Residence Life

Residence Life
Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn (P.A.S.) – The First-Year Experience

The P.A.S. Community

Living in P.A.S. is a unique and memorable experience mostly due to the people you’ll meet while you live here. The first-year class is able to bond with each other for the first time, but they are not alone in P.A.S. as the community boasts a wide array of residents. 

Sanborn Hall

Pitzer Hall

  • •  There are 19 first-year mentors who also live in P.A.S. and are an enthusiastic group that are able to connect with first-years on a more casual level.  The mentors also put on programs, advise students, and serve as a resource for the entire community. 
    Read more about the current mentors.
  • •  There are 10 Resident Assistants (RAs) that live in P.A.S. who are excited to share their experiences with the first-years at Pitzer. The RAs facilitate community building in the residence hall though program planning as well as security checks throughout the building every night of the week. 
    Read more about the current P.A.S. RAs.
  • •  There are 2 Faculty in Residence (FIRs) who also live in apartments in P.A.S. These faculty members are active in the Pitzer community and often host programs for residents in their apartments in the residence hall. 
  • •  There is one Residence Director (RD) who also lives in an apartment in P.A.S. The RD oversees the RAs in the building, hears judicial cases, plans building wide programs, and helps the whole residence hall community function smoothly. 
    - The current P.A.S. RD is Kirk Bernal.
  • •  The Dean of Students also lives in P.A.S. and helps to reach out to the student body by being available to students outside of the office environment. Our Dean of Students is Moya Carter.
  • •  There are also a limited number of single rooms in P.A.S. where upperclassman may reside. The upperclassmen who live in P.A.S. serve as a great resource to the community and helps connect the first-year class to the other classes at Pitzer.

What Resources Does P.A.S. Offer?

Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn halls offer a wide variety of resources to residents. In most cases these resources are conveniently located in the complex and students have access 24/7.

    Sanborn Hall

    Sanborn Hall

  • •  Study Rooms – The P.A.S. complex has over 10 different study rooms located throughout the complex. These rooms provide private, quiet, study space where individuals or groups can work on classwork. Two study rooms provide access to a printer and a computer that is available to the community to use.
  • •  Living Rooms – There are three living rooms in P.A.S. and they are located in Pitzer, Atherton, and E. Sanborn Halls.  These living rooms areas have a variety of amenities and mostly serve as a social gathering space for the community.  The living rooms have couches, and some of a community events calendar, a piano, a TV, DVD player, computer, or a Wii.
  • •  Community Kitchen – The East Sanborn kitchen is used by both students and clubs on campus to do a wide variety of cooking projects and events.  The kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, dishwasher, sink, and a small dining area.  Some cooking supplies for the kitchen are available for checkout from the P.A.S. Service Desk in D301.
  • •  Service Desk – The P.A.S. Service Desk is located in Pitzer Hall, D301.  It is open during the school year from noon-midnight on weekdays and noon-9pm on weekends.  Students can check out a variety of supplies and equipment by leaving their ID card as collateral.  The service desk has the following items: toilet paper, vacuum cleaner, board games, kitchen supplies, feminine hygiene products, clothing iron, Wii games/remotes, etc.
  • •  The Nest – The Nest is located in Pitzer Hall, D302 and is the RA Office. Students can always find an RA in The Nest every night from 9-10pm.  The Nest is a great place to get to know the RAs better, hang out, and ask questions!
  • •  Jumpstart – Pitzer’s Jumpstart office is located in Atherton Hall, A415 and is the home to one of Pitzer’s most active volunteer groups.  Jumpstart recruits, trains, and supervises college students to work with Head Start and other early childhood programs in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-to-one attention to young children struggling in preschool. Learn more about Jumpstart.
  • •  Black Student Union Office – The Black Student Union (BSU) office is located in East Sanborn Hall, C225.  This office provides a meeting space for this student club and gives residents easy access to many of BSU’s events.
  • •  Founding Faculty Amphitheater – Dedicated to Pitzer’s founding faculty.

What Are Some Ways to Get Involved in the P.A.S. Community?

Student engagement is one of Pitzer’s core values and getting involved early on is as easy as looking around your residence hall!  Some ways to get involved in the Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Hall community are:

  • •  P.A.S. Hall Council – Consider running for a position on the P.A.S. Hall Council!  These elected student representatives help make decisions for the P.A.S. community, put on programs, and purchase equipment and supplies that students need in the residence hall.  All students are welcome to attend hall council if they want to voice a concern or have an idea for a program.  It’s a great way become a leader on campus within the first few weeks of being on Pitzer’s campus.
  • •  Service Desk – This is a work-study only position that students in, and outside, of P.A.S. can apply for.  These student workers help manage the service desk by checking out equipment, cleaning supplies, games, and other miscellaneous items.  This is a great way for students with work-study money to find a job just a few steps away from where they live.
  • •  Mentor/RA – The Mentors and the Resident Assistants (RAs) that live in P.A.S. put on programs that all P.A.S. residents are welcome to attend.  These events vary from tie-dye programs, study breaks, diversity programs, educational initiatives, and fun, community building get-togethers.  Students can get even more involved by working with their mentor or RA to put on their own program and simply get funding from their Mentor or RA to buy supplies.  First-year students are encouraged to be involved in their Mentor and RA’s programs if they are interested in applying to be a Mentor or RA during their subsequent years at Pitzer.
  • •  Orange Points – Orange Points is a fun rewards based system that students can participate in during their time in P.A.S.  Students receive stickers on their Orange Points cards every time they attend Mentor programs, RA program, Hall Council, visit the RD’s office to say “hi” or visit The Nest during CHILL Time to get help from RAs.  At the end of each semester these cards are collected and student are given raffle tickets to redeem for all sorts of fun prizes.