+ Picnic Social With the Lunch Bunch | Every other Thursday (10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30) | 12 p.m. –1 p.m. | The Grove House Outdoor Classroom 

+ The Inauguration of Strom C. Thacker, Seventh President of Pitzer College | Friday, October 20th | 3 p.m. | Commencement Plaza | RSVP

+ Halloween Extravaganza | Tuesday, October 31st | 12 p.m.–2 p.m. | Scott Courtyard | Sign up for the Community Potluck and Contests here

+ UPDATE: Welcome Coffee Cart | Tuesday, November 7th | 9 a.m. –11 a.m. | Scott Courtyard

+ 2nd Annual Ultimate Chili Cook Off | Thursday, November 16th | 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. | Scott Courtyard



September 8th Winner | Caroline Bloomer, Office of College Advancement & Communications
September 15th Winner | Eddy Carrillo, Information Technology
September 22nd Winner | Bianca Rojo, Office of Student Affairs
September 29th Winner | Stephanie Liu-Rojas, Writing Center
October 6th Winner | Amanda Falabrino, Office of the Treasurer
October 13th Winner | Brigitte Garney, Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Nominate someone amazing every Monday through Thursday!

These kudos messages will be shared with the staff community every Friday, and weekly 1 lucky staff member will win $15 in Claremont Cash!


We are happy to welcome all the newest members of the Pitzer Community joining us!

Alicia Twine, Coordinator, Alumni & Family Engagement and Annual Giving, Annual Giving
Nathaniel Wyrick, Assistant Vice President of Admissions, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Jingyu Song, Data Warehouse & Reporting Administrator, Data Systems and Integration
Kurt Crandall, Web Developer & Systems Support, Data Systems and Integration
Daniel Beng, Assistant Baker, Dining Services
Mike Tocydlowski, Director for Financial Aid, Office of Admission and Financial Aid
Jan Barker, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs

We will be honoring all NEW PITZER STAFF at our Welcome to Pitzer Coffee Cart rescheduled for Tuesday, November 7th!


Funds are available to provide staff the opportunity to attain new skills or knowledge that will enhance their performance and benefit their department and the college!

Such opportunities may include: 

  • Books/Multimedia
  • Webinars & Online Certifications
  • Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars
  • Travel and accommodation for off-campus conferences/seminars


Madeline Akin | Facilities Office Manager | Facilities and Campus Services

Hometown: Covina, CA
Favorite Food: Portillo’s
Something on your bucket list?: Go to Ireland
Birthday: October 9th
Favorite show?: The Office
What do you do for self-care?: Skincare Sundays
What is your favorite activity?: Food
Do you have any pets?: Yes; my guinea pigs Pickle and Olive 

Stephanie Toral Carreno | Faculty Administrative Assistant | Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Favorite Food: Seafood/Mariscos
Something on your bucket list?: To visit Switzerland
Birthday: April 15th
Favorite show?: Frasier
Favorite Conspiracy Theory: the moon landing.
What do you do for self-care?: Take a break from electronics/ social media to journal down my feelings.
Do you have any pets?: Yes, her name is Sushi!

If you are interested in being featured in our monthly newsletter, complete our Pitzer Staff Spotlight questionnaire!


Jack Contreras | (Left to right) Atticus (12), Azimuth (8), and Tink (18)
Stephanie Toral Carreno | Sushi (5)


+ Art’s Sideshow  | Mon-Sun, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. | 5484 Moreno St, Montclair, CA

+ Pumpkin Patch | Sept 29th- Oct 31st, Mon-Thu (4 p.m. – 9 p.m.), Fri (4 p.m. – 10 p.m.), Sat-Sun (noon- 10 p.m.) | Montclair Place

+ Haunted Haven Festival | Sat, October 21st, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | New Haven Marketplace

+ Halloween Spooktacular | Sat, October 28th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Montclair Place


Check out our Staff Spotlights’ favorite reads, shows and movies!

Stephanie’s Favorites:

TV Show | Frasier
| Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. After many years spent at the “Cheers” bar, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) moves back home to Seattle after his policeman father Martin Crane (John Mahoney) gets shot in the hip on duty.

TV Show | Peaky Blinders | Peaky Blinders is a crime drama centered on a family of mixed Irish Traveler and Romani origins based in Birmingham, England, starting in 1919, several months after the end of the First World War. It centers on the Peaky Blinders street gang and their ambitious, cunning crime boss Tommy Shelby.