer College, Cinder Block Gives Way to Swimming Pool
December 4, 2007
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Pitzer's new residence halls as part of its ongoing “Buildings & Grounds” blog series.

Pitzer College's new, 318-bed residence-hall complex is designed to achieve a gold rating in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program—an ambitious goal, to say the least. But its sustainable features aren't what you notice first on a visit. What you notice first is how neatly the complex wraps around an older swimming pool and student center that are set amid attractive landscaping. Compared with Pitzer's original cinder-block dormitories, built in the 1960s, the new complex is a luxury resort. Read the original post.

Residence Halls Receive Innovative Workplace Award

The newly built sustainable residence halls at Pitzer College were awarded the 2007 REmmy Innovative Workplace Award by CoreNet Global's Southern California Chapter.

According to CoreNet, the award for Innovative Workplace was awarded to Pitzer College for what jurors called “an inspirational place of education through which many of our future leaders will pass.” Another juror commented, “An innovative project like this has significant impact on sustainability because all of the students experience sustainable living firsthand everyday.”

The criteria for the Innovative Workplace Award include the ability to integrate innovative approaches into a project; incorporation of core values and branding into design solution; evidence of cost reduction and/or improved productivity in a new workplace environment; depth of sustainability in the project; and uniqueness of the space solutions.

There were numerous nominees in this category including HOK, a global architectural firm; Gensler, a financial service company; and HMC Architects. Dean of Students Jim Marchant accepted the trophy at the December 6 ceremony held at the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in Burbank, California.

Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian Recognized in Mexican Business Magazine

Visiting Instructor of Spanish Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian was selected as one of 100 teachers of Mexican descent who teach at a U.S. university by Mexico's business magazine Poder Y Negocios. Since 2001, she has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish grammar at Pitzer College in addition to serving as the director of the Fletcher Jones Language and Culture Laboratory.

Bárcenas-Mooradian remains connected with Mexico through her family and various projects. Currently, she is collaborating with her sister on a sustainability project near Cordoba in an indigenous village of 400 people who have no access to education or larger cities. “The fruits of education are amazing and results in wonderful consequences,” she said. “I work with indigenous communities in trying to make a better life for them and by providing them with new opportunities.”

Mary Beth Garber '68 Named Broadcaster of the Year

Mary Beth Garber '68, president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA), was named Broadcaster of the Year at the 2008 national Radio Advertising Bureau convention.

Garber has led the SCBA for ten years during which time the Los Angeles radio market has grown to be the largest in the world and the only one with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. During her tenure, she has co-produced, in conjunction with Arbitron, three behavioral studies about media usage and created the concept of “The Virtual Neighborhoods of Radio.”

An early and vocal advocate of radio's continued importance as a twenty-first century medium, she has written and spoken throughout the country on the value of using radio together with the Internet to build stronger, more targeted marketing campaigns. Garber has received numerous honors during her distinguished advertising and broadcast career including the Genii Award for Excellence in Radio from the American Women in Radio and Television, the 2007 Golden Buccaneer Award from PIRATES (Print, Interactive Radio and TV Education Society) for her philanthropic endeavors, and has been on Radio Ink magazine's list of “20 Most Influential Women In Radio” since its inception in 1999.

A former Pitzer College trustee, Garber is on the Board of Directors of think(LA), the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Media Marketing Research Council, the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital Foundation and the Board of Variety Children’s Charity, Tent 25. She is a founding member of the L.A. ad industry charity, AIEF. Read the original article.