Family Weekend Schedule 2020

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration & Information Center
Living Room, McConnell Center

Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag and schedule of events. Shop the Pitzer Store and enjoy your new Pitzer gear!
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Love Letter to Your Student
Living Room, McConnell Center
Write a love letter to your student and give them words of encouragement for the end-of-semester crunch time. Letters will be delivered to your student before finals in May.
All Day Be a Pitzer Student for a Day!
Join your student for classes on Pitzer’s campus. A class schedule will be provided at registration.
10 a.m.
1 p.m.
3 p.m.
Campus Tours
Meet at Pitzer Hall in front of the Admission Office

Led by a student guide, tours last approximately one hour. You will see many aspects of Pitzer’s beautiful campus, including McConnell Dining Hall, a residence hall, the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, the Keck Science Center, the Mounds, classrooms, our unique drought-tolerant landscaping, the Grove House and much more. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.
Noon–12:30 p.m. Family Weekend Kickoff
Benson Auditorium
Kick off Family Weekend with a warm welcome and College update from Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Segawa and Dean of Students Sandra Vasquez! Let’s cheer on Pitzer together as we start our fun-filled weekend. After the official kickoff, walk on over to lunch in McConnell and dine with our fabulous, friendly Office of Student Affairs staff members.
Noon–5 p.m. Pitzer College Art Galleries
Nichols Art Gallery, Broad Center
Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Atherton Hall

Visit the Pitzer College Art Galleries to explore our spring 2020 exhibitions. In Nichols Gallery, critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Candice Lin will be exhibiting a life-sized ceramic sculpture in the manner of an Etruscan terracotta sarcophagus. Lin’s sculpture includes a representation of the artist with her future cat, referencing the Etruscan practice of interring the body with animal companions or objects significant to the deceased. Her installation explores ideas around mortality and considers existence from a post-human perspective. In the Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Hans Baumann’s 5 Distillations (Salton Sea) is informed by a long-term artistic collaboration with the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians to measure the Salton Sea’s disappearance from their sovereign tribal lands. The installation reflects on the socio-ecological dynamics responsible for the sea’s existence and engages with the entropic processes of its decline.
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch with Pitzer Student Affairs
Dining Hall, McConnell Center

Mingle with members of the Office of Student Affairs and see (and taste) why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country.
1:45–2:30 p.m. Pitzer College’s Strategic Plan 2025: A Strategy for Excellence
Hear Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Community Relations Jim Marchant discuss Pitzer’s new strategic plan. Following more than a year of information gathering and priority setting by the entire Pitzer community, the College has established four distinct goals and has entered the third and final phase of Strategic Plan 2025: implementation. Learn more about this exciting vision for the future!
3–5 p.m. John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture
Forever Chemicals: The Crisis of PFAS Contamination in the Nation’s Water Supply
Benson Auditorium
Hear a panel of experts in public health, community advocacy, water management and engineering discuss the growing crisis of PFAS contamination in California and beyond. Known as “forever chemicals,” PFAS (or fluorinated organic compounds) have a wide history of use in the US and have been found at detectable levels in the blood of 98 percent of Americans. PFAS has been shown to negatively impact human health, including links to cancer, reproductive harm and higher levels of cholesterol. These chemicals are also extremely persistent in the environment. States have only recently begun testing for and regulating PFAS in their water supplies. This panel aims to educate and inform the public about this growing public health and water contamination crisis and the various steps being taken to address it.
5 p.m. Dinner with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center

Service is available until 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
8:30–9:30 a.m. Rise and Shine: Meditation and Yoga
Clock Tower, Brant Field
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available.
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration & Information Center
Living Room, McConnell Center

Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag, schedule of events and an energizing snack. Shop the Pitzer Store and enjoy your new Pitzer gear!
8:30–10:30 a.m. Keck Science Update & Lecture
Burns Lecture Hall, Keck Science Center
After mingling with Scripps and Pitzer parents over coffee and scones, hear about all the exciting changes at Keck Science from Weinberg Family Dean of Science Ulysses (UJ) Sofia. Stay for a faculty lecture from one of our amazing Keck Science professors!
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Love Letter to Your Student
Living Room, McConnell Center
Write a love letter to your student and give them words of encouragement for the end-of-the-semester crunch time. Letters will be delivered to your student before finals in May.
10–10:50 a.m. Life After Pitzer: Alumni Perspectives
Presented by the Pitzer College
Alumni Board
Hear alumni discuss how their Pitzer education prepared them to meet the opportunities and uncertainties of life after college and how they live out Pitzer’s core values in their personal and professional lives.
10–11:30 a.m. Athletic Parent Brunch (RSVP Required)
Broad Performance Space
Calling all Sagehen parents! Meet and mingle with other Sagehen parents and Pomona-Pitzer Athletics staff and coaches!

Make sure to RSVP while registering for Family Weekend.

10 a.m.–1 p.m. Brunch with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Join us for a great meal, fantastic conversation and wonderful company.
11–11:50 a.m. Study Abroad: Student Perspectives
Moderated by Michael Ballagh, Associate Vice President for Study Abroad & International Programs
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.
Noon–4 p.m. Alumni Board Meeting (closed meeting)
Members of the Pitzer College Alumni Board will meet to discuss upcoming alumni events and opportunities.
1:15–2:30 p.m. Pitzer Learning Experience: Part One
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice.

Open House: Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
Brinda Sarathy, Director, Robert Redford Conservancy (RRC)
Meet in the Scott Hall Courtyard
Explore the beautiful Conservancy and meet RRC student fellows! The Redford Conservancy helps the College act on its commitment to environmental sustainability. Its focus on innovative programming and interdisciplinary education around environmental challenges aims to promote both the longevity of Southern California’s natural environment and the wellbeing of its peoples.

Participants will be escorted to the Conservancy promptly at 1:15 p.m. It is an enjoyable 10–15 minute walk. There will be no outside access to the property once the tour has left campus. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.

Making a Difference: The Psychology of Social Action
Allen M. Omoto, Dean of Faculty
This talk will explore some of the dynamics of social action and how people “make a difference” for themselves, their communities and society at large. After discussing the range of behaviors that can be construed as social action, the specific case of volunteerism will be considered. Results from an original program of research on volunteerism will be reviewed, with special focus on the psychological needs and motivations that lead people to engage in social action and also serve to sustain their efforts. The key role of psychological connections to others—sense of community—will be highlighted. The results of the research have implications for psychological understanding of prosocial behavior. In addition, implications for practical concerns related to volunteer recruitment and utilization and, more broadly, for citizen participation and social action, will be discussed.

2:45–4 p.m. Pitzer Learning Experience: Part Two
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice.

Prison Education 101
Led by Justice Education Initiative Program Manager Tyee Griffith, this session explores our robust prison education program. You will hear from faculty and students who have participated in this unique learning environment.

Income Inequality in Historical Perspective
Andre Wakefield, Professor of History
We will discuss Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital, and its place in the history of economic thought. Our topics will be his topics: income inequality and fairness, the status of neoclassical economics, proposals about taxing capital, etc.

Not your Grandmother’s Greeks and Romans: “Classics” at Pitzer College
Michelle L. Berenfeld, John A. McCarthy Associate Professor of Classics
The ancient Mediterranean—famous as the home of the ancient Greeks and Romans—was inhabited by millions of people who spoke hundreds of languages and worshipped countless gods. Encompassing some 40 modern countries, it was a multilingual, multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan region that never intended to become the “foundation of western civilization.” This presentation will examine how the “classical world” has both shaped and been shaped by later cultures, its role in a modern liberal arts education and the problems that arise when we think of the ancient Greeks and Romans as “a bunch of dead white men.”

 4:15–5:30 p.m. President’s Spotlight
Benson Auditorium
More information coming soon! You won’t want to miss this special event!
 5:30–7:30 p.m. Family Weekend Celebration Dinner
Dining Hall, McConnell Center

Pitzer students and their families are invited to this celebration dinner. Wear your Pitzer orange!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
All Day 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 over 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. For more information, visit the Claremont Forum website.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. While you’re there, visit their special exhibitions. Admission fees apply. For more information and directions, visit the Botanic Garden website.

Noon–4 p.m. Claremont Museum of Art
The Claremont Museum of Art celebrates the community’s rich artistic legacy and promotes the cultural vitality of the region. For more information and directions, visit the Claremont Museum of Art website​.

8:30–9:30 a.m. Rise and Shine: Meditation and Yoga
Clock Tower, Brant Field

Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available.
9–10:30 a.m. Parent Leadership Council (open meeting)
Founders Room, McConnell Center

The Parent Leadership Council serves as the official representative body for the Pitzer College Parent Association. Come learn about how you can become more involved as a volunteer.
10:30 a.m. Brunch with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Join us for a great meal, fantastic conversation and wonderful company. Service available until 12:30.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
All Day Be a Pitzer Student for a Day!
Join your student for classes on Pitzer’s campus. A class schedule will be provided at registration.
10 a.m.–Noon Office Hours
Stop by Pitzer College administrative offices to meet the staff and learn more about the services they provide.

* Schedule is subject to change