Participant Online
Current Issue Home Participant Home Home
Feature Stories
Pitzer News
Alumni Notes
Alumni Profiles

Salon Evening Supports Scholarship
Pitzer's President's Council Gathers at The Broad Art Foundation

Salon Evening
Salon Event
Salon Event

The Pitzer College President’s Council is comprised of leading community members who lend their unique skills, talents and resources to Pitzer College. They are ambassadors for Pitzer and assist President Laura Skandera Trombley in sharing the richness of this wonderful institution.

For the third consecutive year the Council gathered with guests in a salon-like setting to support a very worthy cause—the Pitzer College President’s Council Scholarship. This year’s salon was hosted by Emeritus Trustee Eli Broad P’78 at his private art collection with speaker Michael Govan, director and CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Guests enjoyed a reception followed by a conversation and tour of the collection with Govan and Director and Chief Curator of the Broad Art Foundation Joanne Heyler.

Pitzer College thanks outgoing president of the President’s Council Linda Briskman P’05 for her dedicated leadership during the past year and welcomes new President Victoria Mudd, a visiting professor at Pitzer and an Academy Award-winning documentarian of Broken Rainbow.


Our History, Our Future

Black Alumni Event
Professor Halford Fairchild, Harold A. Jackson Jr., Professor Emerita Agnes Moreland Jackson and Ruett Foster ’81 Bottom: Jennifer Williams ’02 and Jai Phillips ’02

African American alumni, Black Studies alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered at the home of Professor of Psychology and Black Studies Halford Fairchild on April 26 for an evening of dining, networking and conversation with Professor Emerita Agnes Moreland Jackson and Alumni Association Board Member Ruett Foster ’81, among others.

As part of the event a special announcement was made that Pitzer College alumna Quinn Delaney ’76 has made a generous gift to Pitzer in the amount of $750,000 in support of the Residential Life Project and Professor Jackson. Jackson was the first tenure-track African American professor at Pitzer and was instrumental in establishing the Black Studies and Women’s Studies Departments for The Claremont Colleges.

“We are grateful to Quinn Delaney for her generous gift to the largest construction project since the College’s founding and for recognizing a distinguished and deserving member of our community, Professor Emerita Agnes Jackson,” President Laura Skandera Trombley said.

Poetry Reading Honors Bert Meyers

Bert MeyesBert Meyers (1928–1979), former English and World Literature professor at Pitzer College, was one of the leading poets of the proletarian literature movement in the United States during the twentieth century. To mark the publication of his collected works, In a Dybbuk’s Raincoat (University of New Mexico Press, 2007), a group of renowned poets and essayists read from his work on the evening of April 4. Bert Meyers wrote these poems between 1947 and 1979. Prior to his death at the age of fifty-one, Meyers determined what he considered his best work; following his death Meyers’ widow and son added to the collection, all of which now appears in In a Dybbuk’s Raincoat. Readers included Professor of English Al Wachtel; Garrett Hongo, Pulitzer Prize–nominated poet; Daniel Meyers, son of Bert Meyers; Anat Silvera, artist and daughter of Bert Meyers; Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and
essayist; Maurya Simon, professor at the University California, Riverside; and Cynthia Tuell, lecturer at UC Riverside.

Charles Woo and Paula Pretlow P'08
The Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

Charles WooCharlie Woo is the chief executive officer for Megatoys, a Los Angeles private toy manufacturing, import/export, wholesale and retail company. In 1999, Megatoys was honored with the “Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year” award by the City of Los Angeles, and was recognized as one of seven outstanding businesses by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1998. Woo’s professional affiliations are as follows: member, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Chairperson in 2001); president, Workforce Investment Board of the City of Los Angeles; member, Advisory Committee to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe on International Trade and Investment; member, Advisory Board to the California Assembly Select Committee on Asia Trade; and former commissioner, California Commission for Economic Development. Woo received both his bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Woo’s charitable service is extensive throughout the Los Angeles region.

Paula PretlowPaula Pretlow, whose son is a member of Pitzer’s Class of 2008, is senior vice president of client relations for Capital Guardian Trust Company in San Francisco. Pretlow earned her master of business administration and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Currently, Pretlow serves as president of the College’s Parent Leadership Council and is a member of its Residential Life Project Fundraising Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Making Waves Education Program and a former member of the Larkin Street Youth Services Board of Directors.

Illusion of Experience
Georg Burwick ’97 exhibits work in the nichols gallery

Georg BurwickIllusion of Experience, which ran from from March 3 to 28, featured new and unseen work by Georg Burwick ’97. Burwick’s work employs concepts of time, space and memory using photography, video and installation techniques to mediate between the viewer’s personal experiences and constructed representations. Within the technological history of photography, and subsequently film, practitioners have examined the relationship between the reality of their images and the borders of human perception. Using this approach as the basis for his exploration, Burwick focuses on the space between the screen and the viewer, challenging the viewer to reexamine commonplace objects and situations.

Burwick majored in German Studies and visual arts at Pitzer College. He received his master of fine arts with an emphasis in installation and video in 2001 from the University of Chicago. His work has been shown in various galleries and museums across the United States. Currently, he is the curator of digital media at the University of California, Riverside/California Museum of Photography.

Rebecca Shehee Named Vice President for Advancement

Rebecca SheheePitzer College welcomed Rebecca Shehee as vice president for advancement on May 14. Shehee comes to Pitzer with a wealth of fundraising experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Previously she served as managing director of development at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

She has also served as director of major gifts for Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, senior development officer for foundation and corporate giving at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and director of development for the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles. In addition to her fundraising experience, Shehee has served as director of administration for the American Civil Liberties Foundation in Los Angeles.

“I am delighted to be coming to Pitzer College as vice president for institutional advancement. Pitzer is a unique institution, and I wholeheartedly embrace its inspiring mission and values,” Shehee said.
“Rebecca Shehee brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this fundraising leadership position along with a deep understanding and appreciation for the core values of our college,” President Laura Skandera Trombley said.

Weapons of Musical Dissent
WMD OrganizersMultiethnic music for peace, unity and change
The W.M.D. multiethnic music festival, which took place on April 7 on the Mounds, was organized by the Latino Student Union, Center for Asian Pacific American Students, Black Student Union, Asian American Student Union, Muslim Student Association, ITIHAD and EKTA.

Performers included Quetzal, La Paz, Jay Legaspi, Thao Nguyen, Rudy Francisco, Beau Sia and The Philistines. Attendees were asked to bring monetary donations, non-perishable food and toiletries for Citrus Freeze Relief Efforts through the 5Cs and the community.

Robert Redford Films at Pitzer

Robert Redford

Robert Redford and his crew shot scenes for his upcoming film, Lions for Lambs, at Pitzer College in January. The film stars Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep as well as Redford, who also directs the film. The plot consists of three overlapping stories: a professor who mentors a student, the experiences of two former students stationed in Afghanistan and the interaction between a reporter and a congressman. The film is due for release in November 2007.

An Outstanding Production
Hamlet Production Wins Six Awards


The April production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by the Pomona College Theatre Department for The Claremont Colleges has won six Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) awards.

During the play’s four-day run, Zarah Kulczycki ’09, who played Ophelia, and Ben Acland (Pomona ’07), who played Hamlet, were recognized for Meritorious Achievement in Acting by the regional ACTF adjudicator, Dr. Terry Smith. This qualifies the two actors to advance to the regional competition next February to compete for the Irene Ryan Award, an important, nationally recognized acting award. Winners of the regional award are qualified to go to the national event in Washington DC.

Smith said in his critique, “This was the best production of Hamlet I have ever seen at a college.”

The entire show of Hamlet also received a Meritorius Award for Ensemble. Other award winners for the production included Angel Herrera ’07, Meritorious Award for Set Design and Kev Tutunjian ’07, Meritorious Award for Design for puppet and ghost design.

Sí Se Puede!
Pitzer Celebrates César Chávez Day

Cesar Chavez Celebration

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), gave the keynote address for the César Chávez Celebration on March 29. Lunch was served outdoors on the Mounds and the 5C Mariachis provided live entertainment. As part of the festivities, students who traveled with Professor José Calderón to La Paz over spring break as part of his Rural and Urban Social Movements class and met Huerta and other members of the UFW presented a mural they painted in her honor.

“Before hearing Dolores Huerta speak on César Chávez Day, I was unaware of the positive influence that she would have on my daily experience as a female,” said Rechelle Naylor ’08. “If a woman of color can establish herself and succeed in a culture that stresses racial differences and prejudicial beliefs, then I too can use the same tools to create social change.”

Dan Mitchell ’08 Goes to Washington
Student Interns in Senator Hillary Clinton’s DC Office

Dan Mitchell with Hillary Rodham ClintonMajor: Political Studies
College Activities: Democrats of The Claremont Colleges, Student Senate and Student Investment Committee
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Career Aspirations: Public Service

How were you selected for this intern opportunity?
I applied and was accepted to work initially for Friends of Hillary, Senator Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign. Shortly after I began working, the Senator launched her Presidential Exploratory Committee. Luckily, I had placed myself in the right place at the right time working for the right people.

How has the internship affected your future plans?
Living and working in Washington DC has been a tremendous experience. I’ve had a front-row seat observing how the governing process works, its triumphs and failures, and also an in-depth look at how we choose who governs us. After working in the center of politics I am aware of so many more opportunities that exist for young people looking to make a difference in America through public leadership—from working on Capitol Hill to campaigning across the country to lobbying on K Street. This experience has opened my eyes to all these possibilities.

What are the takeaway lessons/tools/ information that you learned during this experience?
More than anything, I have learned the importance of truly believing in your cause and candidate. Campaigning is hard work, and often it is not glamorous, but if you believe passionately in the end goal, the work becomes fun. Teamwork is also essential. One of the main reasons I’ve had such an enjoyable and successful experience is because I’ve had the opportunity to work and learn from an outstanding group of professionals, some of the best in their field.


Pitzer College
© 2007 Pitzer College. All rights reserved.