A Super Set of Sagehen Summer Welcome Parties
It was a busy summer season as we welcomed the class of 2023 and their families at Pomona College’s 14 welcome parties across the country and abroad. Each year during the months of July and August, the Office of Parent Engagement and Giving works with the Major Gifts Office and Parents Leadership Council members around the country to coordinate Summer Welcome Parties for incoming first years, transfers, and returning students and parents. In addition to the new students and their families, alumni and current students also attend our parties to help answer questions and offer their personal perspectives on the Pomona College experience.
We kicked off the party season the weekend of July 13 – 14 in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA and Seattle, WA, then made our way on July 20 to Del Mar, CA, Miami, FL and Minneapolis, MN. Portland, OR was our next stop on July 25, and then we headed to Denver, CO, Chicago, IL and Hong Kong on July 27. On July 28, we made a short trip over to the Los Angeles party in Pacific Palisades, and then to our final party destinations in the East Coast to New York City, Washington D.C. and Boston.
All in all, more than 600 people attended these special event parties. It was a whirlwind of activity, but very enjoyable meeting our new students and chatting with their parents. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who traveled near and far to attend our parties and to our wonderful hosts who helped us welcome the newest Sagehens into our college family!
Alumni Association Board: New Year, New Leaders
The Alumni Association Board begins its year in October with a meeting that will include a visit from President Starr, an update on the College’s strategic planning process and identifying possible cities for Regional Chapter expansion over the coming year.
The board will be led in 2019-20 by Alumni Association President Jon Siegel ’84 and Don Swan ’15 will serve as president-elect. The group welcomes the following new members: Chris Byington ’12, Paula Gonzalez ’95, Jade Sasser ’97, Robin Melnick (Faculty Representative), Miguel Delgado-Garcia ’20 (ASPC President) and Alanzo Moreno (Alumni & Parent Engagement Representative).
Join the Sagehen football team for Rivalry Weekend 2019! Starting Friday, November 15 and ending Sunday, November 17, the weekend will be highlighted by the big game on Saturday as the ‘Hens go for a three-peat against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags. The game will be at John Zinda Field starting at 1 p.m. Sagehens from far and wide will gather at Merritt Field in advance of the game for light bites and free swag. We’ll then march across 6th Street as #OneTeam to beat the Stags. Go ‘Hens!
Keep your eye on social media for registration information. Questions? Please contact Michelle Johnston in the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Department at (909) 621-8016.
The Book Club’s Fall Selection
The fall selection of the Pomona College Book Club has been getting rave reviews, like this one:
“Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience… The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters—and likely many of its readers—in that innocent delusion [of a post-racial America]. Who set the littles fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.” – New York Times Book Review
This fall, join us as we read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, The Washington Post and many more. In-person events will be taking place October through December throughout the country. Visit the Pomona College Book Club web page to learn more about events near you or to sign-up to host a book club. If you can’t wait for an in-person discussion, join the Pomona College Book Club on Goodreads to chat with alumni, professors, students and staff around a common love of reading.
Regional Volunteers Unite!
After leaving campus, alumni establish themselves in communities across the globe. Wherever you choose to take up roots, you can find and create opportunities to connect with nearby Sagehens by joining or starting a Regional Chapter. Regional Chapters support events such as Winter Break Parties, 4/7 and Book Clubs and also create unique activities for their local community.
If you are interested in starting your own chapter, or connecting with other volunteers in your area, contact Alanzo Moreno, Assistant Director of Community Development and Annual Giving, for more information.