Dear Pitzer Staff, Faculty, and Student Participants,

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped make our incoming Student and Parent Orientation events such a great success. Suzanne and I always look forward to welcoming our new class and this year was no exception. Your excitement and care for our students and their families was clearly felt by all. Thank you for enthusiastically welcoming our incoming Class of 2023.

These events over multiple days require an extraordinary amount of planning and preparation by our community. I’d like to thank Yvonne Berumen and the admissions and financial aid staff for identifying and recruiting such a talented incoming class; Neil Macready and the entire Advancement team for organizing the many effective events, both on campus and at the President’s home; Mike Segawa and the student affairs staff for preparing the new student programming and orientation adventures; Allen Omoto and the academic affairs staff for planning an exceptional first year seminar program for the eager class of 2023; Mark Crawbuck and grounds services, maintenance and custodial staff for setting up each venue, helping our parents and students move-in, and continually beautifying Pitzer College; Vania Hernandez and Chef Marcos Rios, along with our dining services staff, for exceptional meals and snacks all served with Pitzer enthusiasm. Thank you to those who work behind the scenes to support all of us – Communications, Duplicating, HR, IT, and the Mail Room.

All of you make Pitzer College a unique and special place. Thank you.

I wish you a restful holiday weekend and look forward to the year ahead.  

Melvin L. Oliver