Pitzer Spotlights

Dan Bendett '06
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to China

Dan Bendett '06
Dan Bendett '06 will be spending a year in China on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Dan Bendett '06 has been awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship by the White River Junction Rotary Club in Vermont for 2007-08. Bendett, a Pitzer Political Studies major, has a passionate interest in encouraging positive, peaceful and mutually beneficial relations between China and the U.S.

According to Bendett's academic adviser Professor Nigel Boyle, "Dan is very self-reliant, quick-thinking and optimistic. Drop him on any street corner in the world and he would be interacting amiably with the locals within minutes."

An infectious personality with boundless enthusiasm and energy, Bendett was tenacious in his studies and enriched the classrooms in which he sat. He developed a strong interest in comparative and international politics during his sophomore year, especially in China. He continues to pursue this interest with language study and the study of East Asian history, politics and economics.

While at Pitzer, Bendett thrived on the Pitzer in China program where he explored the culture and language through soccer.

Bendett will be a great ambassador for Pitzer College in China just as he was a great student-athlete here, serving as Pitzer-Pomona's soccer team's goalkeeper and captain during the 2005-06 academic year. Bendett was twice named A SCIAC Goalkeeper and all Western Coast Goalkeeper. He also holds the record for the number of shut-out games at 9 straight.

-Susan Andrews