Residence Life

2012-2013 Mentors

All incoming students are assigned a Mentor: enthusiastic sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have experienced Pitzer and all it has to offer, and want to help ease the transition to college life. First-year students live on the same floor as the other students in their mentor group along with their mentor. Mentors plan substance-free first-year programs, help their mentees pick their classes, deal with the college academic load, navigate the social scene, and make healthy choices in their lives.

Sophie Howard

Sophie Howard (Atherton, A211)
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Major/Minor: Psychology & Africana Studies
Why I Am a Mentor: A simple answer – I love people!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: It is an incredible place to spend four years, and the friendships you make will stay with you for life.
Extracurricular I am involved in: napping, playing volleyball, dancing, Garden Club
Hobbies/interests: Nap, meditate, yoga, play sports, hike, climb, and exercise

Gabriel Villarreal

Gabriel Villarreal (Atherton, A312)
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Political Studies (major), Sociology (minor)
Why I Am a Mentor: To make sure people feel safe and respected.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Early lunch Thursdays, it's Pasta Bar!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Running, student senate, APAC, CLSA, dance
Hobbies/interests: Running and playing guitar

 

Lily Rubin (Atherton, A402)
Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Major/Minor:
Why I Am a Mentor: Human biology & cross-cultural health and healing, Spanish
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: I want to get to know the incoming students and make their transition as easy/happy as possible.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Theater, knitting, rowing, and capoeira
Hobbies/interests: Reading, knitting, talking, playing ukulele, playing tetris, coloring, bakng, going camping, drink tea, and doing yoga

 

Alex Rosario

Alexander "Alex" Rosario (North Sanborn, B104)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major/Minor: Undecided
Why I Am a Mentor: To help incoming first-years have a less stressful transition.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The people here are amazing and the relationships formed here are forever.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Work in the Admissions Office.
Hobbies/interests: Reading, exercising, traveling, outdoor activities


Elissa Rowe

Elissa Rowe (Lead Mentor) (North Sanborn, B205)
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Major/Minor: Media Studies (electronic and digital media), Dance
Why I Am a Mentor: To help first-years truly understand and love Pitzer like I do.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Always expect a smile and a helping hand from anyone on campus.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Dance, theater, art, singing, and working with children.
Hobbies/interests: Reading, singing, eating, sleeping, watching films, and dance

 

Lauren Phipps

Lauren Phipps (North Sanborn, B302)
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Major/Minor: Undecided (likely Environmental Analysis)
Why I Am a Mentor: To welcome, support, and connect with new members of the Pitzer community.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: There really is something for everyone here, even if you don't know what it is yet!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Garden Club & Cooking Club
Hobbies/interests: Hiking, cooking, reading, watching movies, gardening

Kip White

Christopher "Kip" White (Lead Mentor) (North Sanborn, B303)
Hometown: Winnetka, IL
Major/Minor: History
Why I Am a Mentor: I try not to be what's most
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You won't meet anyone not worth befriending.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Camp AP, drums, tutoring, KSPC
Hobbies/interests: Reading, playing drums, and volunteering


Taylor Caldwell

Taylor Caldwell (East Sanborn, C108)
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
Major/Minor: Psychology
Why I Am a Mentor: I hope to make the college transition for my mentees as easy and fun as it was for me.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The salads and sandwiches at the Grove House are AMAZING! Don't wait until second semester to try it out like I did!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Jumpstart, Relay for Life (committee member and team captain), Active Minds, and Psychology Club.
Hobbies/interests: asdf

Danny Feinberg

Daniel "Danny" Feinberg (Lead Mentor & Transfer Mentor) (East Sanborn, C124)
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA
Major/Minor: Psychology
Why I Am a Mentor: As a transfer it can be difficult to integrate into the community at Pitzer. When I transferred as a sophomore, I had a wonderful mentor who really helped me get connected. She was such a big help to me that I wanted to do the same for others who followed.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You're insanely fortunate to be a student at this school! Don't forget it.
Extracurricular I am involved in: I am involved in: I served as the executive editor of the inaugural issue (published last semester) of Encephalon: The Pitzer College Student Journal of Psychology; This is my second year as a student member of the Psychology Field Group (I meet regularly with faculty to discuss governance of the major and other issues that come up in the Field Group); This is my third year working as a research assistant in the Claremont Infant Study Center; this is my fourth semester returning as a new student mentor and third semester as a transfer student mentor!
Hobbies/interests: Play at the Motley (the student-run café at Scripps) with my band, Proper Portions.

Morgan Parker-Klimpel

Morgan Parker-Klimpel (East Sanborn, C123)
Hometown: Pittstown, NJ
Major/Minor: Psychology (major), & Spanish (minor)
Why I Am a Mentor: To make the transition to college for new students easier.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The omelets at breakfast are incredible.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Jumpstart!
Hobbies/interests: Baking and anything with my friends.

 

Annie Brown

Anneke "Annie" Brown (East Sanborn, C206)
Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium/Minneapolis, MN
Major/Minor: Art
Why I Am a Mentor: Love meeting new people and love Pitzer and the rest of the Claremont schools!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Jamba Juice has a secret menu! Alternatively, go make your own smoothie at breakfast!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Working at the costume department at Pomona
Hobbies/interests: Eating Ben & Jerry's, being with my family, seeing a movie, painting, drawing, sewing and eating

Dani Hernandez-Roach

Dahnya "Dani" Hernandez-Roach (East Sanborn, C207)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major/Minor: Digital Art and Design (Self-created major) and Art History (Minor)
Why I Am a Mentor: The transition to college can be really difficult and everyone should have someone who's been through it recently.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The Grove House and the Shakedown Café have delicious food!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Muay Thai, Dance
Hobbies/interests: Reading, watching TV on Netflix, going to concerts, comedy shows and rock climbing

Mitchell Felton

Mitchell Felton (East Sanborn, C222)
Hometown: Fresno, CA & Hong Kong
Major/Minor: Asian Studies, Economics and Chinese (minors)
Why I Am a Mentor: I want to help freshman with their adjustments
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The amazing opportunities available to students
Extracurricular I am involved in: Circle K, APAC, Student Investment Committee
Hobbies/interests: Watch TV, drive, hang out with friends, and explore LA

 

Brian Cohn

Brian Cohn (East Sanborn, C309)
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Major/Minor: Human Biology
Why I Am a Mentor: To lend a hand to my peers.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The community will trust and support what you are most passionate about.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Licensed disaster service worker for the state of California, varsity track and field athlete, president of the nonprofit Teach Summit International.
Hobbies/interests: Writing songs on guitar, singing and hiking.

Rachel Aronoff

Rachel Aronoff (East Sanborn, C324)
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Major/Minor: Undecided!
Why I Am a Mentor: I want you to have an automatic friend, someone who you can talk to and laugh with and I think I can be that person.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The mailroom closes at 5pm and is not open on the weekend.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Dancing, KSPC radio DJ, theater things, baking, and crafting.
Hobbies/interests: Dancing, playing music, exploring, and lounging outside.

Chris Leon

Christopher "Chris" Leon (East Sanborn, C327)
Hometown: Cypress, CA
Major/Minor: Linguistics
Why I Am a Mentor: Because I love listening and relating to others!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You can really do whatever you'd like to!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Playing in a student band, camping on Mt. Baldy.
Hobbies/interests: Playing guitar, lying on the Mounds, biking to the Claremont Wilderness Park.

 

Jose Cortez

Jose Cortez (Pitzer Hall, D203)
Hometown: Chino, CA
Major/Minor: Neuroscience
Why I Am a Mentor: I love to help people out so I hope that I can serve as a resource for the incoming freshman class.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Your professors are an amazing resource for whatever you need.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Medical Brigades, research, and hospital volunteer.
Hobbies/interests: Listening to music, going to concerts, exploring new cities, and enjoying fine dining.

Sara Garcia-Dehbozorgi

Sara Garcia-Dehbozorgi (Pitzer Hall, D304)
Hometown: Upland, CA
Major/Minor: Biology
Why I Am a Mentor: To support new students and get them excited about the 5Cs.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: It has the best food an d the Grove House is delicious!
Extracurricular I am involved in: Work in vaccine lab and volunteer for animal rescue.
Hobbies/interests: Bake, sing, dance, listen to music, and cook!

Vanessa Tam

Vanessa Tam (Lead Mentor) (Pitzer Hall, D305)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major/Minor: Organizational Studies (Major), Economics (Minor)
Why I Am a Mentor: I want every new student to have a great and memorable experience in their first year of college. I want them to be able to call Pitzer their second home. Finally, I want them to know that there will always be someone to support and encourage them.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: The address: 1050 North Mills Ave. Claremont, CA 91711; Grove House cookies are AMAZING!
Extracurricular I am involved in: APAC, PAct
Hobbies/interests: Sleep, tanning, playing with animals, playing basketball, dancing, exercising, eating, cooking, and baking!

Ari Saperstein

Ari Saperstein (Pitzer Hall, D404)
Hometown: Washington, DC
Major/Minor: Undecided (possibly Anthropology and Art History?)
Why I Am a Mentor: I want everyone to have a great time at Pitzer!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You can hike and surf in the same day.
Extracurricular I am involved in: DJ at KSPC radio.
Hobbies/interests: Sleeping, hiking, rock climbing, and playing tennis.

 

Emma Hanashiro

Emma Hanashiro (First-year International Mentor) (Phase II, R103)
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Major/Minor: Anthropology & English
Why I Am a Mentor: It is fun meeting (and helping) new people!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Sometimes jumping without looking is worthwhile and educational – and Pitzer is the best place to jump.
Extracurricular I am involved in: MAGE (Manga, Anime, Gaming and Entertainment) Club
Hobbies/interests: Playing music, sleeping, and drawing manga

 

Hyemin Lee

Hyemin Lee (International/Exchange Student Mentor) (Off-campus)
Hometown: Anyang, Korea
Major/Minor: Psychology (Major) & Media Studies (Minor)
Why I Am a Mentor: To help international students to enjoy Pitzer life as happy as possible.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Pitzer brunch omelet is amazing.
Extracurricular I am involved in: Psychology Club
Hobbies/interests: Sleeping, karaoke, watching TV and movies.



Kayla Friedman-Barb

Kayla Friedman-Barb (International/Exchange Student Mentor) (Mead, Y203)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major/Minor: Studio Art and Media Studies
Why I Am a Mentor: I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Everything is possible!
Extracurricular I am involved in: PAct, Otherside Magazine, DIY crafts
Hobbies/interests: Dancing, cooking, DIY crafts, pilates, and watching reality TV