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“Finding The Balance: Laura Trombley”
March 19, 2007
I had never experienced exhaustion before I became president. In my first year, there were times I would be so tired I could hardly move. Being president is a 24-7 job, and there’s such a draw on your energy that you have to really be mindful that you’re not running a sprint, you’re running a marathon.

University Business

“The Innocents Abroad”
May 2007
Carol Brandt from Pitzer College notes that arranging for students to stay with host families while abroad is a good safety strategy; often the family will keep an eye on the student. This type of arrangement is “one of the best ways of immersing deeply in the culture,” she adds. Language skills, even just the ability to say please and thank you, are also viewed as a layer of protection.

The New Yorker

“Atheists with Attitude”
May 21, 2007
Reviewing a large number of studies among some fifty countries, Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California, puts the figure [of atheists] at between five hundred million and seven hundred and fifty million. This excludes such highly populated places as Brazil, Iran, Indonesia and Nigeria, for which information is lacking or patchy.


President Laura Skandera Trombley was featured in the March/April 2007 issue of Trusteeship as one of five college presidents in an interview-style article titled “In Search of Integral Leadership.” Trusteeship is a prestigious publication of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Los Angeles Times

“Anarchists’ Presence Dwindles in L.A.”
May 5, 2007
“There would be no advantage to starting trouble at a march dealing with immigration,” said Dana Ward, a political psychology professor at Pitzer College, who maintains an archive on the history and theory of anarchism. “It would just bring bad publicity.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Small Colleges Raise the Bar on Admissions”
April 7, 2007
Pitzer College . . . is one of the private campuses that has seen a huge jump in interest from students and subsequently has become much more selective.
Ten years ago, it accepted 65 of every 100 applicants. This year, it took 26 students out of every 100, down from 38 in 100 just last year. Its average SAT score has increased too, from 1,206 last year to 1,323 this year.

Chronicle of Higher Education

“Building a Better Trustee”
May 11, 2007
President Trombley discusses how during the past few years, she, with the Board’s guidance, has introduced two new tools that have been particularly helpful in keeping trustees apprised of the College’s performance as well as their own—the institutional dashboard and the trustee report card.

Professor José Calderón in the News

“Jornaleros Cuestionan Redada,” La Opinión, January 27, 2007 n “Speakers Call for Other Ways to Help Illegal Immigrants,” Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, January 28, 2007 n “National Chávez Center,” Vida en el Valle, March 28, 2007

Naitonal College Recognition

President's SealPitzer College has been named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This distinction recognizes students, faculty and staff for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our nation.

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