Family Orientation and Move-in Day 2023

We can’t wait for the Class of 2027 and transfer students to join us
Saturday, August 19, 2023!


8 a.m.–Noon 

Registration and Letter to Your Student
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health & Wellness Center
Pick up your family information packet and lunch ticket, grab a snack, and help your student move in. Don’t forget to dress comfortably, it can get hot!

*Make sure to stop by before noon for your lunch ticket.

*Registration will close in the Multipurpose Room at noon and will re-open in the McConnell Center Living Room at 1 p.m.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Family and Friends Lounge, Pitzer Store, and Letter to Your Student
Living Room, McConnell Center
For those “in-between” times, the Family Lounge is a great space to rest in this air-conditioning, chat with fellow family members and ambassadors, purchase Pitzer merchandise, and more! Be sure to participate in Letter to Your Student, a time-honored tradition of family members writing heartfelt notes to their students as they embark on this new journey. Letters will be delivered within the first few weeks of classes. 

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

New Student Gift from Alumni Association
Atrium, George C.S. Benson Auditorium
After you’ve unloaded your student’s belongings into their new living space, visit the Benson Auditorium Atrium with your student to receive their welcome gift from the Alumni Association. Inside is a special note from a Class of 2023 graduate with sage(hen) advice on how to engage fully into Pitzer as well as a special well from Alumni Board President Mark Cunningham ’89 P’25. 

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Family Welcome Lunch
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Enjoy a meal from one of the nation’s top-ranked college dining halls while listening to presentations by President Strom Thacker and senior administrators. Seating inside the dining hall is limited. Please arrive on time to avoid interrupting the official program.

*Overflow seating will be available upstairs in the Founders Room once maximum capacity is reached.

1:45–3:15 p.m.

Insights to Life at Pitzer Session
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Hear from campus partners such as Academic Advising, Pitzer’s Academic Support Services (PASS), Strive2Thrive, Study Abroad, Career Services, Community Engagement Center (CEC), Residence Life, The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS), and Q&A.

*Additional seating for remote viewing in:
Fletcher Hall 104, 106, 110, 112
Broad Hall 110, 207, 210, 214

This event will be live-streamed via Zoom for remote viewing here: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/86003288617.

1:45–3 p.m. 

Información acerca de la vida en Pitzer en el Fletcher Jones Language and Culture Laboratory (Language Lab)
Broad Hall 209 Laboratorio de Lenguas y Cultura Fletcher Jones que está en el campus de Pitzer. Aprenderán más acerca de los recursos que hay en Pitzer como: (consejos) asesoramiento sobre los cursos y programas académicos, servicios que apoyan a los estudiantes, programas internacionales, servicios de carreras o profesiones, servicios comunitarios, e información sobre cómo será la vida de su estudiante en las residencias estudiantiles. 

3:15–4:15 p.m.

FirstGen Family Reception
Performance Space, Broad Center
Students and families are invited to attend this session to learn about Pitzer’s FirstGen program, which supports students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college. 

3:30–5 p.m.

Resource Fair
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health & Wellness Center
Do you have questions swirling after the family info sessions? Visit the Pitzer Resources Fair and learn more about services and programs available for your student at Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges Services.

4–4:45 p.m.

Athletics Information Session
Gym, CARW
This session will provide opportunities to meet athletic administrators and other members of the Sagehen community. You will have the chance to ask questions about your student-athlete’s experience and learn ways to best support their success on and off the field. 

*Transportation will be provided at 3:30 p.m. Meet at Broad Center West Patio.

4:45–6 p.m.

Community Dinner
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Toward the end of the day, students and families will come back together for a Community Dinner.

*Overflow seating will be available upstairs in the Founders Room once maximum capacity is reached.

6:308 p.m.

Cheers and Tears Reception
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health & Wellness Center
Your student is off to their first night at Pitzer College—now what? Please join President Strom Thacker, Isabelle Thacker, and Pitzer parent volunteers in celebrating this momentous occasion.


Family Orientation registration is complimentary for your family’s first four (4) members (no need to register your incoming student—we’re already planning for them!). Each additional family member (beyond the first four) will cost $40 per person. Registration includes all programming, two full meals, and various receptions during the day.

Click here to find information about New Student Orientation.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Photos from last year’s Move-in Weekend

Summer Welcome Receptions 2023

Incoming families are invited to join us for these regional gatherings to celebrate joining the Pitzer community prior to moving on to campus. These in-home-hosted events will give you the opportunity to ask questions of current families, students, and staff members while connecting with other families in your local area. Use the links below to sign up for the reception(s) most convenient for you.


JUNE

FirstGen Virtual Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 6
5:30–6:30 p.m. PDT
Hosted by The Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
This event has passed. Click here to view the recording.

Spanish Virtual Welcome Reception
Thursday, June 8
5:30–6:30 p.m. PDT
Hosted by The Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
with President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed. Click here to view the recording.

International Virtual Welcome Reception
Friday, June 9
5:30–6:30 p.m. PDT
Hosted by The Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
This event has passed. Click here to view the recording.

General Virtual Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 13
4–5 p.m. PDT
Hosted by The Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
with President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed. Click here to view the recording.

Arcadia, CA
Saturday, June 24
1–3 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Past Alumni Board President Claudio Chavez ’88 and Leigh Chavez
This event has passed.

JULY

La Jolla, CA
Saturday, July 8
1–3 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Trustee and Past Family Leadership Council Co-President Jamie Rhodes P’23, Kalpana Singh Rhodes P’23, and Kiran Rhodes ’23
This event has passed.

Boston, MA
Friday, July 14
6–8 p.m. EDT
Hosted by Joe Chatham ’89 and Lisa Chatham
with President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed.

New York, NY
Tuesday, July 18
6–8 p.m. EDT
Hosted by Trustee and Past Family Leadership Council Co-President David Good P’20 and Linda Schupack P’20
This event has passed.

New York, NY
Wednesday, July 19
6–8 p.m. EDT
Hosted by Trustee and Past Family Leadership Council Co-President David Good P’20 and Linda Schupack P’20
This event has passed.

Portola Valley, CA
Saturday, July 22
11 a.m.–2 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Janie and John Barman P’20, P’27, Jack Barman ’20, and Chase Barman ’27
This event has passed.

Seattle, WA
Saturday, July 29
3–5 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Deborah Rappaport P’27, Adam Tratt P’27, and Ava Tratt ’27
with President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed.

Menlo Park, CA
Sunday, July 30
1–3 p.m. PDT
Hosted by Aisling and Zak MacRunnels P’26, and Finnan MacRunnells ’26
with President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed.

AUGUST

Chicago, IL
Sunday, August 6
2–4 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Trustee David Levin ’90, P’24, Megan Levin P’24, and Paris Levin ’24
This event has passed.

Claremont, CA
Saturday, August 12
11 a.m.–1 p.m. PDT
Hosted by President Strom Thacker and Isabelle Thacker
This event has passed.


Photos from last year’s Summer Welcome Receptions

Claremont, CA
Denver, CO
Washington DC
Bellevue, WA
Palo Alto, CA
New York, NY

Family Weekend 2022 – Videos From Pitzer Students!

Pitzer students wanted to share their campus life experience with you! A special thank you to the social media team who put these videos together, Nayab Ali ’23, Kenric Jameison ’23, and Olivia Richards ’25!

A warm welcome to Family Weekend from some of our students.
Students share their favorite hang-out spots.
Enjoy this showcase of favorite scenic spaces on campus.
A recap of student activities from this year.

Accommodations

Special Hotel Blocks – Family Weekend 2023

Friday – Sunday, November 10-12, 2023

The following information is being provided by Pitzer as a courtesy; for reservation inquiries, please contact these hotels directly.

SureStay Plus by Best Western Upland
4.7 miles from Pitzer
1191 E. Foothill Blvd.
Upland, CA 91786
909.949.4800
Website

Block Rate: $135 (not including taxes/fees)
Book by October 26
Click here to reserve your room

DoubleTree Pomona
9.4 miles from Pitzer
3101 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
909.594.0600
Website

Block Rate: $159 (not including taxes & fees)
Book by October 18
Click here to reserve your room

Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel
9.9 miles from Pitzer
3801 W. Temple Ave., Building 76
Pomona, CA 91768
909.869.2222
Website

Block Rate: $119 – $129 (not including taxes & fees)
Book by November 26
For reservations, contact the front desk directly. Reference Account# 2812

Residence Inn Ontario
9 miles from Pitzer
2025 Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
909.937.6788
Website

Block Rate: $159 (not including taxes/fees)
Book by October 20
Click here to reserve your room

Embassy Suites by Hilton Ontario
9.9 miles from Pitzer
3663 East Guasti Road
Ontario, CA 91761
909.605.0281
Website

Block Rate: from $165 (not including taxes/fees)
Book by October 19
Click here to reserve your room

Hilton Garden Inn Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga
10.5 miles from Pitzer
11481 Mission Vista Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909.481.1800
Website

Block Rate: from $169 (not including taxes/fees)
Book by October 17
Click here to reserve your room

Additional Hotels

Near Pitzer

DoubleTree Claremont
1.1 miles from Pitzer
555 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont
909.626.2411 or 800.854.5733
Website

Hotel Casa 425
1.6 miles from Pitzer
425 W First St
Claremont, CA 91711
1.866.450.0425
Website

Sheraton Suites Fairplex
5.2 miles from Pitzer
601 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona 91768
909.622.2220 or 888.627.8074

Comfort Inn Near Fairplex
6.3 miles from Pitzer
1421 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91773
909.620.0099
Website

Near Ontario Airport

Sheraton Ontario Airport
7.6 miles from Pitzer
429 N. Vineyard Ave.
Ontario, CA 91764
909.937.8000 or 800.582.2946

DoubleTree Ontario Airport Hotel
7.8 miles from Pitzer
222 N Vineyard Ave.
Ontario, CA 91764
800.222.TREE or 909.937.0900
Website

La Quinta Inn & Suites Ontario
10.3 miles from Pitzer
3555 Inland Empire Blvd.
Ontario, CA 91764
909.476.1112

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ontario-Rancho
10.7 miles from Pitzer
11433 Mission Vista Dr.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909.481.6480

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson–Ontario Mills
11 miles from Pitzer
4674 E. Ontario Mills Pkwy
Ontario, CA 91764
909.204.5365
Website

Hampton Inn & Suites Ontario
11.3 miles from Pitzer
4500 E. Ontario Mills Cir.
Ontario, CA 91764
909.980.9888

Air Travel

Airports

Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located 20 minutes from campus. Many major airlines service Ontario.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located about one hour and 15 minutes from campus (assuming minimal traffic). Most major airlines service LAX.

John Wayne International Airport (Orange County) is located in Newport Beach, just off the 405 freeway, about 30 miles south of Claremont. Estimated travel time is approximately one hour.

Other nearby airports: Long Beach Airport (LBG) – 41.2 miles from Pitzer, Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) – 41.5 miles from Pitzer

Airport Shuttle Service

Airport shuttle services are available to The Claremont Colleges and nearby hotels. Prices may vary depending on type of van service, number of passengers, and total bags.

Express Shuttle: 800.427.7483
SuperShuttle: 800.BLUE.VAN (258.3826)

Ground Transportation

Rental Car
Alamo: 800.327.9633
Avis: 800.831.2847
Enterprise: 800.325.8007
National: 800.227.7368
Thrifty: 800.367.2277
Prime Time Shuttle: 800.RED.VANS (733.8267)

Claremont Dial-a-Ride
909.623.0183

Claremont Dial-a-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service open to people of all ages and provides transportation within the boundaries of Claremont as well as medical facilities in the Pomona Valley Medical Center area, the Courthouse and Social Security office in Pomona, the Montclair Place, and Montclair TransCenter. For more information, please visit pvtrans.org/programs/claremont-dial-a-ride.

Metrolink and Foothill Transit
Claremont Metrolink Station
200 W. 1st Street
Claremont, CA

The Claremont Metrolink Station provides easy transportation to various activity centers via Metrolink and Foothill Transit. Ride into downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station and connect with buses and trains that take you to a number of locations in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, or simply enjoy downtown Los Angeles.

For a full schedule and information, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com and foothilltransit.org

Other Ground Transportation

Amtrak
The nearest Amtrak station is located on Garey Avenue in Pomona, about three miles from campus. Service is provided daily.

Greyhound Bus Lines
The closest Greyhound depot is located on Indian Hill Boulevard, just south of the I-10 freeway.

Family Weekend 2022 Community Guidelines & Help Desk

Thank you for attending Family Weekend! If you are having trouble accessing any Family Weekend content and require additional assistance, please email us at [email protected].

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

Welcome to the Pitzer community!

We want everyone to feel encouraged to be part of this special community and have their voice heard. We encourage your participation to connect and engage with fellow community members and aim to create a safe space for all. While we do moderate this community, we welcome open discussion. 

To help everyone enjoy our community, we ask that when you engage, you keep in mind the following: 

  • We don’t allow defamatory, indecent, offensive, profane, discriminatory, misleading, unlawful or threatening comments. 
  • Personal attacks, name-calling, trolling, and abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Spamming, posting promotional material, or posting links to third party websites is not permitted.
  • We reserve the right to delete comments at our discretion and block any repeat offenders. We will remove content that is fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading.
  • Coordinated group attacks will not be tolerated. 
  • Respect that other people in the community have had different life experiences and may have a different perspective to yours. We welcome different viewpoints.
  • Employees participating in the discussion in our community are reminded of the staff social media guidelines and serve as representatives of the College.

The best way to connect with a staff member or submit an official inquiry is to email [email protected] or call 909.607.4030.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND HELP

Zoom

To download Zoom to your computer or device, please visit: https://zoom.us/download. To access Zoom How-To Videos, visit https://explore.zoom.us/resources.

Wonder (The Family Lounge)

Video chat and socialize with other Pitzer Families in the Family Lounge with Wonder. Click here to visit Wonder, then follow the prompts to set up your account. Make sure you enable your camera and microphone in order to video chat and socialize on the Wonder platform.

Snapbar

Have fun with our Pitzer themed backgrounds and frames as you snap a selfie with our Snapbar Virtual Photo Booth. Make sure you allow access to your camera when using the virtual photo booth. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PZFamilyWeekendSelfie when posting your selfies to social media so we can share them with the whole Pitzer community.

For additional support and help navigating the Family Weekend Hub, please email us at [email protected].

Family Weekend 2023 Photos & Schedule

PHOTO GALLERY

Schedule | Jump to:

Friday, November 10

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration, Check-in, and Information Center
Gold Student Health & Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag, schedule of events, and an energizing snack. Shop the Pitzer Store and enjoy your new Pitzer gear! We’ve designed the registration and check-in process to be smooth and efficient, ensuring you spend more time enjoying the festivities, and less time in lines. You’ll also have a chance to meet members of the Family Leadership Council.

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Family Lounge and Pitzer Store
McConnell Center, Living Room
Welcome to the Family Lounge, the heart of comfort and connection at our campus. Take some time to visit the Family Lounge to recuperate and connect with other families.

10–11 a.m.

Student-led Campus Tour #1
Meet at Broad Center East Patio
Discover Pitzer in a whole new way by embarking on a student-led walking tour. Let our passionate student guides lead you on a journey filled with knowledge, stories, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply curious, there’s a tour for everyone. You’ll visit McConnell Center Dining Hall, a residence hall, the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, the Keck Science Center, the Mounds, classrooms, the Grove House, and much more. Tours last approximately one hour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Lunch with the Campus Community
McConnell Center, Dining Hall
After we kick off our fun-filled weekend, we’ll walk over to McConnell for lunch. Mingle with staff from the Office of Student Affairs and see why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country. Our dining team takes pride in crafting a diverse and delectable menu, offering a wide range of options to suit various tastes and dietary preferences. From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone.

Noon–5 p.m.

Art Galleries Open House
Nichols and Lenzner Art Galleries
Art Galleries Fellows will be available for guided tours
during the following times:

Nichols Art Gallery
2–3 p.m. with L Brock ’26
3–3:30 p.m. with Paige Baird ’26

Lenzner Family Art Gallery
3–3:30 p.m. with Wendy Wei ’26

1:15–2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Lecture Series

David Bachman, Professor of Mathematics
Fletcher Hall 110
Understanding ChatGPT
ChatGPT is often described as a “statistical algorithm that just predicts the next word in a sequence.” While there is some grain of truth to this, it is a gross oversimplification that leads to a basic misunderstanding of how ChatGPT really works. Such misconceptions impede intelligent debate on basic philosophical questions such as “Is ChatGPT intelligent?” as well as more practical ones like “What impacts will ChatGPT have on my job?” In this talk, Professor Bachman will pull back the curtain and give a non-technical description of how ChatGPT really works, and then touch on some of these larger questions

Carmen Fought, Professor of Linguistics
Fletcher Hall 106
Language and Gender in Disney and Pixar
Pretty much everyone we meet has a favorite Disney movie. Disney and Pixar are the unquestioned leaders in children’s animated films, and their movies have had a tremendous influence on children all over the world. Therefore, it’s worth considering what messages these films are conveying about what it means to be a boy or a girl. Specifically, how they employ language to perpetuate particular gender stereotypes. In this workshop, we will explore how language is represented in Disney and how research tools from linguistics might help us answer important questions about the influence of children’s media, including how representation in these movies has changed (or not) over time.

34 p.m.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) Information Session
Broad Hall 214
Meet the staff from MCAPS and learn about mental health and psychological wellness services available to your student through this 5C resource.

34 p.m.

Student-led Campus Tour #2
Meet at Broad Center East Patio
Discover Pitzer in a whole new way by embarking on a student-led walking tour. Let our passionate student guides lead you on a journey filled with knowledge, stories, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply curious, there’s a tour for everyone. You’ll visit McConnell Center Dining Hall, a residence hall, the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, the Keck Science Center, the Mounds, classrooms, the Grove House, and much more. Tours last approximately one hour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

4–5 p.m.

Art Galleries Conversation with Marguerite Elliot ’71 and Professor Emeritus Dan Segal + Q&A
Avery Hall 201
Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Pitzer Aesthetics Committee Present: Alumni in Art: Marguerite Elliot ’71, in conversation with Daniel Segal, Emeritus Jean M. Pitzer Professor of Anthropology and Emeritus Professor of History.
Emeritus Professor Daniel Segal and Marguerite Elliot ’71 discuss her participation in The Women’s Building, a center for feminist art in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1991, and her environmental sculptures, which comprise a temporary public art installation in the Holden Garden through June 2024.

5–7:30 p.m.

Dinner with the Campus Community
McConnell Center, Dining Hall

Step into a world of warmth and unity as we invite you to join us for dinner. This is an opportunity to connect with students, professors, staff members, and visiting families. Share stories, ideas, and laughter in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Saturday, November 11

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration, Check-in, and Information Center
Gold Student Health & Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag, schedule of events, and an energizing snack. Shop the Pitzer Store and enjoy your new Pitzer gear! We’ve designed the registration and check-in process to be smooth and efficient, ensuring you spend more time enjoying the festivities and less time in lines. You’ll also have a chance to meet members of the Family Leadership Council.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Family Lounge and Pitzer Store
McConnell Center, Living Room
After we kick off our fun-filled weekend, we’ll walk over to McConnell for lunch. Mingle with staff from the Office of Student Affairs and see why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country. Our dining team takes pride in crafting a diverse and delectable menu, offering a wide range of options to suit various tastes and dietary preferences. From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone.

9–10 a.m.

Rise and Shine Yoga with Michelle Dowd ’90
Brant Clock Tower Lawn
Amid the buzz of Family Weekend, we invite you to escape to a tranquil oasis of calm. Our yoga and mindfulness session is a refreshing break from the festivities, offering participants of all ages an opportunity to rejuvenate their minds and bodies amidst the beautiful backdrop of our campus.
Up to 20 yoga mats will be provided

9–11:30 a.m.

Donuts with the Deans
McConnell Center, Living Room
Donuts With the Deans is a delightful and casual gathering that offers students, faculty, and staff a unique chance to engage in informal discussions with our college deans. It also reflects the College’s commitment to fostering open communication, collaboration, and community building among its members. Participants include:

  • Allen Omoto, Vice President for Academic Affairs and
    Dean of Faculty;
  • Susan Phillips, Associate Dean of Faculty and Director
    for the Robert Redford Conservancy;
  • Phil Zuckerman, Associate Dean of Faculty;
  • Nigel Boyle, Associate Dean and Director for IGLAS;
  • Jan Barker Alexander, Interim Vice President for
    Student Affairs and Dean of Students;
  • Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, Associate Dean of
    International Programs;
  • UJ Sofia, Dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department;
  • Leticia Romo, Associate Dean of Students and Director
    of Residence Life & Conference Services;
  • Joe Koluder, Assistant Dean of Residential
    Engagement and Community Standards;
  • Alayna Session-Goins, Assistant Dean of Campus Life;
    and
  • Stephanie Hannant, Assistant Dean of Mental Health &
    Well-Being

10–11 a.m.

Student-led Campus Tour #3
Meet at Broad Center East Patio
Discover Pitzer in a whole new way by embarking on a student-led walking tour. Let our passionate student guides lead you on a journey filled with knowledge, stories, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply curious, there’s a tour for everyone. You’ll visit McConnell Center Dining Hall, a residence hall, the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, the Keck Science Center, the Mounds, classrooms, the Grove House, and much more. Tours last approximately one hour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

10–11 a.m.

Alumni Panel: From Student to Career Success
Avery Hall 201
Join us for an enlightening and motivating experience at the Alumni Panel. It’s an opportunity to connect with accomplished alumni, gain valuable insights, and forge meaningful connections that can benefit your academic and professional journey. Participants include Danny Camarena ’23, Catherine Caporale ’90, Alumni Board President Mark Cunningham ’89, Michelle Dowd ’90, Alumni Board member Meena Duguay ’93, Bernie Hernandez ’23, Trustee Louise Thornton ’68, and Alumni Board member Susie Warren ’78.

10–11 a.m.

Tour of the Nucleus led by UJ Sofia, Dean of W. M. Keck Science Department
Meet at W.M. Keck Science Center East Entrance
Join us for an eye-opening and educational journey through our new Science Center. It’s an opportunity to witness the exciting advancements in science education, research, and discovery that define our institution. The Nucleus is a state-of-the-art Pitzer-Scripps Colleges science center that is scheduled to open in fall 2024.
*20 guests max; closed-toed shoes required

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Brunch with the Campus Community
McConnell Center, Dining Hall
We invite you to join us for brunch with the campus community. This cherished tradition unites students, faculty, staff, and friends over a scrumptious brunch spread. It’s more than just a meal; it’s an opportunity to forge connections, share stories, and celebrate the diversity that defines our academic family. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear from Pitzer’s Family Leadership Council.

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Study Abroad Panel: Student and Alumni Perspectives
Fletcher Hall 104
Moderated by Sayjal Waddy ’07, Assistant Director of Study Abroad & International Programs Services. This session will explore the variety and vitality of our study abroad and international programs and the impact that they have on our students’ appreciation for global diversity. You’ll hear from Brynn Anderson ’25, Pratya Poosala ’24, Andrei Šarapov ’26.

1:15–2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Lecture Series #1

Andre Wakefield, Professor of History
Broad Center 208
Propaganda
We almost always use propaganda as a term of abuse, as something
that other people do, as something that dupes and manipulates other people—Maoist posters, Soviet newspapers, East German films. Most of us recognize by now that America too has its own forms of propaganda, but that often seems like someone else’s problem. I plan to talk about propaganda as a structure, as coterminous with modernity. Modern
propaganda is ubiquitous; it maintains the world as we find it. Let’s talk about it.

Steffanie Guillermo, Associate Professor of Psychology
Fletcher Hall 104
Threat Stereotypes: From Visual Perception to Policing and Policy Attitudes
In this lecture, Professor Guillermo will present her research on the implications of stereotyping racial/ethnic groups as threatening or criminal. She will discuss biases in visual perception and decision-making that unfold quickly, within hundreds of milliseconds. She will also talk about the role of threat stereotypes in contexts like attitudes towards police use of force and views on immigration policies. The lecture will conclude with strategies for intervening on these biases to promote racial justice.

2:45–4 p.m.

Afternoon Lecture Series #2

Brian L. Keeley, Professor of Philosophy
Fletcher Hall 106
Synesthesia and the Philosophy of Perception
Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which individuals have experiences normally associated with one sense when presented with stimuli typically associated with another sense (or another element of a sense). A common example is color-grapheme synesthesia (experiencing colors when presented with printed letters or numbers). Rarer forms include experiencing a shape while tasting something in the mouth. Synesthesia raises a number of interesting questions in philosophy of science (how can we confirm that the phenomenon is perceptual)? It also can act as a tool for understanding more about how the mind/brain works. In this presentation, Professor Keeley will present the phenomenon and discuss how it shows up in some of his classes

2:45–4 p.m.

Student Garden Activity – Create Your Own “Pitzer Blend” Tea Sachets
Outdoor Classroom, near Grove House
“A cup of tea solves everything.” Pitzer’s Student Garden Club invites you to join in the harvest at the Student Garden, where you’ll create your own “Pitzer blend” tea sachets using the garden’s tea plants and leaves. Learn the art of plucking plants for your perfect blend of tea. Hot water will be available for your personalized cup of tea.

3–4 p.m.

Student Clubs and Organizations Open House
Gold Student Health & Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
Connect with our diverse range of student clubs and organizations, each offering unique experiences and opportunities for you to explore your interests and passions. This is a chance to explore the vibrant tapestry of student life on our campus and discover countless opportunities for involvement and personal growth.

34 p.m.

Student-led Campus Tour #4
Meet at Broad Center East Patio
Discover Pitzer in a whole new way by embarking on a student-led walking tour. Let our passionate student guides lead you on a journey filled with knowledge, stories, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply curious, there’s a tour for everyone. You’ll visit McConnell Center Dining Hall, a residence hall, the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, the Keck Science Center, the Mounds, classrooms, the Grove House, and much more. Tours last approximately one hour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

4:15–5 p.m.

State of the College with President Strom Thacker
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Join us for an exclusive and insightful event as we present the State of the
College address with President Strom C. Thacker. This annual address is a significant occasion where our college community comes together to reflect
on our past achievements, assess our current standing, and chart the course for our future endeavors.

5:15–7:15 p.m.

Community Dinner with remarks from President Strom Thacker
McConnell Center, Dining Hall
This momentous occasion brings together students, faculty, staff, and honored guests to celebrate the accomplishments, milestones, and vibrant spirit of our academic community. Don’t forget to wear your Pitzer orange!

79 p.m.

S’mores on the Mounds with Midnight Echo
The Mounds (Pellissier Mall) and McConnell Center, Apron
Join us for an evening of fireside delight at S’mores on the Mounds. It’s an opportunity to escape the ordinary, indulge in a timeless treat, and connect with fellow attendees around the warmth of the firepit. Featuring a live performance by our very own Midnight Echo, a 5C a capella group.

Sunday, November 12

9–11 a.m.

Family Leadership Council Open Meeting and Brunch
Broad Center, Performance Space
Join us for a unique experience as we come together for a meal with the Family Leadership Council, a dedicated group of families who play an integral role in shaping the future of our institution. All families are welcome to attend.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Rise and Shine Walking Club
Broad Center West Entrance
Get ready to step into a world of togetherness, fresh air, and exploration as you join the Walking Club for a delightful morning of exploration and bonding. This is a perfect opportunity for students, their families, and friends to enjoy a leisurely walk through the Claremont Colleges while creating cherished memories and forging meaningful connections.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Brunch with the Campus Community
McConnell Center, Dining Hall
We invite you to join us for brunch with the campus community. This cherished tradition unites students, faculty, staff, and friends over a scrumptious brunch spread. It’s more than just a meal; it’s an opportunity to forge connections, share stories, and celebrate the diversity that defines our academic family

Sunday FUNday in Claremont Village
Hang out and have some fun with the whole family in the city your student calls home! Enjoy all that our special town has to offer:

8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market
The Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market was founded in 1996 to connect California farmers and artisans to the local community. Now more than 100 growers and artisans share their goods and services throughout the year. Proceeds from each market also help to support service projects, such as the Prison Library Project. The market is located in the Claremont Village on Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue.

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

California Botanic Garden
California Botanic Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants.
*Admission fees apply

For more information, visit www.calbg.org.

Noon–4 p.m.

Claremont Lewis Museum of Art
The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art celebrates the community’s rich artistic legacy and promotes the cultural vitality of the region.

For more information, visit www.claremontmuseum.org

*This schedule is subject to change.

Please email questions to [email protected].

To receive the latest information, please ensure that we have your latest contact information.

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Pitzer@Home

One Pitzer. Support our efforts to respond to the most pressing needs of the Pitzer community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PITZER@HOME PRESENTS STAY AT HOME WITH PITZER ART GALLERIES
Friday, May 1 @ 11 a.m.

Pitzer College Professor of Art and co-curator of the 2017 Faculty Art Show, Bill Anthes is joined by Pitzer Art Field Group faculty Tim Berg and Jessica McCoy in the second in our “Stay at Home” series. Faculty Art Show was co-curated by Professor of Art Bill Anthes and Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Curator Ciara Ennis.

To register, please click here.

MEDITATION: RESEARCH & PRAXIS
Monday, April 27 @ 12:15 p.m.
Sit in on our PAS Faculty-in-Residence Virtual Lunch as Professor Marcus Rodriguez leads an informal discussion about mindfulness based on his research and walk us through a brief, guided relaxation exercise. Click here to register.

RAMADAN 2020: QURAN QUEST IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Nightly, until May 23 @ 8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the course of the month, Chaplin Adeel will be covering the entirety of the Quran, discussing how to relate and apply the message to daily life. Please visit Facebook, Instagram, or Zoom to view.

TUESDAY TAKEOVER
Live Throughout the Day
View our Instagram Live Broadcast on our alumni Instagram as one of our alumni takes over and shares what’s going on in their life

HOW TO SUPPORT A SURVIVOR
Tuesday, April 28 @ 1 p.m.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the emPOWER Center addresses the common signs of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and related stress or trauma as well as simple ways each of us can support survivors in our lives in this virtual workshop. Among topics discussed is how to support survivors during the added changes, complications, and stress of sheltering-in-place during COVID-19. Prior Registration Required. Email for more information.

SKY CAMPUS HAPPINESS
Wednesdays, until May 6th @ 5:30 p.m.
We invite you to step inwards with a 30-minute interactive guided meditation & breath work sessions for the Claremont Colleges Community by SKY Campus Happiness faculty. Click here to join Zoom meeting.

RAMADAN 2020: HALAQAH
Thursdays, until May 23 @ 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
An intimate sessions of the Claremont Muslim community to chat and discuss a variety of different topics. Please contact Chaplain Adeel for more information or to join.

PZ FRIDAYS
Fridays
Submit a photo of your Pitzer Pride to enter in the weekly drawing to win PZ gear and gift cards! Winners will be announced every Monday with their winning photo. The drawing is open to Pitzer students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents! You may submit one photo every Friday. Click here to submit your photo.

PITZER@HOME PRESENTS STAY AT HOME WITH PITZER ART GALLERIES
Friday, May 1 @ 11 a.m.
Pitzer College Professor of Art and co-curator of the 2017 Faculty Art Show, Bill Anthes is joined by Pitzer Art Field Group faculty Tim Berg and Jessica McCoy in the second in our “Stay at Home” series. Faculty Art Show was co-curated by Professor of Art Bill Anthes and Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Curator Ciara Ennis. To register, please click here.

PITZER ALUMNI TOWN HALL
Friday, May 1 @ 12 p.m.
Please join Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver for a virtual Town Hall discussion with our family community. Click here to register.

RAMADAN 2020: JUMMAH REFLECTIONS
Fridays, until May 23 @ 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join Chaplain Adeel for his weekly sermons. Each week, he will be discussing a new topic. Tune into Facebook.

Friday Events

PZ Fridays

9 a.m.
Zumba Fridays

10 a.m.
Circuit Training Fridays

12 p.m.
Boot Camp Fridays

1 p.m.
Ramadan 2020: Jummah Reflections

Starting in May
PZ Virtual Watch Party

#StayingConnected Global Resources

Created for our Pitzer alumni and family community, this digital one-stop-shop is designed with you in mind. It features curated content, resources, and virtual experiences from a variety of genres and disciplines.
Click here to view.

For a full list of upcoming events, please click here.

One Pitzer. Support our efforts to respond to the most pressing needs of the Pitzer community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Association Past Presidents

We thank the following Family Association Presidents for their service:

2005-2008
Paula B. Pretlow P’08, P’14

2008-2010
Anne J. Ludlow P’11

2010-2012
John L. Hunter P’12

2012-2014
Karen M. Hook P’14

2014-2016
Gary Carson P’17 & Anne Cunningham Carson P’17

2016-2018
Dori B. King P’17 & Maurice “Mo” King P’17

2018-2020
David Good P’20 & Caroline Moassessi P’20

2020 – 2022
Jamie Rhodes P’22 & Shari Simon P’22, P’25

2022 – 2023
Arnie Longboy P’23 & Rosalie Gutiérrez Ledesma P’24

Family Volunteer Service Award

What is the Family Volunteer Service Award?

Pitzer family volunteers donate their time and talent to Pitzer College in many meaningful ways, including but not limited to organizing, staffing, and hosting special events, welcoming new families, participating in internship and mentorship opportunities, speaking to the Pitzer community, and other special projects related to their interests.

Family volunteers have committed themselves to advancing students’ futures and have bettered the College through their commitment to our mission and core values. This award seeks to celebrate volunteerism and honor those that shine brightly within our Pitzer family community.

Eligibility and Nominations
All current and former Pitzer families with the exception of current members of the Family Leadership Council are eligible.

Learn more about the Family Ambassador Program.

Family Volunteer Service Award Past Recipients

2019
Tracy Strayer P’18 and Ed Wong P’18

2018
Ruth Norwood P’16

2017
Diane Van der Linde P’15
Karen Heaney Hook P’14

2016
Frank and Ventura Ayala P’12, P’15

Howard and Edie Bartnof P’07, P’12