Press Releases

Pitzer College Names Higher Education Leader and Political Scientist Strom C. Thacker as New President

Strom C. Thacker has short gray hair and wears a gray suit with a blue collared shirt.Pitzer College announces the selection of Strom C. Thacker as the seventh president of the College. A highly regarded college administrator and political scientist with a research focus on the political economy of development, Thacker previously served as dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He will take office at Pitzer on July 1, 2023.
December 13, 2022
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Dominic Arzadon ’23 Becomes First Pitzer Student to Win Marshall Scholarship

Dominic Arzadon has short dark brown hair and wears black-rimmed glasses and a grayish green sweater. Arzadon stands in front of a cactus tree.Pitzer College senior Dominic Arzadon ’23 is the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious, highly competitive award that funds up to three years of graduate study in any discipline at any British university.  Arzadon is among 41 Marshall Scholars in this year’s group of recipients and the first Pitzer student to ever receive the award. He plans to study at Oxford University.
December 12, 2022
Press Releases | Spotlights

Shelby Ottengheime ’23 Embraces Art, Archaeology, and Japanese American Heritage

Shelby Ottengheime stands in front of the white Mead Hall wall with her mural, which depicts gray barbed wire with a barb that transforms into a bright orange and yellow bird that opens its wings in flight at the top right corner. Shelby wears blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt with red at the top and black and white stripes at the bottom. She has long straight brown hair and bangs.At the nexus of archaeology, art, and family history lies the distinctly Pitzer experience of senior Shelby Ottengheime ’23. Her multifaceted interests begin with her major in anthropology on the human evolution, prehistory, and material culture (HEP) track—which will soon culminate in an archaeological dig in Belize. Discover how Ottengheime taps into ancient and family history as a muralist, art galleries fellow, and anthropologist.
December 5, 2022
Press Releases | Sagehen Athletics

Madison Quan ’22 Earns 1,000th Point in Sagehens Women’s Basketball

Madison Quan wears white sneakers and a white basketball uniform with blue and orange accents and the number 12 in orange on the front. Quan runs across the court while dribbling a basketball and has long dark hair pulled back in a ponytail.Madison Quan ’22 netted her 1,000th career point as the Sagehens fell to SCIAC rival CMS 70-64 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium at the Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness. A recent Pitzer alum and a current Claremont Graduate University student, Quan is playing this season on the Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team after missing one year to Covid as an undergraduate.
November 30, 2022
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Environmental Artist Lauren Bon Reimagines LA River for Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture

Lauren Bon’s Junker Garden installation outside of Pitzer’s McConnell Dining Hall. A green box on tall green stilts. On the side of the box is a white silhouette of a running bird. The box on stilts casts a shadow on a multicolored painted car with plants growing from the inside and spilling out of the back and the windows.Environmental artist Lauren Bon will discuss how her artwork, Bending the River, reimagines and redirects the Los Angeles River as part of Pitzer College’s Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series. Her talk will be held on Tuesday, December 6, in the College’s Benson Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. Located on Tongva land, Bending the River has been described by the Metabolic Studio as “an infrastructure artwork” and is evolving through conversation with artists, Native communities, activists, local community, and the many governmental agencies needed in order to realize this work.
November 21, 2022
Press Releases | Sagehen Athletics

With Championships in Several Sports, the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens Are Having an Outstanding Fall

The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens combine the best of academics and sports, pursuing a well-rounded collegiate experience that tests both their minds and bodies as scholar-athletes. The Sagehens have been dominating this season, whether on the field, on the track, or in the pool. See our lineup of our most recent championships in women's soccer, men's football, men's cross-country, and men's water polo.
November 16, 2022
Press Releases | Spotlights

Pitzer & Adelanto Community Members Organize ­to Bring Water Justice to the City

Orange text reads 2022 Adelanto Community Water Report on a light blue backdrop with a white city map line drawing overlaid on a topographical map. In the lower right corner is the dark blue AWJC logo with each letter resting on a dip in a wavy dark blue line. Adelanto Water Justice Coalition in dark blue text is underneath the wavy line.Imagine turning on a faucet and brown water coming out. This is what happened to residents of Adelanto. They wanted to know more about the origins and safety of their water, so a coalition of Pitzer College and community organizations has joined forces with residents to answer these questions. Discover how Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center, Robert Redford Conservancy, Keck Science, and CASA Pitzer collaborate in science and activism with students, faculty, and local partners. "I have engaged not only as a student but as an organizer who is passionate about these issues," said Pitzer senior Olivia Rosenberg-Chavez '23.
November 7, 2022