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Pitzer Participant - Fall 2007

Residential Life Project
Dedication & Celebration

With a backdrop of the San Gabriel mountains and gorgeous Southern California weather, the completion of Phase I of Pitzer's Residential Life project was celebrated on Monday, September 24, 2007, in the interior courtyard of the College's three new residence halls. A crowd of more than eight-hundred students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members were joined by environmentalists Robert Redford and Ed Begley Jr. to celebrate the official opening of these beautiful and environmentally sustainable buildings.

Pitzer's new residence halls were named in honor of: Flora Sanborn, wife the College's founder Russell K. Pitzer; John W. Atherton, the first president of Pitzer College, and his wife Virginia; and Kenneth S. and Jean M. Pitzer, two of the College's earliest benefactors and son and daughter-in-law of Russell K. Pitzer. In addition to celebrating the College's commitment to sustainability, the Residential Life Celebration honored the three lead donors who made these dedications possible: The Pitzer Family Foundation, led by the grandchildren of Russell K. and Flora Sanborn Pitzer; Susan and Nicholas Pritzker P'93; and Peter and Gloria Gold P'74.

In addition to Redford and Begley Jr., speakers at the event included President Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College Board of Trustees Chair Gene Stein, Professor of Environmental Studies Paul Faulstich '79 and Convenor of Student Senate Ben Kramer '08. The event culminated with a laser light show of texture and color planned and executed by Trustee Marc Broidy '95 in collaboration with Vanessa Rundle '08.

Pitzer's new buildings are expected to earn Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest ever awarded for residence halls.

Guests gather and listen to President Laura Skandera Trombley at the September 24 Residential Life Project Celebration and Dedication.

 


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